Education Program

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The small, focused meeting environment and tailored learning approach will provide you with an ideal setting to further develop relevant skills and maximize tangible outcomes for your practice.

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(updated December 4, 2018)


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Nuclear Cardiology | General Nuclear Medicine ACNM Annual Meeting Educational Track


Nuclear Cardiology Track

New Frontiers in Nuclear Cardiology

Thursday, January 17, 1:30 – 3:30pm

  • Quantification of MBF with SPECT – Terrence Ruddy, MD
  • Machine Learning for Cardiac SPECT – Piotr Slomka, PhD
  • New Scanners for Cardiac SPECT – R. Glenn Wells, PhD
  • NaF PET Imaging of the Cardiovascular System – Marc Dweck, MD

Evaluation of Cardiac Sarcoidosis

Thursday, January 17, 3:45 – 5:45pm

  • Detection and Monitoring using FDG PET for Sarcoidosis – Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, MD
  • Techniques for and Advantages of Image Quantification – Piotr Slomka, PhD
  • Interpretation and Reporting: Step by Step Approach – Thomas Schindler, MD
  • PET, CMR or Both – Marc Dweck, MD

Cardiac PET/CT Cases Workshop

Thursday, January 17, 6:30 – 8:30pm

  • Cardiac PET CT Cases – Hayan Jouni, MD

Starting a PET Program

Friday, January 18, 8:00 – 10:00am

  • PET Tracers & Cameras for Cardiac PET – Heinrich Schelbert, MD, PhD
  • Importance of FDG for Viability and Inflammation Imaging – Wengen Chen, PhD
  • Design of Facilities and Implementation – Timothy Bateman, MD
  • Patient Selection for Cardiac SPECT vs. PET – Edward Miller, MD, PhD

PET Myocardial Blood Flow: Nuts and Bolts

Friday, January 18, 10:15am – 12:15pm

  • Tracers and Imaging Protocols – Richard Weinberg, MD, PhD
  • Clinical Implications – Terrence Ruddy, MD
  • Quality Control and Reporting – Venkatesh Murthy, MD
  • New Flow Tracer: Flurpiridaz – Timothy Bateman, MD

Nuts and Bolts of Stress Perfusion Imaging

Friday, January 18, 1:15 – 3:15pm

  • Stress Electrocardiography: Basics and Beyond the ST Segment – Richard Weinberg, MD, PhD
  • Protocols for Stress Testing: Importance of Symptom Limited Exercise – Jamieson Bourque, MD
  • Cases in Nuclear MPI: Optimizing Interpretation and Correlation with Non-Nuclear Modalities – Diwakar Jain, MD, FSNMMI
  • Optimizing Quality in Nuclear MPI: Detecting and Avoiding Artifacts – April Mann, MBA, CNMT, NCT

Improving Value and Quality in Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine

Friday, January 3:45 – 5:45pm

  • Importance of Lower Radiation Exposures and How to Get There – R. Glenn Wells, PhD
  • High Value Reporting in Cardiac Nuclear Medicine – Prem Soman, MD, PhD
  • Appropriate Use Criteria and ICANL Accreditation – Jamieson Bourque, MD
  • Implementation of QA Programs – April Mann, MBA, CNMT, NCT

Cardiac Amyloidosis Imaging

Saturday, January 19, 8:00 – 10:00am

  • Clinical Aspects of Cardiac Amyloidosis – Prem Soman, MD, PhD
  • Planar and SPECT Imaging for Cardiac Amyloidosis – Brett Sperry, MD
  • CMR for Cardiac Amyloidosis – Munir Ghesani, MD
  • Novel PET Approaches for Cardiac Amyloidosis – Sharmila Dorbala, MD, MPH

Clinical Controversies Relevant to Cardiovascular Imaging

Saturday, January 19, 10:30am – 12:30pm

  • Does Ischemia Matter? – Venkatesh Murthy, MD
  • Should Calcium Score be a Gatekeeper to Stress Testing – Edward Miller, MD, PhD
  • Should Testing in Women be Different? – Sharmila Dorbala, MD, MPH
  • Is there a Role for Nuclear Screening of Asymptomatic Patients (Case-Based) – Diwakar Jain, MD, FSNMMI

Cardiovascular Inflammation & Infection Imaging

Saturday, January 19, 1:30 – 3:30pm

  • Metabolic Preparation and Imaging Protocols for FDG PET/CT Imaging of Cardiac Device Infection – Asbjorn Scholtens, MD
  • FDG PET/CT for Endocarditis Evaluation – Vasken Dilsizian, MD
  • FDG PET/CT for LVAD Infection Imaging – Wengen Chen, PhD
  • Aortitis Imaging – Munir Ghesani, MD

