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The future of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI)

By Professor Bogdan A. Popescu, European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) President-Elect

Bogdan Alexandru Popescu is Associate Professor of cardiology at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy ‘Carol Davila’ in Bucharest, Romania. He is Director of Euroecolab, the European accredited echocardiography laboratory at the Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Bucharest (the largest cardiovascular institution in Romania), and has published more than 100 full-text original articles in peer-reviewed journals. Professor Popescu served as a member of the Committee for Practice Guidelines of the ESC (2008-2012). He is President-Elect of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging - EACVI (2014-2016) as well as Vice-President of the Romanian Society of Cardiology (2014-2017).

EACVI faces many opportunities and advantage should be taken of the new platform provided by the co-existence of all the imaging modalities. A great opportunity is given by the increased number of EACVI members – currently more than 5,000 of which approximately one third is younger than 35 years. Younger colleagues should be supported as much as possible as they represent the future and are the most dynamic group within the EACVI.

Education is key

Proper education should be provided throughout Europe in all the imaging modalities and EACVI needs to find ways to reach people who cannot easily attend congresses/courses, mainly for financial reasons such as Eastern European countries. Education and certification need to be provided too, not only on the use of high-end machines but also taking into consideration the very dynamic field of pocket-size imaging devices.

Role of research

Research-wise many important clinical questions need to be addressed and the incremental role of imaging in terms of patient management and outcomes demonstrated. The Research and Innovation committee within the EACVI will address this need in a multi-disciplinary fashion. This is definitely a very important mission of the EACVI for the cardiological community. Apart from issuing its own recommendation papers about the use of imaging in different settings, the EACVI needs to provide evidence for the role of imaging in different diagnostic and treatment algorithms within the ESC Guidelines of medical practice.

EuroEcho-Imaging: the world’s largest cardiovascular imaging congress

EuroEcho Imaging has gradually expanded its scope from echocardio­graphy-only to the incorporation of other imaging modalities such as CMR or CT/Nuclear and has become much more clinically-oriented. This trend will continue as we aim for a broad forum to discuss with colleagues from many different specialities the role and use of imaging for proper clinical management.

Future perspectives

I am confident about the future of the EACVI. We are fortunate to have in the EACVI team great people, not only professionally but also from a personal perspective. The collaboration with and the feedback from the National Societies are extremely important as we should continuously adapt our plans and projects to the needs of our members. The EACVI relies and will rely heavily on its three sections: echocardiography, CMR, and Nuclear & Cardiac CT as the main pillars of its foundation. Apart from all the Board and committees members EACVI also relies very much on the support from the ESC and the Heart House staff. Therefore, it is certain that important things can be done together and hopefully, this may ultimately lead to a better patient management.