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UCLA Clinical NeuroPET Preceptorship

Introduction:
Directed by Dan Silverman, MD, PhD, this two-day course familiarizes Nuclear Medicine physicians, radiologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists, primary care physicians, technologists, and affiliated healthcare professionals with the current state of brain PET and its application to the diagnosis of neurosurgical/neurologic and psychiatric disease. The program focuses on clinically established uses of brain PET: in particular, the role of PET in evaluation of cognitive impairment, epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinsonian symptoms, Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.

Additionally, technical aspects and quantification issues unique to brain PET are explored and approaches that allow identification of early neurologic disease are examined. Formal didactic lectures are supplemented by structured review of clinical cases and independent review of case files. Participants will gain an understanding of the basic aspects of PET methodology, clinical applications of PET, how such uses compare with similar information acquired through SPECT brain imaging, and how these approaches can contribute to overall patient management.

Learning Objective:
Upon completing this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of brain function and PET and how they apply to obtaining dedicated images of the brain.
  • Describe principles of acquisition and interpretation of brain PET scans, and identify patterns of normal variation.
  • Appreciate the clinical role of PET in evaluating patients for cognitive impairment, epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinsonian symptoms, Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
  • Discuss future applications of brain PET.

Location:
Ahmanson Biological Imaging Clinic
UCLA Nuclear Medicine
200 Peter Morton Medical Plaza, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Contact:
Amber Hain, Course Coordinator
[email protected]
(310) 825-4829


CME Credits:
Total of 12.5 units maximum

ACCREDITATION STATEMENT
CME Sponsor The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

Accreditation and Approval The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, designates this activity for up to 12.5 Category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity. 

Click here to download and print the registration form 
Fax Registration Form to (310) 206-4899

Fee:
$1800 (includes CE credits)
(Discounts available for multiple participants from the same institution; discounts also available for fellows, residents, technology students and other trainees, as well as for professionals who do not need CE credits.  Please e-mail [email protected] to inquire about discounts or course content.)

Course Faculty:
Dan Silverman, M.D., Ph.D.

Daily Schedule:
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