Cardiovascular Imaging: Complex Applications in Cardiac CT and CT Angiography

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Claiming CME/CE Credits

To receive credits, participants must review the program materials in their entirety and complete the online post examination and evaluation. CME credits require a post examination score of 70% or higher. CE credits require a post examination score of 80% or higher.

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Operating Systems:  Windows 8 or higher, (MS Surface and other MS mobile devices compatible), MAC OSX 10.3 or higher, Mac iOS 5.0 or higher (iPad, iPhone compatible), Android 4.3 or higher (most Android mobile devices compatible).

Effective Date: June 8, 2021
Expiration Date: June 30, 2023
Format: Self Instructional - Audio Visual with Slides
Educational Credits:
One (1) AMA/PRA Category 1 CME Credit™
One (1) ARRT Category A CE Credit.
One (1) AHRA CRA Credit
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour

Commercial Support

Made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Bracco Diagnostics, Inc.

Target Audience & Cost

This program is intended for: Radiologists, Other MD's, Radiologic Technologists, Radiology Administrators and related Imaging Professionals.

There is no cost to participate in this program.

Program Summary

Often there is lack of knowledge amongst imaging professionals regarding IV contrast dynamics and the relationship between contrast injection, observed enhancement, and scan acquisition timing. The design of appropriate imaging protocols leads to effective and consistent cardiovascular exams; especially when applied to complex clinical scenarios.

This CME/CE accredited program will review contrast-saline dynamics and discuss rational protocol design for cardiac and vascular CT angiography. Effective cardiovascular imaging protocols, utilizing multiple CT injector platforms to achieve optimal imaging, will be reviewed. We invite you to join Dr. Richard Hallett for a comprehensive discussion and case study review of this important topic.

Following the presentation questions from the audience were addressed in a moderated Q&A session.

Educational Objectives

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between bolus contrast media injection and observed enhancement.
  • Implement methods to design rational contrast injection / scan acquisition protocols.
  • Review various models of CT contrast injectors and discuss benefits, limitations, and injection protocol adjustments for each.
  • Apply customized contrast-saline injection / scan principles to complex cardiovascular disease cases.

No special educational preparation is required for this CME/CE activity!

Presenter

Richard Hallett, MD

Richard Hallett, MD

Chief, Cardiovascular Imaging
Northwest Radiology Network

Dr. Richard Hallett is Chief, Cardiovascular Imaging for Northwest Radiology Network and Director of Radiology and 3D Imaging for the Ascension St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana in Indianapolis, IN. He is also Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology at Stanford Hospital and Clinics in Stanford, CA. Dr. Hallett’s major interests include CTA protocol design, imaging for transcatheter heart valve procedures, pediatric cardiovascular imaging, and dynamic cardiovascular imaging of athletes.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy

Applied Radiology requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of a CE activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. This information is utilized to 1) determine if a conflict exists, 2) resolve the conflict by initiating a content validation process, and 3) advise learners of this information. Any individual who refuses to (or chooses not to) disclose relevant financial relationships will be disqualified from participating as an instructor, planner or manager and cannot have control of or responsibility for the development, management, presentation or evaluation of a CE activity.

Disclosures

Richard Hallett, MD discloses the following: Contrast Medium Consultant, Bracco Diagnostics, Inc. and Data Safety Monitoring Board, Cook Medical

No individual at IAME who had control over the content of this program has relationships with Bracco Diagnostics, Inc. or any other commercial supporter.

Accreditation

The Institute for Advanced Medical Education (IAME) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Institute for Advanced Medical Education (IAME) designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA/PRA Category 1 CME Credits.™ Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Radiologic Technologists:
This course meets all criteria and has been approved by the AHRA, The Association for Medical Imaging Management for One (1) ARRT Category A CE Credit.

Radiology Administrators:
This course meets all CRA renewal credit criteria and has been approved for one (1) continuing education credit in the following CRA domains: Operations Management and Asset Management.

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board or other credentialing organization.

Method of Participation/Criteria for Success

CME Credits
To receive CME credits for participating in this CME activity you must successfully complete the online post examination with a passing score of 70% or higher.

CE Credits
To receive CE credits for participating in this CE activity you must successfully complete the online post examination with a passing score of 80% or higher.

Online examinations return an immediate grade report. Upon receiving a passing score click Continue and complete the evaluation form. To view and print your Statement of Credit click the Print/View Certificate button displayed from within your MyAR Archives page.

Disclaimer

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.