Imaging Anatomy for the Spine Interventionalist - Washington, D.C. - SOLD OUT
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11/4/2017 to 11/5/2017
When: November 4-5, 2017
Where: Washington Marriott at Metro Center
Washington, District of Columbia 
United States

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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, NY

Felix E. Diehn, MD
Rochester, MN

Timothy Maus, MD
Rochester, MN

Vinil Shah, MD
San Francisco, CA


Saturday, November 4

7:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast at Washington Marriott at Metro Center


Welcome Remarks


Imaging Techniques 


Basics of Imaging Technique: Radiographs, CT, and Bone Scan (SPECT)


Basics of Imaging Technique: MRI


Rational Use of Imaging


Lumbar Spine


Enumeration, Anatomy Basics, and Innervation


Disc Herniations: Disc Anatomy and Nomenclature


Foraminal Stenosis: Disc, Endplate and SAP Hypertrophs, and Degenerative Spondylolisthesis


Spondylolysis, Space of Okada, Posterior Ligamentous Complex Inflammatory Syndrome


Synovial Cysts


Axial Pain: The Disc and Posterior Elements


Neurogenic Intermittent Claudication (NIC)


Case Question #1


Networking Break


Case Question #1 Answered

11:05 a.m.- 12:05 p.m.



Sacroiliac Joint Anatomy, Function, and Normal Imaging




Sacral and Pelvic Insufficiency Fractures


A Confounder in the Differential Diagnosis of Lumbar Radicular Pain: Basic Hip Imaging


Lunch on Your Own


Thoracic Spine


Anatomy: Rib Articulation, Costovertebral, and Costotransverse Joints


Thoracic Disc Disease: Herniation and Schmorl's Nodes


Vascular Anatomy of the Thoracolumbar Spine




Case Question #2




Case Question #2 Answered; Break Into Groups


Rotation 1


Rotation 2




Rotation 3


Rotation 4


Adjourn for the Day

 6:00-7:00 Networking Reception at Washington Marriott at Metro Center


Sunday, November 5

8:00 a.m.

Breakfast at Washington Marriott at Metro Center




Cervical Spine


Craniocervical Junction and Cervicogenic Headache


Unique Subaxial Anatomy and Innervation


Vascular Anatomy of the Cervical Spine


Cervical Radicular Pain: Disc Herniations and Foraminal Stenosis


Case Question #3




Case Question #3 Answered


Holospine and Paraspinal Nerves


Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and the Brachial Plexus


Metastases to the Spine




Compression Fractures: Benign vs. Malignant


The Lumbosacral Plexus and Pirformis Syndrome




Lessons Learned




Course Adjourns


Hotel Accommodations
Washington Marriott at Metro Center
775 12th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Room Rate: $169
202.737.2200 Mention "SIS" for the group rate
Cut-off: Thursday, October 12, 2017 and is subject to availability
Click HERE for online reservations

The Washington Marriott at Metro Center features convenient access to the National Mall, Smithsonian Institution, CityCenterDC, Spy Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery.

Registration Rate
Physician Member - $750
Military Member / Allied Health Professional - $425
Fellow / Resident Member - $150
Physician Non Member - $950

After October 6, 2017, add $100 to all registration rates.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is 5 miles from the Washington Marriott at Metro Center. Metro Center is the central hub station of the Washington Metro rapid transit system and a 20-minute Metrorail ride to 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
Participants will be provided food during the course. We strive to meet the needs of all attendees but if you have any questions or specific dietary restrictions, please contact the SIS office. Additionally, SIS only contracts with facilities that are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. All requests for specific accommodations and/or dietary requests should be submitted by Wednesday, October 5, 2017 to

Attendee Preparation
Course materials will be emailed to registered attendees one week prior to the course. Prior to attending, participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with those materials. Lectures will also be provided 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 congress 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
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. 

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