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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

CE credits here: Emerging Concepts in Atypical Femoral Fracture Causes, Characteristics, and Imaging

Tuesday • December 10, 2013
7:00 pm EASTERN / 6:00 pm CENTRAL / 5:00 pm MOUNTAIN / 4:00 pm PACIFIC

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Course Overview
Although there is strong evidence that bisphosphonates prevent certain types of osteoporotic fractures, there are concerns that these medications may be associated with rare atypical femoral fractures (AFF).1
Since many physicians including radiologists are not aware of this entity, the incidence is likely underreported. These fractures usually occur in the subtrochanteric and mid-diaphyseal regions of the femur in the setting of low-energy trauma. Awareness of these atypical fractures and their radiological appearance should enable their early and accurate detection and thus lead to specific management.2
This lecture will review current research on atypical femoral fractures, followed by case studies that focus on early radiological appearance for accurate detection of changes associated with the spectrum of AFF using plain film, DXA, and CT.
1. Gedmintas LSolomon DHKim SC. Bisphosphonates and risk of subtrochanteric, femoral shaft, and atypical femur fracture: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Bone Miner Res. 2013;28(8):1729-1737.
2. Shane EBurr DAbrahamsen B, et al. Atypical subtrochanteric and diaphyseal femoral fractures: Second report of a task force of the American society for bone and mineral research. J Bone Miner Res. 2013 May 28. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.1998. [Epub
Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
  • Discuss the potential relationship between long-term bisphosphonate (BP) therapy and atypical femoral fracture (AFF)
  • Recognize the radiographic features that distinguish AFFs from ordinary osteoporotic femoral fracture
  • Use appropriate imaging techniques, including the use of plain film, dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and CT, for identifying early radiographic signs of AFF.

Accreditation & Credit
Credit CANNOT be granted for group viewing.  To receive credit, EACH attendee must sign in on a separate computer.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) and the International Center for Postgraduate Medical Education (ICPME). PIM is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Radiologic Technologists
This program has been approved by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 1.0 hour of ARRT Category A continuing education credit.
How to Participate
This program is offered by ICPME through WebEx webinar service.
  • Click ENROLL NOW and follow the registration instructions to register with ICPME.
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  • At the end of the registration process, click on ACCESS WEBINAR to enroll with WebEx and complete the pre-course evaluation.
  • Detailed log-in instructions will be sent to you via e-mail the day of the webinar.



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