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Comprehensive characterisation of hypertensive heart disease left ventricular phenotypes

Published on: December 15, 2023

Myocardial intracellular/extracellular structure and aortic function were assessed among hypertensive left ventricular (LV) phenotypes using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR).

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CMR community Re-aligning for COVID-19 Research

Published on: December 14, 2023

Discover how the CMR community is rapidly adapting in response to COVID-19. Learn about the groundbreaking international study led by Barts Heart Centre, UCL, and University of Cape Town, collecting over 50,000 samples for vital research.

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SCMR Statement on Violence and Societal Oppression

Published on: December 1, 2022

The Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) emphatically denounces all forms of aggression, violence, and societal oppression, advocating for the right of every individual to live without fear, regardless of their background or identity. This commitment is central to SCMR's Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement.

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2021 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS)

Published on: August 7, 2020

The SCMR's overview of the 2021 OPPS and PFS proposed rules highlights proposed increases in TC payment for most CMR codes under the OPPS, while noting a decrease in the PFS conversion factor potentially affecting radiology reimbursements. The overview also discusses CMS's proposed changes in the MIPS category weights and the reassessment of cardiology quality measures.

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SCMR Social Justice Statement

Published on: June 18, 2020

The SCMR strongly opposes racism, prejudice, and discrimination, affirming its commitment to diversity and inclusion in response to the #BlackLivesMatter protests and global societal challenges. Acknowledging the dual pandemics of systemic racism and COVID-19, the Society emphasizes its dedication to addressing health disparities and promoting equitable access to cardiovascular magnetic resonance, especially for underserved communities.

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CMS Appropriate Use Criteria Program

Published on: May 28, 2020

The CMS Appropriate Use Criteria Program, as part of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, mandates the use of AUC for advanced diagnostic imaging for Medicare beneficiaries. Starting January 1, 2021, ordering professionals must consult AUC through a clinical decision support mechanism before ordering services like CMR. Payment will be contingent on documentation of AUC consultation. The impact of COVID-19 on this implementation is still uncertain, with the AMA requesting a postponement and SCMR promising to provide updates as they arise.

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3D Printing in Healthcare in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

Published on: April 28, 2020

In response to COVID-19, the UCSF School of Medicine explores the use of 3D printing technologies in healthcare, addressing shortages in PPE and medical supplies. The article by Shafkat Anwar MD et al. highlights collaborations and regulatory considerations, underscoring the potential and challenges of rapid technological innovations in crisis situations.

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Standardized Image Interpretation and Post-Processing in Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance – 2020

Published on: March 20, 2020

This document, developed by the Task Force for Post-Processing of the SCMR, provides consensus recommendations on standards for interpretation and post-processing of CMR studies. It aims to ensure consistent quality and reproducibility in CMR reports by outlining requirements for qualitative and quantitative evaluation, and addressing potential pitfalls in CMR image analysis. This is an update to the original 2013 recommendations, reflecting the growing importance and evolving utility of CMR in clinical practice.

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SCMR Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement

Published on: February 28, 2020

The SCMR emphasizes its commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion, recognizing its people as invaluable assets. The Society values the individual differences, experiences, knowledge, and talents of its members, and actively promotes diversity across various dimensions. This commitment extends to all SCMR practices, policies, and activities, including leadership selection, professional development, and advancing CMR in cardiovascular health. Members, volunteers, staff, and industry partners are expected to uphold these principles of dignity, respect, and inclusion in all interactions and SCMR-related events.

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Standardized cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) protocols: 2020 update

Published on: February 26, 2020

The 2020 update of the SCMR's Standardized Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CMR) Protocols, announced on February 26, 2020, builds upon the 2013 publication. This document, part of a coordinated effort with three additional task forces, addresses updates on Clinical Indications for CMR, Reporting Standards, and Post-Processing. It includes expanded sections on general principles and techniques, and a new section on imaging in patients with devices, reflecting their increasing prevalence in clinical practice. This update aims to further standardize and streamline the patient-based approach to CMR and will be revised periodically to keep pace with advancements in the field.

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23rd Scientific Sessions – Award Recipients

Published on: February 15, 2020

At the 2020 SCMR Scientific Session, Peter Kellman and Jeanette Schulz-Menger were honored with the SCMR Gold Medal Award, while Gilles Jean Eugene Soulat received the Best Image Award. The event also celebrated early career researchers Sarah Ghonim and Tushar Kotecha for their significant contributions to clinical and basic science, respectively. Austin Robinson's team was recognized for their innovative e-Poster, Bao Ru Leong for an insightful technologist abstract, and Arun Dahiya for a

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SCMR CEO & President Announcement

Published on: January 16, 2020

Dear Members, As 2020 has just begun we wanted to share some highlights and celebrate achievements that occurred in the past year...

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Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents in the Setting of Stage 4 or 5 Chronic Kidney Disease

Published on: January 6, 2020

Updated Risks of Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis and Implications for Cardiac Magnetic Resonance

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2020 SCMR Election Results

Published on: December 18, 2019

The Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance is pleased to announce the 2020 election results. We thank all of the candidates who agreed to be on the slate for the recent election of officers and trustees of SCMR’s Board of Trustees

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SCMR Seed Grant Recipients – 2019

Published on: December 17, 2019

The 2019 SCMR Seed Grant Award selected Allan Bradley and Nivedita K. Naresh as recipients for their contributions to CMR research. They will each receive $5,000 and present their findings at the 2021 Scientific Sessions, exemplifying the program's aim to bolster multi-site CMR research and support early career investigators.

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SCMR International Outreach Committee – Rapid CMR in Cuba

Published on: November 22, 2019

Improving the diagnosis of cardiac diseases in Developing Countries with Rapid Cardiac Magnetic Resonance – “Rapid CMR”, is an international research collaboration project which has grown due to the contribution of various institutions and professionals...

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Posted Final 2020 Payment Rules

Published on: November 5, 2019

CMS's final 2020 payment rules for the MPFS and OPPS indicate continued reductions in CMR reimbursement rates. Despite SCMR's efforts, CMS maintained existing APC groupings, impacting technical component reimbursements. The SCMR is actively addressing these challenges by analyzing hospital charging practices to ensure sustainable cardiac MR services.

