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EACVI evolution from 2016 to 2018: Towards a patient-centred clinical approach

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Prof. Bogdan A. Popescu

EACVI President, Professor Bogdan A. Popescu, is proud of the progress made by the current EACVI Board since they began their term in 2016.

He explains, “One of our main priorities was to continue the work of our predecessors to complete the transformation into a multimodality association. We have sustained efforts to move towards a unified ‘patient-oriented’ association that embraces multimodality imaging (MMI). Indeed, we have tried to apply the MMI approach to every pillar of the EACVI.”

“We hope we are fulfilling the educational needs of our members as we increase the number and range of activities available,” says Prof. Popescu. The increasingly popular interactive EACVI webinars have been broadened to include a greater choice of topics, including MMI. Also, following on from successful echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) e-Learning programmes, tutorials have been developed in nuclear cardiology and cardiac computed tomography (CT) and very recently in MMI in congenital heart disease to ‘complete the set’. In a similar vein, EACVI certification in nuclear imaging has recently become available and the first cardiac CT certification examinations will take place at EuroEcho-Imaging 2018. To raise standards further, EACVI accreditation will soon be extended to include CMR laboratories.

Prof. Popescu talks enthusiastically about plans that have been put in place by the EACVI Board 2016–2018 to develop

EACVI 2020, a large unified MMI congress in December 2020. “We have a vision of a congress where we all come together, bringing with us all the imaging modalities, to share and learn about how we can best manage every patient with our new technologies and within our multidisciplinary teams. I’m sure we will hear much more from the new EACVI Board and we will continue to support them with this very important ideal of a broader, more diverse congress.”

How else can we foster a patient-centred, clinical MMI approach? Prof. Popescu says, “An EACVI Task Force created last year has already produced a position paper that describes the concept and the importance of an MMI approach, reviewing the background, organisation and training required to become an MMI specialist and how to overcome the various challenges encountered.1” With regards to other publications, he continues, “Recommendation papers play a useful role in our daily practice. As such, we have worked together to publish over 10 new EACVI recommendation papers, many on MMI, to provide further practical guidance. In addition, the European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging continues to publish high-quality research, with some of that research promoted by EACVI, such as the insightful Normal Reference Ranges for Echocardiography (NORRE) study and the Euro-Filling study.”

Prof. Popescu concludes, “We made progress in many aspects: large audiences and great feedback from congresses; successful educational products and valuable documents for clinical practice; a record impact factor for our journal; and completion of the portfolio of certification with all the imaging modalities. As a result, a record number of members have joined the EACVI this year. I am grateful to all my Board and Committee members for their dedication. It has been a great honour and pleasure to work with such a distinguished group of scientists and friends. I am sure that Thor Edvardsen and the new Board will make the EACVI further evolve. We will continue to support all our members interested in the development of cardiovascular imaging, particularly our young members who will provide the future leadership of our vibrant and active association.”

“The EACVI aims at a patient-centred imaging approach. EACVI 2020 and the Task Force on Multimodality Imaging are important steps towards this goal.”

 

  1. Fox K, et al. Eur Heart J. 2018 Oct 30. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehy669. [Epub ahead of print]