​ Host organiser

Prof. George Tsivtsivadze
Tbilisi, Georgia

Date and Venue

May 26, 2023

Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace

Address:  20 Telavi Street, Tbilisi  0103 Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia

CME Accreditation

An application for European CME credits (ECMEC) granted by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) was submitted.  EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), www.uems.eu.

7 European CME credits (ECMEC®s) will be available for onsite attendance only.

Visiting Professorship Programme to Georgia

ESOR Course on Cardiac Imaging | May 26, 2023

Course information

The course is aimed at participants from Georgia in particular last year residents, board-certified radiologists and fellows interested in Cardiovascular Radiology and will cover level II and III knowledge as defined by the European Trainings Curriculum (ETC). This course is designed to address recent updates and well established applications in the fast evolving field of Cardiac Radiology. It is organized as a multimodality course discussing the most relevant clinical applications of both Cardiac CT and MR with a slight focus on MR. The presentations will provide clear recommendations for optimized imaging protocol as well as structured approach to reporting. One specific clinical focus of this course will be on the state-of-the-art application of Cardiac MR in the characterization of ischemic and non-ischemic myocardial disease, as well as on the assessment of the right ventricle. Another main topic will include the use of Cardiac CT in the visualization of coronary arteries and the diagnosis of coronary artery disease, even beyond stenosis detection and quantification. The faculty consists of three well known European experts who will ensure high-quality teaching. The successful structure of ESOR courses by combining the lectures with directly related interactive case discussions will be followed even in this course.

Learning objectives

  • To learn and consolidate the knowledge about the clinical use of Cardiac MR in the characterization of myocardial diseases
  • Get familiar with the ability of Cardiac CT to assess the individual cardiovascular risk and to predict the outcome of patients with coronary artery disease
  • Learn about the emerging role of Cardiac CT and MR in the management of patients suffering from coronary artery disease and ischemic cardiomyopathies
  • To advance the knowledge in the state-of-the-art assessment of the right ventricle


Friday, May 26, 2023

08:00-08:45 Registration
08:45-09:00 Welcome and introduction

The role of Cardiac CT in chronic coronary syndrome

R. Salgado, Antwerp/BE

-To understand the term “chronic coronary syndrome” and its implications
-To learn about the diagnostic and prognostic role of cardiac CT in patients with chronic coronary syndrome
-To learn how to interpret difficult cases and how to formulate a structured report containing all required information


Imaging ischemic heart disease: MR perfusion, viability and more

M. Pirnat, Maribor/SL

-To understand the different questions in the acute and in chronic setting
-To get familiar with the MINOCA concept
-To understand the indications for and information received from stress perfusion study and what from viability studies.



Cardiac MR in Inflammatory cardiomyopathy: Myocarditis and beyond

M. Francone, Milan/IT

-To review the scientific evidence of MRI role in the evaluation of acute and chronic myocardial and pericardial inflammation
-To understand variability of CMR diagnostic performances in different clinical onset of disease
-To emphasize the added value of T1 and T2 mapping techniques and their importance and the redefined diagnostic criteria.
-To understand the relevant prognostic information provided by CMR and their implication for selection of individuals to follow-up with imaging.

10:30-10:50 Coffee break
10:50-13:00 Workshop rotations
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 14:30

Cardiac CT beyond stenosis detection

R. Salgado, Antwerp/BE

-To understand the complex relationship between stenosis severity and functional impact, and the current possible solutions with CT-FFR and myocardial perfusion
-To learn about plaque morphology and high-risk characteristics, the impact on prognosis and how to report these findings
-To investigate new techniques which can improve myocardial tissue characterisation with CT


Differential diagnosis and optimized imaging of the thickened ventricle

M. Pirnat, Maribor/SL

-Causes of hypertrophic LV and variants
-To understand the underlying pathologies (arterial hypertension, aortic stenosis, HCOM, infiltrative disease)
-Imaging methods available, their technical reliability as well as clinical and prognostic value


CT and MR assessment of the right ventricle

M. Francone, Milan/IT

– To review pathophysiology of the right ventricular pressure and volume overload and corresponding CT and CMR features
– To understand added clinical value of CT/MR imaging in patients presenting with a clinical request of right ventricular enlargement
– To learn main pathological features of ARVC and differential diagnosis as established with CMR
– To review features of pulmonary hypertension in acute and chronic conditions and their respective impact on right heart function

15:30-15:50 Coffee break
15:50-18:00 Workshop rotations
18:00 Course Evaluation and end