BSCI/BSCCT Level 1 cardiac CT course 2018

The Level 1 Cardiac CT course held at the Spire Manchester Hospital on Monday 5th to Wednesday 7th November 2018 was a great success. With over 30 delegates from a range of disciplines the 3 day course covered the breadth of the Level 1 Cardiac CT curriculum. 

The course featured lectures and demonstration of cases by experts on workstations suitable for level 1 accreditation. The course faculty incldued Dr James Shambrook, Dr Ed Nicol, Dr Matthias Schmitt, Dr Timothy Fairbairn, Dr Elly Castellano and Dr Michelle Williams. The course provides 22 CPD credits in accoradance with the CPD scheme of the Royal College of Radiologists and Royal College of Physicians. 

Sponsors: Canon, GE Healthcare, HeartFlow, Siemens 

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British Cardiovascular Imaging 2018, #BCVI18

When: Wednesday 2nd - Friday 4th May 2018
Where: John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh

The annual spirng meeting in 2018 was a joint meeting of the British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging/British Society of Cardiovascular CT (BSCI/BSCCT), British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (BSCMR) and British Nuclear Cardiac Society (BNCS). 

This meeting aimed at bringing together not just the societies, but also cardiovascular imagers from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds for a celebration of multimodality imaging within the United Kingdom and beyond. It  also featured case based learning for cardiac CT, MRI and nuclear imaging and "image optimisation master classes"

Congratulations to the winners of the BSCI/BSCCT Young Investigator Award who presented at the meeting. 

1st Place - Rachael Forsythe, "Predicting Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Growth using 18F-Sodium Fluoride PET-CT"
2nd Place - Timothy Cartlidge, "Gender Disparities in Aortic Stenosis: An Optimised Assessment with Contrast-Enhanced Computed Tomography"
3rd Place - Alex Vesey, "18F-Fluoride and 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose Positron Emission Tomography After Transient Ischemic Attack or Minor Ischemic Stroke"
Highly commended - Jessica Carter, "Association between computed tomography features of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and coronary artery disease A sub-study of the SCOT-HEART trial" 

Abstracts of the meeting were published in Heart - click here to read them.

For more information about the event click below:

Program overview

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British Cardiovascular Society 2017 Quiz

The BSCI had strong representation at the recent British Cardiovascular Society Annual Conference Quiz as part of the Imaging Council team. In a change to the geographical format that has been used to select teams in previous years, this year subspecialty societies were pitted against each other.

Despite fierce competition from the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society and the Heart Rhythm Society, it was a convincing victory for the Imaging Council team. Not only did they display their prolific knowledge of idiosyncratic cardiovascular disorders, advanced multi-modality imaging reporting, complex ECG interpretation and general trivia, but also they showed that cardiovascular imagers always provide the right answer at the right time.

Congratulations to Matthias Schmitt, Ed Nicol, Dan Sado, Jim Stirrup and Alastair Moss on their success.

by Dr Alastair Moss

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BSCI / BSCCT 2017 Spring Meeting, Bournemouth

BSCI/BSCCT 2017 spring meeting took placey Bournemouth Marriot Highcliff Hotel on Thursday 18th and 19th of May 2017.


Meeting Report by Dr Jonathan Rodrigues

With the sun shining, a record number of delegates swarmed to the South coast for the 2-day BSCI/BSCCT Spring meeting, organized by Dr Russell Bull and held in Bournemouth.

The meeting kicked off with a highly clinically relevant session with talks from Drs Russell Bull, Gareth Morgan-Hughes, Mark Kon and Jim Stirrup, tackling the challenges that still face CTCA in 2017, how we should optimally report CTCA as well as how we can refine our CT protocols for TAVI work-up. We were given a glimpse into the future of CTCA; ultra-high resolution CT - with isotropic resolution directly comparable with invasive catheter angiography. Dr Alistair Moss rounded up the session with an overview of the work coming from Edinburgh in the assessment of native and prosthetic valve imaging.

There was no chance of a post-prandial slump with the after-lunch session tackling the hottest of topics; the new NICE guidelines for investigation of chronic stable chest pain. Dr James Shambrook and Lizzie Shaw offered pragmatic solutions to help meet the training deficit. The immediate past-president, Dr Ed Nicol, spoke about how NICE “had got it right” but warned of the many challenges still ahead.

Dr Mattias Schmitt and Professor Carl Roobottom then locked horns, debating the optimal first line investigation for patients with intermediate/high likelihood of significant CAD and cardiac sounding chest pain. With likely a combination of type 2 and type 1 thinking, the house voted in favour of anatomical, rather than functional, first line assessment.

