Board Prep Program


2020 Board Exam Prep Course Program Highlights

  • Core didactics for Boards
  • Cases with the Experts, PET and SPECT
  • Focused Topics: SPECT Viability, 99mTc PYP Imaging and Interpretation
    of Non-Cardiac Findings
  • 4 mock exams including faculty review and answer explanation discussion tailored to participant responses
  • Discounted rates on 2020 Nuclear Cardiology Board Prep OnDemand
  • Opportunity for self-assessment 




Agenda

Access self-paced course materials with recorded lectures: Available starting September 11, 2020

(Recorded presentations are available 5 weeks prior to the live, virtual meetingfrom Sept. 11 - Oct. 16)

Topic Presenter
Welcome Introduction (10 mins) Karthikeyan Ananthasubramaniam, MD, FASNC

Topic I: Physics & Radionuclides
 
Physics for the Boards (60 mins) James Case, PhD, MASNC
Production of Radionuclides and Radiopharmaceuticals: Part 1 (60 mins) Raymond Taillefer, MD
Instrumentation (SPECT and PET) (60 mins) C. David Cooke, MSEE
Production of Radionuclides and Radiopharmaceuticals: Part 2 (45 mins) Raymond Taillefer, MD
 Pre-test Exam 1 (self-paced exam)

Topic II: Acquisition, Stress Testing, SPECT Viability
 
Technical Aspects of Acquisition and Processing (60 mins) Robert Pagnanelli, BSRT(R)(N), CNMT, NCT, FASNC
Stress Testing, Image Interpretation,
and Protocols (60 mins)
Jamieson Bourque, MD, MHS, FASNC
 
Focused Topic 1: SPECT Viability: Protocols, Case review (20 mins) Karthikeyan Ananthasubramaniam MD
Risk Stratification SPECT (60 mins) Prem Soman, MD, PhD, MASNC
Cases with the Experts, SPECT (60 mins) Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, MD
Pre-test Exam 2 (self-paced exam)

Topic III: Lab Techniques, Gated SPECT, Artifact Recognition, Instrument QC
 
Radionuclide Ventricular Function Imaging: Basic Lab Techniques (20 mins) Robert Pagnanelli, BSRT(R)(N), CNMT, NCT, FASNC
Radionuclide Function Imaging (50 mins) E. Gordon DePuey, MD, MASNC
Gated SPECT (60 mins) E. Gordon DePuey, MD, MASNC
Artifact Recognition (60 mins) E. Gordon Depuey, MD, MASNC
Instrumentation Quality Control (45 mins) Robert Pagnanelli, BSRT(R)(N), CNMT, NCT, FASNC
Pre-test Exam 3 (self-paced exam)

Topic IV: Cardiac PET, Perfusion, Viability, Cases with Experts PET, Interpretation
 
Cardiac PET: Basics of Perfusion, Viability, and Sarcoidosis (60 mins) Karthikeyan Ananthasubramaniam, MD, FASNC
Cases with the Experts, PET (45 mins) Rupa Sanghani, MD
The Basics of Radiation Safety (60 mins) Jason Tavel, PhD, DABR
Focused Topic 2: 99mTc PYP Imaging for Cardiac TTR Amyloidosis, Key Points, and Case Review (20 mins) Prem Soman, MD, PhD, MASNC
Focused Topic 3: Interpretation of Incidental Cardiac and Non-Cardiac Findings on SPECT and PET CT (20 mins) Andrew Homb, MD
Pre-test Exam 4 (self-paced) exam
 
 

Live, Virtual Meeting: Saturday, October 17, 2020

8:00am Welcome & Opening Remarks Karthikeyan Ananthasubramaniam, MD, FASNC
8:10am Exam 1, Answer Review Raymond Taillefer MD,
James Case PhD, C. David Cooke, MSEE
Moderator: K. Ananthasubramaniam
9:10am Break  
9:20am Exam 2, Answer Review Jamieson Bourque, Prem Soman;
Robert Pagnanelli
Moderator:  K. Ananthasubramaniam
10:30am Cases with the Expert, SPECT Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, MD
11:30am Adjourn for the day  
 
  

Live, Virtual Meeting: Sunday, October 18, 2020

8:00am Brief intro from Karthik Karthikeyan Ananthasubramaniam, MD, FASNC
8:05am Exam 3, Answer Review Robert Pagnanelli, BSRT(R)(N), CNMT, NCT, FASNC;
E. Gordon DePuey, MD, MASNC
Moderator: Karthik Ananthasubramaniam, MD, FASNC
9:05am Break  
9:15am Exam 4, Answer Review Robert Pagnanelli, Jason Tavel,
Karthik Ananthasubramaniam
Moderator: Karthik Ananthasubramaniam, MD, FASNC
10:30am Cases with the Expert, PET Rupa Sanghani, MD
11:00am Q&A Townhall to address SMS & Chat Questions Karthikeyan Ananthasubramaniam, MD, FASNC
12:00pm Closing remarks & Adjourn Karthik Ananthasubramaniam, MD, FASNC
 

Program Objectives

This course is designed for physicians preparing for the certification or recertification exam in nuclear cardiology, as well as physicians interested in a broad review in nuclear cardiology topics.The overall goal of this activity is to enhance physician competence by providing a comprehensive review of the CBNC blueprint exam in nuclear cardiology, including the most up-to-date information, developments, treatment protocols, methodology, and best test for the right patient at the right time to optimize patient outcomes in their nuclear cardiology practice.

The primary objectives of the course are to enable participants to:
  • Appraise knowledge of physics and instrumentation associated with nuclear imaging
  • Explain image acquisition and processing, including artifacts
  • Describe risk stratification
  • Integrate radiation safety standards into professional practice
  • Discuss the use of nuclear imaging in assessment viability, amyloidosis
  • Understand basics of PET imaging for perfusion viability and sarcoidosis
  • Interpret perfusion images, including PET and ventricular function imaging
  • Utilize perfusion imaging in the assessment, diagnosis and response to therapy in CAD patients and special populations​

Presentation Topics

  • Physics (PET and SPECT)
  • Production of Radionuclides and Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Instrumentation (PET and SPECT)
  • Technical Aspects of Acquisition and Processing
  • Stress Testing, Image Interpretation and Protocols
  • SPECT Viability
  • Risk Stratification
  • Radionuclide Ventricular Function Imaging, Lab Techniques
  • Radionuclide Function Imaging
  • Gated Perfusion SPECT
  • Artifact Recognition
  • Instrumentation Quality Control
  • Cardiac PET, Perfusion, Viability, and Sarcoidosis
  • The Basics of Radiation Safety
  • 99mTc PYP Imaging for Cardiac TTR Amyloidosis
  • Interpretation of Non-Cardiac Findings
  • Cases with the Experts, PET and SPECT

Credits CME MOC

Accreditation and Continuing Education Credit
The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology designates this live activity for 21.75* AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification 
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 21.75* medical knowledge Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points in the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) MOC program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credits.

*Credits Subject to Change