ACR-SPR MRI & CT of Pediatric and Adult Congenital Disorders



This two-and-a-half-day course is designed to optimize clinical practice skills by providing intense training in interpreting pediatric cardiac MR examinations under the supervision of expert faculty. Participants use workstations with Medis and have access to over 100 congenital and pediatric cardiovascular MR cases. Pre- and post-operative cases will be available for review. Post-processing techniques will be emphasized. The course also covers technical considerations for obtaining optimal examinations for interpretation. Preparation material for this course can be found here. (registration required)

Earn up to 33.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 17 SAM Credits.

Course Co-Directors:
Cynthia Rigsby, MD, FACR
Associate Professor of Radiology
Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago

Laureen Sena, MD
Children's Hospital, Boston

Improve understanding of:

  1. Normal cardiovascular anatomy and normal anatomic variants.
  2. The spectrum of pediatric congenital and acquired cardiovascular disease, and natural history of the most common conditions.
  3. The therapeutic options and operative techniques in each condition, as well as the complications that can arise following treatment.
  4. Imaging manifestations of pediatric cardiovascular disease, and the complementary role of MRI to echocardiography, CT and cardiac catheterization in therapeutic decision-making in the pre-operative and post-operative period.
  5. The technical basis of pediatric cardiovascular MRI, including hardware requirements, sequence selection and optimization, and technical limitations.
  6. Post-processing techniques for functional, flow and angiographic evaluation.
  7. Provide a forum for sharing knowledge of ongoing technical and clinical developments in the field of MRI of congenital and pediatric cardiovascular disease.

Attendees who interpret a minimum of 50 pediatric cardiovascular MR scans will be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency stating they meet the case requirement as specified in the ACR Practice Guideline for Performance and Interpretation of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

Accreditation Statement: The American College of Radiology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement: The American College of Radiology designates this live activity for a maximum of 33.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Qualified on 07/01/2015, this activity meets the American Board of Radiology’s criteria for a self-assessment (SAM) activity and is designated for up to 17 SAM Credits toward the ABR Maintenance of Certification program.