CME Information

Title & Description: 

ASNC Nuclear Cardiology Board Exam Preparation Course OnDemand 2020 is a digital library of 21.75 hours of educational content presented at the 2020 October 17–18 Nuclear Cardiology Virtual Board Examination Prep Meeting. 

Nuclear Cardiology Board Prep On Demand features: 

  • Online access to presenters slides with synchronized audio 
  • Searchable slide content 
  • Ability to earn up to 21.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 21.75 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points 
  • PC and MAC compatible 
  • Mobile version for most smartphone and tablet devices 
  • MP3 downloads

Overall Goal 

The overall goal of this activity is to increase physician competence in nuclear cardiology by providing a comprehensive review, including the most up-to-date information, developments, treatment protocols, methodology, and best test for the right patient at the right time to optimize patient outcomes in their nuclear cardiology practice. 

Needs Statement 

Radionuclide-based cardiac imaging studies, including myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), play an important role in the diagnosis and management of patients with suspected or known heart disease. Today more than 5000 laboratories are performing an estimated 8 million myocardial perfusion studies, of which 58% use pharmacological stress agents, either alone or with exercise.* A large body of scientific evidence exists on the clinical value of MPI, based on studies performed on many thousands of patients. These studies are highly sensitive and specific for the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment response of coronary artery disease, as well as for selection of patients who may benefit from other types of intervention, including revascularization and device therapy. The value and justification of MPI for risk assessment is based on large observational outcome studies. As a result of the recognized clinical value and cost effectiveness of these studies, they have been incorporated into many ACC/American Heart Association (AHA)/ASNC clinical management guidelines.  

Nuclear cardiology is an evolving field with continuing advances in software, instrumentation, and radiopharmaceuticals to provide high quality, clinically relevant information for patient care. These advances require those involved in providing nuclear cardiology studies to be updated continuously, to ensure the procedures are used appropriately and safely, and to assure recent clinical and technological advances are incorporated in a timely manner to continually improve the image quality and interpretation to provide the best clinical care.   

* IMV market report. Posted December 26, 2013. 

Target Audience 

This course is designed for cardiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and radiologists preparing for the certification or recertification exam in nuclear cardiology.  

Learning Objectives 

The primary objectives of the course are to enable participants to achieve the following: 

  • Appraise knowledge of physics and instrumentation associated with nuclear imaging 
  • Explain image acquisition and processing, including artifacts 
  • Describe risk stratification 
  • Integrate radiation safety standards into professional practice 
  • Discuss the use of nuclear imaging in assessment viability, amyloidosis 
  • Understand basics of PET imaging for perfusion viability and sarcoidosis 
  • Interpret perfusion images, including SPECT, PET, and ventricular function imaging 
  • Utilize perfusion imaging in the assessment, diagnosis, and response to therapy in CAD patients and special populations 
  • Understand the basics on interpretation of non-cardiac findings on SPECT/PET CT

Important Dates: 

Date of Release:October 19, 2020 

Date of Last Review:October 19, 2020 

Date of Expiration:October 18, 2021 

Please note that credit will only be available through the term of approval noted above.  

Accreditation Statement 
Continuing Medical Education Credit 

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Designation Statement 

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 21.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Requirements for successful completion and awarding of credit are as follows: participation in sessions offering credit in their entirety and successful completion of the post test and evaluation tool.   

Maintenance of Certification  

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the CME post-test and evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 21.75 medical knowledge Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points in the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) MOC program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC points. 

To receive MOC points for participating in the Board Prep Course, you must be a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and you must have an ABIM account. If you have not yet established an online account, you will need to visit, or contact ABIM by phone: 1-800-441-ABIM; Mon–Fri 8:30 am–8:00 pm ET, Sat 9:00 am–12:00 pm ET.  

Please note, upon satisfactory completion of your Board Prep Course, passing the CME post-test, and completing the evaluation form, you will be prompted to enter your ABIM ID and DOB so your MOC points can be transferred to the ABIM. Please note this data will transfer at the end of every month into your ABIM record. 

