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2018 April-May

Thank you all for your kind feedback and valuable suggestions. I have tried to respond to some of them.

Rachel England, Consultant Radiologist, Guernsey
The course itself was superb and I would highly recommend it to colleagues.

Majed Dwaik, Consultant Radiologist, Palestine
Excellent course.  I will recommend it for my colleagues

Ann Helen Nystedt, Consultant Radiologist, Norway
Very intense, and days were a bit long, but overall probably the best course I have ever attended.

Ilse Crevits, Consultant Radiologist, Belgium
It would be nice to have one workstation/person to be able to work through the cases at your own pace: for me it would probably have been possible to review more cases or to finish them in a shorter time period. But it would definitely not be a reason not to recommend this course to others. Was really a brilliant, high level learning experience. Felt more confident in my job as cardiovascular radiologist after the course, both because I felt confirmed in the way I did my job before taking the course and also because of filling the knowledge gaps I had. Dr Mittal’s response:  Ilse, thanks for your feedback. There are pros and cons to have a single participant on each workstation. We always try to pair a cardiologist with a radiologist so that they learn from each other as well. And also, it is good to have someone faster with someone slower, with the aim of the latter learning and coming up to a reasonable pace (obviously, the faster one would need to have patience). 

Malin, Consultant Radiologist, Sweden
Overall an excellent course, I learned a lot, thanks!

Steef Sinkeler, University Medical Center Groningen, Trainee Cardiology, Netherlands
The course was very extensive, from basics to highly specialized. Lectures were excellent in quality, quantity and presentation. However, IT hardware was troublesome at times.

Muhammad Imran Khan, Radiologist, Lady Reading Hospital, Pakistan
Everything was quite excellent.

Peter Morris, Consultant Radiologist, University Hospital Geelong, Australia
Very good course. Met learning objectives. All friendly. Having individual work stations would have had some advantages.

Amey Aurangabadkar, Consultant Radiologist, Castlereagh Imaging, Australia
It was an excellent course. Everything was explained in detailed but easy to understand manner making this rather alien topic for a Radiologist, rather familiar. Absolutely worth coming all the way from Australia! Highly recommended!

Masnoona Soniya Javid, Consultant Radiologist, Akershus University hospital, Norway
I truly appreciated that Everyone from Dr Mittal to the IT-crew to Mrs Yearley, everyone always said hello with a smile and were incredibly helpful. Dr Pakkal and Dr Mittal remembered everybody’s names. The while atmosphere was very positive, academic and very tuned towards optimal learning.

Mohd Kamal Mohd Arshad, Consultant Cardiologist, UiTM Medical Specialist Centre, Malaysia
Overall an excellent course with good variability and number of cases.

Nazar Luqman Bilgrami, Consultant Cardiologist, Brunei
Would suggest adding more valve, pulmonary vein, pericardium cases.  Also on the last day to give 10 random cases and then to tally findings.

Isselt, University Medical Center Groningen, Trainee Cardiology, Netherlands
Very good course with so many cases with enough variety and enough time to practice.

Hugo Brandt Corstius, Consultant Radiologist, Ziekenhuis Amstelland, The Netherlands
Very intensive but satisfactory course. I am ready to do cardiac ct now!

Joanna Szyszko, Consultant Radiologist, Royal Lancaster Infirmary, UK
Very good course with outstanding quality of teaching - many thanks to Dr Mittal and Dr Pakkal for sharing your knowledge and experience. Some more time could be reserved for stent/graft cases and cardiomyopathies discussion as well as NICE guidelines indications for CCT. The non-cardiac findings primer seems to be slightly too short for non-radiologists but covers the most common findings.

