Diagnostic Imaging (Computed Tomography)

General Practitioner Advanced Certificate
The General Practitioner Advanced Certificate (GPAdvCert) in Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging (Computed Tomography) is an advanced level ‘next-step’ programme for veterinary professionals who may have already completed their General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) or Postgraduate Certificate (PgC), accredited by the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) and validated by Harper Adams University (HAU) or equivalent qualifications from other providers.
You can also attend this programme even if you do not hold a postgraduate qualification, however, the GPAdvCert award route is only available to those delegates who hold or intend to obtain the appropriate GPCert/PgC award or equivalent.

Diagnostic Imaging (CT) is already widely available in many veterinary practices, and therefore studies in this area are becoming more and more common for veterinary practitioners.

Each module of this advanced programme has been designed to progress your knowledge beyond Postgraduate Certificate level with more in-depth and advanced content. The programme will have a 60-70% practical approach with abundant film reading sessions and case discussion so that at the end of the programme you will feel comfortable reading CT studies. The programme will cover the different regions of the body: head and neck, thorax, abdomen and musculoskeletal system.

Over a total of 12 days delivered across three blocks of 4 days in three European cities – Vienna (Austria), Porto (Portugal) and Limassol (Cyprus), this programme is designed for veterinary surgeons who want to deepen their knowledge and manage cases requiring complex diagnostic skills with confidence.

Advance your diagnostic skills and knowledge

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Group sizes will be strictly limited to enable an excellent learning experience
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Experienced world-renowned clinicians (RCVS, ACVR or ECVDI Diplomates) will provide you with the very latest developments in diagnostic imaging
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Practical sessions covering the different regions of the body: head and neck, thorax, abdomen and musculoskeletal system in groups of 2 delegates and expert supervision
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Step by step decision-making processes will enable you to make the best choice when investigating and managing a wide variety of medical conditions
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Numerous case examples will be used to help you relate your theoretical knowledge to clinical practice

Progress to the next level

Previous experience to certificate level in Diagnostic Imaging is essential in order to benefit from this programme. Find out more >

This 12 module programme, spread over 3 blocks, has been designed for veterinary surgeons who want to progress their diagnostic and CT skills to the next level.

  • Each module will be presented by specialists (ECVS or ACVS diplomates) allowing you plenty of opportunity to ask questions and receive practical instruction
  • The sessions will be complemented by an online learning platform providing access to notes, case discussions via a closed forum and further resources such as videos and reading references
  • Practical hands-on experience will be gained on every module in excellent training facilities at three different European venues. The latest equipment will be provided to accelerate your learning.
  • A dedicated Programme Tutor will support you during your programme.
  • A subscription to Harper Adam’s online e-library providing access to 1,000s of scientific articles and abstracts.*
  • Access to one year’s subscription of our online Bitesize CPD platform, providing you with the latest updates in clinical subjects, worth £349 + VAT.

*only for those registered with HAU to progress to PgD.

Module Tutors

Tim Trevail BVetMed, CertVDI, DipECVDI, MRCVS Course Director

Chris Warren-Smith BVetMed DipECVDI MRCVS

Andrew Holdsworth Dip ECVDI BSc BVSc (Hons) MRCVS

Tom Maddox BVSc PhD CertVDI DipECVDI MRCVS RCVS

Modules at a glance

01 Introduction to Computed Tomography

02 CT – head and neck

03 CT of the neural system: brain and spine

04 Practical session head, neck and neural system

05 & 06 CT thorax I and II

07 CT abdomen I

08 Practical sessions thorax I and II and abdomen I

09 CT abdomen II

10 CT of the musculoskeletal system

11 Practical sessions for abdomen II and musculoskeletal system

12 Case presentations

Introduction to Computed Tomography

Module Information

The first day of this twelve-module course will provide you with an excellent introduction to the world of computed tomography (CT) and whet your appetite for the rest of the course. Getting to grips with the underlying principles of CT, contrast media and thorough reporting of scan results will enable you to further your skills with this highly useful advanced imaging modality.

