The AAPM 2020 educational program will be available in fall 2019. In the meantime browse 2019 meeting sessions and speakers to get a sense of the premier pain education offered during the AAPM Annual Meeting & Preconferences. Access recordings of past meeting sessions on demand.

1:45–2:45 pm Friday, March 8

Updates in Pain Medicine Ultrasonography: Evidence-Base, Safety, and Emerging Applications (208)

An overview of the evidence-base for ultrasound-guided pain procedures compared to other imaging modalities. The diagnostic utility of sonography, approach to incidental findings, and point-of-care assessments for procedure complications will be presented. Emerging applications including peripheral nerve stimulation, regenerative medicine, and percutaneous needle tenotomy will be discussed.

State of the Evidence Base: Ultrasound-Guidance in Pain Procedures

Jennifer Hah, MD MS

Diagnostic Ultrasonography in Pain Medicine, Incidental Findings, and Point-of Care Assessment

Amitabh Gulati, MD

Innovations in Ultrasound Therapeutics and Emerging Applications

Einar Ottestad, MD FIPP CIPS

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the evidence based benefits of choosing ultrasound-guidance compared to other imaging modalities in terms of comparable efficacy, safety, and treatment setting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge regarding the diagnostic utility of pain medicine sonography for specific clinical conditions, approach to incidental findings, and use of point-of-care assessments during procedures.
  • Recognize emerging applications of pain medicine sonography spanning peripheral nerve stimulation, regenerative medicine, cryotherapy, radiofrequency, and percutaneous needle tenotomy.
11 am–Noon Friday, March 8

The Pain Clinician’s Diagnostic Armamentarium: Demystifying Appropriate Utilization and Limitations (204)

This session will focus on 1) understanding the role, timing, and limitations of electrodiagnostics, tests for small fiber dysfunction, and tests for immune mediated neuropathic pain; 2) when non-routine spine imaging may be preferable or complementary to routine spine MRI; 3) an approach to uncertain spine MRI findings.

Neuropathic Pain Diagnostic Modalities

James C. Watson, MD

Spine Imaging: When MRI Is Not Enough

Felix E. Diehn, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the role and limitations of electrodiagnostic testing in the evaluation of neuropathic pain conditions.
  • Interpret the unique, but now widely available studies available to evaluate small fiber nerve dysfunction (sudomotor testing and epidermal nerve fiber density testing through skin biopsy) and immune mediated neuropathic pain syndromes (voltage gated potassium channel, LGI1 and CASPR2 antibodies).
  • Distinguish when non-routine imaging may be preferable or complementary to routine spine MRI.
  • Define a practical approach to uncertain spine MRI findings in a pain medicine practice.
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