December 2017

Over 90 healthcare professionals gathered in Rockville, MD on December 2nd and 3rd for the first SCMR Foundations of CMR Level I Workshop. Course Director Dr. Patricia Bandettini lead a faculty of over 15 experts on a broad range of CMR topics including the value of CMR, what CMR can tell you about your patients, MRI safety, and numerous clinical applications. Read the full recap here. SCMR is already underway planning additional Level I Workshops in 2018, so visit the website often to stay informed.

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the 2018 SCMR Gold Medal Award recipient is Andrew E Arai, MD, FAHA,  Chief, Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Group at National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. This award is presented annually by the SCMR for outstanding achievement in the field of CMR as well as exemplary service to the Society.
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SCMR is pleased to announce the 2018 election results. We thank everyone who voted and 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. 


Vice President
Andrew Powell
Boston Children's Hospital

Vice Secretary - Treasurer 
Subha Raman
The Ohio State University

Board of Trustees - US Cardiologist 
Ron Jacob
Lancaster General Hospital

Board of Trustees - US Cardiologist 
Michael Salerno
University of Virginia Health System

Board of Trustees - US Scientist
Michael Markl
Northwestern University

JCMR Articles

RESEARCH: Atrial volume and function during exercise in health and disease
Frédéric Schnell, et al.
Published on: 18 December 2017

RESEARCHCardiac amyloidosis is prevalent in older patients with aortic stenosis and carries worse prognosis
João L. Cavalcante, et al.
Published on: 7 December 2017


Number 17-12: A "Swinging Heart"

Clinical History:  A 71-year-old male with a previous history of working-exposure to glass components was admitted to our hospital with persistent complaints of chest tightness, shortness of breath and edema in the lower limbs that started 3 months prior to his admission. An echocardiogram from a local hospital identified a nodule on the right-sided of the pericardium and large pericardial and pleural effusions. Percutaneous drainage was performed and 30 mL were obtained from the pericardium and 500 mL from the pleurae, both of hemorrhagic appearance. Biochemical analysis of pericardial and pleural fluids was not performed and cytological analysis was negative for malignant cells. Medical treatment was initiated and the patient remained asymptomatic for the following 3 days. The patient's symptoms recurred and rapidly worsened so he was admitted to our institution for further examination and treatment. 

Number 17-11: The Ventral Cardiac 'Flop' - A CMR Sign in Congenital Absence of the Pericardium 

Clinical History:   A 64-year old Caucasian lady was seen at the rapid access chest pain clinic with a 6-month history of atypical chest pain. Her risk factors for cardiovascular disease were smoking, hypertension and familial risk. She was referred for coronary angiography that revealed moderate right coronary artery/posterior descending artery stenosis while left ventriculography
 suggested an unusual cardiac orientation with a laterally displaced and vertically oriented heart. She was referred to us for stress perfusion cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging.

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