Course Directors:

Joe Hsu, MD
Director of Cardiac CT and MR,
Kaiser Permanente
Los Angeles Medical Center

Amar Shah, MD
Cardiac and Thoracic Imaging
North Shore - Long Island Jewish Health System

Continuing Education

2 Days




Course Overview

This three-day course is designed to optimize your clinical practice skills by providing intense training in interpreting coronary CTA examinations under the supervision of expert faculty. Participants use workstations with the same vendor software as in their own practice and have access to over 100 cases. Most cases include clinical scenarios as well as coronary catheter angiography correlation. The course also covers technical considerations for obtaining optimal examinations for interpretation.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify normal cardiac anatomy, including coronary arteries, coronary veins, cardiac chambers, valves and great vessels, as well as identify and describe the clinical importance of variant anatomy.

  • Describe basic technical aspects of coronary CT, including prospective versus retrospective gating, single-cycle versus multicycle reconstruction, temporal resolution, spatial resolution, scan parameters and contrast-injection techniques.

  • Determine appropriate technique for administering beta blockers and nitroglycerin, with knowledge of absolute and relative contraindications.

  • Identify and describe how to improve examinations with artifacts, such as cardiac arrhythmias, ECG misregistration and poor breath hold.

  • Describe the use of different post-processing techniques based on the appropriate clinical indication, including axial source images, multiplanar reconstructions, maximum intensity projections and volume-rendered images.

Target Attendees:

# of participants:
Maximum 35