A major highlight of the programme is the opening plenary session where world renowned experts address the "current state of the art" in different imaging modalities. Here Professor Valentin Fuster will present cutting-edge research for imaging atherosclerosis, Professor Ernest Garcia will discuss recent advances in nuclear cardiology and Professor Stefan Achenbach will highlight current developments in cardiac CT.
A particular informative event is always the session reviewing the significance of data from new multi centre clinical trials (already presented at other meetings) including COURAGE, INSPIRE, WOMEN, DIAD and PARR2 to the imaging field.
"While imaging may not be the main focus of the trial, the data can often have important implications for the evolving use of imaging technology," explains Professor Knuuti.
An ever popular event is the "Read with the Expert sessions", where clinicians from around the world present cases, and then discuss how to interpret the images and integrate the information they provide into the clinical decision-making process. Sessions this year include interpreting ECG-gated myocardial perfusion, how to use perfusion metabolism and infarct imaging, and choosing the right patients for cardiac CT.
Debates will focus on the current controversies, including whether or not diagnostic invasive coronary angiography is required in heart failure, the best tests for patients admitted to the emergency department with acute chest pain, and the comparison of SPECT and PET assessments of myocardial perfusion.
Such a technologically orientated meeting truly values its industry partners, with informative satellite symposia allowing imaging practitioners an invaluable opportunity to experience the latest state of the ar
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