Nuclear Cardiology Track

The 2022 meeting will feature a dedicated track on Nuclear Cardiology. This program will highlight basic concepts in nuclear cardiac imaging and stress testing, as well as exciting new areas in Nuclear Cardiology -- all designed to provide you with tangible outcomes to optimize how cardiovascular imaging helps you treat your patients.

Thursday, January 27

1:30–3:30 pm ET

Imaging Guided Management of CAD
Sponsored by the SNMMI Cardiovascular Council 
Organizers: Terrence Ruddy, MD, FRCPC, FACC, FSNMMI, MASNC
Moderators: Vasken Dilsizian, MD, FACC, FAHA, MASNC, FSNMMI

Session Objectives

  • List “business” techniques needed to lead and enhance a Nuclear Medicine practice.
  • Learn of a potential new tool of software simulation for enhancement of a nuclear medicine resident program.
  • Recognize the principles of an effective power point presentation. 
  • Discuss the concept of and how to write a focused stem in a question/item.
 


3:45 am–5:45 pm ET 

Blood Flow Quantification
Sponsored by the SNMMI Cardiovascular Council 
Organizers: Keisha C. McCall, PhD
Moderators: Chi Liu, PhD

Session Objectives

  • Discuss the process and procedures of performing dynamic SPECT studies to quantify MBF and CFR
  • Examine the accuracy between SPECT-derived MBF and PET-derived MBF
  • Discuss clinical case studies of MBF quantification using SPECT

Presentations Include:

  • How to Quantify Blood Flow with SPECT
    Terrence Ruddy, MD, FRCPC, FACC, FCCS, FSNMMI, MASNC
  • PET vs SPECT MBF
    R. Glenn Wells, PhD
  • Clinical Implementation of Blood Flow SPECT
    Ronald G. Schwartz, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA
  • Case Discussion
    Prem Soman, MD, PhD


6:30–8:30 pm ET

New Cardiac Radiotracers
Sponsored by the SNMMI Cardiovascular Council
Organizers: Rene R. Packard, MD, PhD
Moderators:

Session Objectives

  • Appreciate the role of active calcification processes in aortic stenosis progression
  • Discuss the utility of 18F-NaF PET for prediction of disease progression
  • Describe the utility of 18F-NaF PET for prediction of bioprosthetic valve failure

Presentations Include:

  • Aortic Stenosis Imaging using 18F-NaF PET
    Jacek Kwiecinski, MD


Friday, January 28

8:00–10:00 am ET

New Cardiac Instrumentation
Sponsored by the SNMMI Cardiovascular Council
Organizer/Moderator: James R. Galt, PhD

Session Objectives

  • Elaborate on the benefits of the use of direct photon detection with CZT in SPECT imaging.
  • Describe the difference between digital and analog PET systems and list the benefits of digital PET when incorporated into clinical PET/CT scanners
  • Explain the factors impacting the use of PET/MR in cardiac imaging, including the benefits and disadvantages compared to PET/CT.

Presentations Include:

  • Presentations TBA


10:15 am–12:15 pm ET


New Software/AI for Cardiac SPECT and PET
Sponsored by the SNMMI Cardiovascular Council 
Organizer: Professor Reimer Slart, MD, PhD
Moderator: Piotr J. Slomka, PhD


Session Objectives

  • Examine the role of AI in SPECT and PET MPI
  • Discuss value of databases in AI
  • Improve clinical practice in MPI using smart technical adaptions

Presentations Include:

  • Databases for AI:  REFINE SPECT
    Piotr J. Slomka, PhD
  • Deep Learning for Diagnosis and Prognosis
    Ananya Singh
  • Low Dose SPECT and Image Improvement with AI
    Michael A. King, PhD, DABR, FSNMMI
  • Attenuation Correction without CT
    Chi Liu, PhD


1:15–3:15 pm ET

Cardiac Hybrid Imaging
Sponsored by the SNMMI Cardiovascular Council 
Organizer/Moderator: Saurabh Malhotra, MD, PhD

Session Objectives

  • Appreciate integration of anatomic and perfusion imaging data.
  • Critique the incremental value of CTA over MPI.
  • Examine the evaluation and reporting of incidental CT findings.