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SCMR Earns Seat in the AMA Specialty and Service Society (SSS) Caucus

Published on: October 17, 2019

SCMR is proud to announce that the Rules Committee of the American Medical Association (AMA) has accepted our application and recommends that SCMR be seated for membership in the AMA Specialty and Service Society (SSS) Caucus.

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New SCMR Position Statement

Published on: October 9, 2019

The Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) is the international professional society that strives to improve cardiovascular health by advancing the field of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR).

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SCMR Registry Paper Published on the SPINS Trial

Published on: October 2, 2019

The SCMR's first registry paper, based on the SPINS trial, demonstrates the effectiveness of stress CMR in prognosticating cardiac events and reducing healthcare costs for patients with stable chest pain, highlighting its clinical utility and cost-effectiveness. Key contributors include lead author Raymond Kwong, former SCMR CEO Orlando P. Simonetti, participating sites, and sponsors Siemens Healthineers and Bayer.

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SCMR Submits Letter Addressing Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule for 2020

Published on: October 1, 2019

SCMR recently submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in opposition to proposed cuts in...

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Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Rules for 2020

Published on: August 1, 2019

Late Monday, July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Rules for 2020

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FDA Approves First Contrast for Cardiac MRI

Published on: July 22, 2019

The FDA's approval of CMR for assessing myocardial perfusion and late gadolinium enhancement in CAD patients marks a significant advancement in cardiac diagnostics. This decision, stemming from the GadaCAD trials, demonstrates the efficacy and safety of contrast-enhanced cardiac MRI, offering a rapid and non-invasive diagnostic option for the 16.5 million CAD patients. This approval reinforces cardiac MRI's role as a crucial tool in managing coronary artery disease.

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SCMR Level I Workshop in Columbus, Ohio

Published on: July 15, 2019

65 healthcare professionals gathered at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on July 13 th and 14 th for the SCMR...

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2018 Journal Impact Factor Released

Published on: June 24, 2019

The Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (JCMR), the official journal of the SCMR, maintained an impressive impact factor of 5.070 for 2018. This figure reflects the frequency of citations for papers published in 2016 and 2017, indicating the journal's significant influence and scientific value. In the 2018 InCites Journal Citation Reports, JCMR ranked 28th among 136 journals in Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems and 16th out of 129 in Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging. The journal saw an increase in total citations, demonstrating its growing impact in the field. Congratulations are due to Editor Warren Manning and all contributors for this achievement.

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MRI Perfusion Scan of Heart May Direct Treatment Decisions in Angina: MR-INFORM Trial

Published on: June 20, 2019

The MR-INFORM trial shows a 40-minute MRI can effectively guide treatment for angina patients, potentially replacing more invasive procedures with similar health outcomes. This approach, studied in 918 patients, suggests a reduction in hospital stays and further interventions.

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SCMR Bringing Attention to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Published on: May 21, 2019

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), affecting one in every 500 people, is the most common inherited cardiac condition. SCMR emphasizes the importance of CMR in diagnosing and managing HCM, offering detailed insights into heart muscle thickening and assisting in risk assessment and treatment decisions. CMR's comprehensive imaging capabilities make it a crucial tool in differentiating HCM from other causes of heart muscle thickening and in evaluating the extent of the condition.

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SCMR Introduces New CEO

Published on: May 15, 2019

SCMR announces Dr. Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci as its new CEO. Renowned in the field of cardiovascular magnetic resonance, she brings extensive experience and a history of significant contributions to SCMR. The Society thanks outgoing CEO Orlando Simonetti and the CEO Search Committee, welcoming Dr. Bucciarelli-Ducci to her new role.

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SCMR Seeks to Bring Awareness to Sarcoidosis

Published on: April 2, 2019

Sarcoidosis is a systemic inflammatory disease that typically effects the lungs and lymph nodes and that can affect th...

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Scientific Session Recordings & Board Prep Course Now Available Online

Published on: March 28, 2019

Recordings from the 22nd SCMR Scientific Sessions and the online Board Prep Review Course are now available on the SCMR online learning portal. Attendees of the live sessions in Bellevue have free access, while SCMR members who didn't attend can access them at a discounted rate. To view the recordings, visit the SCMR Online Learning Portal, sign in, and go to "My Classroom." The Board Review Course, aligning with the APCA™ certification objectives in CMR, offers over 11 hours of content and the chance to earn 11.5 CME credits.

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Help Shape the SCMR Scientific Sessions 2020: Propose a Session!

Published on: March 27, 2019

The Program Committee for the 23rd Scientific Sessions in Orlando invites you to propose a session to be held during the 2020 Scientific Sessions. We have reserved 2 sessions, one 45 minutes and the other 85 minutes in duration

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SCMR Promoting Awareness of Amyloidosis

Published on: March 7, 2019

SCMR and the Amyloidosis Foundation are raising awareness about amyloidosis, a condition where amyloid proteins deposit in organs, including the heart. CMR plays a key role in diagnosing and managing cardiac amyloidosis, providing detailed, noninvasive heart imaging. This initiative aims to improve understanding and diagnosis of this often underrecognized condition.

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SCMR Reminds Everyone that CMR Helps Get to the “Heart” of Cardiac Health

Published on: February 22, 2019

As many of you are aware, February is American Heart Month, sponsored annually by the American Heart Association. In an ef...

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SCMR and HeartIT Sign Agreement for a Worldwide Cloud-Based Registry

Published on: January 31, 2019

The Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) has signed an agreement with Heart Imaging Technologies (HeartIT) to provide a worldwide cloud-based infrastructure for the SCMR Registry.

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SCMR Seed Grant Recipients

Published on: January 21, 2019

There were 15 submissions for the 2019 SCMR Seed Grant Award. The Science Committee reviewed and scored the applicants and...

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SCMR Receives NIH Funding to Support 22nd Annual Scientific Sessions

Published on: January 20, 2019

For the fourth consecutive year the SCMR has received an R13 Conference Grant Award (R13EB027568) to support the travel

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Best Image Contest Now Open

Published on: December 13, 2018

SCMR is excited to announce the 5th Annual Best Image Contest. We are looking for the best interpretation of cardiovascular images from the membership. If you have something fun and creative you would like to submit

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2019 SCMR Election Results

Published on: December 11, 2018

The Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance is pleased to announce the 2019 election results.

