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34th Annual Recent Advances in Clinical Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT: Featuring Case Review with the Experts Credit IconCredit Icon

Date: May 3-5, 2012
Course Director(s): Daniel S. Berman, M.D., F.A.C.C. (Disclosure),
Guido Germano, Ph.D., F.A.C.C. (Disclosure),
Jamshid Maddahi, MD, F.A.C.C. (Disclosure)
Location: Fairmont Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Learning Pathways: Noninvasive Imaging
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Noninvasive imaging methods of nuclear cardiology, with its physiologic information, and cardiac CT, with its high resolution anatomic information, are critical in providing early detection, risk stratification and guided management of care for coronary artery disease (CAD) patients which is a common cause of death and disability worldwide. It is essential that professionals who perform or request these studies become knowledgeable on how to cost-effectively identify and guide therapy for at-risk patients while identifying and optimally implementing the methods of reducing the radiation exposure which is associated with both tests. Recognizing the relative strengths and weaknesses of each modality and identifying which studies would be best according to Appropriate Use Criteria and Guidelines will assist clinicians in optimally ordering, performing, interpreting, reporting and acting upon the various imaging modalities.

Explore various imaging modalities and cutting-edge technologies at the 34th Annual Recent Advances in Clinical Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT: Featuring Case Review with the Experts! Attendees are encouraged to participate in this stimulating, two-and-a-half-day course which emphasizes the use of imaging modalities across the spectrum of patients routinely seen in a typical practice for the evaluation of known or suspected coronary disease as well as other cardiac disease states. An excellent teaching faculty composed of leading cardiac imaging clinicians and scientists will guide attendees in gaining practical experience in case interpretation, reporting and medical decision making by involving attendees in the ever-popular “case review with the experts”.

For the first time, each modality culminates with a new workshop format including “Face-off” Battle of the Experts: Challenging Unknown Cases as well as a Jeopardy session with audience participation!

Learner Objectives
The overall goal of this course is to enhance participants’ competence by providing up-to-date developments in nuclear cardiology and cardiac CT and to facilitate this transfer of knowledge into their practice.

Upon completion of this course, attendees should be able to —

  • Utilize the latest protocols for gated myocardial perfusion SPECT, including instrumentation, software and pharmacologic stress agents in order to reduce radiation exposure to the patient and recognize the components for reporting gated SPECT/PET to lead to more effective patient care
  • Distinguish and identify the interactions between nuclear cardiology, cardiac CT and cardiac MRI in order to select the imaging modalities best suited to the needs of the patient and the individual physicians
  • Utilize the latest information regarding the prognostic implications of nuclear cardiology studies in guiding patient management decisions and evaluate the feasibility of using various imaging technologies to enhance patient care
  • Enhance clinical management decisions for the patient by creating optimal nuclear cardiology reporting that communicates the findings and clinical implications of the stress test and nuclear images and by improving skills in semi-quantitative image interpretation
  • Utilize appropriate new criteria and apply evidence-based knowledge to become better equipped in recommending treatment options based on test results for patient selection, patient care management and reduction in the frequency of inappropriate testing for both nuclear cardiology and coronary CT angiography
  • State the evidence supporting the applications of cardiac CT for prevention, diagnosis and guiding management, and more appropriately utilize cardiac CT according to Appropriate Use Criteria guidelines
  • Describe the clinical implications of CT coronary angiography cases, recognize its value and limitations in clinical cardiology, and demonstrate improved skill in interpreting CT coronary angiography and coronary calcium scanning


The 2011 Recent Advances in Clinical Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT:
Featuring Case Review with the Experts
was captured and recorded into convenient online lectures, synchronized to slides and audio presentations, including interactive questions with access to downloadable MP3s of each lecture from the course.

The ACCF is offering a 50% discount off the regular MOD price for all course registrants who purchase the MOD prior to the course on May 3rd. Prices will increase onsite, so take advantage now!

To Purchase the MOD Product, click here to register on line for the course and scroll down to the “Workshop” section in the online course registration page.


This course is intended for cardiologists, radiologists, nuclear medicine specialists, nurse practitioners and nurses involved in cardiac imaging, cardiac imaging technologists and other healthcare professionals with an interest in the field of nuclear cardiology and cardiac CT imaging.


Course Directors

Daniel S. Berman, MD, FACC, FASNC, FSCCT
Chief, Cardiac Imaging, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Professor of Imaging
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Professor of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles

Guido Germano, PhD, MBA, FACC
Director, Artificial Intelligence Program
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Professor of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles

Jamshid Maddahi, MD, FACC
Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology (Nuclear Medicine) and Medicine (Cardiology)
Director, Biomedical Imaging Institute
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles

Invited Faculty
Andrew E. Arai, MD
Chief, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Branch
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH
Bethesda, Md.

