Course Information

Virtual CTA Live 2 Day Course



  • 50 Live Patient Scan Cardiac CT Cases (A&A1)
  • Individual 3D Workstation
  • Maximum of 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™
  • Endorsed by the SCCT


Cardiac CTA Live Patient Scan Course at Chandler Regional Medical Center in Chandler, Arizona. This 2024 Cardiac CT Course is designed to provide Live CT Patient Scans and workstation review for a minimum of 50 cases: 25 Category A Live Cases and 25 Category A1 Live Video Cases. All cases are applicable towards Cardiac CTA Level 2 and Level 3 credentialing requirements outlined by the SCCT. This Cardiac CT course is endorsed by the SCCT and live cases are selected to emphasize appropriate patient selection for cardiac CTA, as well as to illustrate the totality of scanning, reporting and management of clinical issues. The cases will draw from a wide spectrum of studies emphasizing the range of findings encountered in a typical hospital implementation of a cardiac CTA service line. The topics for core knowledge in cardiac CTA are integrated into the lecture and hands-on format. This course will provide attendees with the training needed to become an accomplished, confident and independent cardiac CTA reader able to formulate an appropriate CT exam set-up. Dignity Health Cardiac CTA Course Link


  • Apply appropriate patient selection and scanner setup
  • Recognize radiation dose reduction techniques
  • Differentiate artifacts from true pathology
  • Demonstrate how to accurately and succinctly report findings

Target Audience

  • Cardiologists
  • Radiologists

Additional Information

  • Estimated time to complete this activity: 26 hours
  • Maximum of 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and Virtual CME. The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson designates this enduring material for a maximum of 44 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Practice Gap

Performance and interpretation of non-invasive coronary CT angiography (CTA) involving the intravenous administration of 60 to 140 ml of iodinated contrast during a prolonged breath-hold is significantly more challenging than coronary calcium assessment. Understanding the anatomy, which is learned most directly from conventional coronary arteriography, is vital to appropriate performance and interpretation. However, not all practitioners will have adequate understanding of the coronary distribution and anatomy. The tortuosity of the vessels and limited temporal resolution (MDCT) or spatial resolution (EBT) contributes to this difficulty. This course is intended to assist practitioners in demonstrating competence in analysis and interpretation of cardiovascular angiographic data, which is necessary for clinicians to obtain both clinical expertise and to become technically competent in 2D and 3D rendering using a computer workstation.


Faculty members Dr. Roger Bies and Dr. Carter Newton, planning committee member Robert Graham, and the University of Arizona CME reviewers Dr. Randa Kutob and Robert Amend have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.

Current Approval Period: 8/16/2021 – 8/15/2023

Original Release Date: 8/15/2011 Most Recent Review: 8/16/2021

UA Continuing Medical Education
PO Box 245121
Tucson, AZ 85724-5121
Phone: 520-626-7832