Imaging Anatomy for the Spine Interventionalist - San Francisco, California
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 Export to Your Calendar 11/3/2018 to 11/4/2018
When: November 3-4, 2018
Where: Park Central Hotel, San Francisco
San Francisco, California 
United States

Online registration is available until: 11/3/2018
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Have you ever wondered how interventional radiologists with years of experience view radiographs, CT scans and MRI images of the spine? From the start, they know the specificity and sensitivity limitations of the imaging tools in their toolbox, and at a glance they have become adept at recognizing findings that correlate with pain syndromes or warn of sinister disease. Imagine how you can take your interventional skills to the next level with that degree of diagnostic confidence. 

You will build this confidence in small groups, systematically studying images from actual cases that have challenged and informed your instructors' abilities. Over the course of the weekend, you will develop an eye for systematically examining large data sets, filtering out extraneous information, and focusing on critical findings, increasing your recognition of subtle findings which may indicate disease and degenerative phenomena that may be associated with typical axial and radicular pain syndromes. 


Elevate your entire practice by bringing your mid-level colleagues with you to experience this one-of-a-kind course. Learning together will greatly enhance your team’s effectiveness while you learn what to look for to keep your patients safe.

Course Director

John A. Carrino, MD, MPH
New York, New York

Felix E. Diehn, MD
Rochester, Minnesota

Timothy Maus, MD
Rochester, Minnesota

Vinil Shah, MD
San Francisco, California

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Hotel Accommodations
Park Central Hotel, San Francisco
50 Third Street
San Francisco, California 94103
Room Rate: $179
Click here for room reservations
Call: 888.627.8561 and mention "SIK18A"
Cut-off: Thursday, October 11, 2018, subject to availability

Registration Rate
Physician Member - $825
Military Member / Allied Health Professional - $475
Fellow / Resident Member - $225
Physician Non Member - $1,050

After September 7, 2018, add $100 to all registration rates.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Oakland International Airport (OAK) both service San Francisco. You are responsible for your own ground transportation to and from the hotel. Taxis, rideshares, and rental cars are also readily available at the airport.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Systematically evaluate a spine imaging study and describe normal anatomy;
  • Identify the specificity and sensitivity shortcomings of radiographs, CT and MRI;
  • Assess normal variants that may simulate symptomatic spine disease;
  • Recognize neural compressive lesions within a large spine imaging data set;
  • Interpret patient radiographic findings to develop a differential diagnosis in correlation with history, physical examination, and the patient’s spine pathology;
  • Explain challenges to safe injections and how to avoid pitfalls through analysis of spine imaging;
  • Utilize imaging in planning transforaminal access to maximize safety and efficacy.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

The Spine Intervention Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Spine Intervention Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).TM Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

The Spine Intervention Society advises participants to continue to obtain proctoring, mentoring, and additional experience prior to treating patients.

Target Audience
This live activity has been designed for individuals who are involved in the care of patients with spine pain.

Who May Attend
You do not have to be a SIS member to attend this course, but please note that the materials presented are geared towards physicians.

Special Accommodations
SIS only contracts with facilities that are in compliance with the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and also strives to meet the needs of all diets with food provided to participants during the course. All ADA accommodations and/or dietary requests should be submitted by Thursday, October 4, 2018 to

Attendee Preparation
Prior to attendance, participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Spine Intervention Society-sanctioned materials that will be emailed at least one week prior to the course and the SIS's Practice Guidelines for Spinal Diagnostics and Treatment Procedures, 2nd Edition. Attendees will receive copies of the presented lectures upon completion of the course. 

During lab time, attendees should dress in casual attire or scrubs and closed-toed shoes. Leaded aprons and thyroid shields will be provided; please bring your own protective eyewear.

Registration Information
Registration is required and accepted on a first come, first served basis. Registrants will be confirmed via email. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the office. Do not book hotel accommodations or airfare until you are confirmed for the course.

Cancellation Policy
The Spine Intervention Society requires cancellation at least 21 days prior to the course to receive a refund less a $150 administrative fee. Cancellation less than 21 days prior will result in forfeiture of all fees. SIS reserves the right to cancel this event due to circumstances beyond its control. The Society assumes no financial obligation to registrants for possible costs incurred.

Disclosure Policy
SIS plans and implements educational activities in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Criteria and Standards for Commercial Support to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. As an ACCME-accredited provider, the Society’s policy requires program speakers, moderators, committee chairs, committee members, planners, and staff to disclose all financial relationships they may have or have had within the last twelve (12) months with commercial interests whose products or services may impact their presentation.

The Instructor Development Committee Chair reviews all disclosures prior to presentation and has a process of resolution that, if not satisfied, results in the removal of the speaker. The intent of this policy is not to prevent expert speakers with relevant relationship(s), with commercial interest(s), or other interests from involvement in CME but rather to ensure that the Society’s CME activities promote quality and safety, are effective in improving medical practice, are based on valid content, and are independent from commercial interests and free of commercial bias. Disclosure information will be made available to all participants at this meeting. Speakers are also required to disclose this information to the participants verbally and on the introductory slide at the beginning of each presentation.

To ensure the integrity of members, volunteers, and leaders, and to maintain public confidence, SIS has adopted a policy of uniform disclosure of financial relationships. Any individual participating in a sponsored activity must disclose to the audience any financial relationship in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g. stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities for which remuneration is received or expected.

Commercial Support Disclosure
The Society fully complies with all ACCME requirements for commercial support and maintains a separation of promotion from education. The content or format of SIS CME activities, or its related materials, promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest. The Spine Intervention Society is a non-profit medical society. Revenues from this and all courses are used for future research and educational endeavors.

Course Materials Copyright
Materials presented at this course have been made available by the Spine Intervention Society for educational purposes only. No distribution or reproductions of any kind, including audio and video recordings, may be made of the presentations. We reserve all rights to such material.

Code of Conduct
All attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers at a Spine Intervention Society (SIS) activity are required to agree to the following code of conduct. SIS staff will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

SIS is dedicated to providing a harassment-free activity for everyone, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, gender identity, or gender expression.

Harassment includes offensive verbal or written comments related to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, gender identity, or gender expression; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.

SIS has a zero-tolerance policy for any form of discrimination or harassment, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment by participants or our staff at our activities. If you experience harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, SIS asks that you inform either Margaret Klys, MJ, CAE, Executive Director/CEO, at  or 708.505.9416 or Anne Rounds, CMP, HMCC, Director of Meetings, at  or 415.385.7462.

We expect all participants to follow the SIS Code of Conduct during the event.  This includes activity-related social events at off-site locations and in related online communities and social media. Participants asked to cease any inappropriate behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Conference participants who violate this Code of Conduct may be given a warning or be expelled from the conference without a refund. SIS reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future activity.

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