Spine Radiology Knowledge Package

Imaging of the Spine – Basics and Complications

This course is 1 of 4 knowledge packages in the Spine Radiology Specialist Certificate. This package focuses on imaging of the spine – basics and complications. It covers the basics of spine imaging, as well as the role of imaging in early and late post-operative complications.

Price: €129

CME Credits: 9 CME credits available

Duration: 12 Months

Tuition language: English

Course Structure:  3 online lectures in video format with English transcription, with pre- and post- learning assessments and additional learning materials.


Lecturers: Prof Alberto Zerbi, Dr Marius R Schmidt

About this Knowledge Package

This package focuses on Imaging of the Spine – Basics and Complications.

It covers the whole range of imaging modalities available for evaluation of the spine and how to use them effectively.

Imaging in early and late post-operative complications is covered together with strategies used for the investigation of complications such as haematoma, infections, CSF leaks, non-union, hardware failure, oesophageal perforation etc.

Strategies are presented to limit the radiation and economic impact of imaging requests without compromising the clinical information needed.

This spine surgery course is one of four knowledge packages in the Spine Radiology Specialist Certificate. It includes downloadable reference materials including book chapters and journal articles from the European Spine JournalSpinethe Spine Journal etc.

Learning Objectives

  1. To understand imaging techniques and technologies available for the evaluation of the spine
  2. To be able to recognise and define early post-operative complications by using appropriate imaging
  3. To be able to use appropriate imaging algorithms to recognise and define late post-operative complications
  4. To understand the available strategies to limit economic and radiation impact of the radiological investigation of post-operative complications

Target Groups


working in support of a spine surgery service

Trainee Radiologists

seeking to support their spine-specific training

Practicing Spine Surgeons

in Orthopaedic or Neurosurgical services for Continuing Education or recertification

Lectures included in this Knowledge Package

Imaging Studies of the Spine

This lecture looks at the applications of the imaging modalities at our disposal for evaluation of the spine. The application of these modalities in disease processes ranging from trauma, degeneration, tumours, infections and deformity is discussed. The methods for extracting additional information with specific techniques in conventional radiology are covered. Difficult situations such as post operative patients especially with instrumentation are also discussed in detail and strategies for proceeding in these conditions are suggested. Finally, judicious use is emphasised, in order to minimise the risk to the patients, and achieve economy of resources.

Imaging of Early Complications

This lecture looks at the role of imaging in early postoperative complications. The imaging findings in cases of patients suffering with haematoma collections, infections and CSF leaks are covered and the images in each disorder are compared against each other. Finally the appropriate use of commonly used modalities in the investigation of post operative complications is discussed.

Imaging of Late Complications

This lecture looks at the imaging findings in the late postoperative period. As the complications are mainly union related and hardware failure, the author takes an in-depth view into the imaging modalities for these problems. The late complications that are clinically encountered are covered, which include oesophageal perforation, arachnoiditis and presence of fluid at the laminectomy site. The lecture also includes a discussion of strategies to limit the economical and radiation impact without compromising the information which is needed.

Editor of this Spine Surgery Course

Prof Alberto Zerbi - Spine Surgery Faculty - eccElearning

Hayati Aygün, Prof.

  • President of the Turkey Unilateral Bi Portal Endoscopic Spine Surgery Society
eccElearning Participation
Spine Surgery Lecture Author
  • Endoscopic Spine Surgery Classifications
  • UBE Disc Surgery
  • UBE Lumbar Stenosis Surgery
  • UBE Cervical Surgery
  • UBE Thoracic Surgery
  • UBE Paravertebral Approach

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Spine Radiology Knowledge Package

Imaging of the Spine – Basics and Complications

  • 9 CME Credits
  • 12 Months Access
  • 3 online video lectures
  • Pre- and post- learning assessments
  • Downloadable reference materials

Price: €129

Modules of the Spine Radiology Specialist Certificate Course

The Spine Radiology Specialist Certificate contains 4 Radiology Knowledge Packages. You can enrol on each Knowledge Package individually to spread out the cost of the Specialist Certificate. Find out more information on each Package by the links below:

Spine Radiology Specialist Certificate
Spine Radiology: Imaging in the Spine Basics & Complications Knowledge Package
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Spine Radiology: Imaging in the Degenerative Spine Thumbnail
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is an eccElearning Knowledge Package, and who are they for?

A: Knowledge Packages are bundles of 3-6 Spine Lectures from the eccElearning Spine Surgery Education Programme. Each Lecture includes the Lecture Presentation, Additional Learning Resources, Pre-Learning Quiz and Lecture Assessment. Each Lecture is viewed online in video format and lasts from 20-45 minutes. The Lectures contain relevant additional learning resources (book chapters, research papers, surgical videos, master lecture videos, case reports, review articles, etc.), which are presented in context and viewable immediately for your convenience.

Knowledge Packages are typically for Spine Fellows, Residents and experienced Spine Surgeons. Some Knowledge Packages are beneficial for other Medical or Non-Surgical Professionals, such as Radiologists or Physiotherapists.

Knowledge Packages make up our Specialist Certificates, and Specialist Certificates make up our full Spine Surgery Diploma. Students can therefore work their way towards full qualifications in Spine Surgery in affordable chunks. Alternatively, Knowledge Packages are a great way for experienced Spine Surgeons to augment their knowledge with the most up-to-date education in specific spine topics.

Q: What does a Knowledge Package include?

A: Each Knowledge Package is a bundle of 3-6 Spine Lectures from the eccElearning Spine Surgery Education Programme. They contain all relevant Lecture Presentations, compulsory downloadable reference material (such as journal articles and book chapters), pre- and post- learning assessments and CME Credits. You will have access to all these materials for 12 months.

Q: Who recognises the eccElearning Lectures and Packages?

A: All eccElearning Lectures are CME accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), of the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes (UEMS). EACCME credits can be converted into an equivalent number of American Medical Association PRA Category 1 Credits, so you can be sure the qualification is recognised internationally. eccElearning is also endorsed by the European Spine Journal.

Q: Is there a final exam?

A: There is no final exam for Knowledge Packages. However, if you purchase all Knowledge Packages within a Specialist Certificate, you will need to complete a 1-hour multiple-choice question Examination to be awarded that Specialist Certificate.

Q: Is there a time limit for completing a Knowledge Package?

A: Yes, you have a study period of 12 Months to complete a Knowledge Package. However, a Knowledge Package is typically completed successfully by students within 2-3 weeks of starting.

Q: Can I request an extension?

A: Extensions are possible in justifiable circumstances. Contact us via our feedback/enquiry form to discuss your case.

Q: Can I try before I buy?

A: Yes. A free trial Lecture is available for you to review. Just register at www.eccelearning.com and navigate to Your Free Demo Lecture.

Q: What payment methods are accepted?

A: All major credit and debit cards.

Q: What is your cancellation and refund policy?

A: Candidates may apply for a full or partial refund within 14 days of a purchase. A refund will only be granted if there has been no significant activity on the respective content by the candidate. Applications for refunds may be sent via the contact form.