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ESCR Educational Workshop - Module 1: CT primer for radiologists (27-28.04.15)

ESCR Educational Workshop in Cardiac Imaging

CT primer for radiologists, Level I-II

Module 1: Cardiac anatomy and CT for coronary artery disease

April 27-28, 2015
Barcelona, Spain

Workshop description/objectives

This workshop offers an introduction into the techniques and possibilities of cardiac CT. Individualisation and optimisation of examination protocols will be explained on practical examples and radiation dose saving strategies will be shown. Additionally, segmental cardiac anatomy will be introduced and trained on practical cases.  This workshop demonstrates how to approach a cardiac CT examination and how to set up a structured report. Recommendations for possible report organisation will be provided and the clinical application will be used on dedicated cases. The combination of demonstrated cases, self-reading of cases and discussion within the audience ensures optimal involvement of attendees and a maximal number of cases analysed within the short given time of the workshop. Additionally, information about the appropriate clinical use of cardiac CT according to the actual guidelines, as published by the international cardiac imaging societies, will be given. Top indications for cardiac CT will be discussed as well as still existing limitations. Since it is a basic workshop, the main focus will be on providing an overview about the potentials and clinical applications, as well as the limitations of cardiac CT. Furthermore, proposals for standardised reporting of standard cases will be presented.


The special features of this course include

  • small size of audience
  • presenters ensure compact teaching concept
  • professional workstations and software
  • analysis of 30-40 clinical CT cases under supervision


Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • optimise and personalise CT imaging techniques for the heart
  • apply radiation dose saving techniques without sacrificing diagnostic image quality to cardiac CT protocols
  • analyse cardiac CT following a predefined schema and provide a structured report
  • report anomalies in cardiac anatomy and rate them in relation to clinical symptoms and treatment indications
  • report coronary artery lesions according to the AHA segment model
  • read cases of patients suffering from CAD and to correctly rate, grade and describe coronary artery lesions
  • continue with upcoming and more advanced modules


Target Audience

  • General radiologists interested in cardiac radiology
  • Radiology residents (last two years) and fellows in training

Cardiac radiologists in preparation of the European Diploma in Cardiac Imaging

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