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Introduction and Basics of Image Interpretation

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Course Details

Credit/contact hours: 0.5
Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes
Publication Date: December 6, 2018
Expiration date: December 6, 2024
Reviewed: December 5, 2021


Myocardial nuclear imaging provides valuable anatomic and prognostic information with respect to coronary heart disease. There are, however, important limitations to this imaging. To understand the proper clinical interpretation of perfusion imaging scans it is important understand the basic principles of coronary blood flow, atherosclerosis, and the principles underlying nuclear perfusion imaging.

You Will Learn

  • To understand why nuclear imaging works with respect to the Glagov Phenomenon and the stenosis – coronary blood flow relationship
  • To describe the ischemic cascade with respect to the relationship of coronary ischemia and clinical findings
  • To explain the causes of the limited sensitivity and specificity of myocardial perfusion imaging
  • To interpret typical findings of myocardial perfusion imaging

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again, if a question is answered incorrectly.

Jamieson M. Bourque, MD

Dr. Jamieson Bourque currently serves as the Medical Director of Nuclear Cardiology. He attended UVA as an undergraduate and then completed medical school and residency at Duke. Dr. Bourque returned for a cardiology fellowship and joined the faculty. His research interests include coronary microvascular disease and methods of risk stratification in patients undergoing evaluation for ischemic heart disease.

DISCLOSURE: Jamieson M. Bourque has disclosed relevant financial relationship as consultant to Pfizer and industry funded research/investigator of Astellas Pharma.

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