*Please Note: If you already claimed credit for attending the virtual live Nuclear Cardiology Board Exam Prep meeting, you may not claim credit for watching the same sessions on Nuclear Cardiology Board Prep OnDemand.   

While offering the CME credits noted above, this program is not intended to provide extensive training or certification in the field. 

Program Chairs & Faculty 

Karthikeyan Ananthasubramaniam, MD, FASNC 

Program Chair 
Henry Ford Hospital 

Detroit, MI 

Jamieson Bourque, MD, MHS, FASNC 

University of Virginia Health System 

Charlottesville, VA 

James A. Case, PhD, MASNC 

Cardiovascular Imaging Technologies 

Kansas City, MO 

Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, MD, FACC, FAHA 

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine 

Rochester, MN 

 David Cooke, MSEE

Emory University School of Medicine 

Atlanta, GA 

Gordon DePuey, MD, MASNC

Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital 

New York, NY 

Andrew C. Homb, MD 

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine 

Rochester, MN 

Robert Pagnanelli, BSRT(R)(N), CNMT, NCT, FASNC 

Duke Regional Hospital 

Durham, NC 

Rupa M. Sanghani, MD, FASNC 

Rush University Medical Center 

Chicago, IL 

Prem Soman, MD, PhD, MASNC, FACC, FRCP (UK) 

UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute 

Pittsburgh, PA 

Raymond Taillefer, MD, FRCP, ABNM 

Hospital Du HautRichelieu 

Quebec, Canada 

Jason Tavel, PhD, DABR 

Astarita Associates, Inc. 

Smithtown, NY 


Karthikeyan Ananthasubramaniam, MD, FASNC (Chair and Course Director) 

Victoria Anderson (ASNC staff) 

Wendy Passerell (ASNC staff) 


Matthew E. Harinstein, MD, FACC, FASE, FASNC (Education Committee Oversight) 

Firas J. Al Badarin, MD (Education Committee Oversight) 


As an accredited provider of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) adheres to the ACCME’s 2004 Standards for Commercial Support. In compliance with these standards, it is ASNC’s policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific merit in all of its educational activities through the disclosure of relevant financial relationships with commercial companies and resolution of conflicts of interest.  The financial interest or relationships requiring disclosure are outlined in ASNC’s CME Conflict of Interest Policy.  All planners, reviewers, and presenters involved with this activity were required to disclose any relevant financial relationships.  

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology has reviewed this activity’s faculty disclosures and resolved or managed all identified conflicts of interest through a peerreview process. 

The following planners, presenters, reviewers, and staff reported no financial relationships: 

Victoria Anderson (ASNC staff) 

Firas J. Al Badarin, MD

Gordon DePuey, MD, MASNC

Matthew E. Harinstein, MD, FACC, FASE, FASNC  

Andrew C. Homb, MD 

Wendy Passerell (ASNC Staff) 

Rupa M. Sanghani, MD, FASNC 

Raymond Taillefer, MD, FRCP, ABNM 

Jason Tavel, PhD, DABR 

The following planners, presenters, reviewers, and staff reported financial relationships: 

Victoria Anderson (ASNC staff): Stock Interest, Abbott Labs and AbbVie Inc. 

Karthik Ananthasubramaniam, MD, FASNC: Consultant fee: Astellas Pharma; Research grants: Astellas Pharma U.S. Inc., Lantheus Medical Imaging, MyoKardia Inc.; Speakers’ Bureau: Lantheus Medical Imaging  

Jamieson Bourque, MD, MHS, FASNC: Consultant fee: Pfizer, GE Healthcare; Stock Interest: Locus Health 

James A. Case, PhD, MASNC: Intellectual Property Rights: Cardiovascular Imaging Technologies; Consultant fee: General Electric; Research Grants: Jubilant Imaging, Bracco Diagnostics; Salaried Employee or Owner: Cardiovascular Imaging Technologies 

Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, MD, FACC, FAHA: Consultant fee: Bioclinica, GE Healthcare, MedTrace; Royalty: UpToDate®

David Cooke, MSEE: Royalty: Syntermed, Inc. (Sales of Emory Cardiac Toolbox Software); Salaried Employee or Owner: Part-time employee of Syntermed, Inc.

