Master's Degree in Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Techniques in Cardiology

Introduction

The field of diagnostic imaging techniques in cardiology has been widened in recent years by the incorporation of two new modes: cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and cardiac computed tomography (CT). Both techniques have been commonly used in radiology since the eighties, but never had a prominent role in cardiology until computer technology advanced sufficiently to reduce the time needed to obtain images, which is crucial in the case of an organ that is in continuous movement, like the heart.

CMR began in the early nineties and became a useful diagnostic tool in various areas of cardiac pathology, though it served to complement other explorations. However, since it was shown in 2000 to provide unique information on the tissue of ischemic cardiac muscle, this technique has become prominent in cardiological diagnosis processes.


CT is more recent, dating back to the 2000s but, once validated, it was adopted more rapidly than CMR, probably because it also offers unique information, namely non-invasive coronary angiography, which can often replace the use of probes in the heart chambers.

Recently, scientific committees representing the specialisations that are directly involved made recommendations for the training of professionals in these techniques. These, however, only contemplated the purely technical aspects of explorations, assessing practitioners' skills in terms of the number carried out, and ignoring knowledge of the physiopathological and radiological foundations and the ability to integrate the explorations in a clinical context.

All this has led us to offer this master's programme at the UAB, on Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Techniques in Cardiology, whose theoretical modules focus on three aspects: firstly, the physiopathological bases of heart disease, its clinical manifestations and conventional diagnostic techniques, secondly, radiological aspects that are basic, physical and related to clinical practice, and thirdly, presenting and discussing clinical case studies to learn the role of each technique in the process of cardiological diagnosis. The practical modules involve tutor-supervised CMR and CT explorations, image analysis and report-writing, all using cutting-edge cardiovascular exploration equipment and applications.

Classes are normally in Catalan, but Spanish can be used if there are non-Catalan speaking students.

Objectives

- Learn the pathophysiology and clinical care of cardiac diseases.

- Learn the physical principles behind magnetic resonance and computerised tomography techniques applied to cardiology.

- Learn the clinical indications of CMR and CTC in comparison with other diagnostic techniques.

- Manage CMR and CTC studies, analyse the results and write up reports for each test.


- Learn to conceive, plan and execute clinical research projects based on CMR and CTC.

Access requirements

- Bachelor's degree in Medicine and a specialisation in Cardiology or Radiology

Career opportunities

Clinical posts in diagnostic imaging, in cardiology or radiology departments, as a healthcare team member or as a section head.

Contact

Francisco de Asis Carreras Costa

Phone: 935565914

E-mail: fcarreras@santpau.cat

UAB-specific Master's Degree

7 Edition
Places: 4
Orientation: Professional
60 ECTS
Code: 2802/7
Price: 4500 §

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Modality: Onsite
Location: Unitat d'Imatge CardŪaca. Serveis de Cardiologia i Radiologia. Hospital de Sant Pau
Dates: from 01/10/2017 to 30/06/2018
Coordinating centres:
Departamento de Medicina
Collaborating centres:
Servei de Cardiologia, Hospital de Sant Pau
Departament de DiagnÚstic per la imatge, ClŪnica Creu Blanca
Servei de DiagnÚstic per la imatge, Hospital de Sant Pau

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