CT Academy Program

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

CT Dosimetry & Dose Management | Cynthia McCollough, PhD

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

Size & Task Adaption | Cynthia McCollough, PhD

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

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

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

Special Acquisition Modes | Cynthia McCollough, PhD

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

Iterative Reconstruction Technologies | Timothy Szczykutowicz, PhD

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

Cardiovascular CT | Timothy Szczykutowicz, PhD

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

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

Dose Modulation Systems | Lior Molvin, RT

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

Special Protocols | Cristy Savage, RT

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

Contrast Media | Lior Molvin, RT

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

Special Protocols: Trauma & Pediatrics | Cristy Savage, RT

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

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

Dual Energy 101: Principles, Method & Dose Juan Carlos Ramirez, MD
Dual Energy 101: Implementation Into Routine Practice Aaron Sodickson, 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
Dual Energy Interpretation & Review: Maximizing The Opportunities Savvas Nicolaou, MD

Bracco Session On CT Colonography
Moderator | Judy Yee, MD

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

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

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
What Happened & What I'd Do Differently (GE/Siemens) Lior Molvin, RT & Christoph Becker, MD

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

Post-Processing Software Tools | Shannon Walters, RT

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

Cardiac | Shannon Walters, RT

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

Tumor Metrics | Shannon Walters, RT

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

Treatment Planning | Shannon Walters, RT

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

Managing The CT Operation
Moderator | Cristy Savage, 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

Process Improvement Projects | Cristy Savage, RT

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

Protocol & Practice Management | Cristy Savage, RT

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

Starting New Programs | Cristy Savage, RT

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

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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