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01.07.2016 | Cardiac Computed Tomography (TC Villines, Section Editor) | Ausgabe 7/2016

Current Cardiovascular Imaging Reports 7/2016

Training in Cardiac CT: a Continuously Evolving Modality

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Current Cardiovascular Imaging Reports > Ausgabe 7/2016
Autoren:
Kurian T. Maliel, James L. Furgerson, Dustin M. Thomas
Wichtige Hinweise
This article is part of the Topical Collection on Cardiac Computed Tomography
The opinions in this manuscript do not constitute endorsement by San Antonio Army Medical Center, the U.S. Army Medical Department, the U.S. Army Office of the Surgeon General, the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government of the information contained therein.

Abstract

Purpose of Review

Over the past decade, the field of cardiac computed tomography (CCT) has experienced rapid evolution from an obscure curiosity to a powerful prognostic imaging modality for the evaluation of cardiovascular disease in a wide variety of clinical settings. Coronary CT angiography (CCTA) and coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD) in symptomatic and asymptomatic patients, respectively, remains the cornerstone of CCT imaging.

Recent Findings

In recent years, significant advances have been made in the evaluation of valvular heart disease, ischemic testing, and structural heart disease that require continual updating of any comprehensive CCT training curriculum. This rapid increase in data and potential applications of CCT provides a unique challenge in developing a training curriculum for CCT. Additionally, CCT imagers originate from a myriad of training backgrounds and, thus, may need very different didactic and hands-on training in order to build toward a common goal of CCT competence.

Summary

In this review, current training statements and guidelines from a variety of sources are reviewed in the context of highlighting the keys to developing and maintaining a comprehensive CCT curriculum in the current era.

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