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SCMR Level I Workshop in Houston

Published on: December 10, 2018

58 healthcare professionals gathered in Houston, Texas on December 1st and 2nd for the SCMR Foundations of CMR Level I Workshop

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CMS Issues Final 2019 OPPS Payment Rule

Published on: November 8, 2018

On November 2, 2018, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Final 2019 Rule on the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)

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SCMR selects HeartIT as partner to expand the Global SCMR Registry

Published on: October 31, 2018

The SCMR Board of Trustees has approved the recommendation of the Registry Task Force to enter into negotiations with Heart Imaging Technologies (HeartIT)

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MRI Coverage Expansion for Cardiovascular Devices

Published on: October 26, 2018

CMS Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) recently posted notice that effective for claims with dates of service on...

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SCMR Endorses the CBCMR Exam

Published on: October 24, 2018

The SCMR is pleased to endorse the inaugural Certification Board of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CBCMR) Exam to be offered in May of 2019.

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SCMR Montreal Workshop Recap

Published on: October 11, 2018

79 healthcare professionals gathered in Montreal, Quebec on September 29th and 30th for the SCMR Foundations of CMR Level I Workshop

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Congratulations to the Newest Class of SCMR Fellows!

Published on: October 2, 2018

Congratulations to the newest class of FSCMR honorees for their outstanding dedication to the SCMR and the field of CMR. This group of professionals has demonstrated exceptional commitment and expertise in cardiovascular magnetic resonance, earning them this distinguished recognition. Their contributions continue to advance the field and enhance the SCMR's mission. Well done to all the newly recognized FSCMR members!

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2019 SCMR Gold Medal Award is now open for nominations

Published on: October 1, 2018

The SCMR Gold Medal Award, the highest honor of the Society, recognizes outstanding contributions to Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. Members can nominate candidates by October 30th, accompanied by the nominee's CV and two supporting letters from SCMR members. Current SCMR officers, Board of Trustees, and Gold Medal Award Committee members are ineligible to nominate or receive the award.

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Late Breaking Science Session, Focusing on Patients Suspected with Ischemia

Published on: August 27, 2018

Dr. Raymond Y. Kwong presented the SPINS study at the European Society of Cardiology Congress, demonstrating stress CMR's effectiveness in managing suspected ischemia. The study involved 2,371 patients and indicated that stress CMR can accurately diagnose and potentially reduce healthcare costs. Despite its benefits, stress CMR is underutilized in the U.S. Dr. Kwong's presentation underscores its significance in evaluating chest pain syndromes.

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SCMR Registry Trial Results to be Presented at ESC

Published on: August 22, 2018

The SCMR Registry's first study, "The Clinical Impact of Stress CMR Perfusion Imaging in the United States (SPINS)," led by Dr. Raymond Y. Kwong, will be presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress. It evaluates stress CMR's prognostic value in chest pain patients in a U.S. multi-center setting. Results will be shared after the presentation, acknowledging Dr. Kwong, participating sites, and sponsors Bayer and Siemens Healthcare.

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New CMR Training Guidelines

Published on: August 16, 2018

The SCMR has updated its training guidelines for cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR), reflecting the evolving clinical practice of CMR. These new guidelines provide a training pathway for physicians in practice and are internationally applicable, created by an international group of experts. The document serves credentialing committees worldwide and outlines criteria for SCMR's official verification of training. Those who met the 2007 SCMR Training Guidelines by December 31, 2018, are eligible for verification under those standards; others will follow the new requirements.

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RapidCMR – CMR for Developing Countries

Published on: August 16, 2018

"RapidCMR" is a global initiative to make cardiac MRI (CMR) faster, cheaper, and more accessible in low and middle-income countries, focusing on essential heart health information. Coordinated by SCMR and industry partners, it has successfully implemented efficient CMR protocols in several countries, improving cardiac care and reducing costs.

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Newsworthy Publications on Advanced Aortic Stenosis

Published on: August 2, 2018

The publications highlight CMR's role in managing advanced aortic stenosis, focusing on myocardial fibrosis patterns, detection methods, and reversibility post-valve replacement. They cover hypertrophy progression, cardiac decompensation, reverse remodeling after valve replacement, and a detailed study of myocardial fibrosis.

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Congratulations to the Newest Class of SCMR Fellows!

Published on: July 10, 2018

Congratulations to the newest class of FSCMR for their dedication to the SCMR and the field of CMR. This diverse group of professionals has been recognized for their significant contributions and expertise. For more information and to view the complete list of SCMR fellows or to apply for FSCMR, visit the SCMR website. Application deadlines are March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1.

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2017 Journal Impact Factor Released

Published on: July 5, 2018

The Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (JCMR), SCMR's official journal, maintained an impressive impact factor of 5.457 for 2017. This reflects the frequency of citations for its 2015 and 2016 articles in 2017, underscoring its scientific influence. JCMR ranked 12th in Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, and Medical Imaging, and 21st in Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems, with its 5-year impact factor reaching a new high of 6.307. The increase in total citations from 2016 to 2017 highlights its growing scientific and clinical significance. Congratulations to everyone contributing to JCMR's success!

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New Congenital Heart Disease Online Courses

Published on: June 28, 2018

SCMR has introduced new online courses covering congenital heart diseases, pediatric diseases like Kawasaki Disease and Vasculitis, and various CMR techniques. Additionally, there are 10 CME courses available. These courses, free or discounted for members, have been developed with the help of the SCMR Pediatric and Congenital Section, including Sanjeet Hegde, Beth Printz, and Michael Taylor.

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Mentorship Lunch Leads to Research & Collaboration

Published on: June 14, 2018

Felicia Seemann, a PhD student from Lund University, benefited from an informal mentorship lunch at an SCMR meeting, leading to a productive 6-month research exchange at Yale University. Supervised by Dr. Dana Peters and Dr. Lauren Baldassare, the exchange resulted in valuable research contributions to her PhD and highlighted the importance of mentorship and international collaboration in academia.

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SCMR Global Registry – Request for Proposals

Published on: June 13, 2018

The SCMR is seeking an industry collaborator for its CMR Registry, which holds data from around 65,000 cardiac MRI studies from 17 international centers, to enhance its capabilities and reach. This partnership, outlined in a unique Request for Proposals (RFP), aims to expand the registry, supporting wider CMR research and public health benefits without direct payment for services. Interested parties are invited to express their intent by 27 June 2018, with the collaboration focusing on data management and registry maintenance for potentially extensive global data.

