HeartScan Institute
     
Cardiac CT training on the latest equipment at the lowest possible radiation dose.
   
 

About Heartscan Institute

Heartscan Institute was established to facilitate and  promote education and  training in all cardiovascular imaging particularly CT Coronary angiography (CTCA) and cardiac MRI. 

We have a strong committment to Cardiac Imaging Research and publications and co-sponsor a Research Fellow with The George Institute.

Comprehensive CTCA Training 
Our team has been performing cardiac CT since 2004. Our aim is to provide comprehensive CTCA training by the best teachers on the latest equipment at the lowest possible radiation dose. Our courses are run by a clinical collaboration of  highly experienced, well published and enthusiastic cardiologists and  radiologists, all ANZ Level B and /or SCCT level 3 accredited. Our Initial Accreditation Course will  enable attendees  to achieve maximum allowable cases for ANZ level “A” accreditation and full case load for SCCT Level 2 accreditation. We also provide Refresher Courses, Live Case Mini-Fellowships and Radiographer courses. See Courses tab for more details.

Latest Equipment, Lowest Radiation Dose 

Australia's FIRST dual source Siemens Definition Flash CT with stellar detectors. This allows most CT Coronary Angiograms to be performed at less than 1mSv radiation dose. Typical radiation dose is 4- 40 times LESS than the dose of some other machines. Our lowest dose to-date for a diagnostic CTCA is the equivalent radiation dose of two chest x-rays!!!

Faculty

 
A/Prof Clara Chow
A/Prof Clara Chow is Staff Cardiologist at Westmead Hosptial, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, Head of the Cardiac Program at the George Institute for Global Health and an honorary Assistant Professor in Medicine at McMaster University, Canada. Following her cardiology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, she did a PhD in Cardiovascular Epidemiology and International Public Health at the University of Sydney and a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Trials and Cardiac Imaging at McMaster University, Canada. Her research interests are in cardiovascular disease prevention and her clinical focus is in cardiac imaging, particularly Cardiac Computed Tomography and Echocardiography.

clara@heartscaninstitute.com.au

A/Prof Christian Hamilton-Craig
Dr Christian Hamilton-Craig is Staff Cardiologist in Cardiac Imaging at the Prince Charles Hospital Brisbane, Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland, and affiliate Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He trained at the University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy, the University of Erlangen, Germany, and the University of Washington, USA. He is currently co-chair of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography for Australia-NZ, and has published widely in the field of multi-modality cardiac imaging.

christian@heartscaninstitute.com.au

Dr Subodh Joshi

Dr Subodh Joshi is a consultant cardiologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital specialising in non-invasive cardiac imaging.  He obtained his medical degree from the University of Melbourne and trained in cardiology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He has speciality training in non-invasive cardiac imaging, echo and Cardiac MRI and CT both locally and in Washington DC, Toronto and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is board certified in Cardiac CT in the United States and is a fellow of numerous international professional bodies including the Society of Cardiovascular CT, the American Society for Echocardiography and the American College of Cardiology.

subodh@heartscaninstitute.com.au

Dr John O'Rourke

Dr John O'Rourke is a Radiologist and former Clinical Director and Head of Cardiac Imaging at Castlereagh Imaging. With Westmead Hospital Cardiologists he has established a high volume Cardiac CT service, now located at Heartscan Australia. He graduated from the University of Sydney and completed his radiology training at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney. He undertook Fellowship training in MRI and Body Imaging at St Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Canada.  More recently, he completed a Cardiac CT and MRI Mini-Fellowship at Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane under Dr Mark Hansen and Dr Richard Slaughter. 

john@heartscaninstitute.com.au

Dr Aravinda Thiagalingam
Dr Aravinda Thiagalingam is a staff specialist in the cardiologist Westmead Hospital and Director of Echocardiography for Westmead Hospital. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Otago (New Zealand) and his PhD from the University of Sydney.  He has trained in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Westmead Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He has clinical and research interests in the fields of cardiac imaging and cardiovascular electrophysiology and has numerous publications in these fields.

aravinda@heartscaninstitute.com.au

International Collaborators

Prof Dieter Ropers
Prof. Dieter Ropers, MD, FESC, FACC, is a Full Cardiologist at the University of Erlangen, Germany. He holds a position as Vice-Chair at the Department of Internal Medicine (Cardiology and Angiology). His subspeciality is interventional cardiology and non-invasive cardiac imaging with CT and MRI. He has a more than 15-years experience in cardiac-CT with the focus on contrast-enhanced coronary CT angiography. As a member of the highly successful working group of Prof. Stephan Achenbach he published articles in journals like Circulation, JACC, European Heart Journal and others. Prof. Ropers is founding member of the Society of Cardiovascular CT. He is Director and Co-Director of numerous CT courses in Erlangen as well as in the US. He holds Level III readership of the Society of Cardiovascular CT. Furthermore he serves as a Guest Editor for Circulations and as a reviewer for many other journals (e.g. Lancet, Circulation, Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, European Heart Journal, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Heart, American Journal of Cardiology, etc.).

dieter@heartscaninstitute.com.au

     

Educational Objectives

Practical

Competence in workstation use to manipulate any vendor axial data set to  generate a confident report.

Theoretical & Clinical

Thorough understanding of role of CTCA and it’s appropriate use, it’s sensitivity, specificity and negative predictive value. 
Recognition of radiation dose issues, artifacts and other limitations and benefits  of CTCA.

Recognition

Course exceeds ANZ CTCA conjoint committee guidelines.
Attendees will achieve maximal allowable cases (125 of 150 required) for ANZ Level A accreditation and full case load (150) for SCCT Level 2 accreditation. 
RANZCR has allocated 114.25 CME points for the full course.

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