Mitchell Baruchin, Consultant Cardiologist, Jersey City Medical Center, USA
Overall, quite excellent.  I would suggest that Dr Mittal outline his (subjective) criteria for mild, moderate and severe disease with specific examples and why before reviewing cases. For example, he mentioned only the second day his specific criteria for soft plaque regarding calcium and the lumen. Also, his approach was not uniform. I had the microphone and called plaque mild. He asked me if I had measured, and I had not. By measuring, he demonstrated that it was moderate. My partner had the microphone next, and learning from my omission, he specifically measured, and the % measurement was mild to moderate, but he was corrected and was told that it was severe. Dr Mittal did not measure the second case. My point is either one measures and goes by measurement, or one does not measure and goes by subjective criteria as outlined by Dr Mittal's approach.     Personally, I feel that measuring is imprecise, depending on several variables, and would have to be subject to a rigorous clinical trial, of which I did not see any evidence to support.     For CAD assessment, I feel that whatever approach one uses, it should be uniform and applied to all cases, with a consistent criterion. I do not feel that I took that away from the course. Mild is mild, and severe is severe, most people agree, but there is a lot of interobserver (and most likely intraobserver) variability in between.Dr Mittal’s response: My apologies for any confusion. Unfortunately, that is often the case that mild (<50%) stenosis or severe (>70% or more) is easier to characterise, while the moderate ones (50-69%) are more difficult to be certain. In such cases one calls them moderate on visual basis or quantifies them using tools available on the software. This is not different to experience with catheter angiography where moderate stenosis are difficult ones and role of FFR is paramount.

Jacob Freiberg, Consultant Cardiologist, Hvidovre Hospital, Denmark
It was a good course. It gave good starting prerequisites for getting started with data analysis.  Maybe there was too little time to go through each case before the answer came - maybe make the course one day longer to provide more time for each case.

Richard Williams, Consultant Radiologist, Kantonsspital Aarau, Switzerland
Excellent course which i would highly recommend further  very nice variety of cases, each with an important and learning point (very well selected).

Dr Andrew Sambrook, Consultant Radiologist, Royal Lancaster Infirmary
Excellent course.  It is rather long but I cannot work out how to make it any shorter.

Dr Abdul Sattar, Consultant Radiologist, Nishtar Medical University
Well organized and informative.

Sudhakar George, Cardiologist, Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand
An excellent course overall with great lectures, great content and a very good venue.  I have recommended to several people already!  The only less than perfect lecture was the one from the lady from GE - I didn't think it added anything to the course.Dr Mittal’s response: Many thanks Sudhakar. To be fair to GE lady, she was informed about this talk only at the last moment. However, I would let her know.

Dr Undok Wahab, Consultant Cardiologist, Malaysia
Overall the course was run very successfully and professionally. It was run strictly on time.  However; a minor IT glitched on last day may be unavoidable.  2 thumbs up for Dr. Tarun, Dr, Mini and teams for great and excellent job.

Ramya Gowri Dhandapani, Consultant Radiologist, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, Birmingham
Expensive and good course

Leung Hoi Ying, Consultant Radiologist, Hong Kong
If there is better seating arrangement, such as a mix of cardiologist and radiologist on the same station, would enhance the learning experience as there will be different perspective achieved. Currently, there is no sign on the seats for radiologist/cardiologist combination, and result in random seating.Dr Mittal’s response: Thanks Leung. This is my aim to have cardiologist and radiologist seated together. However, although we do state it in the beginning of the course, it is difficult to micromanage as everyone is grown-up adult. However, I would take your advise for next course.

Nada Salih, Consultant Cardiologist, King saud medical city, Saudi Arabia
Very useful course with excellent arrangement.

Suzan Hatipoglu, CMR Fellow, Royal Brompton Hospital, CMR Unit
Case selection, hospitality and atmosphere was great. Systematic approach to cases and excellent presentation made me feel confident about reporting CT scans even though I have not done it before. I really enjoyed the course.

Andres Spirig, Consultant Radiologist, Kantonsspital Aarau, Switzerland
The quality of this course was the best i have ever seen before. Thank you very much for that!

