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The future of cardiovascular imaging and non-invasive diagnosis

A joint statement from the European Association of Echocardiography, the Working Groups on Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, Computers in Cardiology, and Nuclear Cardiology, of the European Society of Cardiology, the European Association of Nuclear Medicine and the Association for European Paediatric Cardiology
  • Alan G. FraserEmail author
  • Peter T. Buser
  • Jeroen J. Bax
  • Willem R. Dassen
  • Petros Nihoyannopoulos
  • Jürg Schwitter
  • Juhani M. Knuuti
  • Martin Höher
  • Frank Bengel
  • András Szatmári
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Abstract

Advances in medical imaging now make it possible to investigate any patient with cardiovascular disease using multiple methods which vary widely in their technical requirements, benefits, limitations and costs. The appropriate use of alternative tests requires their integration into joint clinical diagnostic services where experts in all methods collaborate. This statement summarises the principles that should guide developments in cardiovascular diagnostic services.

Keywords

Cardiovascular imaging Clinical services Training Guidelines Research 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This document has been reviewed and endorsed by the members of the Board of the European Association of Echocardiography, by the members of the Nuclei of the Working Groups on Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, Computers in Cardiology, and Nuclear Cardiology of the European Society of Cardiology, and by members of the Cardiovascular Committee of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine. We thank all our colleagues for their helpful comments. We also thank Professor Matthijs Oudkerk, President of the European Society of Cardiac Radiology, for his helpful advice.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan G. Fraser
    • 1
    Email author
  • Peter T. Buser
    • 2
  • Jeroen J. Bax
    • 4
  • Willem R. Dassen
    • 3
  • Petros Nihoyannopoulos
    • 1
  • Jürg Schwitter
    • 2
  • Juhani M. Knuuti
    • 4
  • Martin Höher
    • 3
  • Frank Bengel
    • 5
  • András Szatmári
    • 6
  1. 1.European Association of Echocardiography, ESC Office for Associations, The European Heart HouseSophia AntipolisFrance
  2. 2.Working Group on Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, European Society of CardiologySophia AntipolisFrance
  3. 3.Working Group on Computers in Cardiology, European Society of CardiologySophia AntipolisFrance
  4. 4.Working Group on Nuclear Cardiology, European Society of CardiologySophia AntipolisFrance
  5. 5.European Association of Nuclear MedicineViennaAustria
  6. 6.European Society for Paediatric CardiologyHungarian Center for Pediatric CardiologyBudapestHungary

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