Robert Pagnanelli, BSRT(R)(N), CNMT, NCT, FASNC: Speakers’ Bureau: Astellas Pharma U.S. Inc.  

Prem Soman, MD, PhD, MASNC, FACC, FRCP (UK): Advisory Board: Alnylam, Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer; Research Grants: Astellas Pharma, Pfizer 

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology reserves the right to modify faculty and topics as needed. 

OffLabel Use  

Presentations may include discussion of drugs or devices, or uses of drugs or devices, that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or have been approved by the FDA for specific uses only. The FDA has stated that it is the responsibility of the physician to determine the FDA clearance status of each drug or device he or she wishes to use in clinical practice. ASNC is committed to the free exchange of medical education. Inclusion of any discussion in this program, including discussion on off-label uses, does not imply an endorsement by ASNC of the uses, products or techniques presented.  Presenters are required to disclose to the learners, if there is any off-label usage within the presentation. 

Acknowledgement of Commercial Support 

This activity has not received any commercial support. 

Method of Participation and CME Certificates 

This product offers up to 21.75 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM and 21.75 ABIM Part II medical knowledge MOC points based on the number of hours you spend watching presentations and taking the post-test questions. You may re-enter the product as many times as you wish, but you can claim CME credit and MOC points only once.  

To receive CME credit for this product, you must: 

  1. Purchase the product.
  2. Read the CME Information available when you first enter the player or by clicking the CME Info link in the top right corner.
  3. View the session(s) of your choosing.
  4. After you have completed viewing all sessions for which you intend to claim credit, click the Test link in the top right corner to begin the post-test, which is required to claim credit.
  5. Complete the post-test. You must score 80% to earn credit. You have unlimited attempts to retake the post-test. 
  6. Complete the meeting evaluation.
  7. Enter the number of credits you wish to claim (up to a maximum of 21.75 credits). Credits claimed should reflect the total number of hours you spent reviewing the CME information, watching sessions, and taking the post-test. (*Please Note: If you already claimed credit for attending the virtual live Nuclear Cardiology Board Exam Prep Course, you may not claim credit for the same sessions on Nuclear Cardiology Board Prep OnDemand).  

  8. Generate and print your CME certificate.

Estimated time for completion of activity is 21.75 hours. 

Learner’s Bill of Rights 

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) recognizes that you are a life-long learner who has chosen to engage in continuing medical education to identify or fill a gap in knowledge, skill, or performance. As part of the ASNC’s duty to you as a learner, you have the right to expect that your continuing medical education experience with ASNC includes the following: 

Content that: 

  • promotes improvements or quality in healthcare; 
  • is valid, reliable, and accurate; 
  • offers balanced presentations that are free of commercial bias for or against a product or service; 
  • is vetted through a process that resolves any conflicts of interests of planners, teachers, or authors;  
  • is driven and based on learning needs, not commercial interests; 
  • addresses the stated objectives or purpose; and 
  • is evaluated for its effectiveness in meeting the identified educational need.

A learning environment that: 

  • supports the learners’ ability to meet their individual needs; 
  • respects and attends to any special needs of the learners; 
  • respects the diversity of groups of learners; and 
  • is free of promotional, commercial, and/or sales activities.

Disclosure of: 

  • relevant financial relationships planners, teachers, and authors have with commercial interests related to the content of the activity; and 
  • commercial support (funding or in-kind resources) of the activity.

Participants are asked to evaluate the objectivity of each presentation, and to identify any perceived commercial bias. 

Medium or Combination of Medium Used:   

Nuclear Cardiology Board Prep OnDemand is available online on most mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.    

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Provider Contact Information: 

For Nuclear Cardiology Board Prep OnDemand Customer Support: or (818) 844-3299; Toll Free (800) 501-2303 (U.S.A. only) 

ASNC Contact Information: 

American Society of Nuclear Cardiology 
9302 Lee Highway, Suite 1210 
Fairfax, Virginia 22031 
Phone: 703-459-2555 

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