CT Academy Program

Advanced Imaging Processing & Quantifications Of CT Data
Moderator | Shannon Walters, RT

Cardiac | Shannon Walters, RT

Coronary Artery Calcium Nikki Weber, RT
Coronary Artery Stenosis Jonathan Liepsic, MD
TAVR Kristy Bogart, RT

Post-Processing Software Tools | Shannon Walters, RT

CT Colonography Judy Yee, MD
Implementing Volume Rendering Shannon Walters, RT
Lung Cancer Screening Charles White, MD

Treatment Planning | Shannon Walters, RT

3D Printing For Complex Surgeries Chris Letrong, RT
Aneurysms & Stents-Grafts Nikki Weber, RT
Reconstructive Breast Surgery - DIEP Nikki Weber, RT

Tumor Metrics | Shannon Walters, RT

Physician-Driven Workflow Les Folio, MD
Technologist-Driven Workflow Keshni Kumar, RT

Bracco Session On CT Colonography
Moderator | Judy Yee, MD

CT Colonography Acquisition Protocol: Balancing Dose & Image Quality Patrik Rogalla, MD
Patient Pre-requisites For CT Colonography: Colonic Cleansing & Bowel Distension Joel Fletcher, MD
Reimbursement For CT Colonography: 2017 US Update Judy Yee, MD
Time Efficient Interpretation Of CT Colonography Stefanie Weinstein, MD

Cases I'd Like To Do Over
Moderators | Lior Molvin, RT & Cristy Savage, RT

What Happened & What I'd Do Differently (GE/Siemens) Lior Molvin, RT & Christoph Becker, MD
What Happened & What I'd Do Differently (Phillips) Robyn Augustyn, RT & Dianna Bardo, MD
What Happened & What I'd Do Differently (Toshiba) Patrik Rogalla, MD

CT Technologists' Best Practices
Moderators | Lior Molvin, RT & Cristy Savage, RT

Contrast Media | Lior Molvin, RT

Fundamental Principles, Safety Profiles & Dosing Decisions Matthew Davenport, MD
Specialty Situations Matthew Davenport, MD

Dose Modulation Systems | Lior Molvin, RT

Dose Modulation Systems (GE) Lior Molvin, RT
Dose Modulation Systems (Philips) Robyn Augustyn, RT
Dose Modulation Systems (Siemens) Nikki Weber, RT
Dose Modulation Systems (Toshiba) Andrea Ferrero, PhD

Special Protocols | Cristy Savage, RT

Cardiac Data Acquisition Lior Molvin, RT
Cardiac Data Processing Shannon Walters, RT
Cardiac Exam Recovery Lior Molvin, RT

Special Protocols: Trauma & Pediatrics | Cristy Savage, RT

Pediatric Exam Parameters & Discussion Robyn Augustyn, RT
Trauma Data Acquisition Cristy Savage, RT
Trauma Data Transer/Processing KT Stockton, RT

Managing The CT Operation
Moderator | Cristy Savage, RT

Process Improvement Projects | Cristy Savage, RT

Process Improvement Project: ED Turnaround Michael Lev, MD
Process Improvement Project: IV Defect Daisha Marsh, RT
Process Improvement Project: Stroke Code Optimization Christoph Zorich, RT

Protocol & Practice Management | Cristy Savage, RT

AAPM Protocol Resources Andrea Ferrero, PhD
The Impact Of System Integration On Clinical Operations KT Stockton, RT

Regulatory & Accreditation Issues | Cristy Savage, RT

ACR Accreditation Issues James Kofler, MD
Compliance With NEMA XR-29 Cristy Savage, RT
Joint Commission Compliance Cristy Savage, RT

Starting New Programs | Cristy Savage, RT

Developing A Multi-Energy CT Program Cristy Savage, RT
TAVR Procedure Planning Program Shannon Walters, RT
Tracking Response In Oncological Studies Les Folio, MD

Manufacturer-Specific Training Sessions
Moderators | Lior Molvin, RT & Cristy Savage, RT

Dual Energy 101: Implementation Into Routine Practice Aaron Sodickson, MD
Dual Energy 101: Principles, Method & Dose Juan Carlos Ramirez, MD
Dual Energy Interpretation & Review: Maximizing The Opportunities Savvas Nicolaou, MD
Dual Source Dual Energy Workflow: How To Set Up Protocols For Direct Transfer To PACS Cristy Savage, RT
Twin Beam Dual Energy Workflow: How To Set Up Protocols For Direct Transfer To PACS Emilio Vega, RT

Translating Technical Knowledge Into Quality Care
Moderators | Cynthia McCollough, PhD & Timothy Szczykutowicz, PhD