Maria Riga, Consultant Cardiologist, Athens, Greece
I should mention the high level and excellent quality of the course. Drs Tarun K Mittal & Mini Pakkal were excellent in organizing and presenting the course. Personally, I would prefer the course to be 1-2 days longer, as I think more cases regarding cardiomyopathies, heart failure and valve diseases should be presented.
Dr Mittal’s response: Maria, thanks for your feedback and suggestion. We are increasing the hands-on time even more from the next course.

Van de Walle Stefaan, Consultant Cardiologist, AZ Delta, Belgium
The overall quality of the course is excellent, with good presentations, excellent interaction a wonderful case load.

Zubin Othman Ibrahim, Consultant Cardiologist, Ara Damansara Medical Centre, Malaysia
Overall was very well organised, excellent speakers, and clear cases. will be useful for both patients and my own practise.

Mette Lykke Norgaard Bertelsen, Consultant Cardiologist, Hvidovre Hospital, Denmark
Thank you very much for an excellent course. I have attended many courses by I must say that this course is the Best course I have attended. I am impressed by your knowledge especially Drs Mittal and Mini. Excellent in their presentations precise in they explanations. It was an overall fantastic course. Thank you !! 

Amer Kilhidir Mohammed Kheir, Consultant Cardiologist, King Abdullah medical city, Saudi Arabia
Overall very informative comprehensive course I consider myself very lucky to found a chance and attending it.

Slawomir Bielak, Consultant Cardiologist, Sherwood Hospitals Trust, UK
The best course I have ever had. Many thanks to Dr Mittal for organising such a great learning experience.

Micha S. Feinberg, Consultant Cardiologist, Sheba Medical Center, Tel-hashomer, Israel
Overall the course was very good, provides a good basis to start developing personal experience, as said I wish there was more hands on with respect to valvular heart disease particularly TAVI.  Dr Mittal’s response: Thanks Dr Feinberg for your feedback and suggestion. Even I would like to teach more complex cardiac CT – such as TAVI and cardiomyopathies. Unfortunately, for most participants this is a beginning of cardiac imaging, particularly CT and it is important to first learn the basic bread and butter cardiac CT to start with (which this course is about) and take a more advanced course as a next step.

Jasper Iwema, Cardiology trainee, Martini Ziekenhuis, Groningen, The Netherlands
Very well structured and complete course. Excellent logistics, i.e. set-up of workstations. Good balance between presentations on the one hand and hands-on cases on the other hand. Good quality and mixture of hands-on cases in all facets.

Loke Bhatia, Consultant Cardiologist, Wexham Park Hospital, UK
Overall absolutely brilliant course and I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite the long hours. Some of the external speakers could be improved (as already mentioned) but Tarun (especially) and Mini were superb. Please continue to place emphasis on hands-on cases as that is where one learns the most. I will certainly recommend this course to others and thank you Tarun once again.

James Dollard, Consultant Cardiologist, Mercy University Hospital, Cork, Ireland
Loved it. Came out of it feeling confident of being competent in cardiac CT.

Ahmed Mounir, Cardiologist, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Perhaps more days with lesser hours.

Riyad Alkaroudi, Consultant Cardiologist, East Kent Hospitals university foundation NHS Trust, UK
Excellent course, highly recommended for anyone who would like to learn cardiac CT and become competent in its application and interpretation.

Hatim Mohamed Abdalla El koronki, Consultant Cardiologist, Saudi Arabia

Yousif Ahmad, Cardiology trainee, Imperial College London, UK
Excellent course content and teaching.

Mohammed Elmujtabs, Consultant Cardiologist, Saudi Arabia

Hesham Fathi Hashem Metwally, Radiologist, AL Ain Hospital, UAE

2017 October

Matthew Burgess, Radiology SPR, University Hospital of North Midlands, England

Extremely well organised and delivered. The quality of the lectures, lecturers, course materials, cases and venue more than justify the course fee.

