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Essentials of Emergency Radiology 2016: Pearls and Pitfalls – Harvard Medical School

June 4, 2016 - June 5, 2016


The educational objective of this intensive, two-day course is to provide a comprehensive, focused review of the major basic & advanced principles of diagnostic emergency radiology in the evaluation of acutely ill and injured patients.

Specifically, we will emphasize the management, acquisition, and interpretation of structural and advanced imaging studies of the brain, spine, extremities, heart, lungs, abdomen, pelvis, and vascular system, with the goal of:

1. Appropriate application of clinical imaging algorithms.
2. Implementation of relevant recent technical advances.
3. Formulation of differential diagnoses.

Special emphasis will be placed on the recognition of common imaging mimics, pitfalls, and artifacts, as well as highlighting “what the referring clinician needs to know”, up-to-date emergency department workflow and clinical decision support tools, and relevant current healthcare policy issues.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Select the most appropriate and cost-effective imaging studies for specific clinical presentations of acute traumatic and non-traumatic conditions
  • Integrate the most current pathophysiological & pathological concepts into the interpretation of these imaging studies, emphasizing a patterned, checklist approach
  • Provide focused differential diagnoses for simple & complex imaging problems, using up-to-date structured reporting &decision support tools for communication of both urgent & incidental findings
  • Apply emerging technologies, such as dual energy CT and radiation dose reduction techniques, in emergency imaging to the care of their patients

Target Audience

This course is targeted to physicians, physician assistants, medical students, fellows, and residents. This course may also be of interest to specialty physicians who practice in Critical Care and Trauma, Emergency Medicine, Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, and Surgery.


Richard B. Simches Research Conference Center
185 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114 United States
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+1 (617) 643-0500

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