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CTA Course Brochure The Difference Between Levels 1, 2 and 3
Low Dose Initiative- Press Release CTA Mentor Self-Study Software
Low Dose Initiative- Summary PV-CTA Mentor Self-Study Software
Questions to ask CTA Training Program Guide to Finishing Level 2
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Launch of New Educational Website: StreetSmartMD.com April 2, 2008

CVCTA's LOW DOSE Initiative March 27, 2008

Articles & Publications
Building a Successful CTA Practice,” Dr. Tony DeFrance, Feb 2007

Cardiac CT angiography training picks up steam” in Diagnostic Imaging, Dr. Tony DeFrance, Oct 2006

Turf talk obscures CTA's potential as team builder” in Diagnostic Imaging, Dr. Tony DeFrance, Oct 2006

General Reference on CTA


Guidelines for CTA

ACCF/AHA Clinical Competency Statement on Cardiac Imaging with Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance:


American College of Cardiology (ACC)
          web site: www.acc.org
          phone (301) 897-5400

American College of Radiology (ACR)
          web site: www.acr.org

American Society of Cardiology (ASNC)
          web site: www.asnc.org

Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT)
          web site: www.scct.org

North American Society of Cardiac Imaging (NASCI)
          web site: www.nasci.org

Society of Atherosclerosis Imaging (SAI)
          web site: www.sai.org

CT and Workstation Vendors

General Electric Healthcare
          web site: www.gehealthcare.com

Philips Medical Systems
          web site: www.medical.philips.com

Toshiba Medical Systems
          web site: www.medical.toshiba.com

TeraRecon, Inc.
          web site: www.terarecon.com

Vital Images, Inc.
          web site: www.vitalimages.com

Books on CTA

MDCT Physics: The Basics
by Mahadevappa Mahesh

Book Description
Written by the chief physicist at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, this easy-to-read short textbook explains the physics behind multi-detector CT technology, particularly newer, more complex technology. The focus is on principles of physics, effects of scan parameters on image quality, and optimum radiation dosage. The book includes numerous key points summaries and questions to assist in exam preparation.

Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 1 edition (May 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 078176811X
ISBN-13: 978-0781768115


Cardiac CT Imaging: Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disease
by Matthew J. Budoff (Editor), Jerold S. Shinbane (Editor)

Book Description

CT is an accurate technique for assessing cardiac structure and function, but advances in computing power and scanning technology have resulted in increased popularity. It is useful in evaluating the myocardium, coronary arteries, pulmonary veins, thoracic aorta, pericardium, and cardiac masses; because of this and the speed at which scans can be performed, CT is even more attractive as a cost-effective and integral part of patient evaluation. This book collates all the current knowledge of cardiac CT and presents it in a clinically relevant and practical format appropriate for both cardiologists and radiologists. The images have been supplied by an experienced set of contributing authors and represent the full spectrum of cardiac CT imaging. As increasing numbers have access to cardiac CT scanners, this book provides all the relevant information on this modality. A CD-ROM is included containing a large number of cardiac CT images and videos, providing the reader with a dynamic primer in cardiac CT diagnosis.

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Springer; 1 edition (January 27, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN: 1846280281


CT of the Heart: Principles and Applications
by U. Joseph Schoepf

Book Description

Leading clinicians and researchers from around the world review the full scope of current developments, research, and scientific controversy regarding the principles and applications of cardiac CT. Richly illustrated with numerous black-and-white and color images, the book discusses the interpretation of CT images of the heart in a variety of clinical, physiological, and pathological applications. The authors emphasize current state-of-the-art uses of CT, but also examine developments at the horizon. They also review the technical basis of CT image acquisition, as well as tools for image visualization and analysis.
Hardcover: 428 pages
Publisher: Humana Press (November, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN: 1588293033


Cardiac CT Made Easy: An Introduction to Cardiovascular Multi-Detector Computed Tomography

by Paul Schoenhagen

Book Description

Based on advances in scanner and software technology, cardiovascular imaging with multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) is developing into an important clinical diagnostic tool for cardiac disease. Combining the in-depth coverage of a text with the diagnostic utility of a manual, this superb guide provides a simple introduction to the principles of MDCT for cardiovascular applications from the perspective of the CT technologist as well as the clinician.
Hardcover: 152 pages
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (January 5, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN: 184184618X

Protocols for Multislice CT (Hardcover)
by R. Brüning (Editor), A. Küttner (Editor), T. Flohr (Editor)

Book Description

This book provides structured up-to-date information on all routine protocols used for multislice (multidetector row) CT. The volume contains a detailed technical section and covers the prevailing investigations of the brain, neck, lungs and chest, abdomen with parenchymal organs and gastrointestinal tract, the musculoskeletal system and CTA as well as dedicated protocols for the heart. Separate chapters address the how-to of CT-guided interventions such as punctures, drainages, and therapeutic approaches. Each protocol is displayed en bloc, enabling rapid appreciation of indications and the necessary scanner settings. The second edition includes contributions by renowned experts in the field, who not only provide their clinical experience on each topic, but also give guidelines for indications, workflow, postprocessing and reconstruction algorithms. Praise for the 1st edition: "In summary, this is an excellent monograph to introduce the basic protocols regarding multi-section CT … Anyone who is working in this area would benefit from this text." (Radiology, 2004) "If you want to perform high quality CT studies, this is the book for you." (RAD Magazine, 2003)
Hardcover: 293 pages
Publisher: Springer; 2 edition (December, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN: 3540272712

Computed Tomography: Fundamentals, System Technology, Image Quality, Applications
By Willi A. Kalender

Book Description

This book provides a comprehensive and user-friendly description of the theoretical and technical essentials of computed tomography (CT) for a wide readership. It treats in detail all characteristic parameters relevant for image quality and all performance features significant for clinical applications. Readers will thus be informed how to optimally use a CT system depending on their different diagnostic requirements. This includes a detailed discussion about the dose required and about dose measurement as well as how to reduce dose in CT.
This book is intended for all those who work daily, regularly or even only occasionally with CT: doctors, technologists, engineers, service technicians and physicists.
A glossary describes all the important technical terms in alphabetical order.
Hardcover: 220 pages
Publisher: Wiley-VCH (November, 2000)
ISBN: 3895780812
Language: English