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UCSF Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Imaging

University of California San Francisco, Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

UCSF's Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Imaging unique self-study program was specifically designed to meet the continuing education needs of practicing clinical radiologists and those working in an academic environment. You will benefit from the great lectures and speakers captured on high-quality, digital video.

CREDITS Earn up to 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditsô
CE RELEASE May 16, 2013
CE EXPIRE May 15, 2016
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The Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Imaging program is a comprehensive review of cross-sectional imaging of the chest, covering the pulmonary, vascular and cardiac systems.

This activity is useful as a review of thoracic imaging, as well as a guide for radiologists hoping to expand their practice to new areas. It provides an update on a variety of established clinical applications, but also touches on newer, cutting-edge technologies such as cardiac CT. A practical approach to these areas of emerging technology is presented so as to be useful to radiologists from all types of clinical practice.


Intended Audience

The activity is intended for the radiologist in clinical practice.

Topics & Speakers

High-resolution CT of the Lung
  • General Approach to HRCT and Normal Anatomy
  • Ground Glass Opacity and Consolidation
  • HRCT of Nodular Lung Disease
  • Approach to Lung Fibrosis
  • Pattern Based Approach to Small Airways Disease
    W. Richard Webb, MD
Lung and Pleura
  • Chest X-rays: Pearls, Pitfalls and Things
    You Should Never Miss
  • Commonly Missed Diagnoses on Chest CT
    Brett M. Elicker, MD
  • CT of the Pleura: Anatomy and Characterization
    of Effusions
  • CT of the Pleura: Infections and Neoplasms
  • Pattern-Based Approach to Lung Infections
    W. Richard Webb, MD
  • Questions and Discussion
Vascular Diseases of the Thorax
  • Pulmonary Embolism: Imaging Controversies
  • Pulmonary Embolism: Pitfalls
    Brett M. Elicker, MD
  • Imaging of the Aorta
  • CT of Acute Aortic Syndromes
  • Role of MRI in the Evaluation of the Aorta
  • Post-operative Aorta: What the Surgeon Wants to Know
    Michael D. Hope, MD
Cardiac Imaging
  • Cardiac Findings on Routine Chest CT
  • Cardiac CT: Beyond the Coronary Arteries
    Brett M. Elicker, MD
  • Intro to Coronary CTA: Technique and Atherosclerosis
  • Intro to Coronary CTA: Grafts, Stents and
    Anomalous Coronaries
  • Cardiac MRI: Top Diagnoses
    Michael D. Hope, MD
  • Questions and Discussions
Benign / Malignant Tumors of the Thorax
  • Role of CT in the Assessment of Pulmonary Nodules
  • Non-Tumorous Lung Nodules and Masses
  • Mediastinal Masses: Approach and Diagnosis
    Brett M. Elicker, MD
  • PET of Lung Nodules and Masses
  • Inflammatory Lesions on PET: Itís Not a Tumor
  • What to do with Incidental Findings
    on CT and PET
    David M. Naeger, MD
Lung Cancer and Thoracic Malignancies
  • The Tumor Formerly Known as Bronchoalveolar Carcinoma
  • PET/CT of the Terrible Ts: Other Thoracic Tumors
  • Comprehensive Approach to Imaging of Lung Cancer
    David M. Naeger, MD
  • CT Lung Cancer Screening
  • Lung Cancer: Typical and Atypical Appearances
    Brett M. Elicker, MD
  • Questions and Discussion



Course Director

Brett M. Elicker, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology
Chief, Cardiac and Pulmonary Imaging

UCSF Faculty

Michael D. Hope, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology

David M. Naeger, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology

W. Richard Webb, MD
Professor Emeritus of Radiology


Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:
  • Confidently interpret high-resolution CT scans of the lungs and provide focused differential diagnoses
  • Describe a practical approach to the imaging of lung infections and pleural diseases
  • Recognize typical manifestations of acute and chronic aortic diseases
  • Describe the role of cross-sectional imaging in the evaluation of acquired heart diseases
  • Discriminate benign vs. malignant lung nodules/masses on CT and PET
  • Understand the role of CT and PET in the evaluation and staging of lung cancer



The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCSF designates this enduring material for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditsô. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificates and Credit

The total credits are inclusive of 9.5 in CT, 1.0 in MR, and 1.5 in PET.

CME credit is obtained upon successful completion of an activity post-test and evaluation, as well as payment of a $40 processing fee. CME Credit registration forms must be submitted prior to series expiration date.

Release and Expiration Dates

Series Release: May 16, 2013
Date Series Expires: May 15, 2016 (deadline to register for credit)