18F-FDG PET/CT in infective Endocarditis. Diagnostic algorithm, preparation of the patient and image interpretation.
Understand central role of Echocardiography in
1. Making the diagnosis.
2. Assessing for complications.
3. Superiority of TEE.
4. Role of other imaging modalities in ESC guidelines beyond Duke Criteria.
Identify role of TEE/TOE in identifying mechanical complications of endocarditis.
Limitations of Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE) especially in patients with mechanical valves.
Importance of early interventions to improve survival.
Incremental and complementary role of cardiac CT in diagnosing and advancing the management of endocarditis. CT role in unmasking invasive endocarditis. Correlation of CT finding with surgical pathology. CT and TEE spacial and temporal resolution.
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