Imaging Anatomy for the Spine Interventionalist - Chicago, Illinois
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11/2/2019 to 11/3/2019
When: November 2-3, 2019
Where: JW Marriott Chicago
Chicago, Illinois 
United States

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Ever wonder how interventional radiologists with years of experience view radiographs, CT scans, and MRI images of the spine? They know the specificity and sensitivity limitations of the imaging tools in their toolbox and, at a glance, they recognize findings that correlate with pain syndromes or warn of sinister disease. 

Imagine taking your interventional skills to the next level with that degree of diagnostic confidence.

Build this confidence in small groups, 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; and 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.


John A. Carrino, MD, MPH

Vice Chairman, Department of Radiology and Imaging, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Radiology, Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
New York, New York

Felix E. Diehn, MD

Associate Professor of Radiology, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
Rochester, Minnesota


Greta B. Liebo, MD
Consultant and Assistant Professor in Radiology at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota

Timothy Maus, MD

Past SIS President and Professor of Radiology, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
Rochester, Minnesota

Vinil Shah, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology, University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California


(Subject to Change)

Saturday, November 2

Registration / Breakfast
7:00-8:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks and Faculty Introductions
8:00-8:15 a.m.

Imaging Techniques
8:15-9:00 a.m.

8:15 - Contrast Media: Safety and Utility
John A. Carrino, MD, MPH

8:30 - Basics of Imaging Technique: Radiographs, CT, and Bone Scan (SPECT)
Felix E. Diehn, MD

8:45 - Basics of Imaging Technique: MRI
John A. Carrino, MD, MPH

Lumbar Spine
9:00-10:00 a.m.

9:00 - Enumeration, Anatomy Basics, and Innervation
Timothy Maus, MD

9:15 - Disc Herniations: Disc Anatomy and Nomenclature
Greta B. Liebo, MD

9:30 - Foraminal Stenosis: Disc, Endplate and SAP Hypertrophs, and Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
Felix E. Diehn, MD

9:45 - Spondylolysis, Space of Okada, Posterior Ligamentous Complex Inflammatory Syndrome
Timothy Maus, MD

Case Question 1
10:00-10:05 a.m.

Networking Break
10:05-10:40 a.m.

Case Question 1 Answered
10:40-10:45 a.m.

Lumbar Spine
10:45-11:30 a.m.

10:45 - Synovial Cysts
Felix E. Diehn, MD

11:00 - Axial Pain: The Disc and Posterior Elements
Greta B. Liebo, MD

11:15 - Neurogenic Intermittent Claudication
Timothy Maus, MD

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

11:30 - Sacroiliac Joint Anatomy, Function, and Normal Imaging
John A. Carrino, MD, MPH

11:45 - Lumbar Contrast Patterns
Greta B. Liebo, MD

12:00 - Spondyloarthropathies
John A. Carrino, MD, MPH

Case Question 2
12:15-12:20 p.m

Lunch on Your Own
12:20-1:30 p.m.

Case Question 2 Answered
1:30-1:35 p.m.

Thoracic Spine
1:35-2:35 p.m.

1:35 - Anatomy: Rib Articulations, Costovertebral, and Costotransverse Joints
Felix E. Diehn, MD

1:50 - Thoracic Disc Disease: Herniations and Schmorl's Nodes
Greta B. Liebo, MD

2:05 - Vascular Anatomy of the Thoracolumbar Spine
Vinil Shah, MD

2:20 - Discussion

Break into Groups
2:35-2:45 p.m.

Case Discussion - Rotation 1
2:45-3:20 p.m.

Breakout Switch
3:20-3:30 p.m.

Case Discussion - Rotation 2
3:30-4:05 p.m.

Breakout Switch
4:05-4:15 p.m.

Case Discussion - Rotation 3
4:15-4:50 p.m.

Breakout Switch
4:50-5:00 p.m.
Case Discussion - Rotation 4
5:00-5:35 p.m.

Adjourn for the Day
5:35 p.m.

Networking Reception
5:45-6:45 p.m.

Sunday, November 3

7:30-8:00 a.m.

Morning Remarks
8:00-8:15 a.m.

Planning Lumbar TFESI Based on Imaging Anatomy
8:15-8:30 a.m.
Timothy Maus, MD

Cervical Spine
8:30-9:30 a.m.

8:30 - Craniocervical Junction and Cervicogenic Headache
Greta B. Liebo, MD

8:45 - Unique Subaxial Anatomy and Innervation
Vinil Shah, MD

9:00 - Vascular Anatomy of the Cervical Spine
Felix E. Diehn, MD

9:15 - Cervical Radicular Pain: Disc Herniations and Foraminal Stenosis
Timothy Maus, MD

Case Question 3
9:30-9:35 a.m.

Networking Break
9:35-9:55 a.m.

Case Question 3 Answered
9:55-10:00 a.m.

Holospine and Paraspinal Nerves
10:00-11:00 a.m.

10:00 - Brachial Plexus and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
John A. Carrino, MD, MPH

10:15 - Metastases to the Spine
Vinil Shah, MD

10:30 - When Not to Inject: When Imaging Warns You of Excess Risk
Timothy Maus, MD

10:45 - Veterbral and Sacral Fractures
Vinil Shah, MD

Networking Break
11:00-11:15 a.m.

Holospine and Paraspinal Nerves
11:15-11:30 a.m.

11:15 - Lumbosacral Plexus and Piriformis Syndrome (Extraspinal Sciatica)
John A. Carrino, MD, MPH

Lessons Learned
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Timothy Maus, MD

12:00-12:15 p.m.

Course Adjourns
12:15 p.m.

Hotel Accommodations

JW Marriott Chicago
151 West Adams Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Room Rate: $179
Call: 877.303.0104 and mention "Imaging Anatomy for the Spine Interventionalist"
Click here for online reservations
Cut-off: Thursday, October 10, 2019, subject to availability


Registration Rates

Physician Member - $875
Military Member / Allied Health Professional - $575
Fellow / Resident Member - $250
Physician Non-Member - $1,525

After September 6, 2019, and October 11, 2019, add $100 to all registration rates.


Chicago is served by two airports and taxis, trains, rental cars, and rideshares are readily available. O'Hare International Airport (ORD) is a 45-minute ride to the hotel and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) is 30-minute trip.

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 9.7AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

The American Medical Association has determined that physicians not licensed in the US to participate in this CME activity are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

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.

Registration Open to All
The content of this course is geared towards physicians but registration is open to SIS members, non-member physicians, and mid-level staff because SIS considers anatomic imaging skills critical to achieving positive outcomes.

Have mid-level staff who are looking at cross-sectional imaging? Register them at a special rate and elevate your team’s outcomes.

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. 


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.

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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.

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Materials presented at this course are 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. SIS reserves all rights to such material.

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SIS has a zero-tolerance policy prohibiting any form of discrimination or harassment, including, but not limited to, 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; the display of sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recordings; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.

All attendees, speakers, sponsors, staff, and volunteers at Society activities are required to agree to uphold this code of conduct during the event and in activity-related social events at off-site locations and in related online communities and social media.

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 +1.708.505.9416 or Anne Rounds, CMP, HMCC, Director of Meetings, at  or +1.415.385.7462.

Those who violate this Code of Conduct will be asked to cease any inappropriate behavior, are expected to comply immediately, and may be subject to sanctions up to and including expulsion from the activity without refund and prohibition from attendance at future Society activities.

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