November 2016
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Nathaniel Reichek MD, FACC, FAHA
The Board of Trustees of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance is pleased to announce the 2017 Gold Medal Award recipient is Nathaniel Reichek MD, FACC, FAHA, Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University, SUNY. This award is presented annually by the SCMR for outstanding achievement in the field of CMR as well as exemplary service to the Society.

Dr. Reickek has contributed greatly to research in CMR for three decades. He was one of the very first cardiac imagers, along with Gerry Pohost and Charley Higgins, to delve into the field in its very earliest days. He has been an expert in cardiac MRI since 1983, when technology was still in its infancy. His legacy, one of many, is his priority to fostering positive, collaborative relationships with radiologists mentoring fellows to become leaders in the field.   Read Full Article >>

Leading up to this year's historic 20th Annual Scientific Sessions in Washington DC, SCMR will be sharing favorite memories, images, and stories from past leaders of the Society. This month Eike Nagel, Past President, shares his memory on the Board when SCMR discussed including CT into the society. For more information about SCMR's history and a listing of previous leaders, meeting programs and more please visit the 2017 SCMR meeting website.
We're encouraging all members to send SCMR Headquarters your own memories or past images for us to broadcast and put on display at this year's meeting. There will be a special 20th Anniversary Reception held at the meeting on Friday night open to all attendees. You won't want to miss it!


Last week, the U .S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) issued the Final 2017 Rule on the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS).  This rule governs federal reimbursement for services provided in the hospital outpatient setting.  This year, the rule included a comprehensive restructuring of the Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) groups for imaging services.  CMS assigns each individual medical service (i.e., each individual HCPCS code) to an APC group, and all services included within a particular APC group are reimbursed at the same rate. By law, all services included within a single APC group are required to be similar clinically and in resource usage
. Read Full Article >>

American Heart Association Recognizes SCMR Member as Distinguished Scientist 
Long-time SCMR member, Leon Axel, MD, PhD, professor of radiology and professor of medicine
Leon Axel
at NYU Langhorne Medical Center was one of the recipients of the American Heart Association (AHA) 2016 Distinguished Scientist Awards. Presented during the AHA Scientific Session in New Orleans, LA, the Distinguished Scientists are a prominent group of scientists and clinicians whose work has importantly advanced our understanding of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Read Full Article >>

Native Magnetic Resonance T1-Mapping Identifies Diffuse Myocardial Injury in Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism (HT) is characterized by thyroid hormone deficiencies, which can lead to diffuse myocardial interstitium lesions in patients with HT. Myocardial longitudinal relaxation time (T1) mapping is a potential diagnostic tool for quantifying diffuse myocardial injury. This study aimed to assess the usefulness of T1 mapping in identifying myocardial involvement in HT, and determine the relationship between T1 values and myocardial function. Read Full Article >>
Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging Predictors of Ventricular Arrhythmia in Tetralogy of Fallot
Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is the most common cyanotic congenital heart defect. Surgical management has resulted in dramatic improvements in mortality; however, burden of both atrial and ventricular arrhythmia remains an important cause of morbidity and mortality. Cardiac MRI is serially performed in this population to determine timing of pulmonary valve replacement.  Read Full Article >>

Usefulness of Combined Functional Assessment by CMR and Tissue Characterization Versus Task Force Criteria for Diagnosis of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy

The 2010 International Task Force criteria for the clinical diagnosis of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/ dysplasia (ARVC/D) did not take into account some unique capabilities of CMR, such as the detection of myocardial fat infiltration and fibrosis, that have been otherwise demonstrated to predict adverse events even in patients with suspected ARVC/D; moreover, the same criteria were generated by comparing patients (mean age of 44 years) to healthy participants of the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis (mean age of 60 years), with possible selection bias due to age-related differences in right ventricular volumes. Read Full Article >> 


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