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MIMS Digital Learning

Colin Cooper reports on an educational product that explains the benefits of the latest cardiac imaging techniques.

Have you ever viewed a cardiac scan and wondered, 'What does that mean?' or 'How on earth did they do that?'

If so, you should take a look at a new educational product from MIMS Digital Learning.

This takes the complex but fascinating subject of cardiac imaging and focuses on the technique of multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT).

The 16-page digital magazine includes nine video case studies

Technological advances
Major advances in CT technology now enable the entire coronary tree to be imaged non-invasively and offer the possibility of complete non-invasive anatomical and functional cardiac assessment.

The development of faster MDCT machines also means that data can now be captured within a single eight to 15-second breath hold.

Having said that, there are limitations to the technique, and its associated risks have to be considered when patients are being selected.

All of these factors are considered in MIMS Digital Learning's first interactive educational product, Introduction to Cardiac MDCT.

Digital magazine
This exciting new format brings to life the learning experience by combining video and audio with the look and feel of a traditional magazine - you can even turn the pages.

The 16-page digital magazine includes nine video case studies created and selected by Dr Ed Nicol, cardiac CT fellow at Imperial College, London.

These cases demonstrate different aspects of the technique and its range of uses within the cardiology environment. Each video is accompanied by a text explanation and audio commentary.

There is also a 13-minute video interview with Dr Nicol, in which he discusses the benefits of cardiac MDCT compared with other imaging techniques, the patient experience, and the future clinical prospects for this emerging technology.

The GP View: Dr Vasa Gnanapragasam

Fifteen years ago, I had two learning options: either to read an article or listen to a lecture. The timing of the lecture and the tone of the speaker determined whether I fell asleep in the back row.

Since then, the IT whizz kids have teamed up with educators to provide online learning, while the abolition of the Postgraduate Education Allowance (PGEA) has helped liberate adult education. Self-directed learning is now based on patients' unmet needs and doctors' educational needs.

I try and spice up my appraisal folder with something new every year so was pleased to view/listen to MIMS' digital module on multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT).

The interview was easy to follow. The content is not core curriculum for the average GP, but I was interested in knowing more about MDCT as patients have begun to ask me about it. I found this a more relaxed way to learn about a complex topic.

Dr Gnanapragasam is a GP in Sutton.

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