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EACVI recommendations and statement: what's new?

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A symposium on Sunday afternoon was organized by the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) and dedicated to recent and upcoming recommendations from EACVI.

The first presentation was from Assoc Prof Aleksandar N. Neskovic from Belgrade, Serbia. He talked about practical definitions of echocardiography and how to distinguish a full and comprehensive echo from a more problem-oriented focus cardiac ultrasound examination (FoCUS). FoCUS has become more and more popular among non-cardiologists the last few years. Dr Neskovic, however, underscored the need for specific education and training in FoCUS in order to fully utilize advantages and minimize drawbacks of this type of cardiac ultrasound examination in the critically ill patients. For the benefit of the patients, he encouraged any medical professional, sufficiently trained to obtain valuable information from FoCUS, to use it in emergency settings.

The next speaker was Prof Nuno Cardim (Lisbon, PT). He is chairing the upcoming EACV recommendation document on multi-imaging evaluation of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). HCM is the most common inherited cardiomyopathy and potentially dangererous for patients. He recommended a yearly follow-up echo of most stable patients and one contrast CMR at the time of diagnosis.

The pericardium and its imaging evaluation can be challenging.  Assoc Prof Bernard Cosyns (Brussels, BE) guided us through some difficult diagnoses, and demonstrated how and when we should use the different imaging modalities to obtain a best possible diagnosis.

Dr Madalina Garbi (London, GB) explored whether we need an “appropriateness criteria” for the use of imaging. She presented why such a criteria would be beneficial and how they could help the cardiologists and patients to obtain more detailed clinical decisions without under- and over-use of imaging exams

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EACVI recommendations and statement: what's new?

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