Table 2

Cognitive Skills Required for Competence in CCT

General:
 • Knowledge of the physics of CT and radiation generation and exposure
 • Knowledge of scanning principles and scanning modes for non-contrast and contrast-enhanced cardiac imaging using multi-detector and/or electron beam methods
 • Knowledge of the principles of intravenous iodinated contrast administration for safe and optimal cardiac imaging
 • Knowledge of recognition and treatment of adverse reactions to iodinated contrast
 • Knowledge of the principles of image postprocessing and appropriate applications
Cardiac:
 • Clinical knowledge of coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases
 • Knowledge of normal cardiac, coronary artery, and coronary venous anatomy, including associated pulmonary arterial and venous structures
 • Knowledge of pathologic changes in cardiac and coronary artery anatomy due to acquired and congenital heart disease
 • Basic knowledge in ECG to recognize artifacts and arrhythmias
Aorta:
 • Knowledge of normal thoracic arterial anatomy
 • Knowledge of pathologic changes in central arterial anatomy due to acquired and congenital vascular disease