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Release Date: December 2013

Expiration Date: December 2014

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Estimated time to complete the educational activity: 30 minutes

Program Description: From the December 2013 issue of The Clinical Advisor: Minimizing radiation risk from diagnostic imaging. In addition to increasing radiation exposure, CT scanning often uncovers
incidental findings that may lead to emotional stress for the patient.

Target Audience: This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. 

Activity Objectives: After completing the activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Describe significant predictors of intracranial injury.
  • Based on the PECARN study, relate conditions for which CT of the head is recommended.
  • Identify disadvantages of a ventilation/perfusion scan to detect pulmonary embolism.
  • List conditions for which abdominal ultrasound is advised in younger patients.
Credits Type Accredition Statement Designation Statement
0.50 AAPA Category I CME Credit This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Enduring Material Programs and for Commercial Support of Enduring Material Programs. This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 0.50 hours of AAPA Category I CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of September 2013. Participants may submit the self-assessment at any time during that period.
0.50 CE for Nurses Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education (NPACE) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. NPACE designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.50 contact hours of credit. Participants should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Brady Pregerson, MD
Staff Emergency Physician
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

Disclosures: Brady Pregerson, MD, has no financial relationships to disclose.

Method of Participation: There are no fees for participating in and receiving CMEcredit for this activity. During the period November 2013 through November 2014,participants must: 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures, 2) study the educational activity, 3) complete the posttest and submit it online and 4) complete the evaluation form online.

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed post-test with a score of 70% or better.


Before prescribing any medicine, primary references and full prescribing information should be consulted. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management.