Nuclear Cardiology Self-Assessment Modules (NCKSAP)

The Nuclear Cardiology Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (NCKSAP) is designed for physicians who are performing nuclear imaging studies and preparing for certification/recertification in nuclear cardiology and follows the nuclear cardiology board exam blueprint.

Each module has a total of 30 multiple-choice questions, answers, rationales, and references designed to help you assess your knowledge in nuclear cardiology and is only available in an online format. Look for the third edition coming soon!

Pricing per module: Member Physician: $125.00; Non-Member Physician: $199.00
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How Can I Access the Modules?
These modules are available in the ASNC Learning Center for purchase. 

‚Äč Expires Soon 2nd Edition: Radiopharmaceuticals                                                                                                                     MOCOffers 5 CME credits & 5 ABIM MOC points for physicians only
Expires January 31, 2021
Program Objectives:
  • Appraise knowledge of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of different radioactive tracers
  • Identify key components in the production, preparation of radioactive tracers, detection and management of impurities and contamination
  • Learn about different types of generators and equilibrium
2nd Edition: Risk Stratification                                                                                                                      MOC
Offers 5 CME credits & 5 ABIM MOC points for physicians only
Expires February 11, 2021
Program Objectives:
  • Describe optimal test selection and appropriateness to maximize the prognostic evaluation of patients referred for nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging 
  • Identify and apply high risk markers in nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging to guide medical therapy versus revascularization
  • Compare and contrast nuclear prognostic findings in special populations, including women, the elderly, asymptomatic patients, and those with diabetes
2nd Edition: Ventricular Function                                                                                                                    MOC
Offers 5 CME credits & 5 ABIM MOC points for physicians only
Expires May 31, 2021
Program Objectives:
  • Use ECG-gated SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging to improve the interpretation of perfusion patterns for diagnosis of nonischemic cardiomyopathy and for risk stratification
  • Use radionuclide ventriculography (planar and SPECT) to assess volumes and systolic and diastolic functions
  • Identify the implications of ventricular function testing for clinical management
  • Define the effect of arrhythmia on ECG gating
2nd Edition: Radiation Safety                                                                                                                MOC
Offers 5 CME credits & 5 ABIM MOC points for physicians only
Expires September 3, 2021
Program Objectives:
  • Better understand the principles of prevention and mitigation of unintended radiation exposure in the nuclear cardiology setting.
  • Understand the basic regulations which apply to radiation safety in the nuclear cardiology laboratory setting.
  • Better understand how to keep radiation dose to patients and personnel as low as reasonably achievable in the nuclear cardiology setting

Myocardial Viability
Offers 5 CME credits & 5 ABIM MOC points for physicians only
Expired August 31, 2020
Program Objectives:
  • Understand the role of viability assessment in risk stratification and selection of appropriate patients for revascularization and apply this understanding to the selection of appropriate patients for viability assessment
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of FDG PET, thallium SPECT and technetium 99m tracer SPECT for viability assessment
  • Understand the appropriate preparation of patients nuclear viability assessment
  • Understand the relationships between nuclear imaging based assessments of viability and other modalities such as echocardiography and MRI
Physics & Instrumentation
Offers 2.5 CME credits & 2.5 ABIM MOC points for physicians only
Expired October 1, 2020
Program Objectives:
  • Appraise knowledge of physics fundamentals associated with nuclear cardiology
  • Identify key components of a gamma camera and describe the necessary quality control procedures
2nd Edition: Nuclear Cardiology Tests & Procedures/Protocols                                                                                                                    
Offers 5 CME credits & 5 ABIM MOC points for physicians only
Expired November 30, 2020
Program Objectives:
  • Recognize the contraindications of cardiac stress testing
  • Apply the appropriate use criteria to select patients for stress testing
  • Differentiate attenuation artifacts from true perfusion defects
  • Understand the application of various cardiac radionuclide imaging protocols
2nd Edition: General Cardiology as it Relates to Image Interpretation                                                                                                           
Offers 5 CME credits & 5 ABIM MOC points for physicians only
Expired December 3, 2020
Program Objectives:
  • Understand the role of nuclear cardiology in:
    1. Risk stratification of cardiac patients
    2. Evaluation of patients with chest pain in the emergency department
    3. Pre-operative evaluation for non-cardiac surgery
  • Understand the utility of rest perfusion imaging during chest pain
  • Recognize high-risk features on nuclear stress testing
  • Recognize ancillary findings other than perfusion abnormalities suggesting significant coronary artery disease.
  • Awareness of diseases other than coronary artery disease, which can be diagnosed with nuclear perfusion imagin

ASNC Disclosure Policy
As an accredited provider of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support. In compliance with these standards, it is ASNC’s policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific merit in all of its educational activities through the disclosure of relevant relationship with commercial companies. The financial interest or relationships requiring disclosure are outlined in ASNC’s CME Conflict of Interest Policy.  All persons involved with this activity are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships. ASNC’s continuing education activities are intended to be evidence-based and free of commercial bias.