Imaging Anatomy for the Spine Interventionalist - Redondo Beach, CA (LA Area)
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The Imaging Anatomy for the Spine Interventionalist of the Spine offers up to 11.75 CME.

10/8/2016 to 10/9/2016
When: 10/8/2016
8:00 AM
Where: Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina
Redondo Beach, California 
United States

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Correctly analyzing the three-dimensional anatomy of the spine is imperative for safe and effective interventions. This analysis is realized through imaging. This course will help spine practitioners to appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of the several imaging techniques that guide interventions, to correlate imaging findings with pain syndromes, and to understand the proper utilization of imaging in patient care. This course goes beyond the SIS bio-skills courses and augments the physician’s understanding of imaging techniques, what they depict, and what to look for to keep your patients safe. 

The course includes lectures, breakout group sessions, and participant discussion time with faculty. Lectures will include imaging techniques, basic anatomy of the spine by region, diagnostic confidence, degenerative pathology and sinister disease.

Breakout group sessions will allow attendees to examine numerous spine cases with each instructor. These sessions will provide an opportunity to observe how different radiologists systematically examine large data sets, filter out extraneous information, and focus on critical findings. The focus is on cases in which an intervention was performed and emphasize normal anatomy, normal variants which may stimulate disease, and degenerative phenomena which may be associated with typical axial and radicular pain syndromes.

John Carrino, MD, MPH
New York, NY

Felix Diehn, MD
Rochester, MN

Timothy Kaufmann, MD
Rochester, MN

Timothy Maus, MD
Rochester, MN



Friday, October 7


   Registration / Networking Reception


Saturday, October 8

8:00 a.m.

    Registration / Breakfast




    Imaging Techniques


    Lumbar Anatomy


    Sacrum Anatomy, Sacroiliac Joint


    Case Question #1




    Case Question #1 Answered


    Cervical Anatomy, Craniocervical Junction


    Cervical Anatomy, Subaxial

12:15 p.m.

    Thoracic Anatomy


    Vertebral Enumeration




    Case Question #2


    Lunch on your own


    Case Question #2 Answered; Break into Groups


    Rotation 1


    Rotation 2




    Rotation 3


    Rotation 4


    Adjourn for the Day


Sunday, October 9

7:30 a.m.





   Diagnostic Confidence


   Lumbar Pathology


   Sacrum Pathology, Sacroiliac Joint


   Cervical Pathology, Craniocervical Junction




   Case Question #3




   Case Question #3 Answered


   Cervical Pathology, Subaxial (C3 and down)


   Thoracic Pathology

12:10 p.m.

   Lessons Learned




   Course Adjourns

Hotel Accommodations
Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina
300 N. Harbor Dr.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
800.368.9760 or 310.318.8888
Marina View Rooms: $192
Executive Level Rooms: $215
NEW Cut-off: Monday, September 19, 2016
Mention: SIS

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


Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is 7 miles from the hotel.

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;
  • Identify 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 11.75 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, July 27, 2016 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 14-days prior to the course to receive a refund less a $100 administrative fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior will result in forfeiture of all fees. SIS reserves the right to cancel this course due to circumstances beyond its control. The Society assumes no financial obligation to registrants for possible costs occurred.

Disclosure Policy
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) plans and implements educational activities in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Accreditation Criteria and Standards of Commercial Support to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. As an ACCME-accredited provider, our policy requires program instructors and planners 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 instruction. The Spine Intervention Society’s Education Division reviews all disclosures prior to instruction and has a process of resolution that, if not satisfied, results in the removal of the instructor. The intent of this policy is not to prevent expert instructors with relevant relationship(s), with commercial interest(s), or other interests from involvement in CME, but rather to ensure that the Spine Intervention Society CME activities promote quality and safety, are effective in improving medical practice, are based on valid content, and are independent of control from commercial interests and free of commercial bias. Disclosure information will be made available to all participants at this course. Instructors are also required to disclose this information to the participants verbally and on the introductory slide at the beginning of each presentation.

Commercial Support Disclosure
The Society fully complies with all ACCME requirements for commercial support and maintains a separation of promotion from education. We promote improvements in health care and NOT proprietary interests 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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