Pakistan Academy of Neurological Surgery – Neuroradiology Learning

Dr. Hafiza Fatima

Pakistan Academy of Neurological Surgery (PANS) is a not-for-profit educational academy. The mission is to promote academic, clinical, and research activities in neurosurgery, with the aim being to fill the knowledge and skill gaps of neurosurgery trainees and early-to-mid-career neurosurgeons.

In order to improve diagnostic acuity, operative planning, and complications management, the need for mastery of relevant neuroradiology modalities by a neurosurgeon cannot be overstressed. With this objective as the guiding light, a Neuroradiology learning (PANS-NRL) course is being introduced. The course will include a series of webinars encompassing key aspects of neuroradiology, with a special focus on the recent developments, blind spots, and clinical nuances to help neurosurgeons solve clinical problems encountered in everyday practice more accurately and efficiently.

Neuro-imaging is vital to patient care, and is at least as essential as an excellent neurological exam, or perhaps even more. Hence, a thorough understanding of neuro-imaging is a basic tenet of neurosurgical education, leading to more astute clinicians. In this course, we aim to comprehensively cover the neuroradiology curriculum, including understanding the basics of neuro-anatomy, identifying different neurosurgical pathologies accurately, and utilizing available neuroradiological tools in clinical decision-making, to improve patient care. The course faculty will include renowned national and international neurosurgeons, neurologists, and neuroradiologists.

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Course content

The course consists of 24 sessions, over a period of 1 year. Sessions will be conducted fortnightly, on alternate Tuesdays, from 08:00 am to 09:00 am (Pakistan Standard Time; GMT+5). Topics will be planned so that the entire breadth of relevant neuroradiology is covered, with the target audience being neurosurgery trainees and early-to-mid-career neurosurgeons.

The sessions will be interactive and led by national and international experts. The first 30 minutes of the session will comprise a didactic lecture, which will be followed by 30 minutes of case-based discussion, with Q&As. Details of each session will be shared prior to the session.

The course offers ACCME credit hours.

Upcoming Sessions:

25. TBD

List of sessions:

1. Basic physics of CT and MRI
By: Prof. Syed Ather Enam
January 11, 2022
2. Surface anatomy of the brain in CT and MRI
By: Prof. Syed Ather Enam
January 11, 2022
3. Radiological anatomy of Cranial Nerves
By: Dr. Fatima Mubarak
January 25, 2022
4. Supratentorial intra-axial brain tumors
By: Prof. Syed Ather Enam
February 15, 2022
5. Back to the basics of MRI with an introduction to infratentorial masses
By: Dr. Shumaila Arooj
February 22, 2022
6. Infratentorial Lesions With Differentials
By: Dr. Shumaila Arooj
March 1, 2022
7. Vascular anatomy and intracranial aneurysms
By: Dr. Saima Ahmad
March 8, 2022
8. Intraventricular and Pineal Lesions
By: Prof. Syed Ather Enam
March 22, 2022
9. Vascular Anatomy and Intracranial Aneurysms (Revision session)
By: Dr. Saima Ahmad
March 29, 2022
10. Spinal Malformations: Simple Diagnostic Approach
By: Dr. Kiran Hilal
April 12, 2022
11. Disc Herniation, Spinal Stenosis, and Spondylolisthesis
By: Dr. Shahzad Shamim
April 26, 2022
12. Metastatic Spinal Tumors
By: Dr. Imtiaz Hashmi
May 10, 2022
13. Thoracolumbar Spine Trauma
By: Dr. Manzar Hoseyn
May 24, 2022
14. Basics of spine imaging and relevant anatomy
By: Dr. Sadaf Nasir
June 14, 2022
15. Spinal Tumors
By: Dr. Ahsan Ali Khan
June 28, 2022
16. Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Dr. Saqib Bakhshi
July 26, 2022
17. Functional MRI and MR Spectroscopy
By: Dr. Zafar Sajjad
August 9, 2022
18. Sellar and Suprasellar Lesions
By: Dr. Zia Faruqui
September 13, 2022
19. Non-Neoplastic lesions of the brain
By: Dr. Shayan Anwar
September 27, 2022
20. Hydrocephalus and its types
By: Dr. M. Sami Alam
October 11, 2022
21. CNS Infections
By: Dr. Shumaila Arooj
October 25, 2022
22. Posterior cranial fossa cysts: Snapshot of key concepts
By: Dr. Kiran Hilal
November 8, 2022
23. Basics of Neurointerventional Radiology / Neurology
Dr. Tanveer ul Haq
November 22, 2022
24. Demyelinating and Infectious Diseases of the Spine
Dr. Kumail Khandwala
December 27, 2022