Siemens delivers advanced cardiovascular CT training with the British Institute of Radiology


Siemens Healthcare, in partnership with the British Institute of Radiology (BIR), hosted a successful four day advanced cardiovascular CT training course for imaging professionals. For the first time, the course was held at the Siemens Academy training and education centre, Frimley, Surrey, UK. It was developed to provide delegates with the case volume, formal teaching and the firm understanding of best cardiovascular CT practice required for advanced cardiovascular CT training. It was also suited to those working towards BSCI / SCCT accreditation in cardiovascular CT.

The course provided access to 150 cases to develop delegates’ analytical CT skills and supplied representative cases of non-coronary disease including congenital heart disease, pre-ablation assessment and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) assessment. Seventeen recorded cases were also provided, allowing interactive discussion. Short didactic teaching sessions on pathology and related technologies were also provided for delegates. An optional additional 25 in-room participation cases were facilitated through attendance at Royal Brompton Hospital and King’s College Hospital after the course.

“We provide an intensive, comprehensive course designed to give increased confidence when independently reporting cardiovascular CT scans,” said Ed Nicol, Course director and consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. “Delegates benefit from expert instruction and learn in detail about cardiovascular CT, cardiology and the detection of cardiovascular disease with CT.”

“Delegates attending this course were provided with in-depth training to deal with common problems encountered within routine CT practice,” commented Russell Lodge, CT Business Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “Attendees were also trained to systematically and effectively assess cardiac CT data sets, covering all major pathology groups including normal anatomy, anatomical variants, CT angiography, atherosclerotic coronary arterial disease, as well as post percutaneous coronary intervention and post surgery assessment. We are confident that this successful course will be repeated and that it was a valuable and enjoyable learning experience for all involved.”

The course was run by cardiothoracic radiologists and cardiologists with extensive experience of cardiovascular CT; the faculty has published many articles, chapters and books on numerous aspects of cardiovascular CT and its role in cardiac and coronary disease. The advanced cardiovascular CT training courses are suited to delegates that are performing cardiac imaging on any suitable CT platform and prior experience on Siemens syngo.via or CT scanners is not expected. 

For information about future Siemens Healthcare courses being run in conjunction with BIR, please email [email protected]