The purpose of this course is not only to provide a refresher of imaging characteristics of common spinal pathology, concentrating on MR, CT, and biopsy techniques but also to introduce current and upcoming concepts in the management of spinal pain by emphasizing image guided interventional techniques. In addition, alternative options to interventions including medical management, pitfall avoidance, and endovascular techniques will be discussed.
At the conclusion of this course, the participant should be able to:
- Understand common presentations of spinal and paraspinal pathology both inflammatory and neoplastic
- Understand and apply a wide variety of techniques to secure a pathological diagnosis through image guided biopsy
- Understand a reasonable approach to diagnose and select appropriate treatment for a wide variety of common spinal pain maladies
- Understand in depth the anatomical and technical aspects in the performance of a wide variety of image guided treatment techniques including nerve blocks, disc procedures, epidural injections, joint injections, myofascial injections, vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty, and radio frequency lesioning
- Understand the role of spinal endovascular techniques
- Understand the dangers in performance of these procedures in an effort to avoid potential complications
It is the policy of the International Institute for Continuing Medical Education, Inc. to comply with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for commercial support of CME activities. All faculty participants in IICME programs are required to disclose to the program audience any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest related to this meeting or its content. Faculty disclosure forms are included in the course syllabus and are available at the registration desk for participating review. In addition, faculty disclosures will be made at the beginning of each lecture.
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 enduring material for a maximum of 15.65 AMA PRA Category 1™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Release Date: February 9, 2007
Expiration Date: February 9, 2010