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Foundations of CMR Workshop – Chicago Recap

Published on: May 8, 2018

The SCMR Foundations of CMR Level I Workshop in Chicago, attended by over 95 healthcare professionals, was a success. Co-directed by Amit Patel, Luis Landeras, and James Carr, it covered CMR's clinical value and applications in cardiac imaging. The event included software demos, hands-on sessions, and discussions on various cardiac conditions. Positive feedback from participants has encouraged SCMR to plan more such workshops annually, supported by expert faculty and sponsors like Arterys and Bayer Healthcare.

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JCMR Article-Process Charges Update

Published on: April 23, 2018

Since becoming Open Access in 2008, the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (JCMR) has significantly grown in impact. To address the financial burden of publication costs on the Society, the SCMR Board of Trustees has reduced the Article Publication Charge for members to $500, a substantial discount from the standard $2,500, effective July 1, 2018. Fee waivers will continue for cases of financial hardship.

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CEO Transition

Published on: April 23, 2018

Orlando P. Simonetti, reflecting on his successful tenure as SCMR CEO, has decided to return to full-time research at The Ohio State University and will step down as CEO after the 2019 Scientific Sessions. His time as CEO saw significant developments in the SCMR, including new initiatives and workshops. He plans to remain involved as a volunteer and is assisting in the transition to a new CEO, with SCMR now accepting applications for the position.

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New Online Courses Available

Published on: April 20, 2018

The SCMR online learning portal offers valuable member benefits, including access to scientific session recordings and CME courses. New courses include CMR 2018 Meeting recordings, Ischemic Heart Disease CME courses with a spring discount, and upcoming courses on various topics. Explore these offerings on the portal now.

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Congratulations to the first class of SCMR Fellows!

Published on: April 3, 2018

Congratulations to the first class of FSCMR recognized for their dedication to the SCMR and to the field of CMR.

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CBS Pittsburgh News: Diagnosis Common Heart Problem Made Easier With Cardiac MRI

Published on: February 23, 2018

Great story and testimonial showing the value of CMR from CBS Pittsburgh news broadcast February 22, 2018.

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Diagnostic Accuracy of Fully Automatic Pixel-wise Quantitative CMR Perfusion

Published on: February 20, 2018

Quantitative stress perfusion CMR is gaining acceptance for its diagnostic accuracy, and it can address complex questions not covered by qualitative methods. A study by Hsu et al from the NIH introduces a promising fully automated, pixel-wise, quantitative CMR stress perfusion approach with competitive diagnostic accuracy compared to PET perfusion.

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CMR Considerations in CMS’ Revised Coverage Policy for ICD Implantation

Published on: February 19, 2018

CMS has updated its coverage policy for ICD implantation, now including cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) as an approved diagnostic imaging modality for evaluating left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). SCMR advocated for this change and suggested considering CMR for other indications as well.

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New! Become a Fellow of the SCMR

Published on: January 18, 2018

SCMR is excited to announce a new program for 2018, the "FSCMR" designation. The FSCMR recognizes the dedicated SCMR member physician, scientist, or technologist with a strong dedication to the SCMR and the field of CMR. The FSCMR designation recognizes a significant level of involvement, dedication, and accomplishments consistent with the overall mission of the Society.

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2018 SCMR Election Results

Published on: December 7, 2017

The Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance is pleased to announce the 2018 election results. We thank all of the candidates who agreed to be on the slate for the recent election of officers and trustees of SCMR’s Board of Trustees. We appreciate their participation and continued support of SCMR and its mission.

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Foundations of CMR – Level I SCMR Workshop Recap

Published on: December 6, 2017

Over 90 healthcare professionals attended a CMR workshop in Rockville, MD, covering CMR applications and MRI safety. The event received positive feedback, and there are plans for future workshops, with sponsors including Arterys, Bayer Healthcare, Circle Cardiovascular Imaging, Guerbet, Medis Medical Imaging, and NeoSoft.

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2018 SCMR Gold Medal Recipient

Published on: November 30, 2017

Dr. Andrew E Arai received the 2018 Gold Medal Award from the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) for his exceptional contributions to CMR and service to the SCMR. He has been involved with the SCMR for over a decade, holding leadership positions and advancing CMR techniques and applications, earning him high respect in the field.

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Level 1 SCMR Training Guidelines Revised

Published on: November 17, 2017

SCMR is updating its CMR training guidelines led by Dr. Victor Ferrari. Level 1 requirements have been revised with two tracks: Track A for trainees and Track B for post-training physicians, offering accessibility. Track B can be completed in a 2-day course. SCMR will issue Level 1 Certificates. They are also updating Levels 2 and 3 and developing a CMR Certification Exam. Expect revised guidelines soon.

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A Light in the Dark: CMR and its Role in the Prevention of Sudden Death

Published on: November 13, 2017

The guidelines on managing ventricular arrhythmias and preventing sudden cardiac death highlight the growing role of CMR in evaluating various cardiomyopathies due to its diagnostic and prognostic value.

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CMS Reimbursement Rates for Outpatient CMR Set to Increase in 2018

Published on: November 2, 2017

On November 1, 2017, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Final 2018 Rule on the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS).

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Closing In on the Area At Risk

Published on: October 20, 2017

Multiple studies have suggested that acute myocardial infarct imaging by CMR late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) may be problematic in the early period due to

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2018 SCMR Gold Medal Award

Published on: October 16, 2017

2018 SCMR Gold Medal Award is now open for nominations.

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Representation of cardiovascular magnetic resonance in the AHA / ACC guidelines

Published on: September 26, 2017

Whereas evidence supporting the diagnostic value of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) has increased, there exists significant worldwide variability in the clinical utilization of CMR

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2018 Seed Grant Program – Call for Proposals

Published on: September 11, 2017

The SCMR is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the SCMR Seed Grant Program. The goal of the program is to foster the development and/or validation of new techniques aimed at increasing the clinical effectiveness of CMR

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Cardiac MRI Improves Risk Stratification for STEMI Patients

Published on: September 5, 2017

A study found that early post-heart attack (STEMI) cardiac MRI parameters are better at predicting long-term outcomes than traditional predictors. Cardiac MRI, specifically microvascular obstruction (MVO), was a strong independent predictor of death and heart failure hospitalization in reperfused STEMI patients, outperforming traditional predictors. Cardiac MRI provides a comprehensive assessment of the myocardium, LV function, and morphology, making it a valuable tool for long-term prognosis in these patients.

