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The future of EuroEcho-Imaging

By Professor Gilbert Habib, EACVI President 2014-2016

Professor Gilbert Habib is Chair of the Cardiology Department (heart failure, valvular heart disease) at La Timone Marseille, France as well as director of the echocardiographic laboratory la Timone Marseille. He is also President of the EACVI (European Association of CardioVascular Imaging), Chairman of the European guidelines for management of infective endocarditis 2009 and 2015 and Chairman of the European guidelines for the use of echocardiography in infective endocarditis 2010.

The European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging was created more than ten years ago, in 2003. Since then, the Association has grown steadily and currently has more than 5,000 members. The EuroEcho-   Imaging congress – which is the largest imaging congress of its kind in the world - welcomes more than 3,500 delegates each year.

Special attention for young cardiologists

The main objective of this impressive congress is to provide up-to-date   information to the cardiologists concerning echocardiography, cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR), cardiac computed tomography (CT) and   nuclear cardiology. In addition, the organisers of the EuroEcho-Imaging congress want to focus on multi- modality imaging and give clinical-based information about how and when to use each modality depending of the clinical presentation of the patient, focusing on multimodality imaging, research, and – very importantly – the cardiologists of tomorrow. This has become essential as young cardiologists today are more and more imagers rather than only echocardiographists. Therefore, their   educational as well as practical needs in this respect should be addressed thoroughly. The EuroEcho-Imaging congress is an excellent opportunity for young cardiologists to acquire all the necessary knowledge on each modality, thus expanding their experience and skills.

Growing number of attendees

The interest from the field into all different aspects of imaging is also reflected in the growing numbers of attendees which increased from less than 1,000 to more than 5,000 in less than ten years. The inclusion of different imaging techniques is the key to this success; this obviously attracts more doctors to take an active part in enhancing their knowledge. Over the years, the EuroEcho-         Imaging congress has directed itself more towards to multimodality and dedicated a large part of its program to practical learning. This is illustrated in adding new features to the congress program – workshops and hands-on sessions – which have proven to be hugely popular especially among the young generation of cardiologists and imaging specialists.

Increasingly important societies

Additionally, the role of national echo and imaging societies in Europe and outside of the continent is becoming more crucial. The way other national societies manage echocardiography and other imaging technique can be very different from one country to another. The EuroEcho-Imaging congress will continue to develop into a fantastic opportunity for each country to share their own experience with others. In the end, the main objective is to put the patient at the center of the discussion and to think about disease rather than about one imaging technique or the other. Hopefully, the Euro-Echo-Imaging congress will remain the bigger     imaging congress in the world with more relationships with societies outside Europe developing as this will ultimately lead to better patient outcomes.