AIRP® Thoracic & Cardiovascular Categorical Course

March 16 - 22, 2023 | March 16 - 22, 2023 | March 28 - April 3, 2024 | March 28 - April 3, 2024

Thoracic & Cardiovascular Categorical Course

The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Imaging Categorical course will be virtual with both synchronous and asynchronous lectures.

The depiction of disease processes by current imaging has advanced extensively in recent years. This exquisite identification of various abnormalities by cross-sectional imaging, particularly CT and MR, further emphasizes the need to understand the pathologic basis of disease as we are now often illustrating this correlation directly. 

The course is designed to illustrate basic concepts and radiologic-pathologic correlation in Chest Imaging in order to enhance practitioner knowledge and skills. Lack of understanding of the underlying pathology can lead to misinterpretation of radiologic images and the potential to overlook important complications such a neoplastic recurrence. Learn more about ACR AIRP categorical courses.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the importance of effective communication with Pathologists in the diagnosis of lesions.
  • Identify imaging characteristics of lesions involving the chest and cardiovascular system.
  • Illustrate how the underlying pathology of the lesion contributes to its imaging characteristics.
  • Describe those chest diseases in which radiologic imaging is key for accurate diagnosis.

Tentative Schedule

Spectrum of Thoracic Aortic Disease
Ischemic Cardiomyopathies
Non-Ischemic Cardiomyopathies
Thoracic Vasculitis: Imaging Clues and Collaborative Diagnosis
Nuclear and Molecular Cardiovascular Imaging
The Great Pretenders: Unusual Thoracic Lesions
Pericardial Disease: Making the Critical Observations
Case Review: Cardiac Masses
Case Review: Challenging Cardiac Cases
Best Cardiac Cases from the AIRP Archives
Cardiac Valvular Disease
Coronary Artery Anatomy and Anomalies
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary Artery Aneurysms
Pre-Case Review Assessment: Adult Congenital Lung Disease Case Reviews
Mediastinal Masses Parts 1 & 2
Smoking-related Lung Injury
Pulmonary Fibrosis: How Pathology Informs Imaging
Case Review: Cystic Lung Disease
Viral Pneumonias and Acute Lung Injury: Where Does COVID-19 Fit In?
Case Review: Mediastinal Masses
Redpath Spectrum of Lung Cancer
Case Review: Adult Congenital Lung Disease
Thoracic case-based learning: Pattern approach to pulmonary infections, Parts I & II
Immune-mediated lung disease
The Chest Wall
Case Review: Challenging Chest Cases
Lymphoid Disorders of the Lungs
The Pleura
Pulmonary Hypertension
The Pneumoconioses
Trends in Thoracic Radiology: EVALI
Case Review: Challenging Chest Cases
Unusual Forms of Pulmonary Malignancy
Benign Forms of Pulmonary Neoplasia
Case Review: Challenging Chest Cases

Section Chiefs

 Aletta A. Frazier, MD

Aletta A. Frazier, MD

Chief, Cardiothoracic Imaging and Biomedical Illustrator, AIRP
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

John P. Lichtenberger III, MD

Associate Section Chief of Cardiothoracic Imaging, AIRP
The George Washington University Hospital
Associate Professor of Radiology and Chief of Thoracic Imaging


Lydia Chelala, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology, Section of Cardiopulmonary Radiology, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago
Vasken Dilsizian, MD

Vasken Dilsizian, MD

University of Maryland School of Medicine
Professor of Radiology and Medicine

Allison A. Herring, MD

Visiting Instructor, Department of Radiology at University of Maryland
Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Radiology at University of Maryland
Vincent B. Ho, MD

Vincent B. Ho, MD

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Professor of Radiology and Chair, Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Rydhwana Hossain, MD

Rydhwana Hossain, MD

University of Maryland Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Seth J. Kligerman, MD

Seth J. Kligerman, MD

University of California, San Diego
Associate Professor and Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Radiology

Jay S. Leb, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology
Director of Cardiac Imaging
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Mini V. Pakkal, MBBS, MD, FRCR

Mini V. Pakkal, MBBS, MD, FRCR

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor of Medical Imaging
Rosita M. Shah, MD

Rosita M. Shah, MD

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology
Diane C. Strollo, MD, FACR

Diane C. Strollo, MD, FACR

University of Pittsburgh
Visiting Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery

All AIRP categorical courses are provided in Eastern Time Zone.




March 16 - 22, 2023 Register
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March 28 - April 3, 2024 Register
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Resident/Fellow (ACR Member) $500
Resident/Fellow (Non-radiologist) $550             
Practicing Physician (ACR Member) $1,000             
Practicing Physician (Nonmember)
Active-Duty Military, VA and USPHS
50% discount off listed fees