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SCMR Advocacy Addressing CMR Coverage

Published on: August 24, 2017

Aetna now covers CMR services for coronary artery disease and non-ischemic cardiomyopathies. The ACC and SCMR submitted comments to CMS supporting MRI coverage for certain cardiovascular indications, especially for patients with implantable devices. SCMR actively advocates for CMR coverage and assists members with denied claims.

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SCMR Global Registry – Self Assessment Exercise

Published on: August 3, 2017

The SCMR Registry Steering Committee invites SCMR members to participate in a self-assessment exercise evaluating 10 common CMR cases, aiming to assess interpretation consistency across regions and backgrounds. The exercise is open until November 1st, 2017, and results won't be made public.

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Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 2016 Impact Factor at 5.601

Published on: June 19, 2017

The 2016 journal impact factors were released last week and the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (JCMR)

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CMS Appropriate Use Criteria Program for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Services

Published on: June 12, 2017

The Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014 mandates the use of Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for advanced diagnostic imaging services, effective January 1, 2018. Ordering professionals must consult AUC before ordering such services, and those who don't may not receive payment from Medicare.

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Pictorial Review of Surgical Anatomy in Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Published on: May 30, 2017

This article discusses the significant improvement in the survival rate of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) due to technological and surgical advancements over the past two decades. It emphasizes the crucial role of cardiac magnetic resonance and cardiac computed tomography angiography in diagnosing and monitoring CHD patients, offering noninvasive assessments of various aspects of the heart and vasculature.

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Employing Extracellular Volume CMR Measures of Myocardial Fibrosis to Foster Novel Therapeutics

Published on: May 23, 2017

Quantifying myocardial fibrosis (MF) with myocardial extracellular volume measures acquired during cardiovascular magnetic resonance promises to transform clinical care

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Stress Perfusion CMR in Patients With Known and Suspected CAD

Published on: May 8, 2017

The study investigated the prognostic value of stress-perfusion cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) in patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). It found that an ischemia burden of ≥1.5 ischemic segments on stress-perfusion CMR was the strongest predictor of adverse cardiac events, suggesting that patients with zero or one ischemic segment can safely defer revascularization.

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T1 and T2 Mapping in Recognition of Early Cardiac Involvement in Systemic Sarcoidosis

Published on: May 1, 2017

Purpose To determine whether quantitative tissue characterization with T1 and T2 mapping supports recognition of myocardial involvement in patients with systemic sarcoidosis

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Hypertrabeculated Left Ventricular Myocardium in Relationship to Myocardial Function and Fibrosis

Published on: April 24, 2017

This study aimed to investigate whether excess left ventricle (LV) trabeculation is associated with decreased regional myocardial function, diffuse fibrosis, or both. It found that greater LV trabeculation was associated with worse average regional LV function, suggesting that hypertrabeculation may be an epiphenomenon of disease. However, there was no association between the degree of trabeculation and diffuse fibrosis.

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Stress Perfusion Imaging

Published on: April 19, 2017

Does stress perfusion imaging improve the diagnostic accuracy of late gadolinium enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance for establishing the etiology of heart failure?

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Myocardial Perfusion CMR: Optimized Dual Sequence and Reconstruction for Quantification

Published on: April 11, 2017

This study aimed to improve the quantification of myocardial blood flow using contrast-enhanced cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR). The researchers developed a dual sequence approach with separate pulse sequences for arterial input function (AIF) and myocardial tissue, achieving linearity between signal and contrast agent concentration. Their results showed reliable perfusion mapping with low variability, providing accurate measurements of myocardial blood flow in healthy subjects.

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Association Between Mid-Wall Late Gadolinium Enhancement and Sudden Cardiac Death

Published on: April 3, 2017

Association Between Mid-Wall Late Gadolinium Enhancement and Sudden Cardiac Death in Patients with Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Mild and Moderate Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction.

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Caution Regarding Gadolinium Use is Appropriate, but Overreacting Can be Harmful

Published on: March 22, 2017

The Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which regulates pharmaceuticals in the EU

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Noninvasive Imaging in Adult Congenital Heart Disease: A Review

Published on: March 22, 2017

This article provides an overview of the role of echocardiography, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, and cardiac computed tomography in assessing congenital heart disease (CHD) patients. It emphasizes their importance in evaluating structural and residual heart disease, quantifying ventricular volume and function, stress imaging, shunt quantification, tissue characterization, and extracardiac imaging as essential aspects of CHD care.

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Noninvasive perfusion imaging equivalent to invasive angiography in patients with stable chest pain

Published on: March 17, 2017

Noninvasive perfusion imaging equivalent to invasive angiography in patients with stable chest pain

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Role of CMR in the Guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

Published on: March 1, 2017

An article titled, The Role of CMR in the Guidelines of the ESC, has recently been published by Florian von Knobelsdorff and Jeanette Schulz-Menger from Charité and HELIOS clinics

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Members from the PR Committee Discuss CMR on National Radio

Published on: February 28, 2017

Dr. Amit Patel, the current SCMR Public Relations Committee Chair, was interviewed for American Heart Month, discussing the increasing rates of heart failure in the U.S., the role of cardiovascular disease as a leading cause of death, and the latest non-invasive imaging technologies for heart disease diagnosis. Dr. Michael Salerno, the Co-Chair of the Public Relations Committee, also gave advice on living heart-healthy lives during National Heart Month in an interview on Rowan Radio.

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Assessing the Risks Associated with MRI in Patients with a Pacemaker or Defibrillator

Published on: February 27, 2017

This study assessed the safety of performing MRI on patients with non-MRI-conditional pacemakers or ICDs. They found that MRI at 1.5 tesla was safe when patients were appropriately screened, and devices were reprogrammed according to the protocol. There were no deaths, lead failures, or ventricular arrhythmias, but some minor issues were observed.

