Nuclear Cardiology Self-Assessment Program (NCKSAP)



The Nuclear Cardiology Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (NCKSAP) is designed for practitioners who are performing nuclear imaging studies and want to increase their competence for certification, recertification, or general practice improvement. 
 
Each module has a total of 30 multiple-choice questions and includes an answer rationale and references designed to help you assess your knowledge in nuclear cardiology and is available OnDemand for you to access at your convenience.


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How Can I Access the Modules?
These modules are available in the ASNC Education All-Access learning platform for purchase. 
NCKSAP: Radiation Safety, 2nd EditionMOC
Offers 5 CME/MOC Credits
Expires June 30, 2022

Learning 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

NCKSAP: Ventricular Function, 2nd Edition                        
MOC
Offers 5 CME/MOC Credits
Expires June 30, 2022

Learning 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

NCKSAP: Myocardial Viability, 2nd Edition
MOC
Offers 10 CME/MOC Credits
Expires Dec 31, 2024


Learning Objectives
  • Explain 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
  • Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of FDG PET, thallium SPECT and technetium 99m tracer SPECT for viability assessment
  • Identify the appropriate preparation of patients' nuclear viability assessment
  • Discuss the relationships between nuclear imaging-based assessments of viability and other modalities such as echocardiography and MRI

NCKSAP: General Cardiology as it Relates to Image Interpretation, 3rd Edition
MOC
Offers 10 CME/MOC Credits
Expires Dec 31, 2024


Learning Objectives
  • Discuss the role of myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with stable ischemic heart disease
  • Recognize clinical scenarios in which nuclear cardiac imaging is useful in the pre-operative evaluation for non-cardiac surgery
  • Explain the value and limitations of myocardial perfusion imaging in patients presenting with acute chest pain  
  • Appreciate high-risk features on stress testing with myocardial perfusion imaging
  • Recognize artifacts and incidental findings on myocardial perfusion imaging
  • Identify appropriate management strategies in patients who undergo myocardial perfusion imaging
  • Appreciate the role of nuclear cardiac imaging in patients with heart failure

NCKSAP: Nuclear Cardiology Tests and Procedures/Protocols, 3rd Edition
MOC
Offers 10 CME/MOC Credits
Expires Dec 31, 2024

Learning Objectives
  • Discuss patient preparation for cardiac nuclear imaging
  • Recognize the contraindications of cardiac stress testing
  • Select optimal imaging protocols 
  • Apply the appropriate use criteria to select patients for stress testing
  • Differentiate attenuation artifacts from true perfusion defects

NCKSAP: Radiopharmaceuticals, 3rd Edition
MOC
Offers 10 CME/MOC Credits
Expires Dec 31, 2024

Learning Objectives
  • Discuss pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of different radioactive tracers
  • Identify key components in the production, preparation of radioactive tracers, detection and management of impurities and contamination
  • Recognize benefits and limitations of individual radiopharmaceuticals

NCKSAP: Sarcoid, 1st Edition
MOC
Offers 10 CME/MOC Credits
Expires Dec 31, 2024

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the relationship between cardiac FDG PET imaging patterns and the likelihood of cardiac sarcoidosis
  • Describe the optimal patient preparation for cardiac FDG PET imaging for cardiac sarcoidosis
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complementary use of cardiac FDG PET and cardiac MRI imaging in the diagnosis and risk assessment of cardiac sarcoidosis
  • Formulate treatment plans for patients with suspected cardiac sarcoidosis informed by the results of cardiac imaging.