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EACVI Task Force - (Adult) Congenital Heart Disease

The scope of the EACVI (A)CHD Task Force is to appraise the current status of care for CHD paediatric and adult patients across the globe with a focus on imaging.

Aims of the task force

  • To improve the standardisation of cardiovascular imaging (CVI) practice for (A)CHD patients,
  • To highlight major issues, challenges and imaging priorities,
  • To develop multicentre studies and research to ease clinical practice,
  • To support education, training, knowledge-sharing and interaction with other task forces and groups,
  • with the overall aim to bring down mortality and morbidity and improve the quality of life in patients with congenital heart disease.

(A)CHD Task Force nucleus members

Nucleus 2020–2022

  • Chair: Professor Giovanni Di Salvo (Italy)
  • Deputy Chair: Professor Jolien Roos-Hesselink (The Netherlands)
  • Dr. Alexandra Arvanitaki (Greece)
  • Dr. Sonya Babu-Narayan (United Kingdom)
  • Dr. Misha Bhat (Sweden)
  • Dr. Beatrice Bonello (France)
  • Dr. Margarita Brida (Croatia)
  • Dr. Laura Dos Subira (Spain)
  • Dr. Roxana Enache (Romania)
  • Dr. Heiner Latus (Germany)
  • Prof. Emanuela Valsangiacomo Buechel (Switzerland)
  • Asst Prof.Alexander Van De Bruaene (Belgium)
  • Dr. Massimiliano Cantinotti (Italy) - AEPC elected representative for Echo
  • Prof. Gerald Greil (United States) - AEPC elected representative for CT/Nuclear
  • Dr. Francesca Raimondi (Italy) - AEPC elected representative for CMR

EACVI (A)CHD TaskForce white paper

Coming soon!

EACVI (A)CHD resources

E-learning programme

Multimodality Imaging in Congenital Heart Disease e-learning course: Eleven world-leading experts in congenital heart disease share their knowledge in nine high-quality tutorials.

EACVI Certification programmes

On-demand webinars

EACVI Consensus and Position Papers on CHD

Recommended readings


Specific textbooks

  • Echocardiography in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease: From Fetus to Adult by Wyman Lai, Luc Mertens, Meryl Cohen, and Tal Geva (2016), 2nd edition.
  • Echocardiography in Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Disease by Benjamin W. Eidem, Frank Cetta, and Patrick W. O'Leary (2014), 2nd edition.
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography for Congenital Heart Disease by Pierre C. Wong, Wanda C. Miller - Hance, and Norman H. Silverman (2014)
  • Echocardiography in Adult Congenital Heart Disease by Wei Li, Michael Henein, and Michael A. Gatzoulis (2007)
  • Recommendations for cardiovascular magnetic resonance in adults with congenital heart disease from the respective working groups of the European Society of Cardiology
    Kilner PJ, Geva T, Kaemmerer H, Trindade PT, Schwitter J, Webb GD. Eur Heart J. 2010 Apr;31(7):794-805.
  • Indications for cardiovascular magnetic resonance in children with congenital and acquired heart disease: an expert consensus paper of the Imaging Working Group of the AEPC and the Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Section of the EACVI
    Valsangiacomo Buechel ER, Grosse-Wortmann L, Fratz S, Eichhorn J, Sarikouch S, Greil GF, Beerbaum P, Bucciarelli-Ducci C, Bonello B, Sieverding L, Schwitter J, Helbing WA; EACVI, Galderisi M, Miller O, Sicari R, Rosa J, Thaulow E, Edvardsen T, Brockmeier K, Qureshi S, Stein J. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2015 Mar;16(3):281-97. doi: 10.1093/ehjci/jeu129. Epub 2015 Feb 17.
  • Guidelines and protocols for cardiovascular magnetic resonance in children and adults with congenital heart disease: SCMR expert consensus group on congenital heart disease
    Fratz S, Chung T, Greil GF, Samyn MM, Taylor AM, Valsangiacomo Buechel ER, Yoo SJ, Powell AJ. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2013 Jun 13;15:51. doi: 10.1186/1532-429X-15-51
  • Imaging of congenital heart disease in adults.
    Babu-Narayan SV, Giannakoulas G, Valente AM, Li W, Gatzoulis MA. Eur Heart J. 2016 Apr 14;37(15):1182-95. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehv519. Epub 2015 Sep 29.
Cardiac CT
  • Kim SY, Seo JB, Do K-HH et al. Coronary artery anomalies: classification and ECG-gated multi-detector row CT findings with angiographic correlation. Radiographics 2006;26:317.
  • Camarda J, Berger S. Coronary artery abnormalities and sudden cardiac death. Pediatr Cardiol 2012;33:434-8.
  • Ghadri JR, Kazakauskaite E, Braunschweig S et al. Congenital coronary anomalies detected by coronary computed tomography compared to invasive coronary angiography. BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2014 Jan 3;14:81.
  • Gräni C, Benz DC, Schmied C et al. Hybrid CCTA/SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging findings in patients with anomalous origin of coronary arteries from the opposite sinus and suspected concomitant coronary artery disease. J Nucl Cardiol. 2015 Dec 28. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Gebhard C, Fuchs TA, Stehli J et al. Coronary dominance and prognosis in patients undergoing coronary computed tomographic angiography: results from the CONFIRM (COronary CT Angiography EvaluatioN For Clinical Outcomes: An InteRnational Multicenter) registry. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging 2015;16:853-62.
  • Nasis A, Machado C, Cameron JD et al. Anatomic characteristics and outcome of adults with coronary arteries arising from an anomalous location detected with coronary computed tomography angiography. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging 2015;31:181-91.
  • Clayton B, Roobottom C, Morgan-Hughes G. Assessment of the myocardium with cardiac computed tomography. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2014 Jun;15(6):603-9.

You may also refer to the Recommended Reading on Adult Congenital Heart Diseases from the ESC Working Group on Adult Congenital Heart Diseases

Contact information

Join the (A)CHD Task Force on LinkedIn (coming soon).