Dr Leslee Shaw, SCCT President and Professor of Medicine at Emory University, then delivered the key-note lecture which was a tour-de-force of the future of cardiac CT in multimodality cardiac imaging, reminding us that we need to link the results of a diagnostic investigation directly to guiding treatment decisions in order to improve outcomes.

After an excellent evening of socializing at the conference dinner with both beer and pizza on tap, Friday morning kicked off with the “future of the BSCI/BSCCT session”. Dr Michelle Williams gave an update from the trainee committee and was followed by a series of excellent case presentations and research abstracts from radiology and cardiology trainees. Congratulations to Dr Jonathan Weir-McCall (winner of the best oral presentation), Dr Amardeep Ghosh Dastidar (winner of the best poster presentation), Dr C Fielder (winner of the best case presentation) and Drs Michelle Williams and Alistair Moss (recipients of BSCI/BSCCT research grants). 

Dr Simon McGuirk then threw down the gauntlet to Dr Charles Peebles debating CT vs MRI in the assessment of congenital heart disease. Dr Jehangir Din, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, then gave an overview of how CTCA impacts on his clinical practice. After lunch, there was a whirlwind session of the latest advances in nuclear (Dr Nik Sabharwal), echo (Dr Rick Steeds), CMR (Prof James Moon) and CT (Dr Bobby Agarwal) imaging techniques.

The meeting was brought to a close by the newly appointed BSCI/BSCCT President, Dr Giles Roditi. Following the immense success of BSCI/BSCCT 2017, we look forward to the 2018. Watch this space for further details!

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BSCI BSCCT Annual Spring Meeting and AGM 2016

Meeting report by Dr Jonathan Weir-McCall (BSCI/BSCCT Trainee Committee)

The spring meeting of the BSCI was fully booked this year with 120 delegates making their way to Birmingham to hear the excellent range of speakers cover topics from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy to congenital heart disease and aortic vasculopathies. Highlights included:

- The excellent key note speaker Kelly Han speaking on the ever growing role of cardiac CT in the pre-operative work-up and assessment of congenital heart disease, clearly demonstrating the added benefit that high pitch low dose CT provides in this extremely challenging population.

- Prof Newby speaking on the clear strength of CTCA in influencing management decisions and improving patient outcomes in the seminal SCOT-HEART trial.

- Discussion of the rationale and reasoning behind the upcoming NICE guidelines on chest pain and their potential impact on service provision in the near future.

The meeting also showcased an exciting array of upcoming cardiac imaging talent in the case presentation and early career research presentations sections, with the case presentation being won by a highly unusual case of a pulmonary artery dissection in a truncus arteriosus, and the research presentation prize being won for the second year in a row by Dr Jonathan Rodrigues for his work on cardiac remodeling in hypertensive cardiomyopathy.

All of this would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of Dr Ben Holloway who organised this interesting and varied event, and the speakers who put so much effort into producing a fantastic array of stimulating talks. Thank you to all involved in making the meeting a success.

Information about the meeting is available by clicking the links below:



Congratulations to everyone who displayed a poster at the meeting and to the presenters of the research presentations and video cases. Prizes and travel bursaries were awarded to:

-  Dr Alastair Moss (Top left), Image of the Year

- Dr John Dreisbach (Top centre), First prize for a video case presentation

- Dr Jonathan Rodrigues (Top left), First prize for a research presentation

- Presenters of research presentations and video cases (From left): Dr Katharine Garfath-Cox, Dr Jassie Tan, Dr Jonathan Rodrigues, Dr Giorgos Papanastasiou, Dr Max Charalambos, Dr Amardeep Ghosh Dastidar, Dr Bhavna Pitrola, Yan Ning Neo

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Abstracts from the meeting have been published as a supplement in HEART

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BSCI/RSM Core training in cardiovascular CT Part 2 2015

The BSCI/RSM Core Training in Cardiovascular Computed Tomography study day was held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on Monday 14th September. This was the second part of a rolling three part series. 

This was an excellent day which covered both ischaemic cardiac imaging and non-ischaemic structural heart disease imaging. The topics included  coronary artery disease assessment with CTCT perfusion imaging, pericardial and myocardial pathology, CT imaging of heart valves,  congenital heart disease, cardiopulmonary assessment in the acute setting, CT in the assessment of aortic disease and non-cardiac findings in cardiovascular CT. The day concluded with a talk by the president of the society, Dr Edward Nicol, on the role and future of cardiovascular CT.

We are very grateful to all of the speakers and the sponsors who made the meeting a great success.

If you would like to attend any of the other study days in this series the dates will be posted in due course on the website. 

Written by Dr Michele Crawford Jefferson (BSCI trainee committee) 

BSCI Annual Spring Meeting and AGM 2015

Thursday 30th April - Friday 1st May 2015
St Bartholomew's Hospital, London


The 2015 annual spring meeting in London was a great success. With a varied program of talks on multimodality cardiovascular imaging it was a busy two days.

