Cardiac Imaging Training (Imaging Village)
Hands-on, practical training opportunities with expert imagers covering the full range of contemporary cardiac imaging modalities
2024 content will be available soon.
Dr Jamal Khan
2023 BCS Annual Conference Imaging Village Lead
We look forward to offering unique training opportunities to clinicians from a wide range of backgrounds and grades already practicing in Cardiology (Cardiology SHOs/IMTs, Cardiology SpRs/IMT3/ST3-8, Cardiology Clinical Fellows, Consultant Cardiologists, Acute Medicine SpRs/Consultants, Cardiac Radiology SpRs/Consultants, Nuclear Medicine Physicians) and allied health professionals (Cardiac Echocardiography Physiologists, Cardiac Radiographers) at the 2023 BCS Annual Conference Education Zone ‘Imaging Village’.
This exciting and dynamic section of the Education Zone will offer bespoke, personalised 1:1 and 1:2 sessions to allow you to gain experience in multimodality cardiac imaging delivered by a highly experienced expert practitioner.
The full range of multimodality cardiac imaging will be on offer, catering to all levels of experience from beginners to those wishing to gain exposure to today’s cutting-edge and advanced imaging techniques through our partnership with industry.
Sessions will cover normal cases and a wide range of pathologies and indications for each modality and will be aligned with the JRCPTB Cardiology training curriculum.
New training sessions and opportunities available at the 2023 Imaging Village:
We are excited to introduce a number of new training sessions and learning opportunities for the first time at this year’s Imaging Village. These include:
(a) Increased capacity to accommodate trainees
We have doubled our capacity for accommodating trainees for the TOE and Stress Echocardiography stations
(b) Advanced CMR and CT stations
We have introduced a Structural Heart Disease/Intervention Cardiac CT station and an Adult Congenital Heart Disease CMR station for those wishing to gain experience in these more advanced indications for CT and CMR
(c) ‘Imaging Masterclasses’
These special, small group practical workshops will provide hands-on scanning and analysis, and tips and gems on a range of important imaging topics:
- TTE: ACHD Echo, Low-Flow Low Gradient Aortic Stenosis, Bubble/Contrast Echo
- Stress Echo: Dobutamine Stress Echo, Exercise Stress Echo Valve Assessment
- TOE: Mastering Tricky/Unconventional Views, Structural Valve Intervention TOE
- CT: Perfecting your CTCA Scanning Technique, TAVI CT
- CMR: Stress MRI, Parametric Maps (T1/T2/T2*), Optimising CMR Image Quality
Supervised hands-on training sessions available:
All supervised hands-on training sessions (‘stations’) will last 60 minutes and will consist of a hands-on tutorial with an experienced clinical expert trainer and applications specialist.
(1) Transthoracic Echocardiography:
(a) Standard TTE: Live sessions on hands-on image acquisition on volunteers and post-processing/analysis (normal case and a range of pathologies)
(b) Advanced Transthoracic Echocardiography: Live sessions on hands-on image acquisition on volunteers and post-processing/analysis, covering 3D Echo, Strain, Contrast Echo [LV Opacification, Saline Microbubble]
(2) Stress Echocardiography:
Live sessions on hands-on image acquisition on volunteers and post-processing/analysis for Exercise Bike Stress Echocardiography covering Ischaemic Heart Disease and Non-Ischaemic Indications including Valve Disease, Cardiomyopathies
(3) Transoesophageal Echocardiography:
Live sessions on ultra-realistic Intelligent Ultrasound TOE simulator providing hands-on training on acquisition of all views covering a full TOE study (normal case and a range of pathologies)
(4) Cardiac CT:
(a) Coronary Artery Disease Cardiac CT: Workstation-based training covering image acquisition and post-processing/analysis for Coronary Artery Disease (Native Coronary Arteries, CABG, Stents - normal cases and a range of pathologies)
(b) Structural Heart Disease/Intervention CT: Workstation-based training covering image acquisition and post-processing/analysis for advanced indications for Cardiac CT (Valve Intervention Planning: TAVR, TMVR; ACHD; Prosthetic Valve Assessment; Structural Intervention Planning: HCM, LAA Occlusion)
(c) CT-FFR: Workstation-based training covering image acquisition and post-processing/analysis for Heartflow CT-FFR analysis
(5) Cardiac MRI:
(a) General CMR: Workstation-based training covering CMR image acquisition and post-processing/analysis (normal cases and a range of pathologies and indications for CMR)
(b) Adult Congenital Heart Disease CMR: Workstation-based training covering CMR image acquisition and post-processing/analysis for ACHD CMR (covering a wide range of pathologies from basic ACHD to complex ACHD [e.g. single-ventricle Fontan cases])
(6) Nuclear Cardiology:
Workstation-based training covering Nuclear Cardiology image acquisition and post-processing/analysis for a range of indications including PET studies
Sessions are always extremely popular and places are limited, hence anyone wishing to partake is strongly advised to book session(s) as early as possible to avoid disappointment. There will be no drop-in sessions available, all sessions must be pre-booked online. To book a slot on an Imaging Village session, you must first register for the BCS Conference. Click here to register and the education zone booking slots for the ‘Imaging Village’ will be available to book on the 4th step in the registration process.
Upon successful completion of a training session, a certificate from the British Cardiovascular Society will be awarded, confirming that learning relating to these objectives has taken place. This certificate can be incorporated into the trainee’s NHS ePortfolio and linked to the appropriate part of the curriculum. The certificate will be emailed in PDF format to the email address used to register for the session.
All delegates who attend a training session will be expected to provide feedback after the event via an online survey which will be emailed to them.
We would like to thank all industry partners supporting the 2023 BCS Annual Conference Education Zone Imaging Village through their provision of equipment and technical support:
- Echocardiography: GE HealthCare, Philips, Intelligent Ultrasound
- Cardiac CT: TeraRecon, GE HealthCare, Siemens-Healthineers, Canon Medical Systems, Medis Medical Imaging, HeartFlow
- Cardiac MRI: Medis Medical Imaging, Circle Cardiovascular Imaging, Siemens-Healthineers, NeoSoft
- Nuclear Cardiology: Courtesy of the British Nuclear Cardiology Society
As overall BCS Imaging Village Initiative Lead for 2023 and CMR Modality Lead, I and the BCS would like to extend our thanks to the individual expert Modality Leads and to all the expert faculty of the Imaging Village (Modality Trainers) for giving up their time to train delegates:
2023 Imaging Village Modality Leads
- Transthoracic Echocardiography: Mrs Kamaljit Rai
- Exercise Stress Echocardiography: Dr Pei Gee Chew
- Transoesophageal Echocardiography: Dr Samir Srivastava
- Cardiac CT: Dr Jason Tarkin
- Cardiac MRI: Dr Jamal Khan
- Nuclear Cardiology: Dr Rebecca Schofield
I would like to express a special thanks to Katherine Holvik, Claire Cartwright, Jasdeep Bhamber and Linda Cuthbertson from the BCS for their invaluable and tireless administrative support and to Professor André Ng, BCS VP of Education and Research.
Dr Jamal Khan
2023 BCS Annual Conference Imaging Village Lead