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Global SCMR Registry Paper Published in the JCMR

Published on: February 21, 2017

With multifaceted imaging capabilities, cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is playing a progressively increasing role in the management of various cardiac conditions

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy With Left Ventricular Apical Aneurysm

Published on: February 15, 2017

This study examined a subset of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients with left ventricular (LV) apical aneurysms and found that they are at high risk for arrhythmic sudden death and thromboembolic events. Over a 4.4-year follow-up, 3% of these patients died suddenly or of heart failure, and 24% survived with various treatment interventions. The study suggests that identifying this phenotype can help expand risk stratification and lead to effective treatment for potentially life-threatening complications in HCM patients with LV apical aneurysms.

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MRI Pioneer and Nobel Laureate Sir Peter Mansfield Passed Away

Published on: February 8, 2017

Nobel laureate Sir Peter Mansfield, PhD, one of the pioneers in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) died on February 8 at the age of 83.

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Novel application of 3D contrast-enhanced CMR

Published on: January 25, 2017

The study used late gadolinium-enhanced cardiovascular magnetic resonance (LGE-CMR) to visualize the 3D fibrotic structure of the human sinoatrial node (SAN) in healthy volunteers. They found a distinct ellipsoidal fibrotic region in the heart, corresponding to the anatomical location of the SAN, consisting of 41.9% fibrotic tissue. This novel approach may help in identifying and targeting the SAN structure during ablation procedures.

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Splenic T1-mapping: a novel quantitative method for assessing adenosine stress adequacy for CMR

Published on: January 18, 2017

Perfusion cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) performed with inadequate adenosine stress leads to false-negative results and suboptimal clinical management

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JCMR Editor-in-Chief Transition: Thank You & Welcome

Published on: January 18, 2017

Dr. Warren J. Manning has succeeded Dr. Dudley J. Pennell as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (JCMR) as of January 1st. Under Dr. Pennell's leadership, JCMR saw significant growth in its impact factor, publication volume, and global recognition, and Dr. Manning, a previous SCMR Gold Medal Award recipient, will continue to lead the journal's success in the future.

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Identifying the Infarct Related Artery Utilizing CMR

Published on: January 12, 2017

In a study involving 113 patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who underwent cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR), it was found that in 4% of cases, there was a mismatch between the coronary artery identified on coronary angiography (CA) as the infarct-related artery (IRA) and the artery supplying the territory of acute infarction on CMR. Notably, four of these cases had multiple acute infarctions in different coronary artery territories on CMR, highlighting the potential role of CMR in cases of STEMI with multi-vessel disease.

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Noninvasive Measurement of Pressure Gradient Across a Coronary Stenosis using Phase Contrast -MRI

Published on: January 3, 2017

The study investigated the feasibility of measuring blood pressure differences (ΔP) across coronary arteries using phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging (PC-MRI). It utilized three-directional velocities in the coronary arteries and Navier-Stokes equations to derive ΔP. The results showed good reproducibility and a significant increase in ΔP in patients with suspected coronary artery disease, suggesting the potential for noninvasive assessment of coronary artery stenosis using this method.

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Call for Volunteers

Published on: December 20, 2016

Volunteer to advance the field of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) by joining a committee at the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR). Fill out the online application before January 16th, and if selected, you'll serve a three-year term and actively participate in committee activities to improve CMR.

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Histologic Validation of Myocardial Fibrosis Measured by T1 Mapping

Published on: December 19, 2016

A systematic review and meta-analysis of 15 studies involving 308 patients found that T1 mapping in cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) demonstrated a favorable overall correlation (pooled correlation coefficient of 0.884) with myocardial biopsy measurements for quantifying myocardial fibrosis. Further research is needed to calibrate T1 mapping results for different cardiomyopathies.

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Best Image Contest

Published on: December 16, 2016

The Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) is hosting its third annual Best Image Contest, inviting members to submit creative and high-quality cardiovascular images for a chance to win recognition on the SCMR website, inclusion in the 2018 Program Book, and an SCMR gift. The winners will be announced at the SCMR Scientific Sessions in Washington DC. The submission deadline is Monday, January 16th.

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Myocardial Fibrosis Progression in Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy

Published on: December 13, 2016

In Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD), interventions reducing the progression of myocardial disease could affect survival.

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Prognostic Value of LGE-CMR in HCMA Meta-Analysis

Published on: December 9, 2016

The aims of this study included performing a meta-analysis of the predictive value of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) for adverse events and death in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).

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Objective criteria for septal fibrosis in non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy: …

Published on: November 21, 2016

The study established objective criteria for identifying septal fibrosis in non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (NIDCM) patients, and novice readers using these criteria outperformed expert readers in predicting future cardiovascular events. Patients meeting specific criteria for septal fibrosis were at a 9-fold higher risk of cardiac death or appropriate implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) therapy, validating the reproducibility of these criteria for identifying high-risk NIDCM patients.

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American Heart Association 2016 Distinguished Scientist Award

Published on: November 17, 2016

Dr. Leon Axel, a prominent SCMR member, received the American Heart Association's 2016 Distinguished Scientist Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to advancing cardiovascular research. Dr. Axel's work, particularly in the development of novel MRI cardiac imaging methods, has significantly contributed to our understanding of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

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2017 Gold Medal Award Recipient

Published on: November 14, 2016

The Board of Trustees of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance is pleased to announce the 2017 Gold Medal Award recipient is

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Native Magnetic Resonance T1-Mapping Identifies Diffuse Myocardial Injury in Hypothyroidism

Published on: November 14, 2016

Hypothyroidism (HT) is characterized by thyroid hormone deficiencies, which can lead to diffuse myocardial interstitium lesions in patients with HT.

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CMS issues Final 2017 Rule on Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)

Published on: November 11, 2016

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented cuts to reimbursement for cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging codes in 2017. The cuts resulted from limited cost data, emphasizing the need for accurate cost capture to influence future reimbursement rates.

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Left Atrial Structure and Function in Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction:

Published on: November 7, 2016

Given the emerging recognition of left atrial structure and function as an important marker of disease in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HF-pEF)

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Myocardial Extracellular Volume Estimation by CMR Predicts Functional Recovery Following Acute MI

Published on: October 31, 2016

The study compared infarct extracellular volume (ECV) measured by T1-mapping CMR with late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) transmural extent in predicting contractile recovery in reperfused acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Acute infarct ECV was found to be an additional predictor of functional recovery independent of transmural extent, complementing LGE assessment.

