Practical Radiology 2017 – Core Topics in Emergency Radiology

March 9-12, 2017

The Venetian Las Vegas

24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

Cost: $595

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2017 will be our sixth-annual CME conference on Practical Radiology presented by vRad. Thank you to the over 80 radiologists who joined us in February 2016.  96% of respondents rated the quality of the event as excellent or above average. “Great conference. Great speakers.” “Fantastic work!”

The Practical Radiology 2017 conference will cover core concepts in emergency radiology that can be readily applied in everyday practice and will feature prominent guest lecturers Dr. Felix S. Chew, Dr. H. Ric Harnesberger, Dr. Paula J. Woodward, Dr. Matthew Zapala, Dr. Benjamin W. Strong and Dr. Scott G. Baginski who will be joined by four other experts in their respective fields. View the complete conference schedule and speaker bios.


Featured Speakers



Felix S. Chew, MD, MBA

Professor & Section Chief of MSK Radiology, University of Washington




H. Ric Harnsberger, MD

Professor of Radiology & R.C. Willey Chair of Neuroradiology, University of Utah




Paula J. Woodward, MD

Professor of Radiology, University of Utah




Matthew Zapala, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology, University of California San Francisco




Benjamin W. Strong, MD

Chief Medical Officer, vRad




Scott G. Baginski, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology, Medical College of Wisconsin




Conference Registration

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Fee includes tuition for all sessions and refreshments during break. Travel and hotel arrangements are the responsibility of the attendee and are not included in the course fee.  See below for hotel reservation information.

Discounted conference rate of $395 for full time military and residents. Please send letter from your director or other status documentation to

Refund policy: Written notice of cancellation deadline is January 31, 2017. Cancellations after that date are subject to a $100 administrative fee. Send cancellations to


The Venetian® five-diamond resort and The Palazzo® Las Vegas

Experience the romance of Italy in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, where every detail has been carefully designed to provide you with a memorable stay – from the world’s largest standard suites to the city’s most elegant casino. The Venetian offers a vast array of amenities and services, including:

  • More than 30 extraordinary Las Vegas restaurants – featuring an unprecedented six James Beard Award-winning chefs, including Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, and Thomas Keller
  • Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, featuring a full-service Las Vegas spa, salon, fitness center, rock-climbing wall, and a wide range of soothing treatment packages
  • The Grand Canal Shoppes®, the indoor streetscape, boasting 80 international boutiques and brand-name outlets for amazing shopping in Las Vegas

Each suite at The Palazzo Las Vegas is specifically fashioned with your comfort and convenience in mind. A sunken living room decorated with a distinctly modern European design. Marble-appointed baths. Private work areas include wireless high-speed internet access.


Hotel Reservations

vRad’s group rate has now been filled. Please contact the Venetian for more information on hotel reservations at the Venetian Groups direct line (702) 414-4100.


Venue Accommodations

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as sign language interpreter, by contacting DeeDee Heitzman at 952-595-1480 or Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.


Conference Description

This conference will provide radiologists with current imaging techniques to evaluate the acutely ill and injured patient.  Sessions will cover the latest advances and trends in and trauma radiologic diagnosis.

The conference will provide a variety of studies and images, from a variety of modalities, will show the range of techniques available for diagnosis of specific entities, a range of commonly encountered abnormalities and their appearances.  Participants can expect to become familiar with relevant topics including traumatic injuries, mesenteric injuries, head and neck injuries, pediatric injuries and ultrasound abnormalities.


Course Objectives

  1. Identify imaging approaches to allow prompt assessment of the injured or ill patient.
  2. Develop and utilize a systematic approach to the assessment of traumatic injuries and non-traumatic injuries, from head to toe
  3. Identify pertinent aspects of emergency radiology.
  4. Understand latest imaging technologies to deliver continuous high quality care in emergency radiology.



Disclosure of the planning committee and speaker’s commercial relationships will be made known at the activity.


GAP Assessment

Practice gaps have been identified through radiologist’s clinical experience, quality assurance programs, clinical chief meetings and independent surveys from the 500+ radiologists that read for vRad.  These gaps can have a significant effect on patient outcomes, patient care and costs.

The Quality Assurance Committee was able find trends and classify many commonly missed diagnoses.  Compiling and presenting the quality assurance data and trends of these common misses, provides a foundation for learning diagnoses and better patient care practices, both for core and emergency based radiology.

Clinical Chief Focus Groups hear reoccurring themes that recognize a series of commonly missed diagnoses from the 500+ radiologists that read for vRad, and conclude updated techniques, teaching the latest clinical advances and identifying commonly missed diagnoses will provide radiologists with knowledge to diagnose correctly, which will ultimately improve performance and provide quality patient care.

At the end of the Practical Radiology 2016: Core Topics in Emergency Radiology, a survey was distributed.  One question was to identify what areas they would like to see presented in 2017; the top four request were:  Nuclear Medicine, QA missed cases, Ultrasound and Neuroradiology.


Accreditation Information 

The MEDNAX Center for Research, Education and Quality is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The MEDNAX Center for Research, Education and Quality designates this live activity for a maximum of 24.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



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