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:Delegate information

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 

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

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