Presentations Include:

  • Integrating CACS Information with MPI
    Wanda Acampa, MD, PhD
  • Session Reading CT for Incidentals?
    Michael L. Steigner, MD
  • PET/CTA for CAD
    Ronny Ralf Buechel, MD
  • Case-Based Discussion
    Timothy Bateman, MD


3:45–5:45 pm ET

Imaging of Cardiac Sarcoidosis
Sponsored by the SNMMI Cardiovascular Council 
Organizer/Moderator: Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, MD; Thomas Schindler, MD

Session Objectives

  • Discuss how to perform PET for Sarcoidosis
  • Describe how to interpret and report cardiac sarcoidosis PET studies
  • Compare and contrast PET vs MRI for cardiac sarcoidosis

Presentations Include:

  • How to Perform PET for Sarcoidosis
    Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, MD
  • Interpretation and Reporting: Step by Step Approach
    Edward J. Miller, MD PhD FASNC FACC 
  • PET, CMR or Both?
    Marc Dweck, BSc, MBChB, PhD, FRCP, FACC
  • Challenging Cases
    Cesia Gallegos Kattan, MD


Saturday, January 29

8:00–10:00 am ET

Cardiovascular Session - Details TBA
Sponsored by the SNMMI Cardiovascular Council

10:30 am–12:30 pm ET

Radionuclide Imaging in Cardiac Amyloidosis
Sponsored by the SNMMI Cardiovascular Council
Organizers/Moderators: Jamieson Bourque, MD, MHS; Timothy Bateman, MD

Session Objectives

  • Apply radionuclide imaging in the screening for cardiac amyloidosis
  • Appropriately select testing for diagnosis of cardiac amyloidosis
  • Optimize SPECT imaging for the evaluation of cardiac amyloidosis.

Presentations Include:

  • Screening for Cardiac Amyloidosis
    Saurabh Malhotra, MD, MPH
  • Appropriate Use Criteria in the Evaluation of Cardiac Amyloidosis
    Brett W. Sperry, MD
  • SPECT Imaging in Cardiac Amyloidosis
    Robert Miller, MD
  • Cases in Cardiac Amyloidosis
    Cigdem Akincioglu, MD


1:30–3:30 pm ET

Clinical Controversies Relevant to Cardiac Imaging
Sponsored by the SNMMI Cardiovascular Council
Organizer/Moderator: Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, MD

Session Objectives

  • Describe the role of SPECT MPI following the ISCHEMIA trial
  • Explain the pros and cons of low-dose and rapid SPECT MPI acquisition
  • Compare the use of WBC scintigraphy vs FDG PET for infection imaging

Presentations Include:

  • Nuclear Cardiology Post-ISCHEMIA
    Venkatesh L. Murthy, MD, PhD
  • Low Dose or Fast SPECT MPI
    Andrew J.  Einstein, MD, PhD
  • WBC Scintigraphy or FDG PET for Cardiac Infection
    Paola Anna Erba, MD
  • How to Use Quantification in FDG PET Imaging for Cardiac Infection and Inflammation
    Sharmila Dorbala, MD


4:00–6:00 pm ET

Cardiac Infection Imaging
Sponsored by the SNMMI Cardiovascular Council
Organizer/Moderator: Thomas Schindler, MD

Session Objectives

  • Describe how to perform FDG PET imaging for cardiac infection
  • Discuss the role of FDG PET in prosthetic valve endocarditis
  • Discuss the role of FDG PET in cardiac device infection

Presentations Include:

  • How to Perform Infection Imaging
    Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, MD
  • Prosthetic Valve Endocarditis
    Riemer Slart, MD, PhD
  • Cardiac Device Infection Imaging
    Vasken Dilsizian, MD, FSNMMI
  • Case Discussion
    Wael A. Jaber, MD