Learning objectives:

  • Explain how CT images are obtained
  • Discuss the types of CT scanner available for purchase
  • Describe how to improve the quality of CT images
  • List the steps required to perform a high-quality post-contrast study
  • Recognise artefacts and understand how to avoid them
  • Be familiar with the most commonly used software to read CT studies including how to create the most useful scan reconstructions
  • Develop your ability to describe & report a CT study methodically

    This module will include an introduction to the best way to produce a top-quality CT report in preparation for the final module when delegates will be expected to have selected a case, prepare a report on the CT scan of that case and present it to the speaker and other delegates for discussion.

When

Where

Speaker

13 May 2019 (9:30-17:30) Vienna Philip Strom|Chelsea Kunst

Computed Tomography - Head and Neck

Module Information

The anatomy of the head and neck intrinsically makes radiographic interpretation challenging due to overlying structures even when orthogonal views are available. This module will show you how CT offers a more satisfactory alternative to investigate a large number of both every day and more unusual conditions.

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss the CT protocols required for optimal imaging of the head, brain and neck
  • Demonstrate familiarity with normal anatomy by being able to correctly identify bony and soft tissue structures of the head and neck including the nasal cavity, orbit, aural/oral structures, blood/lymphatic system, masticatory muscles, glandular tissue & pharynx/larynx
  • Explain what characteristics of a CT scan allow you to differentiate between neoplasia, inflammation and infection to guide referring clinicians to diagnose neoplasia, fungal/chronic rhinitis, masticatory myositis, dental disease and retrobulbar abscesses
  • Describe what methods can be employed to guide a surgeon when planning surgical margins for tumours of the head and neck in cases such as maxillary or thyroid neoplasia
  • List the identifying features on a CT scan of a variety of tumours seen in the head and neck such as oral melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma
  • Systematically review CT scans of trauma patients assessing for fractures of the skull/spine and soft tissue pathology
  • Describe the CT approach to suspected penetrating stick injuries of the cervical region
  • Differentiate between otitis externa, media/ interna and be able to identify more significant/unusual pathologies such as para-aural abscessation and cholesteatoma
  • Review a CT scan of salivary mucocele identifying which salivary gland(s) are most likely to be the cause of the problem

When

Where

Speaker

14 May 2019 (9:30-17:30) Vienna Philip Strom|Chelsea Kunst

Computed Tomography of the Neural System: Brain and Spine

Module Information

Although MRI is often described as the best method for imaging the neural system there are times when CT can also be beneficial. This module will help you to understand the pros and cons of CT scanning such cases as well as showing you how to maximise the diagnostic utility of the resultant scan.

Learning objectives:

  • Review the normal anatomy of the brain and spine and how changes on CT can aid differentiating pathologies such as congenital/acquired brain diseases
  • Understand what clinical cases benefit more from CT versus MRI
  • Discuss the limitations of using CT in imaging the nervous system
  • Describe the typical changes seen in the brain and spinal column of trauma cases, understanding where imaging can be useful to guide a prognosis.
  • List the features seen on CT with inflammatory/infectious/neoplastic diseases of the brain and spine such as hydrocephalus secondary to FIP, granulomatous meningoencephalitis and meningioma
  • Explain how to differentiate between congenital and acquired spinal lesions including cranial thoracic stenotic myelopathy and vertebral neoplasia
  • Summarise the technique and pitfalls of CT myelography and how it can be used to aid decision-making in cases of intervertebral disc disease

When

Where

Speaker

15 May 2019 (9:30-17:30) Vienna Philip Strom|Chelsea Kunst

Practical session - head, neck and neural system

Module Information

The fourth module in this course will give you the opportunity to start reading CT scans of the head, neck and neural system, putting into practice what you have learnt during the first three modules. A highly interactive day, you will be given a wide variety of CT scans to assess using DICOM viewers and discuss with the speaker and your fellow delegates.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss a variety of CT scans with the speaker and other delegates to assess the quality of the scan and identify normal variations in anatomy
  • Describe the steps that should be taken to read a scan methodically and produce a clear and concise report describing your findings
  • Assess CT scans of the head, neck and neural systems and prepare a thorough and systematic report for each describing the abnormalities identifiable and providing a comprehensive differential diagnosis list

