Coronary CT Angiography

Overview

Brochure
This three-day course is designed to optimize your clinical practice skills by providing intense training in interpreting coronary CTA examinations under the supervision of expert faculty. Participants use workstations with the same vendor software as in their own practice and have access to nearly 100 cases. Most cases include clinical scenarios as well as coronary catheter angiography correlation. The course also covers technical considerations for obtaining optimal examinations for interpretation.
Date Location
June 6 - 8, 2014 Reston, VA
September 5 - 7, 2014 Reston, VA
December 5 - 7, 2014 Reston, VA
March 4 - 6, 2015 Reston, VA
June 26 - 28, 2015 Reston, VA
September 28 - 30, 2015 Reston, VA
November 11 - 13, 2015 Reston, VA

Course Directors
Amar Shah, MD
Director of Cardiac and Vascular CT and MR
New York Medical College

Joe Hsu, MD
Director of Cardiac CT and MR
Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles Medical Center

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify normal cardiac anatomy, including coronary arteries, coronary veins, cardiac chambers, valves, and great vessels, as well as identify and describe the clinical importance of variant anatomy
  2. Describe basic technical aspects of coronary CT, including prospective versus retrospective gating, single-cycle versus multicycle reconstruction, temporal resolution, spatial resolution, scan parameters, and contrast-injection techniques
  3. Determine appropriate technique for administering beta blockers and nitroglycerin, with knowledge of absolute and relative contraindications
  4. Identify and describe how to improve examinations with artifacts, such as cardiac arrhythmias, ECG misregistration, and poor breath hold
  5. Describe the use of different post-processing techniques based on the appropriate clinical indication, including axial source images, multiplanar reconstructions, maximum intensity projections, and volume-rendered images

Attendees who interpret a minimum of 50 cases will be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency stating they meet the case requirements as specified in the ACR Practice Guideline for the Performance and Interpretation of Cardiac Computed Tomography.

The faculty are really fantastic - excellent teachers, very friendly and helpful. I appreciate the vendor representatives - they are excellent instructors.
- Anna Zavodni

Excellent. I have done this course twice - once in my final year of residency (prior to having any substantial CTA experience) and now after more than a year of fellowship (with about 200 clinical cases) - and both experiences were very worthwhile. The class is great for both the novice and more experienced user - both can ask questions pertinent to their level of experience and see really good cases.
- Anna Zavodni

I have never been to an activity that is so directly applicable to my practice. I will be able to apply new techniques and refined expertise immediately.
- James McKee