Virtual Towards Level 2 Cardiac CT

Europe/Africa/Middle East Time Zone (GMT + 2)

13-18 November 2021

Asian Time Zone (GMT +8)

20-25 February 2022

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Course features:

  • Hands-on, with your personal virtual workstation for 6 days

  • Interactive, with walkthroughs and quizzes

  • You report at least 150 scans

  • Vendor-neutral: no lock-in to a specific manufacturer

  • Endorsed by SCCT

  • Ideal for cardiologists and radiologists

  • Eligible for 46 credits in accordance with the CPD scheme by the Royal College of Radiologists, UK

 

The course is carefully designed to provide ideal active training while simultaneously helping towards meeting the requirements for Level 2 competence as defined in the ACCF/AHA clinical competence statement guidelines.

 

You do not need prior Level 1 competence. This course will build your knowledge, ability and confidence and help you become an independent cardiac CT practitioner. 

The analysis techniques you will learn will ready you for a variety of CT and PACS software vendors.

The course is held over 6 days, providing ample time for detailed image review with each case demonstrated by a level 3 trainer (SCCT/EACVI).

 

Core didactic lectures are recorded and will be made available before the virtual course, ensuring the maximum time for case review.

The didactic lectures cover:

  1. Patient and scanner setup

  2. Technical principles of multi-slice CT and its application to imaging the heart

  3. Different gating techniques, their advantages and limitations

  4. Image acquisition and reconstruction

  5. Radiation dose inherent in cardiac CT as well as dose reduction strategies.

  6. Contrast injection techniques

  7. Contrast kinetics, administration, contraindications and complications

  8. Cardiac anatomy and physiology as applicable to CT

  9. Techniques of image reconstruction and post-processing

  10. Techniques to minimize and reduce image artefacts

  11. Cardiovascular risk assessment

  12. Current indications and applications of cardiac CT

  13. Cardiac CT interpretation

  14. Anatomy of the heart and thorax

 

You will see live-recorded cases and discuss interactively the key practical points and pick up tips and tricks to produce the best quality images at the lowest doses.

Group size is limited to ensure adequate interaction with the faculty and to optimise the learning experience.

Timetable

 

Sessions and timings are subject to change

 

Day 1: Anatomy, Calcium and Anomalies

08:00 - 08:30 Arrival Tea/Coffee and Registration

08:30 - 10:00 Workstation use and cardiac anatomy

10:30 -10:45 Break

10:45 -11:45 Coronary anatomy and standard nomenclature

11:45 -12:45 Physics of cardiac CT and reducing the radiation dose

12:45 -13:30 Lunch

13:30 -14:15 Patient Preparation, Cardiac Drugs and Protocols

14:15 -14:45 Live case demonstration

14:45 -15:30 Calcium scoring

15:30 -16:00 Break

16:00 -16:30 Workstation session 1: Calcium scoring

17:00 -17:30 Coronary Artery Anomalies

17:30 -18:00 Workstation session 2: Interpretation of coronary anomalies

Day 2: Core coronary artery disease

08:00-10:00 Review method (3D card) and advanced workstation use

10:00-13:00 Workstation session 3: Native coronary artery disease

13:00-14:00 “lunch and lecture” -- Applications of Cardiac CT

14:00-15:30 Workstation session 4: Native coronary artery disease

15:30-15:45 Break

15:45-18:00 Workstation session 5: Native coronary artery disease and live case demonstration

 

Day 3: Advanced coronary artery disease

08:00 - 08:30 Image optimization

08:30 - 09:30 Recap of cardiac anatomy and the 17 segment model

09:30 - 11:00 Workstation session 6: Native coronary artery disease and live case demonstration

11:00 -11:15 Break

11:15 - 13:00 Workstation session 7: Native coronary artery disease including CTO and infarction

13:00 - 14:00 "lunch and workshop" -- Advanced workstation techniques

14:00 - 14:45 Cardiac Stents and CABG

14:45 - 15:30 Workstation session 8: interpretation of stents

15:30 - 16:00 Break

16:00 - 17:00 Workstation session 9: interpretation of stents

17:00 - 18:00 Review method of CABG and Interpretation of CABG

Day 4: CABG, Aorta and CT FFR

08:00 - 11:00 Workstation session 10 Interpretation of CABG

11:00 - 11:15 Break

11:15 - 13:00 Workstation session 11: Interpretation of CABG and mixed CAD cases including Infarction

13:00 -14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 14:45 Acute Aortic Syndrome Lecture

14:45 - 15:30 Workstation session 12: Aortic pathologies and acute aortic syndrome

15:30 - 16:00 Break

16:00 - 17:00 Stress imaging and CT FFR Lecture

17:00 - 18:00 Workstation session 13: Assessment of cardiac function and advanced workstation use

 

Day 5: TAVI, Dilated right heart, and Congenital heart disease

08:00 - 09:30 TAVI assessment and annular measurements

09:30 - 11:00 Workstation session 14: TAVI assessment and valve disease

11:00 - 11:30 Break

11:30 - 16:00 Workstation session 15: TAVI assessment and valve disease

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:00 Dilated right heart, pulmonary hypertension and triple rule out lecture

15:00 - 16:00 Workstation session 16: dilated right heart and basic congenital heart disease

16:00 - 16:15 Break

16:15 -18:00 Workstation session 17: basic congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathies

Day 6: Pericardium, Masses and Test Cases

08:00 - 09:30 Pericardium and cardiac masses

09:30 - 10:45 Workstation session 18: interpretation of the pericardium and cardiac masses

10:45 - 11:00 Break

11:00 - 13:00 Workstation session 19:extra cardiac findings and miscellaneous

13:00 - 14:00 -- “lunch and lecture” -- Extra cardiac findings

14:00 - 15:00 Recap and review of cases

15:00 - 15:15 Break

15:15 - 16:15 Test cases

16:15 - 17:30 Accrediting in cardiac CT

17:30 - 18:00 Conclusion and questions

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