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Western Neuroradiological
Society 2020
PLEASE NOTE: Course will Now be a Live Streaming Event!

Course Description

Please note: This course will be a virtual activity.

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Educational Description

The WNRS Annual Meeting is designed to introduce clinically relevant advances in Neuroradiology and provide in-depth review of topics within Neuroradiology. The meeting will feature Focus Sessions in Brain: Back to Basics, Spine: Diagnosis and Intervention, Advances in Neuroimaging, Rise of the Machines, Pediatric Neuroimaging, Head and Neck: The Old and the New, and Vascular Imaging: Stroke and Beyond.

Letter From the President

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and WNRS Society Supporters:

I am pleased to invite you to attend the WNRS 52nd Annual meeting Thursday October 22 through Sunday October 25, 2020 to our first virtual meeting.

President-elect Ashok Srinivasan, MD has assembled a terrific program with Focus Sessions covering all the major areas of neuroradiology: Brain, Spine (including interventional spine), Pediatrics, Head and Neck, Vascular, plus sessions on Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Imaging techniques. Lectures are delivered by outstanding internationally-renowned faculty from both academics and private practice, making this meeting a useful resource for both academicians and clinical practitioners. There is also a quiz-show format session, which is always entertaining and informative.

Of note, many of radiology’s top vendors will be sponsoring our meeting, showing off their latest and greatest products, with many opportunities for direct interaction and information exchange.

In addition to CME- and SAM-accredited content, there will be original research presented in the Scientific Oral Presentations sessions. We encourage the membership to submit scientific abstracts and case reports for these sessions. As always, if you have fellows or residents in your program, please encourage and mentor them in submitting a scientific paper. We welcome them to become involved with our Society.

To this end, we will again host our Fellow/Attending Job Fair Social to introduce trainees to our superb WNRS members and mentors. This is a great opportunity to network and to explore possible employment and collaborative opportunities.

I really look forward to again seeing my neuroradiology friends and welcoming new members to our wonderful upcoming Western Neuroradiological Society Meeting in Reno next October 2020.

Roland R. Lee, MD
WNRS President

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this meeting the following goals and objectives will have been met:

  • Revisit the basics of brain imaging including approach to diagnosis of headache, evaluation of epilepsy and brain tumors, and learn about blind spots and normal variants in brain imaging
  • To better understand the reasons to integrate AI into clinical practice and how to overcome practical challenges with its integration
  • Learn about diagnosing spinal tumors, spine trauma, CSF leaks and vertebral augmentation strategies
  • Enhance one’s understanding on recent advances in neuroimaging including dual energy CT and its applications, the future of MR spectroscopy, chemical exchange saturation transfer MRI and development of faster MRI techniques
  • Obtain an in-depth understanding of key changes with the AJCC 8th edition in head and neck cancer staging, and understand the role of NIRADS in this setting.
  • Learn about the top 5 causes of lump in the throat sensation and perineural tumor spread in the head and neck
  • Learn about the role of neuroimaging in pediatric non-accidental trauma, pediatric stroke, CNS tumors in children, and spinal dysraphisms
  • Discuss recent advances in vascular imaging and focus on the pearls and pitfalls of stroke imaging, and the diagnosis and monitoring of high flow vascular lesions.


Target Audience

The 52nd Annual Meeting of the Western Neuroradiological Society is targeted to the neuroradiologist and radiologist in academic or private practice, physicians in a neurologically-related specialty, physicians in training or post-graduate training in a radiology-related specialty, as well as physicians interested in brain, head and neck, and spine-related imaging and interventional techniques.