When

Where

Speaker

16 May 2019 (9:30-17:30) Vienna Philip Strom|Chelsea Kunst

Computed Tomography Thorax I

Module Information

One of the most useful things about CT is the speed with which you can acquire diagnostic images of the thorax showing early pathologies that would not be visible on a radiograph. In this module you will become adept at reviewing thoracic CTs and identifying normal and abnormal anatomical structures.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the best CT protocols for the thorax
  • Recognise the advantages and disadvantages of conscious protocols using radiolucent restraint contraptions
  • List appropriate contrast protocols to differentiate between pathologies on a CT scan of the thorax
  • Learn how to interpret various lung pathologies on CT, including lungworm, lung lobe torsion, pulmonary fibrosis, bronchopneumonia, pulmonary thrombolism
  • Describe the characteristics of pleural effusion on a CT scan and how to interpret a CT scan with pleural effusion
  • Summarise what abnormalities associated with the heart can be seen on a CT scan including patent ductus arteriosus, aberrant coronary arteries, pericardial effusions and peritoneo-pericardial diaphragmatic hernias
  • Recognise how neoplastic conditions can be diagnosed including vertebral, chest wall, mediastinal and primary & secondary pulmonary tumours
  • Discuss how thoracic trauma cases can benefit from thoracic CT
  • Identify diseases of the pleura, mediastinum and lymph nodes associated with the thorax

When

Where

Speaker

2 Sep 2019 (9:30-17:30) Porto Andrew Holdsworth|Gawain Hammond

Computed Tomography Thorax II

Module Information

The sixth module in this course will give you the chance to interpret CT scans of the thorax with a variety of abnormalities. Another highly interactive day you will be given many CT scans to assess and discuss.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate good knowledge of the normal anatomy of the thorax
  • Discuss a variety of thoracic CT scans with the speaker and other delegates to assess the quality of the scan and identify normal variations in anatomy
  • Describe the steps that should be taken to read a thoracic CT scan methodically and produce a clear and concise report describing your findings
  • Explain how to differentiate pulmonary metastatic neoplasia from non-neoplastic pulmonary nodules
  • Be able to reach a precise list of differential diagnoses from a thoracic CT scan
  • Identify the most appropriate next-steps options to guide the primary case clinician towards a diagnosis

When

Where

Speaker

3 Sep 2019 (9:30-17:30) Porto Andrew Holdsworth|Gawain Hammond

Computed Tomography Abdomen I

Module Information

Previously ultrasound was considered the gold standard for assessing intra-abdominal disease. In this module you will discover how CT scanning benefits the clinician during the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of these cases.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn the best CT protocols for the abdomen with an emphasis on dual and triple phase angiography
  • Be able to recognise and describe portosystemic shunts and other vascular anomalies such as arteriovenous fistulas and thrombosis
  • Understand when CT is more appropriate than ultrasound for liver and peritoneal diseases
  • Explain the typical appearance on a CT scan of hepatic tumours and characteristics that allow you to help differentiate benign and malignant neoplasia
  • Describe the appearance of a normal gallbladder and biliary tract and how CT can help diagnose conditions such as extrahepatic biliary obstruction and gallbladder mucocele
  • Describe the typical features of splenic neoplasia and how to differentiate from other splenic pathologies such as torsion and thrombosis
  • Formulate a prioritised differential list for a CT scan showing ascites and justify your opinion
  • Identify normal and abnormal lymph nodes within the abdomen and be aware of what pathologies can cause lymphadenopathy
  • Be familiar with abnormalities of the peritoneum/retroperitoneum such as peritonitis, migrating foreign bodies and carcinomatosis

When

Where

Speaker

4 Sep 2019 (9:30-17:30) Porto Andrew Holdsworth|Gawain Hammond

Practical Sessions - Thorax I & II and Abdomen I

Module Information

Consolidating your new knowledge of the theoretical content from modules 5,6 & 7, this module will be a highly interactive session where you will discuss CT cases given to you in great detail.

