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About The CTA Course


Introduction

Cardiac Computed Tomography Angiography (cardiac CTA) has proven itself as an accurate, safe, non-invasive alternative to other older imaging technologies. Specifically cardiac CTA can detect significant stenosis in the coronary tree, as well as reliably exclude the presence of coronary disease in patients with risk factors and atypical symptoms. Subclinical disease often missed by other common imaging techniques such as nuclear and ultrasound stress testing and even invasive coronary angiography is easily demonstrated by non-contrast and contrast CT imaging. Coronary anomalies and definition of non-coronary diseases of the heart can now be visualized in a way that may set the standard for quality and accuracy. Development of contrast and radiation dose saving protocols has made cardiac CTA a safer, quicker, less invasive cost effective procedure that will revolutionize the field of Cardiology. The appropriate use of cardiac CTA as a complimentary diagnostic and triage tool in the detection of heart disease is the primary focus of this educational experience.

Course Description

The cardiac CTA course is designed to provide clinically orientated, hands-on observation and workstation review for a minimum of 50 cases: 25 Category A Live Cases and 25 Category A1 Live Video Cases. All are applicable toward Level II and Level III credentialing requirements outlined by the SCCT. This course is endorsed by the SCCT and live cases are selected to emphasize appropriate patient selection for cardiac CTA, as well as to illustrate the totality of scanning, reporting and management of clinical issues. The cases will draw from a wide spectrum of studies emphasizing the range of findings encountered in a typical hospital implementation of a cardiac CTA service line. The topics for core knowledge in cardiac CTA are integrated into the lecture and hands-on format.

This course will provide attendees with the training needed to become an accomplished, confident and independent cardiac CTA reader able to formulate an appropriate CT exam set-up.

At the end of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate patient selection and scanner setup
  • Recognize radiation dose reduction techniques
  • Differentiate artifacts from true pathology
  • Demonstrate how to accurately and succinctly report findings

Cardiac CTA Two-Day Course Agenda (PDF)

Target Audience

Cardiologists, radiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and other physicians interested in gaining credentialing and competency in cardiac CTA scanning and interpretation.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate patient selection and scanner setup
  • Recognize radiation dose reduction techniques
  • Differentiate artifacts from true pathology
  • Demonstrate how to accurately and succinctly report findings

Organization

Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers' Office of CME is committed to providing quality continuing medical education for physicians. To ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all sponsored or jointly sponsored educational activities, any individual who is in a position to control the content of the educational activity (i.e., course or activity directors, planning committee members, staff, teachers, or authors of CME) must disclose all relevant financial relationships and the nature thereof that they or any member of their family members have with any commercial interest(s). The ACCME describes relevant financial relationships as those in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.

Individuals who refuse to disclose will be disqualified from participation in the development, management, presentation, or evaluation of the CME activity. Disclosures of Relevant Financial Relationships are on file for this program.

Faculty and Planning Members

CME Accreditation

Dignity Health's East Valley Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) is accredited by the Arizona Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The OCME designates this educational activity for a maximum of 17 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Commercial Support

This program is supported by Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers' Office of CME and funded through the participant tuition.

About Dignity Health 

Dignity Health, headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., provides integrated, patient and family centered care. It is the fifth largest health system in the country with 10,000 physicians and 55,000 employees across Arizona, California, and Nevada. Through its network of more than 150 ancillary care sites and 40 acute care hospitals, Dignity Health is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. In 2011, Dignity Health provided $1.4 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed patient care. For more information, please visit our website at www.dignityhealth.org.

About Chandler Regional Medical Center

Chandler Regional Medical Center is located at 1955 W. Frye Road in Chandler. Chandler Regional Medical Center is a full-service acute-care facility with 243 beds. For more information, please visit Chandler Regional or call 877.694.1693. Chandler Regional is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). For information on doctor referrals, community classes or support groups, please contact us at 480.728.5414.

About Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

Mercy Gilbert Medical Center is located at the intersection of Val Vista Drive and Loop 202 (south of Pecos Road and east of Val Vista Drive). Mercy Gilbert Medical Center is a full-service acute-care facility with 212 beds. For more information, please visit dignityhealth.org/mercygilbert or call 844.531.1896. Mercy Gilbert Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). For information on physician referrals or community classes and support groups, please contact us at 480.728.5414.

