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Industry experts discuss the latest trends and innovations in MR imaging.

National Rural Health Association (NRHA) Webinar

Driving Cardiac MRI Adoption and Growth in Community Hospitals

MRI data from university hospital and research settings show that cardiac MRI is an effective and possibly more accurate tool for physicians to diagnose cardiac disease than traditional methods. As community hospitals look for growth levers and ways to fill scanner volume, recent advancements in cardiac MRI now make it easier to add the exam into their daily clinical routine.

Board-certified cardiologist Timothy S. E. Albert, MD, FACC, discusses how the community-based Tanner Medical Group in Carrollton, GA, continues to grow its cardiac MRI program, overcoming the implementation obstacles common to non-university and tertiary care settings.

Applied Radiology Expert Forums

Integrated PET/MR Imaging for Epilepsy
Epilepsy is a common disease in both children and young adults. The epileptogenic lesion can be challenging to localize and lateralize when planning surgery for patients whose epileptic seizures are resistant to therapy. Dr. Timothy Shepherd, assistant professor of Neuroradiology at NYU, will review the many advantages of using simultaneous PET/MRI for epilepsy patients and its established role in helping to localize seizures and guide clinical management.

Overcoming the Challenge of MRI Metal Artifacts around Orthopedic Implants
Basic and innovative techniques for reducing metal artifacts dramatically improve MR image quality of patients with joint replacements and metallic plates, screws, and rods. They are quickly becoming a crucial part of musculoskeletal MRI at 1.5T and 3T. Jan Fritz, MD, a board-certified and fellowship-trained musculoskeletal radiologist at Johns Hopkins, reviews the principles of metal artifact reduction in MRI, easy-to-use protocols, and every day clinical applications.

Neuroradiology in a New York Minute: New Tools for Accelerating MRI Protocols
Faster MR imaging has many potential benefits for patients, radiologists, referring physicians, and administrators. Time-efficient clinical protocols create better opportunities to perform translational research in clinical patients. Timothy Shepherd, MD, PhD, a clinical scientist in neuroradiology at the New York University School of Medicine, shares his experience striving to accelerate clinical neuroradiology MRI protocols using parallel imaging and simultaneous multi-slice diffusion acquisitions.

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