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Advanced Imaging Procedures in Canine Clinical Veterinary Science

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    Gisle Bjørneby

NOVA PhD course of 2 ECTS, organised by Professor Thomas Spillmann, University of Helsinki - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
Course dates and location: 29 May - 2 Jun. 2017 in Helsinki, Finland.

Course Description
The course aims at presenting new development in diagnostic imaging of the digestive and reproductive tract and their diseases in dogs. The attendants get familiar with the indications, diagnostic possibilities and research applications of advanced endoscopic methods such as white light endoscopy, chromoendoscopy and endoscopic narrow band imaging. They will also be educated in minimal invasive endoscopic treatment procedures. The abdominal ultrasound session focuses on elastography as a new modality for mapping elastic properties in soft tissues and on advances in ultrasound to monitor ovarian and uterine health in the bitch. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) session will finally reveal how MRI can improve the imaging of reproductive organs and their pathologies.

Programme Outline

  • Day 1 – 28.05.2017
    • Arrival and accommodation
  • Day 2 – 29.05.2017
    • Lecture session about white light endoscopy, chromoendoscopy and endoscopic narrow band imaging of the gastrointestinal tract
    • Afternoon: preparation of group presentations for the endoscopy journal club
  • Day 3 – 30.05.2017
    • Morning: Lecture session about Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection and Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection
    • Afternoon: Endoscopy Journal Club based on group presentations
  • Day 4 – 31.05.2017
    • Morning: Lecture session by specialists about elastography of the liver
    • Afternoon: Preparation of group presentations for the ultrasound journal club
  • Day 5 – 01.06.2017
    • Morning: Lecture session about latest advancement of using ultrasonography in monitoring follicle development, timing of ovulation, optimal time for breeding, and uterine health in the bitch
    • Afternoon: Ultrasound Journal Club based on group presentations about using abdominal ultrasound as methods for clinical research
  • Day 6 – 02.06.2017
    • Morning: Lecture session about the use of computed tomography and magnet resonance imaging in assessing reproductive health and disease of male and female dogs
    • Afternoon: Travel home

Pre-/Post-Campus Assignments
As pre-assignment, the students will receive a reading list serving as the base for the journal clubs. At the start of the course, the students will be assigned to groups preparing presentations about specific articles as the base for group discussions in the journal clubs.

The post-assignment will be a short study report which reflects the own study outcome.

Learning Outcomes
After the course, the participants should be familiar with new imaging concepts of the digestive and reproductive tract and their potentials for use in small animal and translational clinical research. The participants shall know:

  • the concepts of white light endoscopy, chromoendoscopy and endoscopic narrow band imaging as methods for assessing the gastrointestinal mucosa
  • possibilities and potentials of endoscopic minimal invasive procedures on the gastrointestinal mucosa for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes
  • the technical requirements and the interpretation modalities of ultrasonographic elastography
  • advances in ultrasonographic assessment of uterus and ovaries in health and disease
  • possibilities of magnetic resonance imaging to study reproductive tract diseases

Evaluation Elements
The attendants have to read pre-assigned scientific articles and they have to present these articles as group works in two journal clubs (1 ECTS). During the course, the attendants will be assessed based on active participation to which also belongs a study report (one A4 page) reflecting on their own education and being submitted online to the course instructors until a given date (1 ECTS).

Pedagogical Approach
The course combines a pre-assigned self-study with lectures and journal clubs using an interactive approach.

Estimated Workload

  • Lectures: 15 h
  • Seminars (incl. group work time): 15 h
  • Independent work (pre- / post-assignments): 30 h

Prerequisite Knowledge
The participants should have a degree in veterinary medicine. The course requires basic knowledge in canine clinical medicine and diagnostic imaging.

Admission for NOVA courses is handled by the course organiser/ the NOVA member institution organising the course. Please see the links in the margin for more information.

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Published 20. December 2016 - 13:33 - Updated 3. April 2018 - 16:13

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