CME INSTRUCTIONS: CATHETER-BASED
FUNCTIONAL METRICS OF THE CORONARY
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STATEMENT OF NEED
The following gaps in knowledge have been iden-
tiﬁed in clinical practice demonstrating the learner’s
need to acquire the skills and strategies presented in this
1. Invasive evaluation of the coronary arteries by means
of angiography provides only anatomical informa-
tion. This should be complemented by further
2. A multitude of catheter-based methods that quanti-
tatively assess coronary physiology have been
proposed. Their validation and incorporation in
clinical practice differs considerably.
3. Different modalities for the physiological assessment
of the coronaries provide information on the macro-
circulation, microcirculation, or both.
This activity is targeted at imaging professionals
and is intended to provide the latest information on
clinical practice and cutting-edge scientiﬁc advances in
nuclear cardiology and cardiac imaging.
The purpose of this CME activity in the Journal of
Nuclear Cardiology is to increase the learners’ compe-
tence in the application of nuclear cardiology strategies
in clinical practice.
After reading and reﬂecting upon this article in the
Journal Nuclear Cardiology, the learner should be able to:
1. Understand the difference between physiological
versus anatomical assessment, and identify the prog-
nostic signiﬁcance of the former.
2. List the available catheter-based methods for the
functional assessment of the coronary vasculature.
3. List methods that speciﬁcally assess the epicardial
compartment of the coronary vasculature, the micro-
circulation, or both.
ACCREDITATION AND CONTINUING
The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology is
accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing
Medical Education to provide continuing medical edu-
cation for physicians.
The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology des-
ignates this Journal-based CME activity for a maximum
of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
. Physicians should
only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their
participation in the activity.
The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology is a
recognized provider of continuing education credit for
technologists. ASNC’s Continuing Education (CE)
credit is accepted by both NMTCB and ARRT. This
Journal-based activity has been approved for a maxi-
mum of 1 ARRT Category A credits for Technologists.
PRINCIPAL FACULTY AND THEIR CREDENTIALS
CME Editor: William A. Van Decker, MD,
FASNC, Temple University Hospital.
Authors: Panagiotis Xaplanteris, MD, PhD,
Emanuele Barbato, MD, PhD, and Bernard De
Bruyne, MD, PhD, Cardiovascular Center Aalst, Aalst,
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
J Nucl Cardiol 2017;24:1175–7.
Copyright Ó 2017 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.