ACC.10: Clinical Path to Quality Improvement
With the plethora of clinical data emerging at this month’s American College of Cardiology annual meeting, the sessions are seeking to provide clinicians and administrators with methods to improve the quality of evidence-based care. The 2010 conference and exhibition will provide an abundance of clinical insight into cardiovascular imaging and health IT through hundreds of lectures and study presentations, seeking to inform imaging specialists on proper utilization of the various technologies and strengthen the quality of a practice.

Sessions Dedicated to Cardiac Imaging
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Health IT

Sunday, March 14
  • A Computer Simulation Study of the Effectiveness of Left Ventricular Assist Device under Mitral Regurgitation and Mitral Stenosis (9:30-10:30am)
  • A New Schema for Problem Lists: Towards Real-Time Decision Support (9:30-10:30am)
  • Clinical Validation of a Decision Support System for Acute Coronary Syndromes (9:30-10:30am)
  • Introduction to Implementation and Meaningful Use (2-2:26pm)
  • Case Studies of Failed and Successful EHR Implementations (2:26-2:52pm)
  • Real Time Cellular Video-Phone Electrocardiogram Transmission of Patients with ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction: A Novel Tele-Medicine Technology to Shorten Door-to-Balloon Time (3:30-4:30pm)
  • Utility of a Novel Software in Lipid Clinic (3:30-4:30pm)
  • Health Information Exchange: Current and Future (4-4:27pm)

Advanced Viz

Sunday, March 14
  • Automated 3D Plaque Quantification from Coronary CT Angiography (CCTA): Comparison with Intravascular Ultrasound (8:30-8:45am)
  • 3D Echocardiogram: Advances and Practical Applications (2-2:18pm)
  • Real-time 3D Ultrasound to MR Image Fusion Can Guide Catheter-Based Cardiac Procedures (3:30-4:30pm)
  • How Do the Linear Dimensions Contribute to Left Atrial Enlargement:
  • A Real-Time 3D Echocardiographic Study (3:30-4:30pm)
  • Real-time 3D Echocardiography for a Pre-operative Assessment of Heart Failure Patients with Left Ventricular Aneurysm (3:30-4:30pm)

Tuesday, March 16
  • Planar Maps of Left Ventricular Vorticity Fields in Human Hearts (9:30-10:30am)


Sunday, March 14
  • Coronary Calcium and CCTA: Procedural Risks and Radiation Implications (8:18-8:36am)
  • CCTA 2010: Diagnosis and Prognosis of CAD (8:52-9:04am)
  • CCTA Plaque Imaging and Myocardial Perfusion: What We Know and Where it Is Headed (9:04-9:17am)
  • Prospective Multicenter Study Evaluating the Diagnostic Accuracy of High-Definition CCTA: An Intent-to-Diagnose Analysis (9:30-10:30am)
  • Reappraisal of the Evaluation of Chest Pain in the Emergency Room - A Modern Cost Analysis Just in Time for Healthcare Reform (9:30-10:30am)
  • Biomarkers vs. Coronary Artery Calcium for Prediction of Incident Cardiovascular Events (9:30-10:30am)
  • Standardized Body Mass Index- and Heart Rate-Based Protocol on Radiation Dose and Diagnostic Accuracy of CCTA  (9:30-10:30am)
  • Head-to-Head Comparison of Coronary Calcium Imaging, CCTA and Exercise Testing in Real-World Patients with Stable Chest Pain (3:30-4:30pm)
  • Cost-Effectiveness of Alternative Diagnostic Evaluation Pathways for Individuals with Stable Chest Pain Syndrome without Known Coronary Artery Disease (3:30-4:30pm)
  • Resource Utilization and Cardiac Risk Factor Management One Year after CCTA (3:30-4:30pm)

Monday, March 15
  • ACS: When Is CT Angiography Appropriate? (8:32-8:48am)


Sunday, March 14
  • Echocardiography (TTE, TEE and Stress): Procedural Risks, Stress Agent Risks, Contrast Agents (8:36-8:54am)
  • Jeopardized Myocardium Assessed by Myocardial Contrast Echo Predicts Mortality in Heart Failure (9:30-10:30am)
  • Six-Year Predictive Value of Real-Time Perfusion Imaging During Dobutamine Stress Echo (9:30-10:30am)
  • What’s New with Echo and Cardiac Mechanics: Strain, Torsion and Beyond (2:36-2:45pm)
  • Free Software Improves Accuracy of Pediatric EKG Decreasing Error by 45 percent (3:30-4:30pm)
  • Twelve-Lead EKG Interpretation: Pearls for Practice (4:30-5:15pm)

Monday, March 15
  • Role of Echo in Evaluation and Management in Valvular Heart Disease (2-2:30pm)


Sunday, March 14
  • Role of Cardiac MR in Adult Congenital Heart Disease (8:20-8:40am)
  • Value of Cardiac MR for Nonischemic Cardiomyopathies (8:26-8:39am)

Monday, March 15
  • Cardiac MR in the Evaluation of Ischemic Heart Disease (8:15-8:30am)
  • Cardiac MR for Myocarditis (8:45-9am)
  • Cardiac MR for Heart Failure with Normal Ejection Fraction (9-9:15am)
  • Can Cardiac MR be the ‘Crystal Ball’ for Patients with Dilated Cardiomyopathy? Risk Stratification for Cardiac Transplantation/LVAD (9:15-9:30am)

Nuclear Cardiology

Sunday, March 14
  • SPECT/PET: Risk of Stress Modalities and Radiation Implications (8-8:18am)
  • Do I Have the COURAGE to Use SPECT and Treat my Patient with Stable Angina Medically? (4:45-5pm)
  • Do We Have the Nerve to Image Sympathetic Innervation in Heart Failure? (5:30-5:45pm)
  • SPECT and Coronary Calcium: Complementary Data for Effective Imaging Use (5:15-5:30pm)

Monday, March 15
  • Which Stress Test and Who Can Go Home without One? (9:04-9:20am)
  • Revascularization Improves Myocardial Perfusion Abnormalities to a Greater Extent than Medical Therapy in Patients with CAD (3:30-4:30pm)
  • Gender-Related Differences in Short-term Referral Rates to Cath After Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging in Patients Without Known CAD (3:30-4:30pm)
  • Demonstration of Increased Aortic Valve Inflammation in Aortic Stenosis Using 18F-FDG PET (3:30-4:30pm)
  • Nuclear Cardiology: Risk Stratification and Prognosis (4:30-5pm)
  • Recognition and Interpretation of Artifacts in Nuclear Cardiology: Patient and Technical Issues (5:30-6pm)


Sunday, March 14
  • Relationship Between Coronary Calcium Score by CCTA and Plaque Components by Virtual Histology-Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) (8-8:12am)
  • Are Vulnerable Plaques Widely Disseminated or Focal? Three-Vessel IVUS Analysis from PROSPECT (8:24-8:36am)
  • Vulnerability of Left Main Plaques by Virtual Histology IVUS (8:48-9am)
  • Does An Abnormal Carotid Ultrasound Test Predict Coronary Atherosclerosis in Asymptomatic Subjects? (3:30-4:30pm)

Monday, March 15

  • Late and Very Late Drug-Eluting Stent Malapposition: Two-Year Quantitative IVUS Analysis (4:30-4:42pm)
  • IVUS Predictors of Early Stent Thrombosis after Primary PCI: A HORIZONS-AMI sub-study (4:42-4:54pm)