Friday, February 7, 2020
7:45 AM - 8:15 AM
8:15 AM - 8:30 AM
Welcome and Introduction
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Lecture: Aspiration Related Respiratory Syndromes

• Describe aspiration related respiratory syndromes
• Show utility of the use of fluoroscopy, endoscopy and/or CT in diagnosis of syndromes

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Lecture: The Link between Cough and Swallow

• Review normal anatomy and physiology of upper and lower airways
• Demonstrate normal appearance of a respiratory fluoroscopy study and video fluoroscopic swallow study
• Interpret respiratory fluoroscopy slides using cases

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lecture: Newly Recognized Respiratory Disorders in Dogs and Cats

• Review clinical case material and salient CT scan observations relevant to primary bronchiolar disorders, vaso-occlusive diseases and interstitial lung diseases.
• Identify CT scan-histopathologic correlations.

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lecture: Thoracic CT Interpretation

• Identify lung patterns of disease
• Describe the overview of CT acquisition, protocol and definitions

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Lecture: Using Thoracic CT in Clinical Practice

• Practice the interpretation of CT lesions.
• Demonstrate how CT lesions guide additional diagnostics and therapeutics.

4:45 PM - 6:00 PM
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Saturday, February 8, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Lecture: Utility of Upper and Lower Endoscopy in Diagnosis of Respiratory Disorders

• Review standard approach to examination of the upper and lower airways (excluding rhinoscopy).
• Review abnormal upper airway lesions.
• Discuss special techniques for lower respiratory tract diagnosis using the endoscope (lavage, fine-needle aspiration, biopsy, brush cytology, etc.).
• Provide case examples of how tracheobronchoscopy was used as a key diagnostic test

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Lecture: Lines on the Mirror: Critically Evaluating Lung Ultrasound in Veterinary Medicine

• Review the literature and various published lung ultrasound formats
• Compare and understand the various B-line scoring systems
• Compare and understand the visual lung language and the line language for lung ultrasound findings

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Lecture: Use of Proactive Lung Ultrasound in Small Animals (Vet BLUE): Wet versus Dry Lung Artifacts

• Discuss the evolution and mechanisms of lung ultrasound and wet versus dry lung artifacts
• Learn how to perform Vet BLUE
• Understand how to apply its Regional, Pattern-based Approach to different subsets of dogs and cats
• Understand how to use the Vet BLUE B-line scoring system for guiding diuretic usage

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Lecture: Use of Proactive Lung Ultrasound in Small Animals (Vet BLUE): Signs of Consolidation - Shred Sign, Tissue Sign, Nodule Sign, and Wedge Sign

• Understand the physiological differences in the lung ultrasound signs of consolidation
• Understand the various lung ultrasound signs of consolidation using case-based examples

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lecture: The Tale of Four Felines: Vet Blue for Feline Respiratory Distress

• Understand how Vet BLUE can rapidly sort out different subsets of feline respiratory distress that have similar lung auscultation and breathing patterns
• Understand safely position felines
• Understand integration of TFAST and Vet BLUE to maximize the probability of making an accurate diagnosis
• Using the integrative approach to better select diagnostic testing

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lecture: The Vet BLUE - TFAST and Global FAST Approach for Assessing Volume Status, Patient Monitoring and Some New Concepts

• Learn TFAST echo views for assessing volume and contractility, left- and right-sided cardiac strain/overload/failure
• Understand the use of the Non-echo Fallback Views for volume and contractility, left- and right-sided cardiac strain/overload/failure
• Application of the Lung Point for detection and monitoring of pneumothorax

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Lecture: Using the Vet BLUE-TFAST and Global FAST Approach for Traditionally Difficult Conditions and Staging Patients

• Learn the use of Vet BLUE-TFAST and Global FAST for left atrial tear/rupture, dilated cardiomyopathy, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary thromboembolism, cardiac masses, left- and right-sided cardiac strain/overload/failure
• Discriminate respiratory versus cardiac causes of respiratory distress
• Stage the patient - localized versus disseminated disease and picking the next best diagnostic test

Sunday, February 9, 2020
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Lab: Interactive Lab

• How to use Vet BLUE for a  basic lung orientation
• How to accurately find the Vet BLUE views, and be able to appreciate the pitfalls of Vet BLUE;
• TFAST: how to use the Chest Tube Site for PTX, how to look for the Lung Point, the 3 TFAST Echo Views, and the imaging the caudal vena cava for volume status

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Lab: Interactive Lab
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Panel Discussion with Boxed Lunch: Using Advanced Respiratory Imaging in Practice
12:30 PM
Course Concludes