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Cardiac PET⁄CT and Coronary CTA Lecture & Workshop

Dr. Marcelo Fernando DiCarli with Dr. Eric E. Harrison

A two DVD Teaching Program which integrates function and anatomy with the use of PET/CT and coronary CTA as Multimodality ImagingThree CME credit hours.

Now Extended to 5 DVDs, including: chemical stress testing,
"How to set up the cart", and interesting cases!

Presented By: Cardiac Care Critique & University of South Florida


Dr. Marcelo Fernando DiCarli, M.D., Chief, Division of Nuclear Medicine-PET, Director of Cardiovascular Imaging, Radiology, Brigham and Womenís Hospital, Boston and Dr. Eric E. Harrison, Clinical Associate Professor of University of South Florida present this two hour educational program.

Target Audience

This two DVD program has been developed for Cardiologists, Physicians, Physician Assistants, Radiologists, Nuclear Medicine and Radiology Technicians, and Nurses who would like to increase their knowledge of Cardiac PET Computed Tomography and Coronary Computed Tomographic Angiography.

Educational Objectives


  • Understand the diagnostic accuracy of coronary CTA
  • Understand the technical problems and limitations of coronary CTA
  • Compare diagnostic accuracy of SPECT vs PET/CT
  • Understand the power of coronary CTA and PET/CT perfusion together with viability imaging for assessing clinical problems


  • Learn how to use a rubidium generator
  • Learn perfusion PET/CT
  • Recognize common artifacts
  • Recognize single vessel and multi vessel disease with PET/CT
  • Learn protocols for viability assessment with FDG
  • Recognize FDG viability assessment patterns with PET/CT


  1. Cardiac Imaging choices of SPECT, PET, PET/CT, MDCT, MRI, Echo in terms of indication, information and application
  2. Modality-centric vs patient-centric approaches to integrated multidisciplinated imaging
  3. Coronary CTA observations, sensitivity, specificity and diagnostic accuracy
  4. Technical Issues of CT scanning: artifacts, special resolution, temporal resolution, arrhythmias, renal dysfunction i.e. strengths and weaknesses
  5. Myocardial Perfusion SPECT scanning: sensitivity, specificity and diagnostic accuracy i.e. strengths and weaknesses
  6. PET/CT: sensitivity, specificity and diagnostic accuracy
  7. How de we apply current cardiac tests and answer the clinical question, what do we ask from a cardiac imaging test?
  8. the power of integrating function and anatomy: perfusion and the extent of disease


  1. Generator and Infusion Systems for Rubidium Generation with the Elution Strategies
  2. Cardiac PET/CT Protocols for Rest, Stress, Rubidium 82, Imaging with dipyridamole or dobutamine
  3. Artifacts: Emission alignment, metal, and truncation
  4. Series of abnormal scans are presented showing ventricular changes indicating LAD, RCA, LCX, OM1, LM or multivessel CAD
  5. Quantitative Perfusion Data Imaging
  6. Protocols and reasons for use of FDG to assess myocardial viability.
  7. FDG images showing matching defect, mismatch defect and reversed mismatched defect
  8. Non-cardiac Incidental Findings on CT transmission scans


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education (ACCME) through the sponsorship of the University of South Florida College of Medicine. The USF College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The USF College of Medicine designated this educational activity for a maximum of 3 category 1 credits towards the AMA Physicianís Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity.

The University of South Florida College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Centerís Commission on Accreditation. This activity is for 3.6 contact hours.

Radiology Technicians
Application pending.

Nuclear Medicine Technicians
Application pending.

View the DVDs online

Cardiac PET⁄CT and Coronary CTA Lecture & Workshop - Disc 1
Cardiac PET⁄CT and Coronary CTA Lecture & Workshop - Disc 2
Cardiac PET⁄CT and Coronary CTA Lecture & Workshop - Disc 3
Cardiac PET⁄CT and Coronary CTA Lecture & Workshop - Disc 4
Cardiac PET⁄CT and Coronary CTA Lecture & Workshop - Disc 5


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