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Original Release Date
June 2009

Material Review Date:
July 25, 2013

Expiration Date
August 1, 2021

Thomas Schrack, BS, ARMRIT
Manager, MR Education and Technical Development
Fairfax Radiological Consultants
Fairfax, VA

Equipment Requirements
PC: Win7/Win8, Pentium processor or faster, at least 2GB RAM, Internet Explorer version 10/11, Mozilla FireFox version 33.0.

MAC: OS version 10.8/10.9, Intel processor, at least 2GB RAM, Safari version 6.2, FireFox 33.0


4712-302T MRI for Technologists:
Musculoskeletal MRI

4712-302T MRI for Technologists
Musculoskeletal MRI

Original Release Date
June 2009

Material Review Date:
July 25, 2013

Expiration Date
August 1, 2021

Format: Online Course
Credit: 3.5 ARRT Category A
Tuition: $52.50
Certificates of Credit accepted by ARMRIT


MRI for Technologists is a training program designed to meet the needs of radiologic technologists entering or working in the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These units are designed to augment classroom instruction and on-site training for radiologic technology students and professionals planning to take the review board examinations, as well as provide a review for those looking to refresh their knowledge base in MR imaging.

The skill of the technologist is the single most important factor in obtaining high-quality diagnostic images. A successful MRI examination is the culmination of many factors under the direct control of the technologist.

MRI for Technologists: Musculoskeletal MRI introduces the learner to the basic imaging requirements for high-quality image acquisition, technical considerations, advanced MSK MRI applications, upper and lower extremity anatomy, and common pathology. Scan protocols are included.

After completing this educational activity, the reader should be able to:

  • Balance effectively the parameters of spatial resolution, signal-to-noise ratio, and image contrast
  • Properly position the patient and affected body part to ensure diagnostic images
  • Explain the differences between arthrography and contrast-enhanced imaging and when each may be indicated
  • Discuss advanced MSK MRI applications
  • Reduce metal artifact in the imaging of prosthetic joints
  • Describe and discuss upper and lower extremity anatomy and pathology
  • Apply appropriate planes of acquisition for each body area

This program has been approved by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 3.5 hours of ARRT Category A continuing education credit.

Tuition for this course includes:

  • Downloadable course content
  • Unlimited access to the course
  • Certificate of Credit

ICPME accepts American Express, MasterCard, and Visa.

Please note: tuition payments are non-refundable.

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Thomas Schrack, BS, ARMRIT
Manager, MR Education and Technical Development
Fairfax Radiological Consultants
Fairfax, VA

Currently serving as Manager of MR Education and Technical Development at Fairfax Radiological Consultants, Mr. Schrack also serves as Adjunct Faculty Instructor for Northern Virginia Community College, teaching MR physics and clinical procedures. He also serves on the Board of Examiners of the American Registry of MRI Technologists and in 2013 was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT).

Mr. Schrack is the author of Echo Planar Imaging: An Applications Guide, GE Healthcare, 1996, and contributing author, Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine with David Stroller, MD, 1997. Working with International Center for Postgraduate Medical Education, Mr. Schrack has authored or co-authored several units of the MRI for Technologists series, including MRI Systems and Coil Technology, MR Image Postprocessing and Artifacts, Patient and Facility Safety in MRI, MRI Contrast Agent Safety, Advanced MRI Neurological Applications, MRI of the Brain and Spine, Clinical Magnetic Resonance Angiography, Cardiac MRI, and Body Applications of MRI.

Mr. Schrack is a graduate of James Mason University, North Virginia Community College, and The Pittsburgh NMR Institute.

Our thanks to Mr. Schrack for this update of Musculoskeletal MRI; Nancy M. Major MD, the original author of this material; and Fairfax Radiological Consultants for permission to use their images.

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Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.