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Surveying cardiovascular imaging in Europe: The work of the new Scientific Initiatives Committee

EuroEcho 2019 Congress News


Prof_Kristina_Haugaa_2019.jpgAs part of the EACVI’s mission to promote excellence in cardiovascular imaging, the Scientific Initiatives Committee was created in December 2018. “One of the Scientific Initiatives Committee’s key goals is to connect the EACVI with the national groups on imaging and to learn more about the daily practice of our members,” says its Chair,

Professor Kristina Haugaa (University of Oslo & Oslo University Hospital, Norway).

“The committee also aims to explore strategies, diagnostic methods and patient management across member countries and imaging centres, with the aim to try to unify imaging procedures and interpretation.”

The main function of the Scientific Initiatives Committee is to conduct regular surveys among imagers to assess training, clinical practice and guideline implementation. “We hope to cover many areas of interest, with a mix of clinical topics and more technical and organisational topics,” explains Prof. Haugaa. “The surveys predominantly involve multimodality imaging  but there will be surveys on single modalities where needed. In time, we also hope to conduct patient surveys.”

The first step was to invite centres across Europe to join the EACVI survey network. Committee members contacted labs within their countries and the EACVI invited all national groups to participate in the network. A set of standards for survey questions and survey reports was then established.1

Four surveys have since been designed by the Scientific Initiatives Committee. “The first survey was on multimodality training and assessed the extent of training given in different modalities in different centres and the way training is organised,” states Prof. Haugaa. “Results from the survey, which were recently published in European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging2, indicate that further efforts are needed to guarantee widespread access to multimodality imaging training.”

 “The results of the survey will help the EACVI, with the collaboration of national groups, to improve training opportunities and reduce differences across Europe.”

The second survey, which has been launched and is under analysis, relates to echocardiographic chamber quantification and will also assess how guideline recommendations are implemented. A third survey is examining multimodality imaging of aortic stenosis and data are currently being analysed. A fourth survey on multimodality imaging of endocarditis was launched in November.

Prof. Haugaa is pleased with the progress made by the Scientific Initiatives Committee so far. “We have had very good responses to our surveys and we hope interest will remain at this high level. The committee aims to conduct four surveys each year and topics for 2020 are being discussed here in Vienna. I thank the committee for their enthusiasm and hard work to date—their commitment and collaboration are invaluable in helping the EACVI to maintain the highest scientific and professional standards.”

  1. Haugaa KH, et al. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging 2019;20:963–966.
  2. Cameli M, et al. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging 2019; doi:10.1093/ehjci/jez200


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