Joshua Camomot, Consultant Cardiologist, Philippines

This is my first time to attend a cardiac CT course and I think it's very good. I came in a bit cynical thinking how can I possibly learn cardiac CT in a week. And it turned out very good and I'm happy about it. I talked with other participants who have attended 3 or 4 cardiac CT courses in the past and they say this is the best course they've attended by far. Couldn't agree more. Thank you!

Abid Ullah, Cardiology SPR, Manchester Royal Infirmary, England

Well organised.

Athina Chasapi,  Clinical Fellow in Echocardiography, Hammersmith Hospital, London

The course was really interesting and to the point! Dr Mittal put a lot of effort into it and it definitely met my needs! It is quite expensive though, especially for those who are not getting funded by their hospitals.

Response: These courses are unfortunately expensive to run. For a similar cost (£2000), other courses in UK are for 4 days. In USA, the level 2 courses cost between $6000 to $8000. If we were to run the course in London, it would increase the cost of the course and most delegates coming from outside London would find it much more expensive to stay as well. It is thus all about getting the right balance. This course provides best value of money but most importantly the best training in cardiac CT that you can obtain in 6-days! Please see another perspective below.

Dr Myagerimath, Consultant Cardiologist, South Tyneside Hospital NHS Trust, England

It was a very good hand on experience, and would recommend other to attend. An advance 2-days course for level 2 trained doctors would be helpful.

Yun Yun Go, Consultant Cardiologist, CHU Sart Tilman, Liege, Belgium

Useful Course!

Dr Abdallah, Consultant Physician, Ireland

The overall conduct, quality and performance in this course is excellent and its a highly recommended course.

Thomas Trunggal, Consultant Cardiologist, Hong Kong

Excellent course, wide variety of cases with lots of hands on and very detailed explanation by the tutors.

Chary Duraikannu, Consultant Radiologist, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust, England

The course gives a excellent insight about the role and application of cardiac CT in clinical scenario.

Maria Luisa Tan, Consultant Radiologist, Philippines

Overall quality is excellent, course was very informative and inspiring that we can hopefully bring this to our centre.

Dr Elrefaey, Cardiologist, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Excellent presentation and very useful course for cardiac CT . Many thanks to Dr. Tarun and Dr. Mini.

Charalampos Papadopoulos, Cardiologist, Birmingham

I am very satisfied with the organisation and overall conduct of the course.

Dr Usman, Consultant Radiologist, Blackpool Victoria Teaching Hospital, England

I really enjoyed this course. It sharpened my reflexes about cardiac and coronary findings.

Lal Hussain Mughal, Cardiology fellow, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, England

Very well organized the course, excellent lectures/presentations and plenty hands-on practice.

Berry Olsson, Consultant Radiologist, Helsingborg General Hospital, Sweden

Very good course. Sometimes I would have appreciated if the lecturer had repeated questions or answers from the audience when there were no microphone.

Response: I agree Berry and surely will try to improve on that.

2017 May

Kristoffer Järlevi, Radiology trainee, Stockholm, Sweden

Excellent course. Even though the course material is superb, it would have been nice to also get a book for reference and further in depth study.

Response: Thanks Kristoffer. I have added a list of books in the online course folder for everyone.

Akmal Hakim ARSHAD, Cardiology Imaging Fellow, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK

I cannot praise this course enough. I totally recommend this course to all who are in cardiac imaging fraternity regardless of their modality of interest.

Mohamed Ali Salah, Cardiologist, International Medical Centre, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

It was one of the best and well prepared courses, materials and work stations were perfect.

Michail Papitsas, Specialist Cardiology, King’s College Hospital, London, UK

Very well organised and intense course meeting the teaching objectives. It is worth the time, money and effort.

Azarisman Shah Mohd Shah, International Islamic University Medical Centre, Kuantan, Malaysia


Chih Wong, Cardiology trainee, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Scotland

Great course. Learnt lots.

Sheref Mohamed Zaghloul, Cardiologist, International Medical Centre, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Very very good and beneficial course. Before I had no idea about CT but know at least 70 % of data I collected easily in 6 days.

