ASNR Comprehensive Neuroradiology Course

August 12-13, 2021
Now Virtual!

The NEW ASNR Comprehensive Neuroradiology Course is a two-day intensive, image-rich review of neuroradiology taught by award-winning educators. This high-yield, practical course covers the essentials of neuroradiology practice, including adult brain imaging, head and neck imaging, spine imaging, pediatric neuroradiology, and advanced imaging techniques in neuroradiology.

CME Credit

The American Society of Neuroradiology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Neuroradiology designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Live and On-Demand

The virtual event will take place in a live course environment to allow for small group interaction and real-time Q and A with faculty. On-demand access will be available to registered attendees only for 90 days following the event.

Event Registration

This event has begun and registration is no longer available. Registered attendees should have received an email from Erica Kruse with the link to join the live event. Email with any questions or if you did not receive the email. Event content will be available to registered attendees only for 90 days following the event.

Topics and Agenda

Day 1: August 12

All times are Central Time
Morning Session 1: 8:00 am-10:00 am

  • Spaces of the head and neck: You’ll understand the anatomic boundaries which help to define compartments or “spaces” in the neck and the normal anatomy and contents of each of these suprahyoid and infrahyoid spaces in the neck and to accurately localize neck pathology into a specific space in order to generate the best differential diagnosis.
  • Paranasal sinus imaging: You’ll learn to recognize imaging and clinical red flags which suggest the abnormality is NOT routine sinusitis and raise concern for invasive fungal sinusitis, complicated bacterial sinusitis or neoplasm.
  • Orbit imaging and disease: You’ll learn to recognize orbital inflammatory disease based upon imaging appearance and clinical scenario in order to offer a limited differential diagnosis and guide biopsy in select cases.

Break: 10:00 am-10:15 am

Morning Session 2: 10:15 am-12:15 pm

  • Facial trauma
  • Temporal bone
  • Normal brain and spine development: You’ll learn about the normal development of the brain and spine in pediatric patients.
  • Congenital brain anomalies: You’ll review the most common congenital brain anomalies.

Lunch Break: 12:15 pm-1:00 pm

Afternoon Session 1: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

  • Thyroid imaging: You’ll learn to understand the recommendations for preoperative imaging evaluation of thyroid cancer and indications for cross-sectional imaging to accurately stage the primary tumor and regional lymph nodes.
  • Degenerative and post-operative spine: You’ll review the utility of different modalities in the workup of degenerative disease, options for conservative and operative management, and appropriate terminology for reports.
  • Vascular imaging techniques: You’ll learn conventional and advanced vascular imaging techniques, indications, and findings in various vasculopathic processes.
  • Spinal tumor: You’ll learn about the role of radiology in the multidisciplinary management of patients with osseous spine and spinal cord tumors.

Break: 3:00 pm-3:15 pm

Afternoon Session 2: 3:15 pm-4:45 pm

  • Spine trauma: You’ll review the biomechanical principles behind traumatic injury in different spinal segments, unique findings seen in certain patient populations with coexisting pathology, and surgical classification and terminology.
  • NAT: You’ll learn the important, do-not-miss findings seen with abusive head trauma.
  • Perinatal imaging: You’ll learn about the use of neuroimaging in the perinatal period.
  • Spine: Vasculature and CSF: You’ll learn how to identify and describe the most common vascular pathologies that affect the spinal cord, as well as workup and management of conditions produced by pathology of the CSF compartment.
Day 2: August 13
All times are Central Time
Morning Session 1: 8:30 am-10:00 am

  • Pediatric brain tumors: You’ll learn the most common brain tumors of childhood.
  • Phakomatoses: You’ll discuss how to differentiate the most common phakomatoses.
  • Adult brain tumors

Break: 10:00 am-10:15 am

Morning Session 2: 10:15 am-11:45 am 

  • MR perfusion and spectroscopy: You’ll learn the basics of MRI perfusion and spectroscopy techniques, applications, and imaging characteristics of specific types of pathology.
  • Preoperative fMRI: You’ll understand the basic principles of how preoperative advanced imaging such as functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, and tractography can be used to aid in surgical planning to best limit morbidity.
  • Applications of DWI imaging: You’ll learn conventional and advanced diffusion techniques applied to the brain and spine, and imaging characteristics of pathologic processes.
  • Post-treatment brain imaging: You’ll learn to differentiate between expected and unexpected findings in the immediate post-operative period following brain tumor resection, and also identify long-term sequelae of tumor therapy, including the imaging appearance of pseudoprogression and other radiation-induced changes.

