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CMR in Clinical Decision Making 2014

Closing plenary session

The closing plenary was one of the highlights of EuroCMR 2014. Renowned experts shared their experience on CMR in clinical decision making, which was the perfect way to end a successful meeting.
Non-invasive Imaging: Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Professor Dudley Pennell described how T2* became a success story in translational medicine. Despite initial resistance, T2* is now an established method in measuring iron in the heart, which has helped to reduce mortality in thalassaemia by over 70%. As a model for the current techniques under development, he emphasized on creating robust applications that can be easily validated by other centres.
Professor Fausto Pinto discussed imaging in heart failure. He started his talk by giving an example on how imaging can influence the management strategy, and then substantiated this further by presenting reference papers. The key messages of the talk are that different imaging modalities complement each other, and that they should be integrated for the better care of heart failure.
Professor Myriam Hunink talked about health economics, an important topic in the current time of austerity. She presented cost-effectiveness studies on CMR, and reviewed concepts that are relatively unfamiliar to most of the attendees, such as QALY, types of costs, cost-utility, cost-minimization, and cost-benefit among others.
Professor Frank Rademakers reviewed the CMR highlights in 2013. He started his talk reminding us that, if healthcare is represented as a circle, the patient is at the centre, whilst CMR (like other specialized care) is at the outer edge. After placing CMR into perspective, he then commented on the most recent influential papers in CMR, and what is on the horizon for the future.  


CMR in Clinical Decision Making 2014
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