Timothy M. Bateman, MD, FACC, FASNC
Co-director, Cardiovascular Radiologic Imaging
Mid America Heart Institute
Saint Luke’s Cardiovascular Consultants, Inc.
Kansas City, Mo.

Robert O. Bonow, MD, MACC
Max and Lilly Goldberg Distinguished Professor of Cardiology
Vice-chairman, Department of Medicine
Director, Center for Cardiovascular Innovation
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

James Fasules, MD, FACC
Senior Vice President, Advocacy, Advocacy Division
American College of Cardiology
Washington, D.C.

Kathleen B. Flood
American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Washington, D.C.

Rory Hachamovitch, MD, FACC
Cardiovascular Imaging
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Sean W. Hayes, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles

Rebecca Kelly
Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs
American College of Cardiology
Washington, D.C.

James Min, MD, FACC
Director of Cardiac Imaging Research
Co-director of Cardiac Imaging
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles

Gilbert Raff, MD, FACC
Medical Director, Ministrelli Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging
Beaumont Health System
Oakland University-William Beaumont School of Medicine
Royal Oak, Mich.

Piotr Slomka, PhD, FACC
Research Scientist
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles

Allen J. Taylor, MD, FACC
Co-director, Noninvasive Imaging
Washington Hospital Center
Washington, D.C.

Wm. Guy Weigold, MD, FACC
Director Cardiac CT
Washington Hospital Center
Washington, D.C.

Jack A. Ziffer, MD, PhD, FACC, FASNC
Chief of Radiology
Baptist Hospital of Miami


ACCF committee members, faculty, staff and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with manufacturers of commercial products/services. All relevant potential conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted through a process that includes course directors and appropriate peer review by education committee chairs/members, for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, patient care and safety recommendations. Refer to the links below for committee member disclosures and course faculty disclosures. Please note ACCF staff involved with this course have nothing to disclose.

ACC Live Programs Committee & Staff Disclosures

ACCF Nuclear Cardiology Faculty Disclosures  


Learner Bill of Rights


Click here for agenda.  


The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The ACCF designates this live activity for a maximum of 22.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
CME (Accepted for Physician Assistants)
The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology is a recognized provider of continuing education credit for technologists.  ASNC's Continuing Education (ACE) credit is accepted by the NMTCB and ARRT.  This course has been approved for a maximum of 21.0 ACE credits for technologists.


To Register On Line for the Course click here.
Purchase the MOD Product by selecting the “Workshop” section in the online course registration page.


All sessions will be held at The Fairmont Washington, D.C. The meeting site telephone number is 202-429-2400. 

To reserve your room at The Fairmont Washington, D.C., please call 800-441-1414 or 202-429-2400.  Identify yourself as a participant in the American College of Cardiology Foundation course – 34th Annual Nuclear Cardiology.

Room Rates
The room rate is $269 plus 14.5 percent state and local taxes (subject to change) per night. The ACCF room block is scheduled to be held until April 6, 2012 but may sell out prior to this date. We advise you to register for the course and reserve your lodging as soon as possible. When you make your reservation, please be sure to ask about early departure fees or cancellation penalties.


The ACC has arranged air travel discounts through United and United Express.  Discounts apply to United codeshare flights operated by Continental Airlines, Continental Express, Lufthansa and All Nippon Airways. Please use the meeting codes below to get special fares. For reservations within the U.S. or Canada, contact United Meetings Plus reservations service at 800-521-4041 or MacNair Travel at 866-451-6432, acc@macnairtravel.com
Domestic Travelers Meeting Code:  585LX


The registration tuition includes continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, lunches and course materials.

Cancellation, substitution or transfer to another course is allowed if written notification is received four weeks before a scheduled course. A full refund minus a $250 processing fee will be given for written notifications received fewer than four weeks before the first day of the course. No refund will be given for no-shows.

In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, the College will refund the registration tuition in full but is not responsible for any travel or hotel costs you may incur.

ACCF reserves the right to cancel courses in the unlikely event of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a course is canceled or postponed, ACCF will refund registration tuition but cannot be held responsible for other costs or expenses, including cancellation/change penalties assessed by airlines, travel agencies or hotels.

Please Note
Smoking is prohibited in all ACCF meeting rooms.

Videotaping, audiotaping and still photography are prohibited in all ACCF meeting rooms.

We encourage participation by all individuals. If you have a disability, advance notification of any special needs will help us serve you better.

Faculty and course are subject to change without notice.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by the ANCC or ACCF of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.

The views expressed in this course are those of the individual speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ACCF.


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At the time of posting, a complete listing of supporters was not available. Appropriate acknowledgment will be updated upon confirmation of support and at the time of the course.