The keynote speaker was Professor Matthias Gutberlet from Leipzig, President of the European Society of Cardiovascular Imaging. His talk entitled “Cardiac CT: European difficulties and solutions” covered some of the interesting challenges that face us in cardiovascular imaging over the next few years.

For the first time the BSCI and BSCMR meetings were organized to coincide on consecutive days. This gave members of both societies the opportunity to attend the meetings at reduced cost and increased convenience.

We are very grateful to Dr Ceri Davies who organized the meeting, to all of the speakers and everyone who helped make the meeting such a success. 


Congratulations to the presenters of the video cases (from left) Dr Khanji, Dr Wicks, Dr Pandher and Dr Mak. Prizes were awarded by the immediate past president Dr Harden. Dr Mak was awarded first prize and a travel bursary to attend the meeting. 

Congratulations to the presenters of the research presentations (from left) Dr Crawford Jefferson, Dr Rodrigues, Dr Wicks and Dr Papadopoulou. All presenters were awarded a travel bursary and Dr Rodrigues was awarded first prize.  

Thank you to everyone who displayed a poster at the meeting.


 Written by Dr Michelle Williams (BSCI Trainee Committee)


BSCI/SCCT/RSM joint meeting - State of the art cardiovascular CT in 2014

The BSCI/SCCT/RSM joint meeting 2014 was held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on Wednesday 17th December 2014. 

It featured sessions on coronary imaging, FFRCT and myocardial perfusion imaging from speakers from the UK and abroad. Dr Klaus Kofoed (Cardiologist, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen) spoke on "CT myocardial perfusion - CORE320 and beyond) and Dr Szilard Voros (Associate professor of radiology and medicine/cardiology, Stony Brook University Medical Centre, New York) spoke on "The future of cardiovascular CT. The full program can be downloaded below. 


BSCI Spring Meeting and AGM, Glasgow 2014

The 2014 BSCI Spring Meeting and AGM was held in Glasgow at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. The meeting started with a session on the highlights of current Scottish Cardiovascular Imaging Research with presentations from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee. Educational sessions featured hypertension, the thoracic aorta, quality in cardiac CTCA, pulmonary arterial hypertension and the current status of coronary CTCA.

For the first time a video case report session was introduced which encouraged trainees to submit cases as a single video to highlight the dynamic three dimensional nature of imaging work. Congratulations to Dr Michelle Mak who won this session for her video LVOT stent following Transcatheter mitral valve repair. Congratulations also to Dr Michelle Williams who won the scientific abstract session with her abstract "Computed tomography myocardial perfusion imaging with fractional flow reserve and 15O-water positrion emission tomography in patients with suspected coronary artery disease. Thank you to all who delivered presentations and presented posters during the meeting.

For the first time this was a two day meeting and included an evening meal at the West Brewery in Glasgow. This highly successful event provided an oportunity to socialise with colleagues throughout the UK and will be repeated at future BSCI Spring Meetings. 





BSCI Annual spring meeting and AGM 2013

The BSCI Annual Spring meeting and AGM 2013 was held at Bristol Royal Infirmary. Download the meeting program below. 


BSCI/SCCT/RSM joint meeting - Advanced cardiovascular imaging CT in 2012

The first biannual joint BSCI/SCCT/RSM meeting was held at the RSM on 5th December 2012. The meeting included both UK and international speakers and covered the latest in cardiovascular CT imaging. Sessions included coronary artery calcium scoring, coronary imaging in the emergency department and updates in ischaemic heart disease. 

It also initiated further BSCI and SCCT collaboration with the launch of the SCCT UK international regional committee. 


BSCI Spring Meeting and AGM 2012

The BSCI spring meeting and AGM was held on the 4th May 2012 at the Peninsula Radiology Academy in Plymouth, Bristol. It featured sessions on getting the best from your new generation cardiac CT scanner and pushing the boundaries with cardiac CT including valves, stents, function and calcium.



BSCI Spring Meeting 2011

The BSCI Spring meeting 2011 was held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on 3rd May 2011. The meeting featured sessions on state of the art CT and MRI techniques including lectures on acute coronary syndromes, ARVC, grown up congenital heart disease and imaging for devices. 


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BSCI/RSM Spring meeting 2010

The BSCI and RSM joint spring meeting on "Cardiovascular CT and imaging update" took place on the 12th and 13th of April 2010 at the RSM in London. 



BSCI/RCR Hot topics and controversies in cardiac imaging 2009

The joint BSCI and RCR meeting in 2009 was entitled "Hot topics and controversies in cardiac imaging. It took place on 16th November 2009 in London. 



BSCI meeting 2009

The BSCI meeting in 2009 was held at Southampton General Hospital.