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J Cardiovasc Comput Tomogr. 2011 Sep-Oct;5(5):279-85. doi: 10.1016/j.jcct.2011.08.002. Epub 2011 Aug 6.

Training, competency, and certification in cardiac CT: a summary statement from the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.

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The Ohio Heart and Vascular Center, Cincinnati, OH 45242, USA.


Training and competency criteria in cardiac CT were developed to guide practitioners in the process of achieving and maintaining skills in performing and interpreting cardiac CT studies. Appropriate training and eventual certification in cardiac CT angiography may be obtained by adhering to the recommendations for competency as set forth by either the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) or the American College of Radiology (ACR). Competency under either pathway requires both knowledge and experience-based components, with benchmarks set for level of experience on the basis of the extent of training experience. Although these recommended parameters are substantial, meeting these training criteria does not guarantee competence or expertise, which is the responsibility of the individual practitioner and may require further training and experience. Separate from satisfying initial training for the achievement of competency, certification in cardiac CT may be achieved through formal certification under the Certification Board of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. Eligibility for certification generally follows the ACCF/American Heart Association Level 2 or ACR competency pathways. The ACR also conducts a certificate program related to advanced proficiency in cardiac CT. This official document of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography summarizes the present criteria for competency and certification in the field of cardiac CT.

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