Nuclear Cardiology Today 2.0

Nuclear Cardiology Today 2.0: 
Preparing for a New Era of Nuclear Cardiology


NC Today 2.0 will guide you through the latest tips and tools: whom to test, why to test, how to test, and when to test. 
This interactive, case-based program will cover the newest guidelines, recommendations, regulations, radiotracers, artificial intelligence, and changing healthcare provider models.

Program Co-chair Dennis Calnon, MD, MASNC, 
Has a Message for You

Registration Rates

  Early Registration Rates
(End Feb 29, 2024)
Advanced Registration Rates
(March 1 - May 3, 2024)
Physician, Scientist (US and International) and Industry $699 $899
Technologist, Trainee, International Emerging Markets, Associate, Emeritus, Practice Administrator $299 $349
Physician, Scientist (US and International) and Industry $950 $1,050
Non-physician $850 $950

Program Objectives

  • Understand how cardiac testing is evolving and how to keep your practice current.
  • Develop the knowledge base to optimize your nuclear cardiology lab to meet the needs of your medical community.
  • Improve interpretive and reporting skills to maximize the value of the test.
  • Understand the collaborative role of imager, cardiac clinician, and referring provider to provide patient-centric care.


Physicians can earn 14* AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and ABIM MOC Points.
can earn 14* ARRT Category A credits.



Friday, May 3  


2:50 – 3:00 pm 

Welcome, introductions, goals and objectives 

Dennis Calnon, MD, MASNC, and David Wolinsky, MD, MASNC 


Session 1: What Does Nuclear Cardiology 2.0 Look Like? 


3:00 – 3:30 pm 

Has functional imaging stood the test of time? What does the future hold? 

Prem Soman, MD, PhD, MASNC 

3:30 – 4:00 pm 

Is CCTA +/- CT-FFR the preferred test for evaluation of chest pain in 2024? What does the future hold? 

Mouaz Al-Mallah, MD, MSc, MASNC 


4:00 – 4:20 pm 

How can ASNC support SPECT while advocating for the use of PET? 

Lawrence Phillips, MD, FASNC 

4:204:50 pm  

What role will private equity and third-party payers play in determining the tests patients receive? What is the future impact of prior authorization, AUC?

David Wolinsky, MD, MASNC, and Tim Attebery, DSc, MBA 

4:50 – 5:15 pm 




Session 2: Are You Prepared for Nuclear Cardiology 2.0?


5:15 – 5:30 pm 

What equipment is best for your lab? Your patient population? How do you choose?  

Dennis Calnon, MD, MASNC 

5:30 – 5:45 pm 

What do you miss out on without PET? When is SPECT good enough? 

Marcelo Di Carli, MD, MASNC 

5:456:00 pm 

Will SPECT/CZT MBF ever compete with PET? What are the tradeoffs? 

Prem Soman, MD, PhD, MASNC

6:00 – 6:15 pm 

Are you ready to embrace artificial intelligence? 

Mouaz Al-Mallah, MD, MSc, MASNC 

6:15 – 6:30 pm 

How does private practice utilize social media effectively? 

Vasvi Singh, MD 

6:30 pm 




Reception To Follow


Saturday, May 4 

7:00 am 




Session 3A: Controversies in Nuclear Cardiology


8:008:20 am 

How do recent guidelines affect patient selection for cardiac imaging? 

Lawrence Phillips, MD, FASNC 


8:20 – 8:35 am 

Will new PET tracers replace rubidium and ammonia? 

Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, MD 

8:35 – 8:50 am 

Is exercise testing less important than a higher quality image and measurement MBF?   

Randall Thompson, MD, MASNC 

8:509:15 am 


What is the real value of PET? Better image quality, more information or both? 

Marcelo Di Carli, MD, MASNC 

9:15 – 9:30 am  

What does the nuclear cardiologist do who is not trained to read CT? 

Randall Thompson, MD, MASNC 

9:30 – 9:45 am 

Should all MPI studies be combined with CAC assessment? 

Mouaz Al-Mallah, MD, MSc, MASNC 

9:45 – 10:30 am 

Controversies in Clinical CasesInteractive Case-Based Discussion. 

