The ESCR Annual Scientific Meeting 2012 has just closed its doors in Barcelona, Spain.
Thanks to an interesting programme and an internationally recognised faculty of speakers, this meeting was a unique scientific and educational course.
We would like to thank all participants for their attendance and our sponsors for their valuable support.
MORE PHOTOS OF ESCR 2012…
A woman, 47 years old.
From childhood she has had diagnosis of some mild congenital heart disease (she had cardiac murmurs).
She complains of some fatigue and mild dispnea on exertion.
She was referred to CTA and MRI because of cardiac abnormalities (ASD?) found on last ECHO , .
No history of acquired valve diseases or endocraditis.
CTA and MRI were performed in the hospital. An aneurysm-like projection from left Valsalva sinus, from which LAD originated, has been found. This aneurysmatic structure cruises over the roof of LA and drains into RA.
So anatomically and functionally (left-right shunt) this anomaly has been depicted with help of CTA and MRI.
But who knows the name of this congenital heart abnormality?
Talking to friends and colleagues within the “cardiac community” (the radiological one!) and discussing about the role of CT in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients, answers are quite similar: in most sites, CT angiography is used in selected patients to early rule out ACS and to early discharge the patients; numbers of such examinations changed from center to center. This is interesting since the actual appropriateness criteria do explicitly not recommend the use of coronary CT angiography in the ACS patients.
However, the results of two recently finished large prospective randomized trials will change these recommendations for sure in the next update. The first study was published in April in the New England Journal of Medicine:
CT Angiography for Safe Discharge of Patients with Possible Acute Coronary Syndromes Harold I. Litt, M.D., Ph.D., Constantine Gatsonis, Ph.D., Brad Snyder, M.S., Harjit Singh, M.D., Chadwick D. Miller, M.D., Daniel W. Entrikin, M.D., James M. Leaming, M.D., Laurence J. Gavin, M.D., Charissa B. Pacella, M.D., and Judd E. Hollander, M.D.
Starting with a new blog isn’t that easy; beside all organization and administration, it should be filled up with „interesting“ content! Content should be interesting enough to attract people to read, to post, to contribute – to make the blog living! Well, you might now argue that something entitled “diploma” will not be able to attract people – and maybe you are right!
But we want to talk here about a special diploma, a very interesting diploma – maybe interesting enough to attract people to read, to post, to contribute – and maybe to pass it! I would like to share in the following my thoughts about the cardiac diploma with you, and I would really appreciate comments, questions, criticism! Since it’s a relatively new initiative, helpful comments can help to further improve the diploma!