Practical Radiology 2019 – Core Topics in Emergency Radiology


April 4-7, 2019

Bellagio Las Vegas

18.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Open to all radiologists


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vRad Education and MEDNAX Radiology Solutions bring you the eighth-annual CME conference on Practical Radiology at the beautiful Bellagio Las Vegas – exploring core concepts in emergency radiology that can be readily applied in everyday practice.

This year’s conference features an exciting schedule of lectures by prominent experts including Elliot Fishman, MD of Johns Hopkins, Katherine Richman, MD of UCSD, and perfusion scanning pioneer Max Wintermark, MD of Stanford.

This intimate conference of approximately 100 radiologists is an ideal setting for engaging case review as well as socializing and networking with colleagues from around the country and a range of practice settings including vRad, private practice and academic groups.

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We welcome the following speakers in 2019.


Max Wintermark, MD

Professor of Radiology and Chief of Neuroradiology, Stanford University

Neuroradiology fellowship, University of California, San Francisco. Perfusion scanning pioneer, Dr. Wintermark has extensive expertise in the diagnoses of stroke, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, movement disorders and psychiatric disorders. As research committee chair of the American Society of Neuroradiology, he has developed multiple groups to study how radiology can drive improvement in the ability to diagnose neuro-abnormalities. He is currently leading the imaging core lab aimed at identifying the role and etiology of arteriopathy in pediatric stroke patients.


Katherine Richman, MD
Professor of Radiology, UC San Diego Health

Body Imaging fellowship, UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Richman specializes in abdominal trauma assessment and the diagnosis of gastrointestinal and genitourinary disorders. She’s a leader in the use of hysterosalpingograms and sonohysterograms to diagnose infertility and gynecological conditions. Her research focuses on identifying causes of infertility, with the goal of improving techniques for predicting a woman’s potential to conceive and to carry pregnancy to term.


Elliot Fishman, MD
Director of Diagnostic Imaging and Body CT, Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Diagnostic Radiology fellowship, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Fishman is the recognized authority on 3D imaging and rendering, including its impacts on and uses in patient care and management. Since first working with Pixar over 25 years ago, he remains at the forefront of visualization and post-processing techniques and technologies. His work has resulted in over 1,000 peer-reviewed publications. He is author or co-author of 10 textbooks, and a member of editorial boards for more than 35 journals.


Kevin Abrams, MD
Section Chief, Neuroradiology and MRI, Baptist Hospital of Miami

Neuroradiology fellowship, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and Baptist Hospital of Miami. Dr. Abrams is a partner with Radiology Associates of South Florida. His research on spinal imaging, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease, has appeared in Neuroradiology, International Journal of Neuroradiology, Cancer Research, and American Journal of Radiology. An active educator, Dr. Abrams presents at leading radiology symposia, and is associate clinical professor at two Florida universities.


Benjamin W. Strong, MD
Chief Medical Officer, vRad

Musculoskeletal MRI fellowship, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. Dr. Strong is at the forefront of efforts to expand access to quality, affordable care through telemedicine. As CMO for the nation’s largest radiology practice, he collaborates with radiologist and hospital partners, uncovering opportunities to enhance the practice environment. Dr. Strong is a member of the ACR Committee on Emergency Radiology and an AIRP Sanctioned Clinical Lecturer on Trauma and Emergency Radiology.


Edward Callaway, MD
Medical Director, vRad

Diagnostic Radiology, Residency, Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Callaway uses technology to drive workflow improvement and enhance the efficacy of medical information systems. With expertise in advanced speech recognition and data management, Dr. Callaway seeks to optimize the integration of picture archive and communications systems (PACS) and hospital information systems.



Conference Pricing and Registration

  • Standard Registration  | $695
  • Full-Time Military |  $485
    For the discounted rate, please select the Military ticket option when registering and send a letter from your director or other status documentation to
  • Residents | FREE
    We are excited to offer this valuable conference at no charge to current radiology residents! Registration is required. Please use the promo code Resident.  To secure your reservation, we will charge your credit card $450. After you check in at the conference, we will refund the full amount to your card. Cancellations after Feb. 28 and no-shows will not receive the refund.

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Live Stream Webinar

Can’t make it to Las Vegas? No problem! Join us via live streaming webinar instead.

  • Friday, April 5th
  • 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. PST
  • 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1-Day Streaming $300

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Sponsored Events and Exhibit Highlights

AI Roundtable Breakfast
Sponsored by IBM Watson Health Imaging
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Join an optional AI roundtable breakfast with the IBM Watson Health Imaging development team. Learn the latest trends and future of AI and imaging technology from IBM’s imaging solution experts and spend some 1:1 time discussing a variety of hot topics including:

  • AI Priorities for Radiology
  • Integration of AI into a Radiologist’s Workflow
  • Mobile Viewing: How Can This Improve Your Day?
  • Optimal Workflows for Advanced Visualization and CAD
  • Image Exchange
  • Building Access to Better Patient Information

Saturday, April 6
7:30             Breakfast available
8:00            Brief informational lecture on imaging AI, the latest trends, where it’s headed, etc.
8:15-8:45   Breakout roundtable sessions with the IBM team

Note: This event is being presented by IBM Watson Health Imaging. It is not an official part of the Practical Radiology 2019 Conference and is not for CME credit. Posting of this sponsored event on the vRad website does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by vRad or MEDNAX of IBM Watson Health Imaging’s products or services.


AI Workstations – Exhibiting April 4 – 7, 2019
With IBM Watson Health Imaging

IBM Watson Health Imaging will be available during exhibiting hours showcasing their latest solutions and works in progress. Stop by one of their workstations in between sessions to share your feedback and discuss the future of imaging technology.

Note: Exhibiting events are not for CME credit. Posting of this exhibiting event on the vRad website does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by vRad or MEDNAX of any exhibitor’s products or services.


About IBM Watson Health Imaging

Watson Health Imaging, a market segment of IBM Watson Health, is a leading provider of innovative cognitive computing, enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions that seek to advance healthcare. Our AI solutions can enhance and expand the capabilities of medical imaging technology that help physicians provide better patient care.



Hotel Reservations

Please book your room directly with the Bellagio.

Reservations by phone: 888.987.6667


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About Bellagio

Inspired by the beautiful villages of Europe, the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio Resort & Casino overlooks a Mediterranean-blue, 8 ½-acre lake in which fountains perform a magnificent aquatic ballet. Award-winning dining, a world-class art gallery, the exquisite Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the stunning performance of “O” by Cirque du Soleil, a sumptuous spa and salon and exclusive luxury shopping all work together to compose the symphony that is Bellagio. For more information visit


Cancellation Policy

  • On or before February 28:  If we receive your written cancellation request on or before 2/28/19, we will issue a full refund back to your credit card.
  • After February 28: Cancellations after 2/28/19 and no-shows will not receive a full refund. A $450 late cancellation fee will be retained and any remaining payment will be refunded.

Venue Accommodations

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as sign language interpreter, by contacting Maureen Flynn at 952-595-1436 or Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

Conference Description

Participants will be exposed to complex radiology cases, pathologies and imaging applications.  They will be updated on the latest advances and trends in radiologic diagnosis, which, in turn, will allow for prompt and accurate patient care.  This will also expand their range of  expertise and knowledge.

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 nighttime and 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 onsite to 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.


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

The MEDNAX Center for Research, Education, Quality and Safety designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Questions? Need Help?

Contact Maureen Flynn by email or call 952-595-1436