2018 Spring Newsletter

2018 President
Charles White, MD,
University of Maryland Medical Center
Baltimore, MD

NASCI does Charleston

This year, NASCI is fortunate to hold its annual meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, considered by many the most charming city in the southeastern United States.  The meeting will take place September 20-22 as the heat of summer subsides and the first hints of autumn begin to make their appearance.  Feverish planning is underway for what will undoubtedly be a memorable meeting.

The meeting will be held in the Charleston Marriott a spacious venue with numerous amenities. Under the capable leadership of Carole Dennie MD, the program committee has developed a superb course, including multiple educational sessions encompassing all aspects of adult and pediatric cardiovascular imaging, and featuring a session on the role of artificial intelligence.  In addition, multiple scientific abstract and poster sessions are planned that highlight cutting-edge research and educational topics. A special workstation session on TAVR/TMVR will be available for attendees on a reservation basis. Our industrial partners are also very active in preparing for the meeting and will be displaying their latest hardware and applications in the exhibitors’ hall as well as during lunchtime symposia.

The goal, naturally, is to focus on the meeting proceedings. However, Charleston is a can’t-miss city and the historical district is a short shuttle ride (or long walk) from the hotel.  There you will find markets, stately churches and beautiful old homes in the Battery District, history at your fingertips and the incomparable Charleston Southern cuisine.  Speaking of cuisine, please join us at nominal cost for the NASCI gala, which at the suggestion of past-President and current Charleston resident, Joe Schoepf MD, will be held at the venerable Custom House, a venue where the 1700’s come alive.

As you can certainly appreciate, planning for our meeting this year is well underway. So, register as soon as possible to see the latest and greatest in cardiovascular imaging, support our partners in industry, consult your guidebooks for the best of Charleston and get ready for what will certainly be a historic meeting.

Registration is now officially open for the 46th NASCI Annual Meeting in Charleston, SC. The 2018 NASCI Annual Course offers a variety of engaging session formats such as roundtables, abstract presentations, and case-based reviews. The meeting provides attendees expert insight and perspectives on protocols, clinical research, and hot topics in the Cardiovascular Imaging field. Check back often for the latest on the 2018 meeting!  Register Now! 



"Randomized Trials in Cardiovascular Imaging.
A Focus on Quality in Imaging"

Dr. Shaw is the R. Bruce Logue Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Shaw is a leading cardiovascular outcomes researcher whose major focus is clinical diagnosis and management of stable ischemic heart disease. Dr. Shaw has published more than 550 publications and presented more than 300 abstracts in major scientific meetings in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. Learn More

2018 BRING?

•Image Interpretation Panel
•Pediatric-Focused Sessions
•Face-to-face time with leadership-level faculty
•SA-CME: Online recording of the full course available to full meeting registrants for an opportunity to earn SA-CME.
•Cutting-Edge Technology and Scientific Poster Sessions
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This course, led by Drs. Amar Shah, Stefan Zimmerman, Jean Jeudy and Joe Hsu, provides hands-on training to learn how to manipulate cardiovascular imaging data on workstations focusing on procedural planning for:
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
Transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR)

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Explore the flavors, sights, sounds, and traditions found only in Charleston, South Carolina. Feel the sand between your toes. Savor fresh from the dock seafood and explore the immaculately well preserved historic sites. The city feels a bit like it’s suspended in time, thanks to its antebellum architecture and surrounding plantation landscapes. Take in incredible views of the Battery and the French Quarter as you stroll the Waterfront Park, then become inspired by the cultivated beauty of the gardens at Middleton Place. At night, try a ghost tour for an introduction to the spooky side of the city.

The 2018 Meeting will be held at the Charleston Marriott, Charleston, SC.
Call 1-800-228-9290 or 1-843-723-3000.
Please reference North American Society for Cardiovascular Imaging making reservations.
Book your group rate for NASCIAnnual Conference Sept 2018 online.

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Global Impact
Dr. Robert M Steiner
Temple University Hospital

Each year the RSNA's International Commission sends representatives to lecture, teach residents and junior faculty and others in a number of countries. In the spring of 2017, I was invited to join a team of three radiologists to go to Indonesia and speak on behalf of the RSNA at the National Congress of Indonesian Radiology and at several other venues in Java and Borneo during our one week visit. In addition to talks on imaging the patient with cardiomyopathy, critical care radiology, congenital heart disease in the adult patient, and thoracic trauma, I also spoke on smoking-related pulmonary disease and the solitary pulmonary nodule. There were also a number of small groups interesting case teaching sessions for residents and medical students in several hospitals. 

Unique to the Indonesian radiology community was a high degree of social interaction between senior radiologists and trainees. For example, at the faculty dinner at the National Congress, each of the 13 residency programs put on an entertainment program for every one involving music, comedy skits, and dance programs. Another feature was the Radiology National anthem. All of the attendees stood up and sang the anthem at the beginning of the national meeting. Each department had unique batik shirts or dresses worn by all departmental members at the Congress and we were given our own batik shirts to wear during the Congress as well.

All in all a wonderful experience for us and hopefully for our Indonesian hosts. If you are interested in participating in one of these programs it is worth calling the RSNA international program office. 

CADECI Guadalajara Meeting
Dr. Charles White 

CADECI (a Spanish acronym for annual congress of international cardiology) is a very large meeting held every year in Mexico. It is held in collaboration with TCT (Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics) - Cardiovascular Research Foundation, self-described as the world’s largest and most important educational meeting specializing in interventional cardiovascular medicine.  Daniel Vargas our international committee chairman attended the meeting last year, where it was indicated that NASCI participation would be welcome.

Working with the CADECI organizing committee, Dr. Vargas arranged to have a NASCI delegation participate. In addition to Dr. Vargas, the delegation consisted of Drs. Charles White, Jacobo Kirsch and Eric Williamson. The meeting was held at the Fiesta Americana hotel in Guadalajara, Mexico.  It consisted of several hundred attendees, mostly cardiologists from Mexico. The meeting was primarily held in Spanish and as a native English speaker, it was interesting to see familiar exhibitors displaying their products in Spanish. In addition to many cardiologists from Mexico, speakers included several international luminaries in cardiology including Dr. Harvey Feigenbaum, considered the father of echocardiography, and Dr. Josep Brugada, who described Brugada syndrome.

Most of the NASCI talks were held as a breakfast session. NASCI speakers covered several timely topics including TAVR, TMVR, 3D-printing, congenital heart disease and interesting cases, with simultaneous translation to Spanish. This literally was a breakfast session as waiters provided breakfast during the talks.  The talks were in fact excellent but the waiter-served breakfast may also have had something to do with the fact that the room was completely full.

The meeting organizers sponsored a tour of the historical center of the city, which feature architecture from the Spanish colonial and post-colonial era. Without question, one of the highlights of the meeting was the evening social event, consisting of a trip to the Guadalajara opera house to hear a recital combining the city orchestra and a mariachi band, not a common sight in the United States, followed by a gala dinner at the Palace of Justice.

All in all, NASCI played a small but important role at the CADECI meeting.  Such outreach is beneficial for society members who meet other cardiac imagers from all over the world and as an opportunity for other societies to learn of the considerable expertise that NASCI members bring to cardiac imaging.