Introduction

Cardiac Computed Tomography Angiography (cardiac CTA) has proven itself as an accurate, safe, non-invasive alternative to other older imaging technologies. Specifically cardiac CTA can detect significant stenosis in the coronary tree, as well as reliably exclude the presence of coronary disease in patients with risk factors and atypical symptoms. Subclinical disease often missed by other common imaging techniques such as nuclear and ultrasound stress testing and even invasive coronary angiography is easily demonstrated by non-contrast and contrast CT imaging. Coronary anomalies and definition of non-coronary diseases of the heart can now be visualized in a way that may set the standard for quality and accuracy. Development of contrast and radiation dose saving protocols has made cardiac CTA a safer, quicker, less invasive cost effective procedure that will revolutionize the field of Cardiology. The appropriate use of cardiac CTA as a complimentary diagnostic and triage tool in the detection of heart disease is the primary focus of this educational experience.

Course Description

The cardiac CTA course is designed to provide clinically orientated, hands-on observation and workstation review for a minimum of 50 cases: 25 Category A Live Cases and 25 Category A1 Live Video Cases. All are applicable toward Level II and Level III credentialing requirements outlined by the SCCT. This course is endorsed by the SCCT and live cases are selected to emphasize appropriate patient selection for cardiac CTA, as well as to illustrate the totality of scanning, reporting and management of clinical issues. The cases will draw from a wide spectrum of studies emphasizing the range of findings encountered in a typical hospital implementation of a cardiac CTA service line. The topics for core knowledge in cardiac CTA are integrated into the lecture and hands-on format.

This course will provide attendees with the training needed to become an accomplished, confident and independent cardiac CTA reader able to formulate an appropriate CT exam set-up.

At the end of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate patient selection and scanner setup
  • Recognize radiation dose reduction techniques
  • Differentiate artifacts from true pathology
  • Demonstrate how to accurately and succinctly report findings

chandlerregional (PDF)

Target Audience

Cardiologists, radiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and other physicians interested in gaining credentialing and competency in cardiac CTA scanning and interpretation.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate patient selection and scanner setup
  • Recognize radiation dose reduction techniques
  • Differentiate artifacts from true pathology
  • Demonstrate how to accurately and succinctly report findings

Organization

Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers' Office of CME is committed to providing quality continuing medical education for physicians. To ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all sponsored or jointly sponsored educational activities, any individual who is in a position to control the content of the educational activity (i.e., course or activity directors, planning committee members, staff, teachers, or authors of CME) must disclose all relevant financial relationships and the nature thereof that they or any member of their family members have with any commercial interest(s). The ACCME describes relevant financial relationships as those in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.

Individuals who refuse to disclose will be disqualified from participation in the development, management, presentation, or evaluation of the CME activity. Disclosures of Relevant Financial Relationships are on file for this program.

Faculty and Planning Members

CME Accreditation

Dignity Health's East Valley Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) is accredited by the Arizona Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The OCME designates this educational activity for a maximum of 17 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Commercial Support

This program is supported by Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers' Office of CME and funded through the participant tuition.

About Dignity Health 

Dignity Health, headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., provides integrated, patient and family centered care. It is the fifth largest health system in the country with 10,000 physicians and 55,000 employees across Arizona, California, and Nevada. Through its network of more than 150 ancillary care sites and 40 acute care hospitals, Dignity Health is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. In 2011, Dignity Health provided $1.4 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed patient care. For more information, please visit our website at www.dignityhealth.org.

About Chandler Regional Medical Center

Chandler Regional Medical Center is located at 1955 W. Frye Road in Chandler. Chandler Regional Medical Center is a full-service acute-care facility with 243 beds. For more information, please visit Chandler Regional or call 877.694.1693. Chandler Regional is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). For information on doctor referrals, community classes or support groups, please contact us at 480.728.5414.

About Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

Mercy Gilbert Medical Center is located at the intersection of Val Vista Drive and Loop 202 (south of Pecos Road and east of Val Vista Drive). Mercy Gilbert Medical Center is a full-service acute-care facility with 212 beds. For more information, please visit dignityhealth.org/mercygilbert or call 844.531.1896. Mercy Gilbert Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). For information on physician referrals or community classes and support groups, please contact us at 480.728.5414.