Thematic Case Reviews

In these thematic reviews, the organisation and presentation of cases will be based on the latest educational research, including literature exploring the role of expertise in radiologic image interpretation; how to promote active learning in radiology trainees, and activities to simulate how experts through deliberate practice generate a holistic high-level representation of the image, which then fine-tunes the perception of potential lesions. These reviews will leverage on the large database of online published and unpublished (at the moment) "normal" and "abnormal" cases. Selected use of didactic instructional videos will be included.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Case review strategy for residents and fellows

A recommended case review strategy for residents and fellows is outlined below:

1. focus initially on mastering the full range of radiological presentations of the most common neuroradiology problems - specifically infarcts, bleeds, tumours

for example a thematic review of acute infarcts and its mimics below

2. this will allow you to recognise unusual presentations of common problems, and also diagnostic categories outside these common categories, which you should next focus your attention on

specifically, direct your efforts to now master the full range of radiological presentations of less common neurological problems - specifically white matter disease including demyelination, and congenital and developmental anomalies

3. you can use a similar approach with the head and neck; and spine

for example, for the head and neck, you can focus on trauma, inflammatory sinus disease and common tumours first; and for the spine, you can focus on degenerative disease, trauma, infection and common tumours first

the "Special Collections" of the American Journal of Neuroradiology (AJNR) mirror this strategy

make use of textbooks, review articles, and online resources, e.g.

Conventional and Advanced MRI Features of Pediatric Intracranial Tumors: Posterior Fossa and Suprasellar Tumors (AJR, 2013)

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