SPINE HANDS-ON WORKSHOP

The training event you don’t want to miss!

No matter your experience, we guarantee you will leave the course with a new enthusiasm for spine interventions.

On Wednesday February 12th, 2020, we invite you to kick off your ASSR meeting by joining the ASSR Spine Hands-On workshop. Targeted participants Fellows and radiologists in their first 5 years of practice including those with training in Neuroradiology, Neuro- and Body Interventional, and Musculoskeletal radiology. Faculty who are international experts in spine intervention will lead this full-day course comprised of didactic lectures and hands-on image-guided practice on specially constructed simulation models that mimic real-world challenges. This comprehensive course has been designed to bridge principles into practice for fellows and academic and private practitioners and assist in building a skill set for spine intervention. This technical, how-to course will cover spine biopsies, spine injections (nerve root blocks/epidurals/facet), nerve ablation, vertebral augmentation, spine implant and hardware placement, spine tumor ablation, and embolization. With an anticipated course ratio of 3-4:1 participants to faculty, this is your chance to obtain the hands-on training you want and engage in valuable personal connections through one-on-one discussions with international experts. This will also be an opportunity to see the wide array of products available for biopsy, vertebral augmentation and ablation provided by vendors.

Hands On Course Objectives

Targeted participants: Neuroradiologists, Interventional Radiologists and Musculoskeletal Radiologists ranging from in-training through the first 5 years of practice.

Course Description: National and international experts in spine intervention will lead this full-day course comprised of topical didactic lectures and hands-on image-guided practice on simulation models that mimic real-world challenges. This comprehensive course has been designed to bridge principles into practice and assist in building a skill set for spine intervention. This technical, how-to course will cover spine biopsies, spine injections (nerve root blocks, epidurals, facet), discography, nerve ablation, vertebral augmentation, spine implant and hardware placement and spine tumor ablation. 3-D printing and Virtual Reality simulations will round out a day of hands-on education.

With an anticipated course ratio of 3-4:1 participants to faculty, this is your chance to obtain the hands-on training you need and engage in valuable personal connections through one-on-one discussions with interventional spine experts. This will also be an opportunity to be exposed to a wide array of products available for biopsy, vertebral augmentation and ablation.

Educational Objectives:

At the end of this workshop participants should:

  • understand general assessment of patients prior to spine intervention
  • understand needle access for pain management including epidural steroid injections, facet injections, synovial cyst treatment and discography
  • be familiar with the technical aspects of the vertebral body access for biopsy, augmentation and ablation
  • be familiar with the use of fluoroscopy as an image guidance tool for spine intervention and how these techniques differ from CT or ultrasound-guided procedures
  • be familiar with the use of CT as an image guidance tool for spine intervention and how these techniques differ from fluoroscopy-guided procedures
  • be familiar with the use of ultrasound as an image guidance tool for spine intervention without radiation
  • be aware of radiation safety for patients and practitioners during spine intervention