Virtual Colonography

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Accreditation, Certification, and Registration
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This three-day course will enable the attendee to acquire appropriate interpretation skills as well as a comprehensive and overall appreciation of the current issues facing virtual colonography, also referred to as virtual colonoscopy (VC).

The course emphasis is on image interpretation with completion of at least 50 path proven examinations by the third day. The program combines didactic presentations with significant hands-on experience in the setting of small group learning.You will learn to utilize specific 3D tools and recognize pitfalls that will result in reduction of both reading times and false positives.Other topics include effective patient preparation, colonic distension, extra colonic CT findings, and issues relating to setting up a screening program. Frequent question and answer sessions and one-on-one supervision will allow for immediate feedback. By the conclusion of this course, students will know the essential components needed to run a successful VC screening program.This course also offers the experience of viewing live cases.

See course dates for software to be used for training.

Target Audience
Radiologists, gastroenterologists, and CT technologists interested in conducting colorectal cancer screening with high quality VC.



Course Dates Software Registration Link
April 29 to May 1 2019 Vital Register
September 23 – 25, 2019 Vital Register
November 4 – 6, 2019 TeraRecon Register


Course Dates Software Registration Link
February 11 to 13 2019 TeraRecon Closed
November 5 to 7 2018 TeraRecon Closed
September 24 to 26 2018 Vital Closed
May 7 to 9, 2018 Vital Closed
January 25 to 27, 2016 Cadens  Closed
February 22 to 24, 2016 TeraRecon Closed
May 9 to 11, 2016 Cadens Closed
September 6 to 8, 2016 TeraRecon Closed
November 7 to 9, 2016 Vital Closed
January 23 to 25, 2017 Cadens Closed
February 13 to 15, 2017 TeraRecon Closed
May 8 to 10, 2017 Vital Closed
Sept 25 to 27, 2017 Vital Closed
October 30 to November 1, 2017 TeraRecon Closed
February 12 to 14, 2018 TeraRecon Closed



Course Objectives

  • Be able to implement the various components of a complete VC examination to acquire high quality examinations
  • Effectively detect polyps
  • Be aware of common pitfalls and problems associated withVC interpretation
  • Have successfully completed the required number of cases as required for proficiency by the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR)
  • Be aware of the role of CT colonography in colorectal screening

Topics to be covered

  • Rationale for colorectal screening
  • Introduction to CT colonography
  • How to perform a CT colonography
  • Patient preparation
  • Prep-less techniques
  • VC interpretation
  • Image interpretation and pitfalls
  • Extra colonic findings
  • Standardized reporting system
  • Flat lesions and their significance
  • Computer aided detection and advanced techniques
  • Review of clinical trials and current status of CT colonography
  • Live virtual colonography demonstration
  • Introduction to V3D workstation and buttonology
  • Hands-on training and case review (over 50 cases)
  • Other issues related to CTC screening
  • Building and maintaining a program in Canada

Note: Cases will include normal, normal variants, polyps stratified by size and morphology, cancers, and syndromes associated with colorectal disease as well as typical pitfalls and artefacts encountered when reading CTC.



Accreditation and Certification

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 1:

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, up to a maximum of 9.0 hours for Section 1 credits (for 3 days).

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 3 (Simulation):

This activity is an Accredited Simulation Activity (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto on 02/09/14. Remember to visit MAINPORT to record your learning and outcomes. You may claim a maximum of 14.0 hours for Section 3 credits (credits are automatically calculated).

The American Medical Association - AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™:

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to 23.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at  http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/education-careers/continuing-medical-education/physicians-recognition-award-credit-system/other-ways-earn-ama-pra-category.page


The fee for this course is $2,500 and includes course material and daily continental breakfast. Discounted rates are available for CAR, OAR and U of T faculty, fellows, and residents.

Cancellation Policy
A $100 administrative fee will be retained if you cancel your registration for any reason. In order to receive a refund of the remainder of the balance, we must receive written notice two weeks before the start of the course; thereafter, no refunds will be made. The University of Toronto reserves the right to cancel events. Registrants will be notified at the earliest possible date in the event of a cancellation. Tuition fees for events cancelled by the University will be refunded; however the University will not be liable for any loss, damages or other expenses that such cancellations may cause.



For accommodations, please visit the Toronto Tourism website. Many hotels will honour a discounted U of T rate, if available, so please mention when booking.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 108 Chestnut Street, is close to Toronto General Hospital.  To reserve at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel,  (remember to ask for the U of T rate):

Website: www.torontodoubletree.com 
Phone:  416-977-5000
Toll-free:  1-800-668-6600
E-mail:  reservations@torontodoubletree.com 



Dr. Tanya Chawla, MRCP, FRCR, FRCPC
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Department of Medical Imaging
Staff Radiologist and Head of CT Colonography, Division of Abdominal Imaging
Joint Department of Medical Imaging
E-mail: tchawla@mtsinai.on.ca

Professor, University of Toronto Department of Medical Imaging
Staff Radiologist, Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Joint Department of Medical Imaging
E-mail: chia.ho@uhn.ca

Dr. Patrik Rogalla, MD
Professor, University of Toronto Department of Medical Imaging
Staff Radiologist, Division of Abdominal and Cardiothoracic Imaging
Joint Department of Medical Imaging
E-mail: patrik.rogalla@uhn.ca



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