eduCAD origins

The eduCAD idea was born in middle 2011 in order to promote the culture of multimodal imaging by training young physicians in the appropriate use of multimodal imaging technology for diagnosis of ischemic heart disease. The EVINCI study (European Project: Evaluation of INtegrated Cardiac Imaging for the Detection, Characterization and Monitoring of Ischemic Heart Disease, 7th FWP, reference number 222915), a multimaging project involving 700 patients from 17 Centres in 9 Countries, has been the starting point of the educational project, giving access to a large number of multimodal datasets.

The multidisciplinary staff in Pisa, in collaboration with Prof. Richard Underwood in London, started to collect interesting clinical cases from EVINCI population and to implement the web based software for multimodal educational software. The first version of the eduCAD platform, with a first selected clinical case, was available in August 2011. From this time a large number of changes have been carried out, considering all suggestions coming from European specialists of all modalities involved in the project.

The original proposal was to access this Educational Tool from the WG5 website allowing user to choose an available clinical case and to build his imaging diagnostic pathway on the basis of clinical evidence and appropriateness criteria for the use of noninvasive/invasive tests. The final user's conclusion and pathway is compared to the opinion of EVINCI specialists in order to give suggestions for the following evaluations. The final multimodal layout has been accorded in April 2012 during the eduCAD meeting in Brussels.

This proposed idea has been supported by European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and eduCAD is now available at www.escardio.org/educad where five interesting clinical cases have been firstly published.

eduCAD is also economically supported by GE Healthcare.