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Obesity: A Challenge for US Imaging (An Interactive Session)

Time:

08:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Author:

Phyllis Glanc, MD, Syed Ahmad Jamal Bokhari, MD, Caitlin T. McGregor, MD, and Phyllis Glanc, MD

Code: RC810

Objective:

This session has four sections. First is Introduction to the Obesity Epidemic, which highlights the worldwide trends of the current obesity pandemic. It also reviews the impact of obesity on population. Attendees will understand the relationship of obesity to the metabolic syndrome. This section evaluates strategies to cope with the risks and limitations imposed on medical imaging by obesity. The second section is Imaging of the Obese Patient. It discusses the increasing prevalence of obesity in the United States and the world. Attendees will understand the impact of obesity on health and the delivery of healthcare. They will also learn the factors that limit the quality of CT exams in obese patients. Attendees will learn how to apply techniques to improve and optimize CT Imaging capabilities in obese patients. This section offers better understanding of radiation issues in imaging of the obese patients with a special focus on CT Imaging.

The third section is The Changing Importance of Fatty Liver, in which attendees will understand the epidemiology of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatosis (NASH). This section reviews the pathophysiology of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatosis (NASH). Attendees will recognize the significance of fatty liver disease as a risk factor for fibrosis, cirrhosis, and HCC. They will also realize the role of US, CT and MR Imaging in the diagnosis of fatty liver, and appreciate the negative impact of fatty liver on US Imaging. The fourth section is The Impact of Obesity on Obstetric US, in which attendees will recognize the impact of obesity on obstetrical . They will also appreciate the increased maternal and fetal risks. This section offers better understanding of the increased risk to the healthcare workers. It reviews the future of imaging in the obese pregnant patients.

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