Dennis Calnon, MD, MASNC, and David Wolinsky, MD, MASNC 

10:30 11:00 am 




Session 3B: Controversies in Amyloid Imaging


11:0011:20 am 

Current state of cardiac ATTR amyloidosis  

David Wolinsky, MD, MASNC 

11:20 – 11:35 am 

Are you doing high quality cardiac amyloid imaging? 

Prem Soman, MD, PhD, MASNC 

11:35 – 11:50 am 

Where is the disease taking us? Will PET be the modality of choice? 

Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, MD 

11:50 am – 12:05 pm 

Should nuclear cardiologists be the leaders in developing amyloid programs? 

Saurabh Malhotra, MD, FASNC 

12:05 12:30 pm 

Cases with ACEs 


Saurabh Malhotra, MD, FASNC; 

Vasvi Singh, MD; 

Prem Soman, MD, PhD, MASNC; 

David Wolinsky, MD, MASNC 

12:30 – 12:45 pm 


Faculty and Audience 

12:451:45 pm  



1:45 2:30 pm 

Controversies in Real World Practice: Case Challenges – BYOC  

Dennis Calnon, MD, MASNC, and David Wolinsky, MD, MASNC 

2:30 pm 



Sunday, May 5:  8:00 am – 12:30 pm 

7:00 am 



Session 4: Practical Dilemmas in Everyday Practice


8:00 – 8:15 am 

In a patient with a history of seizures but none for the last 3 months, is referred for regadenoson stress MPI. What do you do?  

Vasvi Singh, MD 

8:15 – 8:30 am 

What do you do if the referring physician orders an inappropriate test? 

Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, MD 

8:30 – 8:45 am  

Should you ever do a pharm stress in a patient who can exercise? 

Randall Thompson, MD, MASNC 

8:45 – 9:00 am 

The perfusion study is normal but there is TID. What should you do next?  

Prem Soman, MD, PhD, MASNC 

9:00 – 9:15 am 

The perfusion study is normal but the ECG response to vasodilator stress is abnormal. What do you do? 

Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, MD 


9:159:30 am 

Should we be measuring and reporting heart to contralateral wall ratios on Tc-99m PYP/HMDP? 

Saurabh Malhotra, MD, FASNC 

9:30 – 10:00 am 



10:00 – 10:15 am 

What do we do when there is no more thalliumHow should we assess myocardial viability if we don’t have F-18 FDG PET? 

Prem Soman, MD, PhD, MASNC 

10:15 – 10:30 am 

How little is too much caffeine when doing vasodilator MPI stress? 

Dennis Calnon, MD, MASNC 

10:30 – 10:45 am 

Patient has moderate CAC on a chest CT performed for other reasons. What should you do? 

Randall Thompson, MD, MASNC 

10:45 – 11:00 am 

There is no detectable calcium on non-gated, free breathing CTAC images. Does this mean the patient does not have atherosclerosis? 

Mouaz Al-Mallah, MD, MSc, MASNC 

11:00 – 11:15 am 

PYP is grade 1 in a patient with high suspicion for amyloid. What would you do next? 

Saurabh Malhotra, MD, FASNC 

11:15 – 11:30 am 

How often to you repeat a stress test on patients waiting kidney transplant/liver transplant? 

David Wolinsky, MD, MASNC 

11:30 – 11:45 am 

If the calcium score is zero, is there a reason to proceed to MPI or CCTA? 

Mouaz Al-Mallah, MD, MSc, MASNC 

11:45 am – 12:00 pm 

Final Remarks 

Dennis Calnon, MD, MASNC, and David Wolinsky, MD, MASNC 



Program Co-chair

Dennis Calnon, MD, MASNC
OhioHealth Heart & Vascular Physicians
Columbus, OH

Program Co-chair

David Wolinsky, MD, MASNC
Cleveland Clinic Florida
Weston, FL


Mouaz Al-Mallah, MD, MSc, 

Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX

Tim Attebery, DSc, MBA
Cardiovascular Associates of America
Celebration, FL

Chareonthaitawee, MD

Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Marcelo Di Carli, MD, MASNC
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA

Lawrence Phillips, MD, FASNC
NYU Langone Health
New York, NY

Saurabh Malhotra, MD, MPH, FASNC
Cook County Health
Chicago, IL

Vasvi Singh, MD
Midwest Heart and Vascular Specialists
Oakland Park, KS

Prem Soman, MD, PhD, MASNC
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Randall Thompson, MD, MASNC
St. Lukes Health System
Kansas City, MO

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