Cardiac CT Training Guide
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Here’s a sampling of conferences, educational sessions and fellowships offering hands-on and CME education through the remainder of the year. They are listed in order by date. For a continually updated list of U.S. and international training sessions throughout the year, please visit

Cardiac CT Fellowship Program

This 3 to 5 day program is designed to provide physicians with ACC level 2 knowledge of Cardiac CT interpretation through a unique program of intense one-on-one mentored interpretation of Cardiac CT studies. The Fellowship includes 10 hours per day of dedicated hands-on time with Siemens and TeraRecon workstations to include six hours per day of one-on-one mentored Cardiac CT Angiographic interpretation with Dr. Michael Ridner of up to 75 cases. Physicians will also observe 30 real-time Coronary CT Angiographic studies with subsequent mentored interpretation. Training is available for Physicians (maximum 3 per group) as well as CT Technologists (maximum 2 technologists per group) and Nursing Staff (maximum 2 nurses per group).

Faculty: Dr. Michael Ridner is Medical Director of Cardiac CT Angiography and Invasive Cardiac Catheterization at The Heart Center. He is clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine in Huntsville. Dr. Ridner completed fellowship training in Cardiovascular Disease at Barnes Hospital at Washington University in St.

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Visiting Fellowships in Cardiac CT

Dates: TBD

This introduction to coronary CT angiography practice and interpretation involves an initial meeting and lectures held in Winston-Salem, N.C. Patient scanning also is involved on the Siemens Somatom Sensation 64 and Leonardo workstation.

More information: Visit or call Cardiac CT fellowship and Cardiac CT Course Direction Judy Taylor at 336-794-4106

Visiting Fellowships

Dates: Flexible, for a minimum of one day to a maximum of 5 days

This program run at Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Radiology in Boston allows participants to view scans and evaluate data for coronary calcium and CT coronary angiography. One participant is selected at a time.

More information: Call Sophia K. Cheng at 617-726-5954

Mini-fellowships at Cardioangiologisches Centrum Bethanien

Dates: Flexible

The Cardioangiologisches Centrum Bethanien in Frankfurt, Germany, offers mini-fellowships of several days to several weeks (preferred duration is one week) to witness scans and evaluate data for coronary calcium and CT coronary angiography (on a Siemens 64 Sensation).

More information: Axel Schmermund, MD, at 49-69-9450-280

Hands on Training Course Cardiac CT

Dates: August 9-11, 2006

A three-day program with lectures, interactive case evaluation on workstations, live scanning with expert faculty and a 1-on-2 faculty to participant ratio.

Sponsor: Department of Cardiology, University of Erlangen
Location: Erlangen, Germany
For information: Visit, or email

64-slice Coronary CT Angiography: Hands on Training Course in North Carolina

Dates: August 18-19, 2006; September 22-23, 2006

A two-day interactive program (Friday and Saturday) with syllabus, lectures, interactive case evaluation on 3D workstations, live scanning with expert faculty (Andre Duerinckx, MD, PhD) and industry participation.

Equipment used: 64-slice Somatom Sensation 64 cardiac CT scanner (Siemens) and 3-D workstations from TeraRecon, Vital Images and Siemens (Leonardo)

Sponsor: Novant Health CME and Forsyth Radiological Associates

Location: Winston-Salem, NC (fly into Greensboro, NC airport)

More information: Visit or call Judy Taylor at 336-794-4106 or 336-416-5192

64-slice Coronary CT Angiography: Hands on Training Course in Jacksonville, Florida

Dates: August 21-22, 2006; October 16-17, 2006; December 11-12, 2006

A two-day intensive program with lectures, case reviews, image acquisition, interpretation and analysis of actual patients and also utilizing an extensive database of interesting cases. Invited guest lectures covering the state of the art in cardiac imaging.