Myocardial Viability Assessment

Saturday, January 19, 4:00 – 6:00pm

  • Patient Preparation & Image Acquisition – Brett Sperry, MD
  • Does Viability Matter Clinically? – Heinrich Schelbert, MD, PhD
  • FDG For Evaluation of Arrhythmias - Vasken Dilsizian, MD
  • PET versus CMR or Both? – Thomas Schindler, MD


General Nuclear Medicine Track

Molecular and Genomic Theranostics in Thyroid Cancer:  The Evolving Role for Nuclear Medicine

Thursday, January 17, 1:30 – 3:30pm

  • Genomic Theranostics of Thyroid Cancer for Surgery and Nuclear Medicine – Seza Gulec, MD
  • Appropriate use of RAI Treatment Postoperatively – Anca Avram, MD, FACNM
  • Metastatic Thyroid Cancer for Surgery and Nuclear Medicine – Mark Tulchinsky, MD, FACNM, CCD
  • Radioactive Iodine Theranostics and Dosimetry – Seza Gulec, MD

General Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT: Interesting and Unique Cases from the Technical and Professional Perspective

Thursday, January 17, 3:45 – 5:45pm

  • Interesting and Unique Case Studies – Jon Baldwin, DO; Rustain Morgan, MD; Vickie LaRue, MIS, NMAA

Evidence-Based Medicine and Its Impact on the Clinical Practice of Nuclear Medicine Professional Perspective

Thursday, January 17, 6:30 – 8:30pm

  • Emergence of Evidence-Based Medicine and its Applicability to Diagnostic Imaging – Lionel Zuckier, MD
  • Evaluation of Evidence: How to Assess Quality of Research Studies – Brian Hutton, MD
  • Aggregation of Evidence: Meta-Analyses and Systematic Reviews – Brian Hutton, MD
  • Distillation of Evidence: Procedure Standards and Appropriate Use Criteria – Kevin Donohoe, MD

Theranostic Agents: What’s New and What’s on the Horizon

Friday, January 18, 8:00 – 10:00am

  • MIBG Imaging and Therapy – An Overview – Daniel Pryma, MD
  • Prostate Cancer Imaging and Therapy – Where are We Now – Jeremie Calais, MD
  • Theranostics – A Bright Future Ahead – Richard Baum, MD, PhD

Nuts and Bolts of Using PRRT

Friday, January 18, 10:15am – 12:15pm

  • Patient Selection for Lu-177 DOTATATE Therapy - Run Yu, MD
  • Patient Preparation and Dosing for Lu-177 DOTATATE – Adam Brown, MD
  • Successfully Integrating Lu-177 DOTATATE into Your Hospital – Carina Mari Aparici, MD

Pediatric Diuresis Renography:  Before, During, and After

Friday, January 18, 1:15 – 3:15pm

  • Multidisciplinary Consensus on the Classification of Prenatal and Postnatal Urinary Tract Dilation (UTD Classification System) – Jeanne Chow, MD
  • SNMMI EANM Procedural Guidelines for Diuresis Renography in Infants and Children – Massoud Majd, MD
  • Complementary Role of MR Urography in Pediatric Urinary Obstruction – Ruth Lim, MD
  • Diuretic Renography: The Pediatric Urologist's Perspective – Roger De Filippo, MD

House on Fire:  Burnout in Medical Professionals

Friday, January 18, 3:45 – 5:45pm

  • Burnout: Defining the Problem and Assessing Solutions – Jay Harolds, MD
  • Burnout in Trainees – David Brandon, MD

Brain FDG-PET: Clinical Use in Dementing Neurodegenerative Conditions

Saturday, January 19, 8:00 – 10:00am

  • Basics for Visual Interpretation in Brain Imaging – Karina Mosci, MD
  • FDG-PET for the Differential Diagnosis Among the Main Forms of Dementia - TBD
  • The Impact of Semi-Quantitative Imaging on Image Interpretation – Satoshi Minoshima, MD, PhD
  • FDG-PET for the Clinical Diagnosis in MCI – Javier Arbizu, MD, PhD

Nuts and Bolts of Machine Learning in Nuclear Medicine

Saturday, January 19, 10:30am – 12:30pm 

  • What is Machine Learning? What is Deep Learning? Applications to Nuclear Medicine – Alan McMillan, PhD
  • What is Radiomics? How is it Related to Machine Learning and Deep Learning? Applications to Nuclear Medicine – Arman Rahmim, PhD
  • How Machine Learning Will Change Clinical Radiology - Greg Zaharchuk, MD, PhD

