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Challenges and Opportunities of CMR in Europe

Non-Invasive Imaging


In the last few years, the development and use of CMR in Europe have significantly increased. The application of standardized protocols has contributed to phenomena (for information, these can be downloaded from the EACVI- CMR section website).
CMR today is practiced in most European countries reaching out to the eastern European countries like Russia, Ukraine and Turkey. However, in some countries, practice is still limited to few centers.
The EACVI- section CMR has developed in the last couple of years a European CMR exam and accreditation process, aiming to set the standards for competency and practice of CMR.
The accreditation process sees 3 levels of competencies: level 1, level 2 and level 3.
The latter levels require having passed the European CMR exam, and provide some evidence of CMR practice (CPD points, publications, and a log book) and a letter for a level 3 certified supervisor.
Alternatively, level 3 can be granted through the “grand-father” scheme to which recognized experts in the field can apply without having taken the European exam. This scheme will expire in December 2014, and will be no longer available after this date.
Please check the EACVI-CMR section website and apply for certification.
CMR in Europe is practiced by both cardiologists and radiologists. The cooperation is not always easy to achieve, but the collaboration between the two specialties provide mutual added value and it is strongly encouraged.
In Europe there are 2 main CMR registries. The EuroCMR Registry is led by the cardiology community has been created as a database to investigate the clinical use of CMR, its impact on patient management, image quality and safety. Enrolment of patients has been performed since 2009 and it now includes 38,000 patients. The EuroCMR registry has led today to many important publications.
The MRCT is registry is an initiative of the European Society of Cardiac Radiology (ESCR).
The aim of the registry is to document anonymous Cardiac CT- and MR- examinations, and it is prerequisite for certification in cardiac radiology. The registry current contains 13,000 patients.
The EVINCI registry aims to compare different non-invasive imaging modalities and investigate their role and added values in patients with coronary artery disease.

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Challenges and Opportunities of CMR in Europe
The content of this article reflects the personal opinion of the author/s and is not necessarily the official position of the European Society of Cardiology.