The International Institute for Continuing Medical Education, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The International Institute for Continuing Medical Education, Inc., designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.65 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Wednesday, October 21

Time Zone: Pacific Daylight Time

Thursday, October 22

FOCUS SESSION: BRAIN – Back to the Basics
Moderator: Dr. Cyrus Raji

8:00a — 8:20a ABCs of Headache Evaluation — Noriko Salamon, MD
8:20a – 8:40a Zap into the Future: Epilepsy Imaging for Today and Beyond — Diana Gomez-Hassan, MD, PhD
8:40a — 9:00a Brain Tumors: Post Treatment Evaluation — Blair Winegar, MD
9:00a — 9:15a Touch-Me-Not: Normal Variants on Brain Imaging — Marin McDonald, MD, PhD
9:15a — 9:30a Touch Me: Blind Spots You Need to Know — Alexander Lerner, MD
9:30a — 10:30a Break / Vendor Presentations
10:30a — 10:55a Scientific Presentations

FOCUS SESSION: RISE OF THE MACHINES – Lick ’em or Join ’em Moderator: Dr. Joshua Nickerson

10:55a — 11:20a The Real Reasons We Need AI — Andreas Rauschecker, MD
11:20a — 11:40a Integrating AI into Workflow: Challenges and Opportunities — Daniel Chow, MD
11:40a — 12:00p Avoiding Pitfalls in AI — Luke N. Ledbetter, MD
3:00p — 5:00pVirtual Reception

Friday, October 23

7:15a — 8:00aBREAKFAST AND LEARN sponsored by Bracco (Non-CME)

FOCUS SESSION: SPINE – Fix it, Mend it, Heal it
Moderator: Dr. Esther Yuh

8:00a — 8:20a Spinal Vascular Malformations — Bharathidasan Jagadeesan
8:20a — 8:40a Imaging of Interventional Spine Complications — Bassem Georgy, MD
8:40a — 9:00a Roid Rage: Rethinking the Role of Steroids in Spine Intervention — Nicholas Koontz, MD
9:00a — 9:25a Spine Tumor Imaging: Where Do We Go From Here? — Wende N, Gibbs, MD, MA
9:25a — 9:50a Updates on Spine Trauma: What You Need to Know — Jason F. Talbott, MD, PhD
9:50a — 10:10a Pesky CSF Leaks: The Art of Detection and Treatment — Mark Mamlouk, MD
10:10a — 10:30a Break
10:30a — 11:00a Scientific Presentations

FOCUS SESSION: GAME SHOW (Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!) Moderators: Dr. Koontz, Dr. Lobo and Dr. Radhakrishnan

11:00a — 12:00p Game Show

Saturday, October 24

7:30a to 8:15aWNRS Business Meeting
8:15 — 8.45aASNR President’s Address — Joshua Hirsch, MD, FACR, FSIR, FSNIS

FOCUS SESSION: Pushing the Envelope: Advances in Neuroimaging
Moderator: Dr. Nandita Guha-Thakurta

8:45a — 9:05a What Dual Energy CT Can Do For You — Reza Forghani, MD, PhD, FRCPC, DABR
9:05a — 9:20a MR Spectroscopy: What the Future Holds — James Y. Chen, MD
9:20a — 9:35a Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer: Ready for Primetime? — Jennifer L. Becker, BMBS, MRCS, FRCR
9:35a — 9:55a Scanning Better, Scanning Faster — Gregory D. Avey, MD
9:55a — 10:30a Break

FOCUS SESSION: VASCULAR IMAGING: Stroke and Beyond Moderator: Dr. Toshio Moritani

10:30a — 10:55a Stroke Imaging: Pearls and Pitfalls — Kambiz Nael, MD
10:55a — 11:20a Imaging of CNS Vasculopathies — Nikhdokht Farid, MD
11:20a — 11:40a Diagnosis and Monitoring of High Risk Cerebrovascular Diseases — Scott McNally, MD, PhD
11:40a — 12:00p New Kids on the Block — The Latest and Greatest in Vascular Imaging — Mahmoud Mossa-Basha, MD
3:00p — 5:00p Virtual Social Event

