Nuclear Cardiology Core Curriculum

The Nuclear Cardiology Core Curriculum is designed for Cardiology Fellowship programs. Through a series of presentations and case-based questions, leading experts in the field will help you expand your nuclear cardiology fundamentals.


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Learner Objectives

After participating in this Nuclear Cardiology Core Curriculum, learners should be able to:
  • Define basic principles of SPECT and MUGA acquisition/display including tomographic views and planes.
  • Define and understand properties and use of standard perfusion tracers.
  • Gain knowledge of principles of stress testing, contraindications, and when to choose exercise versus pharmacologic.
  • Understand the basics of pre-test risk and how to incorporate results to get post-test risk.
  • Understand the basics of pharmacologic stress agents (mechanism of action, administration, safety).
  • Understand the protocols used with perfusion tracers, how it is tailored to imaging need (patient-centered imaging).
  • Gain knowledge regarding protocols for assessing myocardial viability.
  • Recognize the role of SPECT on ventricular function assessment.
  • Identify appropriate imaging studies for indication.
  • Integrate perfusion findings to clinical and EKG data.
  • Identify a high-risk study.
  • Gain knowledge of AUC and its application.

Course Outline

The Nuclear Cardiology Core Curriculum is composed of 8 topics with a total of 18 presentations from leaders in the field:

1. Physics Fundamentals, Basic Radiotracers, Stress Agents, and Radiation Biology
  • Knowledge of Basic Physics of SPECT/MUGA Acquisition and Display - Robert Pagnanelli, CNMT, NCT, RT(N)(R), FASNC
  • Properties and Use of Standard Radiotracers - Karthikeyan Ananthasubramaniam, MD, FASNC
  • Basics of Pharmacologic Stress Agents Mechanism of Action, Administration, and Safety - Gregory S. Thomas, MD, MPH, MASNC
  • Radiation Biology Basics - Jason S. Tavel, PhD
2. Pre-test Assessment and Fundamentals of Stress Testing
  • Principles of Stress Testing - Donna M. Polk, MD, MPH​, FASNC
  • Basics of Pre-test Risk and How to Incorporate Results for Post-test Risk - Prem Soman, MD, PhD​, MASNC
  • Stress Lab Emergencies - Saurabh Malhotra, MD, MPH, FASNC
3. Nuclear Cardiology Protocols Review
  • Protocols of Assessing Myocardial Viability- Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, MD
  • SPECT Protocols for CAD - W. Lane Duvall, MD, FASNC
4. Interpretation and Reporting of SPECT
  • Role of SPECT on Ventricular Function Assessment - Renée Bullock-Palmer, MD, FASNC
  • Identify a High Risk SPECT Study - Maria Sciammarella, MD
  • Recognizing Artifacts - E. Gordon DePuey, MD​, MASNC
  • Systematic Interpretation and Reporting - Robert C. Hendel, MD, MASNC
5. Appropriate Use of Testing
  • Patient-Centered Imaging: How to Choose the Right Test for the Right Patient - David Wolinsky, MD, MASNC
  • Knowledge of AUC and its Application - Rami Doukky, MD, MSc, MBA, FASNC​
6. Risk Stratification
  • Integrating Clinical and Stress EKG Findings with Myocardial Perfusion - Diwakar Jain, MD, MASNC
7. Cardiac PET
  • Basics of Cardiac PET and Myocardial Blood Flow - Robert deKemp, PhD, FASNC
8. Basics of CT in Nuclear Cardiology
  • Basics of Cardiac PET and Myocardial Blood Flow - Randall C. Thompson, MD, MASNC


Karthikeyan Ananthasubramaniam, MD, FASNC

Renée Bullock-Palmer, MD, FASNC​

Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, MD​

Robert deKemp, PhD, FASNC​

Rami Doukky, MD, MSc, MBA, FASNC​

W. Lane Duvall, MD, FASNC​

E. Gordon DePuey, MD​, MASNC

Robert C. Hendel, MD, MASNC​

Diwakar Jain, MD, MASNC​

Saurabh Malhotra, MD, MPH, FASNC​

Robert Pagnanelli, CNMT, NCT, RT(N)(R), FASNC

Donna M. Polk, MD, MPH​, FASNC

Maria Sciammarella, MD​

Jason S. Tavel, PhD

Prem Soman, MD, PhD​, MASNC

Randall C. Thompson, MD, MASNC​

Gregory S. Thomas, MD, MPH, MASNC

David Wolinsky, MD, MASNC

Gain the nuclear cardiology knowledge you need to expand your practice and take the next step in your career!