Program

Course structure
Apart from theoretical lectures, the course will contain live demonstrations and practical workshops. In practical ultrasound workshops, healthy individuals and LVV patients will be examined under supervision of tutors; in practical workshops on MRI, PET and CT, participants will work under supervision to analyse images. Histopathology will be taught in a theoretical and practical session.

Ultrasound machines will be requested (for free) from ultrasound companies like Canon, GE and Samsung. The sponsors have no influence on the program, its content or speakers.

DAY 1 – October 14, 2021

     
15.00 Start of registration  
     
16.00 Welcome Christian Dejaco
     
16.10 Giant cell arteritis – need for early diagnosis and therapy Christian Dejaco
16.40 Diagnostic challenges of Large vessel vasculitis – GCA and Takayasu arteritis Bhaskar Dasgupta
17.10 Imaging for monitoring and prognosis of LVV Valentin Schäfer
17.40 Secondary large vessel vasculitis in rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic diseases Cristina Ponte
18.10 End of day 1  
     

DAY 2 – October 15, 2021

 
Ultrasound in LVV
     
8.30 How to correctly adjust your ultrasound equipment to perform a vascular ultrasonographic examination Christina Duftner
8.50 Ultrasound of the temporal arteries: Technique, pitfalls and pathological findings Wolfgang Schmidt
9.15 Acute versus chronic lesions in LVV – current available definitions Stavros Chrysidis
9.30 Live Demonstration: Ultrasound of temporal arteries Wolfgang Schmidt
9.40 Workshop: Ultrasound of temporal arteries in healthy individuals and patients with GCA All faculty
     
11.10 Coffee break  
     
11.30 Ultrasound of peripheral large arteries: Techniques, pitfalls and pathological findings Andreas Diamantopoulos
11.50 Live Demonstration: Ultrasound of peripheral large arteries Andreas Diamantopoulos
12.00 Workshop: Ultrasound of peripheral large arteries in healthy individuals and patients with LVV (GCA and TA) All faculty
     
13.30 Lunch break  
     
PET in LVV
     
14.30 PET technology for the assessment of arteries and the aorta Riemer Slart
14.50 PET scoring methodologies for the assessment of LVV Riemer Slart
15.10 PET for diagnosis and assessment of LVV, differential diagnoses and pitfalls Riemer Slart
15.30 Workshop: Assessment of PET images under the supervision of the tutor Riemer Slart
     
16.30 Coffee break  
     
MRI in LVV
     
16.45 MRI techniques for assessment of cranial and peripheral arteries and the aorta Thorsten Bley
17.15 MRI for the assessment of cranial and peripheral arteries as well as the aorta in LVV, differential diagnoses and pitfalls Thorsten Bley
17.45 Workshop: Assessment of MRI images under the supervision of the tutor Thorsten Bley
19.00 End of day 2  
     

DAY 3 October 16, 2021

 
Histopathology in GCA
     
9.00 Histology of normal arteries and pathological findings in patients with GCA Alberto Cavazza
9.30 Workshop: Assessment of histological sections of normal arteries and sections from patients with GCA Alberto Cavazza
     
10.30 Coffee break  
     
CT in LVV
     
11.00 CT techniques for the assessment of arteries and the aorta Thorsten Bley
11.20 CT for diagnosis and assessment of LVV, differential diagnoses and pitfalls Thorsten Bley
11.45 Workshop: Assessment of CT images under the supervision of the tutor Thorsten Bley
     
13.00 Concluding remarks Christian Dejaco
13.30 End of the course  
     

Evaluation
The meeting will be evaluated online after the meeting.

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