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Ventricular Structure in ARVC: Going Beyond Volumes as a Measure of Risk

Published on: October 25, 2016

Altered right ventricular structure is an important feature of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC), but is challenging to quantify objectively

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MACRA Final Rule Released

Published on: October 25, 2016

CMS released the final rule for MACRA, which replaces the SGR and offers providers two compliance pathways: MIPS or APM. Providers can start reporting under MIPS between January 1, 2017, and October 2, 2017, with flexibility in data submission. Participation in APM offers a chance for a five percent bonus payment in 2019, and CMS aims to include medical specialists. For details, visit the CMS QPP website.

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CMR Practice in the World – Please Take Our Survey

Published on: October 21, 2016

Complete our survey on CMR practice based on your experience to help us understand the current state of CMR globally and improve access to this technology. The deadline is February 28th. Share this survey with colleagues and get a chance to win a free 1-year SCMR membership.

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Evaluation of myocardial involvement in patients with connective tissue disorders

Published on: October 19, 2016

Severe arrhythmias or heart failure may be surrogates of myocardial involvement in patients with connective tissue disorders (CTD)

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Mechanisms of Myocardial Ischemia in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Published on: October 10, 2016

Angina is common in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and is associated with abnormal myocardial perfusion

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Myocardial Native T1 Time in Patients With Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Published on: October 7, 2016

In patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC), native T1 time was significantly elevated compared to healthy controls, regardless of the presence or absence of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE). A substantial number of segments without LGE showed elevation of native T1 time, highlighting heterogeneity in myocardial native T1 time in HC patients.

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Where to measure flow in the aorta?

Published on: September 13, 2016

Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is considered the gold standard of cardiac volumetric measurements

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Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Findings Late After the Arterial Switch Operation

Published on: September 13, 2016

In adolescents and adult patients who have undergone the arterial switch operation, cardiovascular magnetic resonance findings were retrospectively reviewed in 220 consecutive patients. Some patients exhibited ventricular enlargement or dysfunction, with neoaortic root dilatation commonly observed and associated with significant neoaortic valve regurgitation. These findings provide valuable reference values for comparison with their peers.

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Gold Medal Award Nominations

Published on: September 12, 2016

The Gold Medal Award, SCMR's highest honor, recognizes outstanding contributions to Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance and service to the Society. Nominations require detailed letters of achievements and support from current SCMR members and are presented at the SCMR Annual Scientific Sessions.

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The CE-MARC 2 Randomized Clinical Trial

Published on: August 30, 2016

Effect of Care Guided by Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, Myocardial Perfusion Scintigraphy, or NICE Guidelines on Subsequent Unnecessary Angiography Rates

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President’s Message – August

Published on: August 24, 2016

We're eagerly anticipating our 20th-anniversary celebration in Washington, DC, just five months away, where we'll showcase the latest CMR research and advancements. As SCMR members, let's spread the word about CMR's unique advantages, such as comprehensive, radiation-free, and highly diagnostic information, to patients and referring physicians.

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The importance of infarct size: Relationship Between Infarct Size and Outcomes Following Primary PCI

Published on: August 24, 2016

In patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), infarct size assessed within one month after the procedure is strongly associated with all-cause mortality and hospitalization for heart failure within one year. This suggests that infarct size could be a useful endpoint in clinical trials and a valuable prognostic measure in the care of STEMI patients.

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Cardiac Magnetic Resonance-Measured Left Atrial Volume and Function and Incident Atrial Fibrillation

Published on: August 16, 2016

Early detection of structural changes in left atrium (LA) before atrial fibrillation (AF) development could be helpful in identification of those at higher risk for AF.

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Impact of Stress Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging on Clinical Care

Published on: August 9, 2016

Given the rising costs of imaging, there is increasing pressure to provide evidence for direct additive impact on clinical care.

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CMR to Evaluate Aortic Regurgitation After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Published on: August 1, 2016

Residual aortic regurgitation (AR) following transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is associated with greater mortality; yet, determining AR severity post-TAVR using Doppler echocardiography remains challenging.

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Perfusion Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance and Fractional Flow Reserve

Published on: July 27, 2016

Perfusion cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) and fractional flow reserve (FFR) are emerging as the most accurate tools for the assessment of myocardial ischemia noninvasively or in the catheter laboratory

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T1 and T2 mapping cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging techniques

Published on: July 12, 2016

T1 and T2 mapping cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging techniques reveal unapparent myocardial injury in patients with myocarditis.

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Cardiac MRI Evaluation of Myocardial Disease – Review Article

Published on: July 5, 2016

Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is a key imaging technique for cardiac phenotyping with a major clinical role.

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Cardiac Spectroscopy – is 7T the answer?

Published on: June 27, 2016

To test whether the increased signal-to-noise ratio of phosphorus 31 (31P) magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy at 7 T improves precision in cardiac metabolite quantification in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) compared with that at 3 T.

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Feature Tracking of the Right Ventricle

Published on: June 20, 2016

Characterization and Clinical Signficance of Right Ventricular Mechanics in Pulmonary Hypertension Evaluated with Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Feature Tracking

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Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Increases Impact Factor to 5.752

Published on: June 15, 2016

The Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (JCMR), the official journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR), has achieved a significant increase in its Impact Factor, a key indicator of the influence and scientific value of the journal.

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Image Quality of CMR Imaging in Patients With an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator System

Published on: June 6, 2016

Recently, magnetic resonance (MR)–conditional implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) systems have become available. However, associated cardiac MR image (MRI) quality is unknown

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Crowdsourcing Innovation in Cardiovascular Imaging

Published on: June 3, 2016

The ACC recently partnered with Booz Allen Hamilton and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), to put data science to work in the cardiology field in the 2015 Data Science Bowl – a competition that uses data science for social good.

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Detection of LA and LAA Thrombus by CMR in Patients Referred for Pulmonary Vein Isolation

Published on: June 1, 2016

The goal of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of a comprehensive, multicomponent cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) study for assessment of left atrial (LA) and left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus

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Determination of Clinical Outcome in Mitral Regurgitation With CMR Quantitation

Published on: May 23, 2016

Surgery for severe mitral regurgitation (MR) is indicated if symptoms or LV dilation/ dysfunction occur.

