2017 Summer Newsletter

President 
U. Joseph Schoepf, MD 
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

NASCI Members,

Backyard barbecues and fireflies are fading out- summer is almost over. Time to make travel plans for the fall! Extend your warm weather in exciting San Antonio, Texas, where a splendid 2017 NASCI Annual Meeting awaits October 7-10!

It will be such a fab event! As always our speakers include globally-recognized experts in the field of cardiovascular imaging, representing premier academia and clinical entities.

We are extremely honored to have Dr. Julio Palmaz, the inventor of the balloon expandable stent, as our Keynote Speaker on Sunday morning. Dr. Palmaz will deliver the inaugural Paulin Lecture, a new named lectureship which we are launching this year to honor the beacons in our field.

The Symposia are again an exciting mix of current topics that balance clinical case review, best administrative practices, and highlight technological advancements. New this year, on Saturday afternoon we created a session specifically focused on starting and sustaining a cardiac imaging practice for practitioners new to the field or just out of training. There will be roundtables on Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease, Building an Academic Career, and Artificial Intelligence in interactive small group settings to get all your questions answered. Once again, we will be featuring the Young Investigator Competition, a combined STR/NASCI segment, and an International Session.  Also, don’t miss the craziest cases and the always popular Imaging Film Panel with return moderator Dr. Karen Ordovas.

Our partners in industry will again be strongly represented – check out their new products in the exhibition hall or learn about revolutionary new approaches in cardiovascular imaging during the breakfast symposium hosted by HeartFlow Inc.

The exciting scientific program will be framed by ample opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones at our fabulous social events. The highlight will most certainly be our Gala Dinner at the Alamo! We’ll have cocktails walking the marvelous gardens before we sit down for dinner and celebrate our profession and our Society amidst a significant piece of history. Tickets are going fast, so make sure to get yours before the venue sells out.
 
It’s been a tremendous year – come celebrate with us. I look forward to seeing every single one of you in San Antonio!

 

Joe Schoepf
2017 NASCI President

 




This year’s speakers include globally-recognized experts in the field of cardiovascular imaging, representing premier academia and clinical entities. We are extremely honored to have Dr. Julio Palmaz, the inventor of the balloon expandable stent, as our Keynote Speaker on Sunday morning.  The Workshops and Symposia are an exciting mix of current topics that balance clinical case review, best administrative practices, and highlight technological advancements. Join us on Saturday afternoon for a session focused on starting and sustaining a cardiac imaging practice. There will be roundtables on Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease, Building an Academic Career, and Artificial Intelligence. Once again, we will be featuring the Young Investigator Competition, a combined STR/NASCI segment, and an International Session.  Also, don’t miss the craziest cases and the always popular Imaging Film Panel with return moderator Dr. Karen Ordovas

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Second Radiological Society of South Africa (RSSA)/ North American Society of Cardiac Imaging (NASCI): Cardiac CT course

The second RSSA NASCI Cardiac CT course was successfully held at the Sandton Sun Hotel, Johannesburg (May 13-17, 2017) under the leadership of Dr. Harold Litt. This 40 hours structured and integrated training course was a joint venture between the RSSA (RSSA Congress chair: Prof Leon J van Rensburg), the SA Society of Cardiac Imaging (SASOCI Chair: Dr. Leonie Scholtz) and the North American Society of Cardiac Imaging (NASCI President: Dr. U. Joseph Schoepf).

The course was conducted over five consecutive days by NASCI faculty (Dr. Prachi Agarwal, Dr. Diana Litmanovich, Dr. Harold Litt, Dr. Charles White and Dr. Eric Williamson) with support from Ms. Katherine Robbins from NASCI. Didactic lectures were presented throughout the course along with case reviews under the supervision of the faculty. All meeting attendees had access to cases that were preloaded on CT workstations for a true hands-on experience.

At the conclusion of the course, Dr. Litt was also awarded an honorary membership to the RSSA