Sunday, October 25

FOCUS SESSION: Head and Neck: The Old and the New
Moderator: Dr. Nancy Fischbein

8:00a — 8:25a Key Changes with AJCC 8th Edition — Mohit Agarwal, MD
8:25a — 8:50a Imaging Evaluation in the Post Treatment Neck — Brent D, Griffith, MD
8:50a — 9:10a NIRADS for Head and Neck Cancer — Bruno Policeni, MD
9:10a — 9:30a There’s a Lump in My Throat: Top 5 Causes — Remy R. Lobo, MD
9:30a — 10:00a Perineural Tumor Spread — Gaurang V. Shah, MD
10:15a — 10:30a Break

FOCUS SESSION: Pediatric Neuroimaging: It’s Not Child’s Play Moderator: Dr. Dennis Shaw

10:30a — 10:55a Neuroimaging in Non-Accidental Trauma — Rupa Radhakrishnan, MD, MS
10:55a — 11:20a Pediatric Stroke: Is that a Real Thing? —Mai-Lan Ho, MD
11:20a — 11:40a Updates in Pediatric CNS Tumors — Mohit Maheshwari, MD, MBBS
11:40a — 12:00p Spinal Dysraphisms — Let’s Not Split Hairs — Anant Krishnan, MD
12:00p — 12:15p Challenging Pediatric Cases - Hervey Segall, MD
12:15p — 12:30pClosing Remarks — Roland R. Lee, MD, FACR


Invited Faculty

Mohit Agarwal, MD

Froedtert Hospital
Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Gregory D. Avey, MD

University of Wisconsin Medical School
Madison, Wisconsin


James Y. Chen, MD

UC San Diego Health System
San Diego VA Medical Center
La Jolla, California


Daniel S. Chow, MD

University of California Irvine
Irvine, California


Nikdokht (Niky) Farid, MD

University of San Diego Medical Center
San Diego, California


Reza Forghani, MD, PhD, FRCPC, DABR

McGill University
Montreal, Canada


Bassem A. Georgy, MD

San Diego Imaging
San Diego, California


Wende N. Gibbs, MD, MA

Mayo Clinic
Scottsdale, Arizona


Brent D, Griffith, MD

Henry Ford Hospital
Detroit, Michigan


Diana Gomez-Hassan , MD, PhD

Michigan Medicine
Ann Arbor, Michigan


Joshua A. Hirsch, MD, FACR, FSIR, FSNIS

Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston MA


Mai-Lan Ho, MD

Nationwide Children’s
Columbus, Ohio


Bharathidasan Jagadeesan, MD

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota


Nicholas A. Koontz, MD

Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana


Anant Krishnan, MD

Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI


Luke N. Ledbetter, MD

University of Kansas
Kansas City, Kansas


Alexander Lerner, MD

University of Southern California,
Keck School of Medicine
Pasadena, California


Remy R. Lobo, MD

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan


Mohit Maheshwari, MD, MBBS

Children's Wisconsin Clinics - Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Mark Mamlouk, MD

University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA


Mahmoud Mossa-Basha, MD

University of Washington Medical Center
Seattle, Washington


Marin A. McDonald, MD, PhD

University of California, San Diego
San Diego, California


Scott McNally, MD, PhD

University of Utah Health
Salt Lake City, Utah


Kambiz Nael, MD

Mount Sinai Hospital
New York, New York


Bruno Policeni, MD

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Iowa City, Iowa


Rupa Radhakrishnan, MD, MS

Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana


Andreas Rauschecker, MD

University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA


Noriko Salamon, MD

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
Los Angeles, Calfornia


Gaurang V. Shah, MD

University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, Michigan


Jason F. Talbott, MD, PhD

University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA


Blair Winegar, MD

University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona



WNRS 2019- 2020 Executive Committee


Roland R. Lee, MD, FACR

UCSD/VA Medical Center
San Diego, California



Ashok Srinivasan, MD

University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, Michigan



Jennifer L. Becker, BMBS, MRCS, FRCR

University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona



Luke N. Ledbetter, MD

The University of Kansas Health System
Kansas City, KS



Rihan Khan, MD

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH



Hollie A. Lai, MD

CHOC Children’s Hospital Orange County
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Orange, California



Edward P. Quigley, III, MD, PhD

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah