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Clinical Trends in MR Vessel Wall Imaging

  • Authors: Bruce A. Wasserman, MD
  • CME Released: 4/17/2023
  • Valid for credit through: 4/17/2024, 11:59 PM EST
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This activity is intended for radiologists, neuroradiologists, neurologists, and radiologic technologists.

The goal of this activity is for learners to be better able to assess the clinical applications of magnetic resonance (MR) vessel wall imaging (VWI).

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    • Applications for MR VWI
    • Technical aspects of VWI
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    • Apply best practices to acquiring and interpreting MR VWI


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  • Bruce A. Wasserman, MD

    Vice Chair of Clinical Research
    Professor of Radiology, Neurosurgery, and Vascular Surgery
    Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
    University of Maryland School of Medicine
    Director of Neurovascular Imaging
    University of Maryland Medical Center
    Adjunct Professor
    Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Baltimore, Maryland


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Clinical Trends in MR Vessel Wall Imaging

Authors: Bruce A. Wasserman, MDFaculty and Disclosures

CME Released: 4/17/2023

Valid for credit through: 4/17/2024, 11:59 PM EST



2D, two-dimensional
3D, three-dimensional
3T, 3.0 Tesla
angio, angiography
BBMRI, black-blood MR imaging
Ca, calcium
CE, contrast-enhanced
CEMRA, contrast-enhanced MR angiography
CNSV, central nervous system vasculitis
DPTA, diethylenetriamine penta-acetic acid
DWI, diffusion-weighted imaging
ECA, external carotid artery
FLAIR, fluid-attenuated inversion recovery
H&E, hematoxylin and eosin
h/o, history of
HA, heart attack
HLD, hyperlipidemia
HTN, hypertension
ICA, internal carotid artery
ICAD, intracranial atherosclerotic disease
IVL, intravascular lymphoma
LE, lower extremity
M2, second division of middle cerebral artery
M3, third division of middle cerebral artery
MPR, multiplanar reformatting (mode)
MR, magnetic resonance
MRA, magnetic resonance angiography
MRI, magnetic resonance imaging
NASCET, North American Symptomatic Carotid Endarterectomy Trial (criteria)
NC, necrotic core
PCOM, posterior communicating artery
RCVS, reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome
Rt, right
s/p, status post
T1W, T1-weighted
Thr, thrombus
TOF, time of flight
VWI, vessel wall imaging
yo, year old

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