Lunch Break: 11:45 am-12:15 pm

Afternoon Session 1: 12:15 pm-2:15 pm

  • Brain trauma
  • Epilepsy imaging: You’ll learn about disease processes that can contribute to epilepsy, and indications for appropriate imaging in epilepsy.
  • Intracranial infections: You’ll recognize the imaging manifestations of bacterial, viral and fungal infections on CT and MRI as well as understand the potential management implications of infection within the various compartments of the central nervous system.
  • CT perfusion and stroke imaging: You’ll learn about stroke imaging, including MRI/MRA, CT, CTA and CT perfusion, including a discussion of CT perfusion processing algorithms and potential pitfalls.

Break: 2:15 pm-2:30 pm

Afternoon Session 2: 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

  • White matter disease
  • Non-traumatic hemorrhage and vascular lesions
  • Neurodegenerative disease: You’ll review the most common neurodegenerative disorders and associated findings on MRI. Best practices with regards to reporting and additional imaging recommendations will also be reviewed.

Meet Your Course Faculty

Joshua P. Nickerson, MD: Course Director

Dr. Nickerson is Division Chief of Neuroradiology and Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University. He is a former residency Program Director and Vice Chair of Education, and current Associate Program Director. He has served for many years on the Education Committee of the ASNR, and is the current Editor-in-Chief of Neurographics, the educational journal of the ASNR. He is a passionate educator, a prior Anne Osborn International Outreach Professor, and serves in educational roles with the APDR, AUR, and ABR.

Tabassum A. Kennedy, MD: Adult Brain

Dr. Tabby Kennedy is the Division Chief of Neuroradiology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a former Fellowship Director. Tabby is a pioneer in medical education and has experience with flipped classroom instruction using digital media. She is a highly regarded lecturer on the national stage always delivering well-organized, visually appealing and insightful talks. She was recently awarded the ASNR Outstanding Educator award for 2021.

Judith A. Gadde, DO, MBA: Pediatric

Dr. Judy Gadde is a pediatric neuroradiologist at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, where she also serves as the Director of Academic Innovation. She is currently enrolled in two Harvard Macy Institute courses – Program for Educators in Healthcare Professions and Transforming your Teaching for the Virtual Environment. Her passion is in medical education with a focus on social media and innovation.

Mahmud Mossa-Basha, MD: Advanced Imaging

Dr. Mahmud Mossa-Basha is an associate professor of radiology at the University of Washington, and serves as Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, Medical Director of MRI and Radiology Chief of Service. Mahmud is former Johns Hopkins Fellow Teacher of the Year (2012), UW Neuroradiology Teacher of the Year (2013, 2015), and Scott J. Schulte UW Radiology Teacher of the Year (2014). Mahmud is the co-director of the ACR Neuroradiology Review Course, a didactic and case-based hands-on course the he leads and proctors 2-3 times per year.

Wende Gibbs, MD, MA: Spine

Dr. Gibbs is a Neuroradiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Wende is Vice Chair of the ASNR Education Committee, and a member of the ASNR Operations and Corporate Partners committees. She is the Vice President of the American Society of Spine Radiology and Western Neuroradiological Society. She is the ARRS Scientific Program Chair for Neuroradiology and Chair of the Social Media Committee. She is a longstanding member of the American Board of Radiology Neuroradiology Core Committee. She is a member of the AJNR editorial board as well as AJNR Podcast Editor and host, and more recently, Associate Editor for Radiographics.

Ashley H. Aiken, MD: Head & Neck

Dr. Aiken is Director of Head and Neck imaging, Fellowship Program Director and Professor of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at Emory University. She has served for many years on the ASNR education committee and serves as chair of the ASNR fellowship directors’ committee. She also serves as chair of the fellowship director’s committee for APDR. She serves on the editorial board for AJNR and is heavily involved in ACR committee work focused on head and neck practice parameters. She practices in an innovative embedded reading room within ENT clinics and a multidisciplinary clinic for head and neck cancer.