Diagnostic Imaging in Oncology

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Valencia / Spain

04.10.2023 – 08.10.2023

EURO 2.550.-*

EURO 2.450.-*(early registration deadline: 19.04.2022)

* eLibrary access is included in the course fee

Total hours: 40
ATF hours (Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland): TBA
ECTS credits (Master & Certificate): 5

Program Director/
Principal Course Master (Oncology):

Dr. Jarno Schmidt MRCVS, DECVIM-CA (DE)

Program Director/
Course Master (Diagnostic Imaging):

Prof. Dr. Patrick Kircher, DECVDI (CH)

Course Overview

Diagnostic imaging plays an essential role in the diagnostic workup and/or staging of small animal cancer patients. For some tumours, it is also an essential tool for surgical and radiation therapy planning.
Through a combination of lectures, clinical case studies and interactive case presentations this interdisciplinary seminar will discuss the indications, benefits and limitations of various imaging methods for the work-up of cancer patients. There will be a discussion of current trends (e.g. sentinel lymph node mapping) and students will practice the diagnostic work-up and image interpretation of a wide variety of cancer types in several themed sessions.

Please note:
The focus of this course is on image interpretation and the interaction between imaging specialists and oncologists. There will be no detailed discussion (from A-Z) of individual tumour types, cytology and/or treatment methods (e.g. chemotherapy protocols, surgical techniques). Therefore, this course is most suitable for veterinarians with at least some basic knowledge of oncology. Since CT is one of the essential imaging methods covered in this course, access to a CT scanner is highly recommended.
The majority of tumour types in this course were covered in detail in Oncology I-IV, but the vast majority of images and cases in this course will be new. Therefore, this course is highly suitable for students that have completed Oncology I-IV and want to deepen their understanding of diagnostic imaging and its use in oncology case management.

Learning objectives:

• Basics of oncology (tumour biology)
• Understanding tumour diagnosis and staging
• Basics of imaging technologies (concepts and pros & cons)
a. Strengths and limitations of radiograph in cancer patients
b. Strengths and limitations of ultrasound in cancer patients
c. Strengths and limitations of CT in cancer patients
d. Strengths and limitations of MRI in cancer patients
• Other imaging modalities (Scintigraphy, PET-CT…)
• Using Imaging methods to document cancer hallmarks & other properties of cancer
• CT as a diagnostic and staging tool in oncology (incl. sentinel lymph node mapping, multiphase-CTs, CT-guided biopsies, etc)
• Whole body CTs for cancer patients
• Imaging as a tool for decision making in oncology
• Work-up and management of cancer types for which imaging plays an important role in the diagnosis, staging or treatment planning (e.g. soft-tissue sarcoma, bone tumours, head & neck tumours, intra-thoracic tumour, pelvic tumours, abdominal tumours, etc)

Course program (TBA)

Course location

Valencia / Spain