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Extra-cardiac findings in cardiovascular magnetic resonance: what the imaging cardiologist needs to

Published on: May 16, 2016

Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is an established non-invasive technique to comprehensively assess cardiovascular structure and function in a variety of acquired and inherited cardiac conditions

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Cardiac MRI beats SPECT for predicting heart events

Published on: May 11, 2016

Cardiovascular MRI is a better prognosticator of risk for serious cardiovascular events than SPECT, regardless of a person's risk factors, angiography results, or initial treatment, according to a study published online May 10 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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MRI market projected for healthy growth

Published on: May 4, 2016

The global MRI market produced $5.4 billion (4.6 billion euros) in revenues in 2015 and will grow at a 5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2016 to 2022, according to a new report from P&S Market Research

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Imaging Microvascular Dysfunction and Mechanisms for Female-Male Differences in CAD

Published on: May 2, 2016

Microvascular dysfunction or disease is most commonly associated with diffuse epicardial coronary atherosclerosis and endothelial dysfunction, whereas it is less common as a distinct, separate, isolated pathophysiology

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2016 Scientific Session Recordings Now Available

Published on: April 28, 2016

Over 170 recordings are now available for SCMR members to view from the 2016 SCMR Scientific Sessions in Los Angeles.

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CMR of Left Atrial Deformation and the Risk of Stroke in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation

Published on: April 27, 2016

Recent evidence suggests that left atrial (LA) dysfunction may be mechanistically contributing to cerebrovascular events in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF).

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Relationship Between Infarct Size and Outcomes Following Primary PCI: Patient-Level Analysis From 10

Published on: April 11, 2016

Prompt reperfusion in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) reduces infarct size and improves survival.

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Athletic Cardiac Adaptation in Males Is a Consequence of Elevated Myocyte Mass

Published on: April 4, 2016

Cardiac remodeling occurs in response to regular athletic training, and the degree of remodeling is associated with fitness.

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CMR-Chapter of the German Cardiac Society: The Effects of Gadolinium

Published on: March 31, 2016

Reports such as that published in the leading German newspaper “Die Welt“ on 08.02.2016 and in other important newspapers have been appearing in the media for some weeks

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Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Myocardial Feature Tracking: Concepts and Clinical Applications. S

Published on: March 28, 2016

Heart failure-induced cardiovascular morbidity and mortality constitute a major health problem worldwide and result from diverse pathogeneses, including coronary artery disease, nonischemic cardiomyopathies, and arrhythmias

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Cardiopulmonary exercise testing in the MRI environment

Published on: March 21, 2016

Maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max) measured by cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPX) is the gold standard for assessment of cardiorespiratory fitness.

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MR Imaging of Coronary Arteries and Plaques

Published on: March 14, 2016

Cardiac magnetic resonance offers the promise of radiation-free imaging of the coronary arteries, providing information with respect to luminal stenosis, plaque burden, high-risk plaque characteristics, and disease activity.

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Normal values for pulmonary vasculature by CMR

Published on: March 7, 2016

We measured by cine cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) main and branch pulmonary artery diameters and cross sectional areas in diastole and systole in order to establish normal ranges and the effects on them of age, gender and body surface area (BSA)

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SCMR Announces First CEO

Published on: February 12, 2016

It was announced at the recent SCMR Scientific Sessions that Orlando (Lon) Simonetti, PhD, has been selected by the SCMR Board of Trustees to serve as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Society.

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2016 Seed Grant Award Recipient

Published on: February 1, 2016

The Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) introduces the inaugural SCMR Seed Grant Program

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2016 Gold Medal Award Recipients

Published on: February 1, 2016

The Board of Trustees of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) is pleased to announce the 2016 Gold Medal Award recipients

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2016 Travel Award Recipients

Published on: February 1, 2016

The Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) announced the recipients of the 2016 Travel Awards during the 2016 Annual Scientific Sessions

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Press Release – Women in CMR

Published on: December 1, 2015

Mount Royal – Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women, killing over half a million Americans each year and millions of women worldwide – more than the next four causes of death combined.

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CMR in patients with conditional pacemakers: is it worth it?

Published on: November 30, 2015

Clinical value of cardiovascular magnetic resonance in patients with MR-conditional pacemakers.

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Different contrasts, doses and LGE determination (1)

Published on: November 22, 2015

Comparison of Low-Dose Higher-Relaxivity and Standard-Dose Lower-Relaxivity Contrast Media for Delayed-Enhancement MRI: A Blinded Randomized Crossover Study

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SCMR joins Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation

Published on: November 19, 2015

The Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) is proud to announce that it has joined other prominent medical societies in the Choosing Wisely®campaign

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Novel Imaging Approaches for Predicting Arrhythmic Risk

Published on: November 16, 2015

Determination of ventricular arrhythmic risk is crucial for guiding management of cardiac disease.

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Arrhythmia impact on ischemia detection by CMR

Published on: November 9, 2015

Impact of arrhythmia on diagnostic performance of adenosine stress CMR in patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease

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SCMR Advocacy – Working for You!

Published on: November 2, 2015

On October 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Final Rules for the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and the 2016 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS).

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How the LV Ages

Published on: October 27, 2015

Adverse Left Ventricular Remodeling and Age Assessed with Cardiac MR Imaging: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis

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Different contrasts, doses and LGE determination (2)

Published on: October 22, 2015

Prospective, randomized comparison of gadopentetate and gadobutrol to assess chronic myocardial infarction applying cardiovascular magnetic resonance

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CTO and Coronary MRA

Published on: October 19, 2015

Coronary Artery Total Occlusion: MR Angiographic Imaging Findings and Success Rates of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention according to Intraluminal Signal Intensity Patterns

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Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act-Update

Published on: April 16, 2015

On April 14, 2015, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015; the President is expected to sign it shortly

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US CMS Provider Education Message

Published on: April 2, 2015

The negative 21% payment rate adjustment under current law for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule is scheduled to take effect on April 1, 2015.

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FDA Recall of GE MR Scanners

Published on: February 20, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced an urgent Class I recall for all GE Healthcare MRI systems with superconducting magnets

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