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Cardiac CT Practicum: The Total Experience

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Cardiac CT Practicum: The Total Experience

Time: January 10, 2011 to January 14, 2011
Location: Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Street: Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
City/Town: Baltimore, MD, United States
Website or Map: http://www.hopkinscme.edu/Car…
Phone: 410-550-0845
Event Type: workstation-based, training, activity
Organized By: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Latest Activity: Nov 20, 2010

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Event Description

Cardiac CT Practicum

Presented by
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Office of Continuing Medical Education

January 10-14, 2011

To check availability and reserve your seat at this activity, please call Susan Orr at 410-550-0845 or email: sorr@jhmi.edu.


The activity is held monthly at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, in a multimedia classroom constructed specifically for the learner’s needs. This is a workstation-based training activity, designed to meet American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Level II and III requirements. Each participant has their own workstation to use throughout the activity and receives personal attention and instruction by the activity faculty. A workstation, which projects to the front of the room is used by instructors to demonstrate various aspects of CT interpretation. After receiving training on the use of the workstation, a case library of over 150 cases selected to demonstrate the variety of pathology, which can be evaluated by CT (coronary disease, bypass grafts, stents, anomalies, cardiomyopathies, EP, pericardial disease, cardiac tumors) is reviewed. A minimum of 100 cases is reviewed during the five days of the activity.

Twenty hours of didactic instruction is included through lectures and reading materials, which will cover topics of patient selection, preparation, radiation, contrast, cardiac anatomy, assessment of cardiac function, cardiac pathology, etc. Members of the Johns Hopkins faculty and guest faculty will present these topics. Participants will take a quiz to confirm understanding of these materials.

The requirement for observation of the acquisition of 50 studies is satisfied by utilizing a combination of onsite observation of approximately 25 studies supplemented by interactive observation of approximately 25 studies performed offsite and viewed by interactive video link. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during acquisition of the studies (i.e., patient selection, use of beta blockers) and to observe the steps in obtaining the scan by direct observation of the scanner console. The 50 scans that were acquired during the week of the activity are anonymized and participants will interpret these studies on their own time following the five days of onsite training. After faculty review of the participants’ interpretation of these 50 studies and the other elements of the activity, a certificate documenting completion of the Level II and III requirements will be issued.


This activity is intended for physicians including cardiologists and radiologists who are currently in practice or are in fellowship, seeking Level II competency training. For those who have already qualified for Level II, this added experience will meet the case requirements for Level II.


After attending this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:
Choose patients appropriate for this imaging modality
Prepare patients to obtain optimal study results
Optimize image reconstruction for cardiac analyses
Use 3D workstation to visualize all aspects of cardiac anatomy
Assess extent of coronary atherosclerosis and evaluate LV function

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 41 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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