Interpretational Practicum on Imaging Thromboembolism

Saturday, January 19, 1:30 – 3:30pm

  • Interpretational Practicum for the Planar Ventilation-Perfusion Scintigraphy – Mark Tulchinsky, MD, FACNM, CCD
  • Interpretational Practicum for the Tomographic Ventilation-Perfusion Scintigraphy – Saeed Elojeimy, MD, PhD

PET Instrumentation and Data Analysis: The Essentials

Saturday, January 19, 4:00 – 6:00pm

  • Overview of Current and Emerging PET Instrumentation – Richard Laforest, PhD
  • Overview of PET Image Reconstruction and Image Analysis Software – Arman Rahmim, PhD
  • Quantitative PET from Single-Frame Data Acquisition – Richard Laforest, PhD
  • Quantitative PET from Dynamic Data Acquisition – Arman Rahmim, PhD

 

ACNM Educational Track

ACNM Oral Research Papers

Thursday, January 17, 1:30 – 3:30pm

ACNM Mini Cardiac CT Bootcamp: Part I: Intro to Cardiac CT and Cases for ACNM Cardiac CT Verification

  • Calcium Score: How to do it and Cases – Warren Janowitz, MD, JD
  • Normal Coronary Anatomy, Anomalous Coronary Arteries and Cases – David Ng, MD
  • High Risk Coronary Anomaly vs Benign Forms and Cases – John Seitz, MD
  • Coronary Plaques, Stenosis, and Cases – Shahram Bonyadlou, MD

ACNM Oral Research Papers

Friday, January 18, 8:00 – 10:00am

ACNM President's Talk and Plenary Session

Friday, January 18, 10:15am – 12:15am

  • Advancements in the American Medical Association--and Future Strategies for Nuclear Medicine Advocacy – Alan Klitzke, MD, FACNM
  • Second Annual Honoring and Recognition of the Past Presidents of the ACNM and ACNP, with Past President Assembly – Alan Klitzke, MD, FACNM
  • Plenary Address: Precision Oncology - A Clinical Reality Using Theranostics for Personalized Molecular Targeted Radiotherapy of Neuroendocrine Tumors, Pancreatic and Prostate Cancer – Richard Baum, MD, PhD
  • Questions and Answers

Moderated Poster Session/Meet the Authors

  • Friday, January 18, 12:15 – 1:15pm

Recent Advances in Radionuclide Therapy

Friday, January 18, 1:15 – 3:15pm

  • I131 Iobenguane for Radionuclide Therapy of Pheochromocytoma/Paraganglioma – Camilo Jimenez, MD
  • Lu177 DOTATATE – Clinical Aspects – Lisa Bodei, MD, PhD
  • PSMA Theranostics – John Buscombe, MD, FRCP

Evolving Role of PET imaging

Friday, January 18, 3:45 – 5:45pm

  • Best Practices for Head and neck PET/CT – Rathan Subramaniam, MD, PhD, MPH, FACNM
  • Interventional Nuclear Medicine. PET Guidance for Radiological and Surgical Procedures – Heiko Schoder, MD
  • PET Imaging of Dementia – Dana Mathews, MD, PhD

ACNM Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations for Emergency Medical Services and Healthcare Personnel - I

Saturday, January 19, 8:00 – 10:00am

  • Module 1: Radiological/Nuclear WMD Threats - David Pasquale
  • Module 2: Radiation Concepts – David Pasquale

ACNM Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations for Emergency Medical Services and Healthcare Personnel - II

Saturday, January 19, 10:30am – 12:30pm

  • Module 3: Recognition of Radiological/Nuclear Incidents – David Pasquale
  • Module 4: Response Operations and Safety Guidelines – David Pasquale

ACNM Annual Meeting: Case-Based General Nuclear Medicine - Flipped Learning Session and Other Rare Cases

Saturday, January 19, 1:30 – 3:30pm

  • Flipped Learning Session: Common to Uncommon General Nuclear Medicine Cases – Twyla Bartel, DO, MBA, FACNM; Tracy Yarbrough, MD, PhD, FACNM
  • Hidden Gems in Nuclear Medicine – Lizette Louw, MD
  • Treating Non-Toxic Goitre with I-131 and Rare Thyroid Cancer Cases – Anca Avram, MD, FACNM

NMRO-Sponsored ACNM Session Legal Implications of Social Media and Career Planning

Saturday, January 19, 4:00 – 6:00pm

  • Legal Implications of Social Media – John Browning
  • "Career Planning": Preparing Your First Job Application Part I – Carol Odom, MD, MS
  • "Career Planning": Preparing Your First Job Application Part II – Saeed Elojeimy, MD, PhD