Vanessa Posdziech, Cardiology Imaging Fellow, Imperial College NHS Trust, London, UK

This was an overall excellent course and I learnt an incredible amount. A particular strong point of the course is the continuous participation on the work stations. It was useful that two participants worked together so that there is constant interaction and feedback. There was a great mix of cases and everything was very well presented. The best course I have ever attended with real added value. Dr Mittal was very thorough throughout the course and showed great concern regarding the learning of the participants. I also enjoyed Mini Pakkal’s contributions very much. Great thanks for the website and all the additional information that we received. It was a very good venue and we were surely fed very well. The course dinners were a great opportunity to get to know this interesting mix of people from all over the world. I have only a few suggestions to make regarding the course manual. - The order of the slides changed between the lectures from left-right to top-bottom. It would be helpful to keep one order to support future reading of the manual. - Whenever there are slides with animation (where pictures where added) the printed version only showed the last version – e.g. Mini Pakkal’s talk on coronary artery anomalies slides “ALCAPA”, “Interarterial course” and “ABCD”. It’s a very nice feature during the talk but it’s a shame to miss out on the images in the manual. - Would it be possible to have a list of abbreviation either at the beginning of the manual or at the end of each talk? Abbreviations make the slides less crowded and easier to read but the reader of the manual may get stuck. - It would be nice to have at least once a change of partners during the course. This would allow us to get to know other people and their reporting style. Not sure whether this would work while asking the participants in order – I feature I rather liked as it kept us on our toes without being too stressful and distractive Thanks again for this fabulous course!

Response: Vanessa, thanks for your appreciation and suggestions. I would attempt to incorporate them for the next courses.

Ana Garcia Campos, Cardiology Imaging Fellow, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK

Excellent. Exceeded my expectations.

Garbriella Captur, Cardiology Imaging Fellow, Barts Hospital, London, UK

Dear Dr Mittal and the rest of the organising committee, thank you for providing us with the opportunity to attend such an excellent course (some of us at short notice). Your enthusiasm for the specialty is palpable and contagious. The course has changed my unlearned perception of cardiac CT - I am keen now to embrace this an imaging sub-speciality to complement cardiac MR, perhaps even trump it. Thanks to UK CCT, I have discovered a new and fascinating peephole into the human heart of images perfectly registered and of pristine resolution. Thank you for giving us trainees this wonderful learning opportunity and I hope this course may continue to grow and succeed, nationally and internationally, under your inspiring leadership for many years to come.

Dr. Zsolt Szigeti, Consultant Cardiologist, Budapest, Hungary

It was a perfect course, it reached the goal which I was going for.

Ahmed Al-Khayfawee, Radiology Trainee, UCLH, London, UK

It is an excellent course.

Anna Parisiadou, Specialist Cardiology, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital, UK

The course was overall excellent. My only points would be that was very intensive, especially the day when stents and grafts were presented. You could consider dedicate two days, as both are used in daily practice. Congratulations!

Response: Anna, thanks for your suggestions. It would be good to that but will require more time or reducing time on other aspects. I consider this as a ‘basic’ level 2 course with a taste to more advance topics.

Fredrik Karlefors, Consultant Radiologist, Helsingborg, Sweden

Most satisfied overall! Personally, I think in a lecture format the need for a lot of references to convince the audience is unnecessary - it will more distract from the real message with all diagrams and curves. It´s very nice to see that it has a real scientific approach and sometimes add some value, but it can also obscure, which I sometimes experienced. Thank you for an overall learning course and for the big enthusiasm from the faculty, especially Dr Mittal.

Response: Fredrik, I understand your concern. However, it is essential for those training to have competency at Level 2 are also familiar with the scientific evidence.

