Understanding MRI imaging of the SI joint – a practical course for clinicians

Moderators: Professor Mikkel Ostergaard and A/Professor Paul Bird

The evolving role of MRI in the diagnosis of spondyloarthropathy provides an opportunity for rheumatologists to become proficient in interpreting MRI of the SI joints and the spine.

This unique workshop combines case studies with clinical image interpretation so that the participant will gain a deeper understanding of MRI and spine pathology in patients with spondyloarthropathy.

By attending the one day course participants will understand:

  • How to differentiate a T1 and T2 weighted sequence, fat suppressed vs non-fat suppressed
  • What does MRI ostieitis look like in the SIJ and spine
  • What is the meaning of fat metaplasia and how does it provide clues to the diagnosis
  • How to spot erosions in the SIJ on MRI
  • What is backfill and what is its significance?
  • What are the differential diagnosis to consider?
  • Artefacts, pitfalls and clinical pearls in MRI interpretation

Join Mikkel Ostergaard and Paul Bird at APLAR for an interactive, case based MRI interpretation experience.

Each participant will have the opportunity to interpret MRI scans in groups and individually, with results assessed and discussed in detail by expert moderators.

A course suitable for clinicians, fellows and trainees – all levels of expertise are welcome!

Program

Sunday 7 April 2019
Time Topic Speaker
0800-0810 Opening remarks and introduction Professor Mikkel Østergaard and A/Professor Paul Bird
0810-0840 MRI of sacroiliac joints: Basic anatomy and MRI technique, and key MRI pathologies Professor Mikkel Østergaard
0840 – 0930 Interactive session 1: Quiz Professor Mikkel Østergaard
0930 – 1030 MRI of sacroiliac joints: Differential diagnosis and pitfalls Professor Mikkel Østergaard
1030-1100 Morning Tea
1100-1230 Interactive session 2: Assessing full MRIs on individual PCs, followed by discussion Professor Mikkel Østergaard and A/Professor Paul Bird
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1400 MRI of sacroiliac joints: Differential diagnosis and pitfalls Professor Mikkel Østergaard
1400-1500 Interactive session 3: Assessing full MRIs on individual PCs, followed by discussion Professor Mikkel Østergaard and A/Professor Paul Bird
1500-1530 Afternoon Tea
1530-1600 MRI of the spine: Basic anatomy and MRI technique, key MRI pathologies, and differential diagnosis A/Professor Paul Bird
1600-1700 Interactive session 4: Assessing full MRIs on individual PCs, followed by discussion Professor Mikkel Østergaard and A/Professor Paul Bird
1700-1715 Evaluation and close of the workshop