May 2017

The SCMR Clinical Trials Committee is excited to launch a new member benefit, the Research Center Directory Members have the ability to search other members whose facilities conduct research. Research centers and key contact details for those interested in research collaboration and multi-center studies are provided. If you would like your Research Center to be included in this database, complete the "Additional Information" section of your profile. Participation is voluntary.


ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Known or Suspected Congenital Heart Disease in the Adult

The incidence of congenital heart disease (CHD) has been increasing in the adult patient population in part as a result of better patient survival. Patients with more severe CHD are living longer. Nearly all adults with known CHD require periodic imaging as a means of monitoring their disease process. Furthermore, adult patients with suspected CHD require imaging as a means of definitive diagnosis. As a result, it is important for both the referring clinician and the imager to be aware of the most appropriate imaging modality needed to obtain the data most needed to direct the next steps in patient care. Imaging procedures for the diagnosis of known or suspected CHD in the adult include chest radiography, fluoroscopy, echocardiography, nuclear scintigraphy, cardiac-gated CT, MRI, and cardiac catheterization/angiography. The physician trying to diagnose these often complex conditions needs complete and reliable information that includes details about intracardiac and vascular anatomy, hemodynamics, and function.  Read full article >>

Stress Perfusion CMR in Patients with Known and Suspected CAD

This study sought to determine the ischemia threshold and additional prognostic factors that identify patients for safe deferral from revascularizations in a large cohort of all-comer patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). Stress-perfusion cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) is increasingly used in daily practice for ischemia detection. However, there is insufficient evidence about the ischemia burden that identifies patients who benefit from revascularization versus those with a good prognosis who receive drugs only. Read full article >>

Safety and Utility of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients with Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices

Off-label magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for patients with cardiac implantable electrical devices has been limited owing to concerns about safety and unclear diagnostic and prognostic utility.  The purpose of this study was to define major and minor adverse events with off-label MRI scans. Read full article >>

Did you know the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance goes back to 1998? If you are searching for articles between 2007 through 1998 they can be found on the SCMR website here. Articles are individually broken out and cataloged by year and author. Articles after 2007 can be found on our current JCMR website. If you are having trouble trying to locate something on the website, please contact SCMR Headquarters for assistance.

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