Learning Objectives:

  • Be familiar and confident with the normal anatomy of the abdominal vasculature, liver and lymphatic abdominal system
  • Discuss a variety of CT scans with the speaker and other delegates to assess the quality of the scan and identify normal variations in anatomy
  • Describe the steps that should be taken to read a scan methodically & produce a clear & concise report describing your findings
  • Assess CT scans of the thorax/abdomen and prepare a thorough & systematic report for each describing the abnormalities identifiable & providing a comprehensive differential diagnosis list

When

Where

Speaker

5 Sep 2019 (9:30-17:30) Porto Andrew Holdsworth|Gawain Hammond

Computed Tomography Abdomen II

Module Information

In this module you will consolidate your knowledge and understanding of the gastrointestinal and genito-urinary systems and the benefits of CT scanning for such cases.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the best CT protocols for scanning the abdomen
  • Describe how the difference between normal and abnormal gastrointestinal tracts can be determined from a CT scan
  • Be confident in identifying mechanical obstructions of the intestinal tract
  • Summarise the typical appearance on a CT scan of a variety of both congenital & acquired hernias including umbilical, inguinal, scrotal, femoral & perineal
  • Explain how you would determine the significance to the patient of an ‘incidentaloma’ of the adrenal gland & what further testing and/or treatment options might be recommended
  • List the characteristics seen on CT that can help to differentiate between pancreatic inflammation/infection/neoplasia
  • Be able to review a CT scan of the urinary tract in a case of neoplasia or obstruction & give appropriate advice on the best course of action for the patient
  • Assess prostatic size and morphology from a CT scan and advise of most likely causes of any prostatomegaly present

When

Where

Speaker

20 Jan 2020 (9:30-17:30) Limassol Tim Trevail|Tom Maddox

Computed Tomography of the Musculoskeletal System

Module Information

CT scanning is a particularly useful imaging modality for complex musculoskeletal cases where radiography and ultrasound combined can’t compete due to the 3D nature of the resulting images. In this module you will learn how to select those cases and how to acquire the most diagnostically useful CT scans.

Learning objectives:

  • Know the appropriate scan techniques and protocols for imaging the appendicular skeleton
  • List the steps necessary to perform a CT-arthrogram
  • Review the typical CT changes seen with a variety of elbow conditions including dysplasia & incomplete ossification of the humeral condyle
  • Describe how to diagnose osteochondritis dissecans of various joints from a CT scan
  • Explain the CT scan characteristics of inflammatory, erosive, neoplastic & infectious arthropathies
  • Formulate a methodical way to assess complex fractures such as intra-articular carpal / tarsal fractures from a CT scan
  • Be familiar with the normal anatomy of tendons and how they appear on a CT scan when they become inflamed e.g. bicipital tenosynovitis
  • Discuss how a variety of tumours of the musculoskeletal system can appear on a CT scan and features that help guide you to whether they are benign or malignant neoplasias
  • Identify key characteristics that might make you diagnose an inflammatory condition of the musculoskeletal system such as panosteitis or myositis from a CT scan
  • Understand the use of CT in assessing antebrachial and femoral deformities

When

Where

Speaker

21 Jan 2020 (9:30-9:30) Limassol Tim Trevail|Tom Maddox

Practical Sessions - Abdomen II and Musculoskeletal System

Module Information

Consolidating your new knowledge of the content from modules 9 &10 this module will be the penultimate interactive session where you will have the opportunity to discuss a variety of appropriate cases.

Learning Objectives:

  • Be familiar and confident with the normal anatomy of the abdominal organs
  • Describe how to methodically assess the gastrointestinal tract
  • Explain how to identify pancreatic pathology and how to differentiate pancreatic inflammation from masses
  • Know how to perform and interpret a CT-IVU study
  • Be confident in recognising or excluding ectopic ureters
  • Identify prostatic and uterine pathology and draw up a list of appropriate differential diagnoses
  • Be familiar and confident with the normal anatomy of the appendicular system
  • Learn the best CT protocols for the appendicular system including arthrography
  • Be able to read studies of the appendicular system methodically
  • Have a good knowledge of the most common pathologies of the limbs and joints

When

Where

Speaker

22 Jan 2020 (9:30-17:30) Limassol Tim Trevail|Tom Maddox

Case Presentations

Module Information

The final module of the course is when you will present your case and your CT report for that case to the speakers and other delegates.

Learning objectives:

  • Be able to review a CT scan & prepare a thorough report
  • Present a case to an audience in PowerPoint format
  • Discuss your differential diagnosis list and explain why you have reached your conclusions
  • Describe what steps would be necessary in your case to reach a final diagnosis
  • Critique your fellow delegates’ reports and justify your opinions on them

When

Where

Speaker

23 Jan 2020 (9:30-17:30) Limassol Tim Trevail|Tom Maddox

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