Equipment used: 64-slice Somatom Sensation 64 cardiac CT scanner (Siemens) Siemens (Leonardo)

Sponsor: 64-slice Somatom Sensation 64 cardiac CT scanner (Siemens) Siemens (Leonardo) Siemens CT Division

Location: University of Florida/Shands, Department of Radiology Faculty: Dr. Norbert Wilke MD. FACC, Associate Professor of Radiology, Associate Professor of Medicine, Chief, Cardiovascular MR and CT

For information: Contact Bayar Batmunh (Training Coordinator) at 904-244-3714; or visit

Cardiovascular CTA Course

Dates: August 21-25, 2006; September 21-25, 2006; October 23-27, 2006; November 13-17, 2006; December 4-8, 2006
Sponsor: South Carolina Heart Center
Location: Columbia, SC
More information: Visit,template&cpid=5706 or call Sherrie Beard at 803-749-1233

Cardiovascular CT 2006: What You Need To Know

September 7-10, 2006
Sponsor: Educational Symposia
Location: The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, NV
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Clinical Cardiac CT Imaging

Dates: September 16-17, 2006

This 2 day continuing medical education course is held by expert faculty from Harvard Medical School as well as several renowned US and international guest faculty. It will cover the hardware and software and other resource requirements for developing and running coronary CTA imaging services. CT imaging protocols and techniques for coronary CT angiography, plaque imaging, myocardial perfusion, ventricular function, valve imaging and for pulmonary and coronary vein studies are reviewed. The current literature and accepted clinical applications of cardiac gated CT as well as reimbursement issues are covered.

Course Director: Suhny Abbara, MD; Co-directors Stephan Achenbach, MD, Thomas J Brady, MD, Ricardo C. Cury, MD, Udo Hoffmann, MD.

Sponsor: Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Offered in co-sponsorship with the SCCT Location: Boston Marriott Hotel, Cambridge, Mass.

Information: Heather Gangi at 617-726-2970

2nd Annual Cardiothoracic CT Summit: Focus on CT Angiography and Extra Cardiac Disease

Dates: October 27-29, 2006

This symposium will provide a comprehensive review of Multi Detector CT technology for the diagnosis of cardiovascular, thoracic and peripheral vascular disease. There will be an emphasis on the rapidly growing field of coronary CT angiography and the non-coronary findings that are frequently observed during the course of interpretation.

The course will provide a comprehensive review from basics to advanced instrumentation, protocols and clinical applications. It will provide attendees the opportunity to participate in small group case-based interactive workshops using workstations. This CME activity should benefit cardiologists, radiologists, thoracic surgeons and pulmonologists performing, interpreting or ordering cardiovascular and thoracic CT studies.

Sponsor: Cleveland Clinic; Location: The Naples Grande Resort & Club, Naples Fla.
Accreditation: 20.0 Category 1 credits towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award
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Training Courses on CT at Harvard

Dates: TBD

These structured, intensive 3-day training courses offered at Harvard Medical School in Boston are offered three to four times a year (utilizing the Siemens Sensation 64). The workshops offer up to 19.5 CME credits. 

More information: Call Heather Gangi at 617-726-2970; fax 617-724-5597

Cardiovascular Imaging at the University of Tubingen

Dates: Flexible

The University of Tubingen, Departments of Cardiology and Radiology in Tubingen, Germany, is offering mini-fellowships of several days to several weeks (preferred duration is one week) to witness scans and evaluate data for coronary calcium and CT coronary angiography on the Siemens Sensation 64.

More information: Andreas Kopp, MD, Department of Radiology or Stephen Schroeder, MD, Department of Cardiology at 49-7071-29-86611

One Day Mini-Tutorials on CTA

Dates: Tuesdays throughout the year, by prior arrangement

This one day mini-tutorial at the Wisconsin Heart Hospital includes a formal teaching conference, case review, workstation experience and supervision of live CTAs. There is no charge but there is a maximum of three physicians per session.

More information: Dr. Samuel Wann at 414-778-7800

Multislice Cardiovascular and Peripheral Computed Tomography

Dates: TBD

This hands-on course from 1 week to up to 4 month is offered at Christus Muguerza Heart Institute in Monterrey, Mexico, in both English and Spanish. It involves cardiac cath correlation and advanced workstation skills teaching.

More information: Erasmo de la Pena-Almaguer, MD, Director, Cardiovascular Imaging Department at 52-8183993400 x3666 or