CME 1 Session - EANM'14


Cardiovascular: Improving Nuclear Cardiology Practices: From Protocols to Appropriate Use Criteria

Educational objectives:

  1. Understand specific stress protocols in cardiac SPECT and or CZT imaging
  2. Review of the current software in clinical practice in SPECT and-or CZT imaging
  3. Emphasise the role of using appropriate criteria in clinical practice in different population of coronary artery diseases
This continuing education session is directed primarily towards nuclear physicians active in clinical cardiac studies, but also towards cardiologists, trainees and nuclear medicine technologists. It will cover relevant aspects of stress protocols (pharmacological (regadenoson), treadmill, bicycle tests) before SPECT or CZT acquisitions in different populations of patients suspected of coronary artery disease. Novel hardware, software and quantitative software tools into clinical practice will be identified to allow the link between clinical score of cardiovascular risk factors and perfusion, LV volumes and left ventricular ejection fraction scores. The utility of appropriate criteria in patients with coronary artery disease allow to identify patients at risk and to find out the best management to treat them accurately. By attending the session, participants will get profound insights into the relationship between nuclear protocols and diagnostic confidence of myocardial SPECT, CZT imaging. An improved understanding of the current state-of-the art and recent developments in hardware and software covered in the session will allow a refined diagnostic application of myocardial SPECT imaging and will help to increase acceptance of nuclear cardiology at the participant's hospital or private practice. 

Key Words:
Stress Protocol, SPECT, Myocardial Perfusion, CZT Camera
Teaser Video
A short description by session chair Denis Agostini.

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