Jeremy Butts, Consultant Cardiologist, Calderdale Royal Hospital, UK

Excellent course. Comprehensive list of cases with good lectures

Dennis Rooker, Cardiology trainee, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

I already mentioned my general comments before. It was a great course which I enjoyed very much. It's very well structured and gave a good walkthrough for cardiac CT. I did this course on the recommendation of one of our consultants. Two comments: - I would prefer a bit of a faster pace during the hands-on cases. Less time between your review of the scan and the discussion. - More use of the quiz app during some hands-on cases. It's improves your attention span due to the interaction.

Response: Dennis, thanks for your suggestions. The pace is kept with everyone in mind and unfortunately, to suite the slower participants. One can certainly try to use the quiz app more often.

Amir Shahzad Anwar, Cardiology trainee, Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK

Excellent and highly recommended course. Thanks for the organizers.

Mudassar Baig, Consultant Cardiologist, Sunderland Royal Hospital, UK

Excellent course both for the new starters as well as for experienced trainees/specialists.

Sameera Mohamed ali, Specialist Registrar in Cardiology, Dubai, UAE

This was an Excellent course and has helped in understanding cardiac CT in depth. The hands-on training and the discussion following each case was helpful. Hope to have similar courses in other aspects of cardiac imaging.

Antonio de Marvao, Cardiology Imaging Fellow, Imperial College NHS Trust, London, UK

This course is excellent and the best I have attended during my training as a Cardiologist. It provided me with the knowledge and skills to improve my practice in CT and also in intervention and other imaging modalities. Highly recommended.

Maria Boutsikou, Cardiology Imaging Fellow, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK

Excellent organisation of the course. However, conference venue is not easily accessible by public transport.

Aye Thida Hline, Consultant Cardiologist, Queens Hospital, Essex, UK

It is an excellent course. Dr Mittal has put a great effort to run the course efficiently and also deliver a high standard of learning activities. He makes sure everyone is actively involved in discussion and creates an enjoyable and memorable event.

Gabija Pundziute-do Prado, Consultant Cardiologist, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands

A very good course with minor imperfections. Many compliments to dr. Mittal who is a very dedicated and qualified teacher.

Sabir Abdul Karim, Specialist Cardiology, University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, UK

Superb. Well organised. Very useful.

Ahmad Farhan Abdul Hamid, Cardiology trainee, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London, UK


Ana Garcia Campos, Cardiology Imaging Fellow, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK

Very intense but provides extensive basic knowledge.

Marc Hinterberger, Consultant Radiologist, Schwerzenbach, Switzerland

The course is way too expensive. For this money I would at least have expected to have the case discussions in smaller groups (max. 8 people per group). Next time hand out a printed out evaluation form at the beginning of the course so as to evaluate in a live manner. Some speakers I could hardly remember well at the end of the week now.

Response: I can understand that the course may seem expensive. However, there are large expenses involved in organising such hands-on courses. Also, this course is less than half the cost compared to similar courses in USA. Unfortunately, everyone is moving towards on-line feedback. Yes, I can ask participants to start writing down comments for each lecture on the manual itself from the very start.

Gaby Captur, Cardiology Imaging Fellow, Barts Hospital, London, UK

Sincere thanks to Dr Mittal - a great inspiration for any aspiring cardiac imaging cardiology trainee. Your commitment and enthusiasm for the field are contagious and career shaping for trainees. Thank you for so generously sharing your CT knowledge base and decades of experience with us in such a short space of time - I am immeasurably grateful.

Dr Edney Boston-Griffiths, Cardiology trainee, Basildon Hospital, UK

The quality of the course can only be described as excellent.

Matthew Barrett, Cardiology trainee, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

Excellent overall course. Would highly recommend.

Kaes Al-Anee, Consultant Cardiologist, Al Noor Hospital, UAE

Good, informative and comprehensive

Neil Ruparelia, Cardiology Fellow, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK

Excellent course, all learning objective achieved

Bruno Loeprich, Consultant Cardiologist, German Heart Institute Berlin

Highly advisable, would book again.

2016 November

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