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Quantitative cardiovascular CTA - Queensland Cardiology Group

Philips CT Clinical Education Philips Healthcare • USA


The Quantitative Cardiovascular CTA is comprised of two days of live scanning at St Andrews Specialist Centre L8 457 Wickham Tce, Spring Hill QLD 4004 The course is intended for cardiologists and radiologists who want to gain knowledge of scanning and interpreting cardiac CTA. Components covered include; learning and familiarity with patient and scanner setup, contrast injection techniques, image acquisition and reconstruction, and post processing and interpretation. Live scanning at Queensland Cardiology Group, utilizing iDose4, 100 kvp and Step & Shoot where appropriate.

October 2014 - Specific dates TBD

After taking this course, participants will be able to: 
  • Demonstrate proficiency related to scanning procedures including scanner set up, patient preparation, indications and procedures for contrast use, image acquisition, and image reconstruction 
  • Process and analyze increasingly complex cases including stent and CABG evaluation, analysis of patients with calcium scores > 1000, plaque characterization using quantitative analysis (TIVA) 
  • Account for artifacts and arrhythmias 
  • Correlate findings with cardiac catheterization, IVUS, virtual histology, and nuclear stress testing 
  • Identify a variety of forms of cardiac and coronary pathology, commonly encountered in routine clinical practice, by the method of cardiac CT 
  • Identify artifacts in cardiac CT images, and distinguish these from true pathology
  • Describe and apply techniques for optimizing data acquisition in cardiac CT, and how to avoid common pitfalls and mistakes 
  • List the current capabilities and limitations of cardiac CT, and understand how its limitations may influence image quality and interpretability and how they should guide patient selection 

This two day Cardiac CT teaching course (October 2014) is designed to enhance clinical practice skills by providing intense practical training in interpreting coronary CTA examinations under the supervision of Dr John Youngerl, an expert in CTA, and Level B accredited by the Conjoint Committee for the Recognition of Training in CT Coronary Angiography (CTCA). Live scanning and Mentored case review sessions will be available to allow course attendees to view live cases and teaching cases, cases viewed can be documented to form part of Australian conjoint committee recognition of CTCA training as well as SCCT requirements for Level 2 training.

John Younger MB, BCh, MRCP, FRCAP, FCSANZ - John Younger is a consultant cardiologist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital and is a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland. He began his cardiac CT training in 2005 on a 16 slice scanner and holds a founding membership of SCCT and Level B accreditation with the Australia and New Zealand Conjoint Committee for the Recognition of training in CT Coronary Angiography.

He undertook a 2 year fellowship in cardiac MRI at Leeds University, UK, before returning to Australia in 2007 to establish the cardiac CT and cardiac MRI programs at RBWH (in conjunction with the Medical Imaging Dept.).

He specialises in cardiac imaging, particularly cardiac CT and cardiac MRI, but also transthoracic, transoesophageal and stress echocardiography. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences, including SCMR 2011 (Nice, France) and CSANZ 2010 (Adelaide). He has acted as the scientific coordinator for several national meetings on cardiac imaging, particularly the Gold Coast Cardiac Imaging Symposium. He is the joint lead for the cardiac imaging stream on the program committee for CSANZ 2012 and is the chair of a committee establishing a pathway for the investigation of intermediate risk chest pain patients presenting to Queensland Health Hospitals.

In 2010, he organised Australia’s first radiographer training course for cardiac CT and he has also taught on CT angiography courses with Harvey Hecht in Perth 2011 and John Hoe in Sydney, 2010. He has published in a variety of medical journals including The BMJ and Heart. His most recent article was in The Lancet during January 2012 as an author of the landmark CE-MARC study.

Tuition fees
$ 2,200.00 inc GST 2 day course live scanning *All pricing does not include hotel or airfare MAXIMUM OF 8 PLACES AVAILABLE! To register, please visit the following link and follow the prompts: Quantitative CTA course registration It is compulsory to register online, as limited positions are available.

Registration inquiries
For registration enquiries, please contact Ruth Kresina, International CT Applications Specialist on 0411 416 461

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