84451 - Cardiovascular and Thoracic Radiology

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  • Teacher Rita Golfieri

  • Credits 1

  • SSD MED/36

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Medicine and Surgery (cod. 9210)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from May 10, 2022 to May 19, 2022


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Describe the principles and applications of diagnostic imaging procedures for cardiovascular and thoracic diseases.

Course contents

  1. Techniques in Thoracic Imaging.
  2. The normal chest
  3. The Mediastinum, Including the Pericardium
  4. Cardiac Anatomy and Imaging Techniques
  5. Congenital and acquired heart diseases: general principles and imaging
  6. Pulmonary circulation and pulmonary thromboembolism
  7. The thoracic aorta: diagnostic aspects
  8. Interventional radiology in vascular diseases


  1. GRAINGER & ALLISON’S DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY. A Textbook of Medical Imaging. 6TH EDITION. CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE © 2015, Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0-7020-4295-9e-book ISBN: 978-0-7020-6128-8
  2. Herring W. LEARNING RADIOLOGY: RECOGNIZING THE BASICS, 3rd EDITION 2016; Elsevier ISBN: 978-0-323-32807-4

Teaching methods

Interactive slide supported lectures with discussion breaks. Teaching materials and slides are made available to the students. Attending lessons plays an important role in the learning process. Assuring lessons, the teachers guides the students in the critical reading of the teaching materials and provides opportunities for online formative assessment.

Attendance to learning activities is mandatory; the minimum attendance requirement to be admitted to the final exam is 60% of lessons. For Integrated Courses (IC), the 60% attendance requirement refers to the total amount of I.C. lessons. Students who fail to meet the minimum attendance requirement will not be admitted to the final exam of the course and will have to attend relevant classes again during the next academic year.

Professors may authorize excused absences upon receipt of proper justifying documentation, in case of illness or serious reasons. Excused absences do not count against a student’s attendance record to determine their minimum attendance requirement.

Assessment methods

The final exam/final summative assessment will be an oral exam/assessment consisting of questions focusing on the educational objectives and topics of the integrated course of Thoracic and Vascular Diseases (I.C.)

Professors of the integrated courses participate in an overall collegial assessment of the student's final profit. The final summative assessment is expressed with a scale of grades from 18 to 30.

  • The final assessment (final summative assessment) is passed with a collegial grade of a minimum 18/30
  • Honors (cum laude) can be awarded in case of a final maximum collegial assessment (30/30)
  • The credits of the Integrated Course of Thoracic and Vascular Diseases (14 CFU) are awarded with a collegial grade of a minimum 18/30

If it is necessary to appoint several subcommittees for the same final summative assessment, the student has the right to ask, in advance, not later than the beginning of the assessment, to be assessed also by the professor responsible of the discipline

The final summative assessment takes also into account the level of mastery of the key concepts illustrated in the classroom, critical thinking and the ability to integrate the key concepts and take-home messages of the different modules of the integrated course.

Failure to pass the exam may be due to insufficient knowledge of these concepts.

Gradation of the final grade: Preparation on a very limited number of topics covered in the course and analytical skills that emerge only with the help of the teacher, expressed in an overall correct language → 18-19; Preparation on a limited number of topics covered in the course and ability to autonomous analysis only on purely executive matters, expression in correct language → 20-24; Preparation on a large number of topics covered in the course, ability to make independent choices of critical analysis, mastery of specific terminology → 25-29; Basically exhaustive preparation on the topics covered in the course, ability to make autonomous choices of critical analysis and connection, full mastery of specific terminology and ability to argue and self-reflection → 30-30L.

Teaching tools

Students are encouraged to attend the lectures with a printout of the relevant file downloaded from IOL (Insegnamenti On-Line) platform or bringing electronic devices to access the relevant material during the lecture. This will allow easier interaction with the teacher when asked to discuss a problem.

E-learning material (including scientific literature and self-assessment tools) will be provided as well.

Office hours

See the website of Rita Golfieri