Online Cardiology Days | Day 4 - November 3, 2021, 7:00 pm (CET) / 2:00 pm (EDT)

Pediatric Cardiology | Ultrasound/CT/Interventional Cardiology

Challenging Cases in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease

Congenital heart disease can be complex and challenging to fully characterize. Also, the evaluation of young infants places extremely high demands on imaging. In this session, we’ll discuss clinical case studies illustrating how novel imaging technologies can increase understanding of pathology while improving the comfort and safety of pediatric patients.

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  • Echocardiography in Pediatrics and Congenital Heart Disease - Prof. Giovanni Di Salvo
  • Insights with CT in Newborns - Prof. Klaus Kofoed
  • Intervention in Congenital Heart Disease in High Definition - Prof. Dana Janssen
  • Live Q&A

Why should you attend?
  1. Learn how new imaging approaches provide a more detailed characterization and more thorough understanding of the individual’s condition beyond what was previously possible.
  2. Learn how to interpret and use the information to guide clinical decision making.
  3. Learn how to optimize image quality and success rates while keeping dose and acquisition times as low and short as possible.


Moderator & Speaker: Prof. Giovanni Di Salvo, MD, PhD, MSc, FESC, FEACVI, FISC
Professor Paediatric Cardiology and CHD
University Hospital of Padua
Padua, Italy

Dr. Giovanni Di Salvo qualified in Italy in 1996, going on to obtain his certificate of perfection in Medical Emergencies and to specialise in cardiology. He gained master's degree in medical imaging in 2002 at the Katholieke University of Leuven, Belgium, and his PhD in cardio-respiratory physiopathology and associated biotechnologies in 2004.
Dr. Di Salvo has worked across the globe in a variety of institutions, including Naples and Saudi Arabia, before joining the Trust in 2016 as a lead consultant in paediatric echocardiography. In July 2017, Dr. Di Salvo became the lead for paediatric cardiology research at Royal Brompton Hospital, and in October 2016 became an honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College, London.
Since 2019 he is director of the paediatric cardiology and congenital heart disease program at the University of Padua (the oldest university in the world), Italy. He is currently the chair of the EACVI task force on CHD and the chair of the EACVI guidelines on CHD.

Presentation Title: Echocardiography in Pediatrics and Congenital Heart Disease
Ultrasound is one of the most important imaging modalities in pediatric and congenital heart disease. Prof. Di Salvo is going to talk about specific challenges and how to apply advanced imaging technologies in this field like 2D Wall Motion Tracking and automated workflow.

Speaker: Prof. Klaus Fuglsang Kofoed, MD, PhD
Cardiologist, Director Cardiac Research Unit
Copenhagen, Denmark

Prof. Klaus F. Kofoed is a licensed specialist in cardiology and internal medicine from Department of Cardiology, The Heart Center, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has comprehensive clinical and research experience in the field of cardiac imaging, including cardiac CT, positron emission tomography and echocardiography. His most recent research focus on the clinical use of cardiac CT in patients with chest pain and in patients undergoing TAVR. He is the head of the Cardiac CT research Unit, Rigshospitalet and a scientific tutor of several PhD and medical students. Furthermore, he is the principle investigator of the Copenhagen General Population CT Substudy.

Presentation Title: Insights with CT in Newborns
The use of CT in pediatric patients has typically been restricted because of image quality and radiation concerns. However, recent advancements allow functional imaging with CT at considerable lower doses. During his presentation, Dr Kofoed will discuss clinical case examples, showing how functional CT has become clinically feasible in young infants as well as how functional CT imaging with high resolution can support clinical diagnosis and decision making by providing a much clearer understanding of congenital pathologies.

Speaker: Prof. Dana R. Janssen, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Cardiology
Director, Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Dr. Janssen is board certified in pediatric cardiology and adult congenital heart disease. He completed his doctor of medicine, internship and residency at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and fellowships in pediatric cardiology and interventional cardiology at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN, where Dr. Janssen is currently an associate professor and the director of the pediatric cardiac catheterization laboratory.

Presentation Title: Intervention in Congenital Heart Disease in High Definition
Prof. Janssen will show the performance of endovascular techniques for the comprehensive management of complex pediatric congenital heart disease by using a bi-plane interventional X-Ray system equipped with a high definition detector for best-in-class visualization of anatomy and devices. Advanced imaging technologies support safer, more precise procedures and can ultimately lead to better outcomes for the patient.

Scientific Evidence: Pediatric Cardiology

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Yi Li et al. | Interplay between right atrial function and liver stiffness in adults with repaired right ventricular outflow obstructive lesions | European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging (2020)


Yamasaki et al. | Model-based iterative reconstruction for 320-detector row CT angiography reduces radiation exposure in infants with complex congenital heart disease | Diagn Interv Radiology (2021)

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