Michael J.Klein MD, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL, and Meera Hameed MD, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
Imaging correlation is an important requisite for histopathological diagnosis in Orthopedic Pathology. This course is designed not only to emphasize the correlation of tissue findings with clinical imaging studies and but also to show how orthopedic histodiagnosis can be simplified by making these correlations. The intended audience is pathology residents, fellows and participating pathologists.
The course will be constructed with a brief introduction to imaging including a simple explanation of the various imaging modalities with reference to construction, utilization and predictive values. Since most clinical orthopedic problems are not neoplastic, we will devote equal time to both non-neoplastic and neoplastic diseases. In general, the material will fall into three categories: 1) Cases in which imaging yields almost statistical certainty of diagnosis; 2) Cases in which imaging studies can construct a statistically relevant diagnosis, which is only settled when, correlated with histology; and 3) Cases in which a pathologic diagnosis cannot be rendered without imaging studies.
Pre-registrants will be provided a link where they can view virtual images prior to the course. A syllabus discussing the radiological and pathological differential diagnoses with references syllabus will be distributed at the course. After the meeting all participants will receive a CD with representative imaging studies and histological photographs.
At the completion of the course, the participants will be able to understand each of the following: 1) Why imaging studies are needed to assure accurate pathologic diagnosis; 2) Understand enough about the imaging techniques and diseases to know when a particular imaging study is sufficient for diagnostic accuracy and when additional studies are needed; 3) How to judge whether sampling of lesions is representative using imaging studies; 4) How to construct a meaningful differential diagnosis using imaging studies; 5) To understand the potential dangers of not using imaging for diagnostic correlation; 6) Either diagnose a particular disease with confidence or know when to use a consultant. (New Course) This course may be used for CME credits or SAMís credits.