Role of MRI in Primary Brain Tumor Evaluation

The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology for Central Nervous System Cancers use radiologic presentation in the initial evaluation of patients with primary brain tumors and in the determination of response to therapy. The dominant modality use is MRI because of its superior image resolution, speed of acquisition, and high safety profile for patients. The interpretation of MRI is a critical aspect of patient care and evaluation. This article reviews the predominant aspects of MRI for brain tumors, the standard sequences, the criteria to consider in determining treatment response, and advanced aspects currently available. The proper integration of this essential imaging modality into patient care ensures timely disease evaluation and guides the use of therapeutic tools.

Target Audience

This activity has been designated to meet the educational needs of physicians and nurses involved in the management of patients with cancer.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the challenges of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) assessment in patients receiving bevacizumab
  • Explain the benefits of utilizing magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) in brain tumor evaluation
  • Summarize the role of diffusion MRI and perfusion MRI in tumor diagnosis, grading, prognosis, and response assessment
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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Participation
  • 1.00 Nurse
  • 1.00 Physician
Course opens: 
11/04/2014
Course expires: 
11/04/2015
Cost:
$0.00

Denise Leung, MD
Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Henry Ford Hospital
Detroit, Michigan

Xiaosi Han, MD
Department of Neurology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama

Tom Mikkelsen, MD
Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Henry Ford Hospital
Detroit, Michigan

L. Burt Nabors, MD
Department of Neurology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Participation
  • 1.00 Nurse
  • 1.00 Physician

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
11/04/2014
Course expires: 
11/04/2015

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