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How artificial intelligence is tackling heart disease. Find out at ICNC 2019

12 to 14 May in Lisbon, Portugal

Hospital Information Systems, Electronic Records, Clinical Decision Support
Risk Factors and Prevention

Integrating artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse imaging data allows early recognition of heart disease, saving patients’ time, money and, most importantly, lives.  Find out how at ICNC 2019, the International Conference on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT (ICNC) – co-organised by the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), and the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM).

The international meeting will be held 12 to 14 May at the Lisbon Congress Centre (CCL) in Portugal.

Explore the scientific programme and discover how scientists and clinicians are pushing the boundaries of knowledge to improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease.

The meeting will showcase 300 novel studies, including:

  • Use of AI to select patients for treatment.
  • And on the flipside – how AI prevents unneeded tests.
  • Deep learning to predict cardiovascular events.
  • Artificial neural networks, a type of AI, teach beginners to interpret complex imaging results.
  • Which patients are most at risk of death? Machine learning has the answer.
  • Cardiac imaging to predict cardiovascular outcome after liver transplantation.
  • New insights on valve disease from a remote population with a subsistence-based, physically active lifestyle.
  • Duration of cocaine use and risk of heart disease.
  • Additional costs of cardiac imaging in obese patients.
  • New protocol to improve cardiac image quality in heavier patients.

ICNC is the meeting where more than 600 clinicians and scientists from around the world gather for the latest updates on state-of-the-art nuclear cardiology and cardiac computed tomography (CT). Over 2.5 days and 30-plus scientific sessions, more than 120 global experts will present advances in this rapidly moving field.

Dr Danilo Neglia, EACVI scientific programme co-chairperson, said: “The congress focuses on emerging topics in cardiovascular diseases, including how to integrate advanced imaging modalities for early recognition of disease and personalised patient management. We will see how the fast development of non-invasive nuclear and CT imaging technology can help us avoid invasive or unnecessary procedures, better define the risk of the single patient, and guide treatment in the most cost-effective way.”

Dr Wael Jaber, ASNC scientific programme co-chairperson, said: “This conference will bring together cardiac imaging experts to look at the horizon going forward in non-invasive imaging of cardiovascular diseases. Sessions will be interactive and feature live reporting from the Cleveland Clinic of image interpretation in patients undergoing single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET).”1

Dr Fabien Hyafil, EANM scientific programme co-chairperson, said: “We are at a new frontier where artificial intelligence can integrate clinical and imaging data to provide a ‘decision support system’ to the clinician for effective diagnosis and treatment. Original scientific research will be presented in this and other areas of innovation.”


Notes to editor

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References and notes

1Live reads from the Cleveland Clinic on Monday 13 May at 14:00 to 15:30 WEST in room Porto.


About the International Conference on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT (ICNC)

The International Conference on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT (ICNC) is held every two years and is co-organised by the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), and the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM).


About the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC)

ASNC, located in Fairfax (Virginia, USA) is committed to excellence in imaging. Representing over 4,500 nuclear cardiologists, radiologists, technologists, scientists and academics all over the world. ASNC is the leader in the development of established standards of care and guidelines in nuclear cardiovascular imaging. ASNC continuously supports the advancement of the profession through education, research, and advocacy.


About the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI)

The European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) - a branch of the ESC - is the world leading network of Cardiovascular Imaging (CVI) experts, gathering four imaging modalities under one entity (Echocardiography, Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac Computed Tomography). Its aim is to promote excellence in clinical diagnosis, research, technical development, and education in cardiovascular imaging. The EACVI welcomes over 11,000 professionals including cardiologists, sonographers, nurses, basic scientists and allied professionals.

About the European Society of Cardiology

The European Society of Cardiology brings together health care professionals from more than 150 countries, working to advance cardiovascular medicine and help people lead longer, healthier lives.


About the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM)

The European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) is the largest organisation dedicated to nuclear medicine and multimodality imaging in Europe, with a strong focus on interdisciplinary. This is especially reflected in the educational offers of the European School of Multimodality Imaging and Therapy (ESMIT) and the programme of the EANM Annual Congress.


Information for journalists attending ICNC 2019

ICNC 2019 will be held 12 to 14 May at the Lisbon Congress Centre (CCL) in Lisbon, Portugal. Explore the scientific programme.

  • Free registration applies to accredited press
  • Credentials: A valid press card or appropriate letter of assignment with proof of three recent published articles(cardiology or health-related, or referring to a previous ESC Event). Read the ESC media and embargo policy.
  • Press registration is not available to industry or its public relations representatives, event management, marketing or communications representatives.
  • The ESC Press Office will verify the documents and confirm by email that your press accreditation is valid.
  • The decision of the ESC Press Office is final regarding all press registration requests.