Pitfalls, Variants, and Pseudolesions: How to Avoid Misdiagnosis

Online Course Package With Book

This course will focus exclusively on how to avoid misdiagnosis in a wide spectrum of pitfalls, variants, and pseudolesions according to current evidence based appropriateness criteria. Renowned faculty will present practical, cutting-edge reviews across a range of applications. This course will emphasize real-life clinical scenarios, provide tips and tricks to optimize study performance and interpretation, and ultimately enhance care provision by adding value to patient management.

Earn credit at your own pace through June 9, 2022 and continue to access your videos until June 10, 2029. See below for detailed information and learning outcomes.

This course package offers 30 CME and SA-CME Credits following completion of an online test.

ARRS Member price: $795
ARRS In-Training Member price: $399
Nonmember price: $1,599

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Or consider the stand-alone book.

Video content for this Online Course will be available to view until June 10, 2029, which is ten years following the issuance date of this course. ARRS reserves the right to remove video content before the end of the ten year period. Video content that contradicts current science or misleads the viewer based on changes to accepted clinical practice may be removed on a case-by-case basis.

Learning Outcomes and Modules  

Following completion of this course, participants should be familiar with the spectrum of common and unusual diagnostic imaging pitfalls that occur throughout the body, and should be able to apply the principles described to continuously improve their clinical performance. Participants will be able to:

  • Identify and characterize relevant incidental findings.
  • List differential diagnoses, when necessary, and suggest the best management strategy.
  • Apply practice-based strategies for optimizing patient outcomes.
  • Communicate recommendations for follow up appropriately.

Module 1—General

  • Management of Discrepancies and Misses: A Medicolegal Perspective—Leonard Berlin, MD 
  • Pitfalls of Doppler Ultrasound—Shweta Bhatt, MD 
  • Body MRI: Technical Approach to Artifacts and Pitfalls—Kathryn J. Fowler, MD 
  • Pitfalls in Oncologic PET/CT—Don C. Yoo, MD

Module 2—Hepatobiliary

  • Biliary Pitfalls—Peter Shou-Cheng Liu, MD 
  • Cirrhotic Liver Pitfalls—Donald G. Mitchell, MD 
  • MRI Pitfalls of the Noncirrhotic Liver—Evan S. Siegelman, MD 
  • Pitfalls and Pseudotumors in Imaging of Pancreatic Masses—Fergus V. Coakley, MD

Module 3—Urinary and Topics in the Abdomen

  • Renal Masses—Lejla Aganovic, MD 
  • Pitfalls, Pseudolesions, and Variants in Adrenal Imaging: How to Avoid Misdiagnosis—Khaled M. Elsayes, MD 
  • The Spleen: Pitfalls and Pseudolesions—John R. Leyendecker, MD 
  • Pitfalls in Diagnosis of Blunt Abdominal Trauma—Jorge A. Soto, MD

Module 4—Gastrointestinal

  • Pitfalls in Abdominal Radiograph Interpretation: It’s 2019. Should We Even Bother?—David J. DiSantis, MD 
  • CT Colonography Pitfalls—Perry J. Pickhardt, MD 
  • Small Bowel and Appendix Pitfalls—Wendy L. Ehieli, MD 
  • Pitfalls in Diagnosis of Rectal Cancer—Kartik S. Jhaveri, MD, FRCPC, DABR

Module 5—Female and Male Pelvis

  • From Quality Assurance to Quality Improvement: Transitioning Peer Review to Peer Learning—Christopher Geordie Roth, MD 
  • Obstetric Ultrasound—Anne M. Kennedy, MB, BCh, BAO 
  • Female Pelvis—Victoria Chernyak, MD, MS 
  • Pitfalls in Prostate MRI—Rajan T. Gupta, MD

Module 6—Neuroradiology

  • Pitfalls of Head and Neck Imaging—Kristen M. Baugnon, MD 
  • Pitfalls of Stroke Imaging—Bryan Yoo, MD 
  • Pitfalls of Brain Tumor Imaging—Melissa Mei Chen, MD 
  • Pearls and Pitfalls of the Postoperative Lumbar Spine: Anatomy, Lumbar Fusion Techniques, and Postoperative Complications—Christian S. Geannette, MD

Module 7—Pulmonary

  • Pitfalls in Lung Nodule Detection and Characterization on CT—Reginald F. Munden, MD, DMD, MBA 
  • Interstitial Lung Disease: Pitfalls and Misdiagnosis—Stephen Blake Hobbs, MD, FSCCT 
  • PET/CT Pitfalls in the Chest—Girish Shroff, MD 
  • Interpretation of Chest Radiographs: Pitfalls and Pseudolesions—Jo-Anne O. Shepard, MD

Module 8—Cardiovascular/Breast

  • Pulmonary CT Angiography Pitfalls—Jane P. Ko, MD 
  • Imaging of Aortic Disease: Pearls and Pitfalls—Smita Patel, MD 
  • Cardiac Findings on Chest CT: Pitfalls, Variants, and Pseudolesions—Cameron Hassani, MD 
  • Interpretation of Breast Findings on CT and PET Imaging of the Thorax—Jessica W.T. Leung, MD

Module 9—Musculoskeletal

  • Soft-Tissue Tumors: How to Avoid Pitfalls in Diagnosis—Mark D. Murphey, MD 
  • Musculoskeletal Infections: How to Avoid Misdiagnosis—Donna G. Blankenbaker, MD 
  • Sport-Related Musculoskeletal Injuries: Practical Approach to Overcome Pitfalls—Peter T. Evangelista, MD 
  • Musculoskeletal Biopsy Procedures: Pearls and Pitfalls—Glenn C. Gaviola, MD

Module 10—Pediatrics

  • Pediatric Thoracic Normal Variants and Pseudolesions: Potential Pitfalls and Pearls—Rekha Krishnasarma, MD 
  • Pediatric Hepatobiliary Disorders: What Not to Miss—Gary R. Schooler, MD 
  • Pediatric Genitourinary Anomalies and Abnormalities: How to Avoid Diagnostic Pitfalls—Jennifer K. Son, MD 
  • Pediatric Head and Neck: Anatomy Pearls, Essential Diagnoses, and Pitfalls—Nadja Kadom, MD
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ARRS is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education activities for physicians.

The ARRS designates this enduring material for a maximum of 30.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 30.00 American Board of Radiology©, MOC Part II, Self-Assessment CME (SA-CME.) Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.