Cardiovascular CT | Timothy Szczykutowicz, PhD

Dose Reduction Strategies In Cardiovascular CT Jia Wang, PhD
Prospective Triggering vs. Retrospective Cardiac Gating Jia Wang, PhD
Timing Contrast Material Delivery For Reliable Arterial Opacification Geoffrey Rubin, MD

CT Dosimetry & Dose Management | Cynthia McCollough, PhD

CTDI, DLP & SSDE James Kofler, MD
Dose Notifications & Alerts Timothy Szczykutowicz, PhD
Dose Tracking & Diagnostic Reference Levels Dianna Cody, MD

Dual Energy | Timothy Szczykutowicz, PhD

Dual-Energy CT Acquisition Approaches Cynthia McCollough, PhD
Dual-Energy CT Image Types Cynthia McCollough, PhD

Important Protocol Parameters & Their Impact | Timothy Szczykutowicz, PhD

Acquisition Parameters & Their Impact Dianna Cody, MD
Patient Positioning & It's Impact On Dose & CT Number Accuracy Timothy Szczykutowicz, PhD
Reconstruction Parameters & Their Impact James Kofler, MD

Iterative Reconstruction Technologies | Timothy Szczykutowicz, PhD

Effects Of Iterative Reconstruction On Image Quality & Lesion Detection James Kofler, MD
Principles Of Iterative Reconstruction & Differences In Implementations Dianna Cody, MD

Protocol Optimization & Management | Cynthia McCollough, PhD

Essential Elements Of A Quality Protocol Timothy Szczykutowicz, PhD
Protocol Review Best Practices James Kofler, MD
The Protocol Team Review Myron Pozniak, MD

Size & Task Adaption | Cynthia McCollough, PhD

Adaption For Different Diagnostic Tasks Timothy Szczykutowicz, PhD
Automatic Exposure Control Dianna Cody, MD
Automatic Tube Potential Selection Cynthia McCollough, PhD

Special Acquisition Modes | Cynthia McCollough, PhD

Axial & Helical Shuttle Acquisitions Jia Wang, PhD
Axial Wide-Coverage Acquisitions Timothy Szczykutowicz, PhD
Flash Mode Acquisitions Jia Wang, PhD

CT Academy Session Highlights

Translating Technical Knowledge into Quality Care

Presented by top medical physicists and focused on practical application of fundamental principles,
this all-day session allocates an hour to each of the following topics:

  • CT Dosimetry and Dose Management
  • Patient Size and Task Adaptation
  • Multi-Energy Acquisitions
  • Important Protocol Parameters and Their Impact
  • Protocol Optimization and Management
  • Special Acquisition Modes (cardiac and non-cardiac variants)
  • Iterative Reconstruction Technologies
  • Cardiovascular CT

CT Technologists' Best Practices

Presented by highly experienced, practicing CT technologists, this half-day session focuses on
implementing solutions to challenging situations that arise at the CT scanner and allocates an hour
to each of the following topics:

  • Controlling Dose Modulation Systems across Manufacturer Idiosyncrasies
  • Cardiac Data Acquisition, Exam Recovery, and Processing
  • Contrast Material Safety and Dosing in Healthy and Impaired Patients
  • Special Considerations for Trauma and Pediatric Acquisitions and Data Management

Cases I'd Like to Do Over

Blending experience from all four major CT manufacturers and diverse CT exam types,
four radiologist-technologist teams will each present a one-hour session on cases that did
not come out as desired. Analysis will seek root causes for the shortfalls, providing a structured
and comprehensive assessment of the original exam request, pre-procedural communications and
protocol section, patient preparation, patient characteristics at the time of the CT scan, the CT
procedure and post-procedural management, image analysis, and interpretation of what went wrong
and how to implement change to assure that the issue does not recur in the future.

Scanner-specific Training Sessions

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Advanced Image Processing and Quantification of CT Data

Focused on applications where image processing and quantitation are important for clinical decision making,
this session will be presented by dedicated 3D technologists and expert radiologists and focuses on
the following topic:

  • Cardiac: Coronary Artery Calcium, Coronary CT Angiography, and Transarterial Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Post-Processing and Data Management Tools: Lung Cancer Screening, Brain Perfusion, and CT Colonography
  • Tumor Metrics: RECIST, WHO, and practical workflows and RIS integration
  • Treatment Planning: Aneurysms and Stent-grafts, 3D Printing for complex surgery, and DIEP Breast Reconstructio

Managing the CT Operation

Topics center on the core issues for CT managers and radiologists overseeing CT operations. This half-day program encompasses:

  • Regulatory and Accreditation Issues, including ACR, NEMA XR-29, and Joint Commission Compliance
  • Process Improvement Projects, including IV Defects, Stroke Code Optimization, and ED Turnaround
  • Protocol and Practice Management, reviewing AAPM resources and daily routines of an effective administrator
  • Starting New Programs: Oncology tracking, TAVR, and MECT
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