Cardiac CTA Requirements
Clinical Competence in Cardiac CTA
"For all levels of competence, it is expected that the candidate will attend lectures on the basic concepts of CCT and include parallel self-study reading material. A basic understanding of CCT should be achieved, including the physics of CCT imaging, the basics of CCT scan performance, safety issues in CCT performance, post-processing methods, and the basics of CCT interpretation as compared with other cardiovascular imaging modalities, which include echocardiography, nuclear medicine, CMR, and invasive cardiac and peripheral X-ray angiography." Matthew J Budoff et al. 2006 ACCF/AHA Clinical Competence Statement on Cardiac CT and MR.
Level 1 Cardiac CTA
"Defined as the minimal introductory training for familiarity with CCT, but is not sufficient for independent interpretation of CCT images. The individual should have intensive exposure to the methods and the multiple applications of CCT for a period of at least four weeks. This should provide a basic background in CCT for the practice of adult cardiology or for general radiology. During this cumulative four-week experience, individuals should have been actively involved in CCT interpretation under the direction of a qualified (Level 2- or Level 3-trained) physician-mentor. There should be a mentored interpretative experience of at least 50 cases for all studies in which other cardiovascular imaging methods are also available; correlation with CCT findings and interpretation is strongly encouraged and should be included if possible. Independent performance of CCT is not required for Level 1, and the mentored interpretive experience may include studies from an established teaching file or previous CCT cases and also the potential for CD/DVD and on-line training." Matthew J Budoff et al. 2006 ACCF/AHA Clinical Competence Statement on Cardiac CT and MR.