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ASNC2018: First Glimpse

As ASNC rings in its 25th anniversary year, ASNC2018 Program Chair Sharmila Dorbala, MD, MPH, FASNC, and Co-chair Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, MD, are poised to unveil an annual meeting program that celebrates the past, present and future of nuclear cardiology. ASNC2018 will feature new sessions designed to let everyone try out the latest innovations (such as brand-new hands-on workshops/simulation laboratories), including members' favorites (like Cases with the Aces), and break down real-world challenges that imagers are facing (for example, MACRA, prior authorization requirements and AUC). 

ASNC2018 will bring the nuclear cardiology community together in San Francisco, Sept. 6-9, for a collaborative, energizing and fun learning experience. Want a peek at the program? Check out these excerpts from a brainstorm between Drs. Dorbala (SD) and Chareonthaitawee (PC). 

Practical, Hands-on Approach to New Developments 

SD:  The best meetings I attend are the ones where I can get my head around, and maybe even get my hands on, technologies and techniques that we're not yet using in our practice, like modernizing our SPECT lab. I love seeing what others are doing so we can bring ideas back to our institution. ASNC2018 needs to give every attendee that experience.  

PC: That's the best feeling – when you can't wait to get back and try doing something a little differently. I think that's why people like Cases with the Aces and Read with the Experts. You can actually see things you're not doing, or could be doing differently. ASNC2018 is aiming for higher knowledge along with clinical relevance. 

SD:  Exactly why we need to pull out all the stops to offer hands-on reading sessions. We'll need to collaborate with industry partners and recruit a diverse faculty. I envision hands-on workshops/simulation laboratories to complement case-based sessions, each led by faculty who work in different practice environments. 

PC: Also, practicality. Let's invite a few teams from different practice settings to explain how they started a PET program. Some attendees will want to know how we did it at Mayo Clinic or Harvard, but others want the nuts-and-bolts of starting a PET program from scratch at a private practice.  

SD:  Plus, how to interpret PET cases. Many of our colleagues didn't train in PET. The ASNC meeting will be a place to come and learn PET, whether it's shopping for a PET scanner, starting a PET program or preparing to compete for a job. 

PC: In addition to PET, there are a lot of other newer things the Program Committee are embedding into the program – for example, newer applications, such as sarcoidosis and amyloidosis imaging. 

SD:  And myocardial blood flow quantitation. Sessions will need to answer: Is this feasible? Can we do it in our practice? What would we need to do first so we can offer it? What do we need to understand about the billing and coding? We want to help attendees decide if they want to implement something new, and if they do, they're ready. 

Registration opening late March!