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Dual Energy: Focused Review of an Emerging Technology with Novel Clinical Applications – Harvard Medical School

November 4, 2016 - November 5, 2016


Dual-energy CT (DECT) is an emerging technology that has shown tremendous potential to enhance diagnosis & tissue characterization, resulting in improved patient care. The educational objective of this intensive, 1.5-day course is to provide a comprehensive, focused review of the major basic & advanced principles of DECT scanning in the evaluation, treatment, and management of acutely & chronically ill patients.

There will be emphasized both the relevant technical considerations and clinical applications of DECT, as applied to the brain, head & neck, chest, abdomen & pelvis, vascular, and musculoskeletal systems. Didactic and interactive case-based lectures, as well as panel discussions and audience QA sessions, will highlight the pitfalls & challenges of implementing a clinical DECT program, along with tips for successful integration of DECT workflow into current care pathways & hospital practice.

Specific sessions related to protocoling, acquisition, post-processing, interpretation, and decision-support informatics tools will be featured. Live demonstrations of DECT post-processing “pearls & pitfalls” on dedicated workstations will enhance the participants learning experience.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss physics and technical aspects of DECT and its potential for added clinical value compared to single energy CT.
  • Select the most appropriate and cost-effective imaging approach for specific clinical presentations of acute diverse disease conditions that may benefit from DECT imaging.
  • Apply emerging technology of DECT – along with related radiation dose and iodinated contrast reduction strategies – to the efficient care of their patients.
  • Generate and modify DECT protocols for routine clinical applications; utilize DECT to enhance diagnostic accuracy by improved tissue characterization to improve patient care.
  • Utilize DECT to enhance diagnostic accuracy by improved tissue characterization to improve patient care.

Target Audience

This course would benefit any general Radiologist, subspecialty Radiologist, Radiology trainee (medical student, resident, or fellow), Radiology technologist, or administrator – at any level of training – who requires a brief but thorough state-of-the-art, clinical update in the emerging technology of Dual-Energy CT, by leaders in the field.


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Boston, MA 02114 United States
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