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By Professor Sven Plein, Vice Chair of the EACVI CMR Section

In the opening session of EuroCMR 2014, the president of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI), Patrizio Lancellotti, and the Vice-chair of the EACVI’s Section CMR, Sven Plein, gave an overview of the new organizational structure of imaging and CMR within the European Society of Cardiology.

Three equals partners

In January 2014, the Section CMR has replaced the former Working Group on CMR as the home of CMR within the ESC. The Section CMR sits alongside the Section Echocardiography (former European Association for Echocardiography) and the Section Nuclear Cardiology & Cardiac CT (former WG N & CCT) as three equal partners within the EACVI.

Rationale for the merger

In his address to the EuroCMR conference, Prof Lancellotti outlined the rationale for the merger of the three groups into a unified imaging association that represents all non-invasive cardiovascular imaging and highlighted:

  1. the need to develop diagnostic pathways that use all available imaging modalities in a cost-effective and evidence-based manner
  2. the provision of comprehensive and multi-modality training and education in cardiovascular imaging
  3. the importance of a strong body  representing imaging internationally.

He also described the overall structure of the EACVI with the sections articulated around the main core body, the board, and the committees. He pointed out that the ‘Team spirit’ is at the heart of EACVI.


The Vice chairman of the Section CMR, Prof Plein, underlined that at least for this year, membership in the Section CMR remains free of charge and that delegates of EuroCMR 2014 are already seeing the benefits of the new imaging structure. Several sessions of EuroCMR 2014 are organized in collaboration with the other EACVI Sections to enhance the educational value of the meeting.

The future

As part of the EACVI, the Section CMR can now rely on the experience and support of the EACVI administrative team and many new educational initiatives are on the way. The EACVI’s journal, the European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging, has become a truly multi-modality journal and continues to attract record numbers of submissions, many from the CMR community.
In the near future, many other benefits of the new imaging structure will become noticeable. To name a few, a common certification and accreditation process, a joint training platform, new educational materials are among the many projects that are making rapid progress.

Preserving the assets of CMR

The opening session demonstrated that while preserving the historical assets of the WG in CMR, embedding CMR within EACVI brings innovation and evolution to the CMR community in Europe and these developments can already be experienced by delegates of EuroCMR 2014.