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CMR 2018 showcases advances in cardiovascular magnetic resonance improving patient care

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 gennaio 2018

barcellonaBarcelona, Spain 31 January to 3 February CMR 2018 will showcase the latest advances in cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) and how they are improving patient care and outcomes. CMR 2018 is a joint EuroCMR and SCMR meeting organised by the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI), a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology, and the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR).It will be held 31 January to 3 February in Barcelona, Spain, at the Centre Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB). The scientific programme is available hereThe congress theme ‘improving clinical value by technical advances’ emphasises how new developments in CMR benefit patients. Higher quality images increase understanding of disease and enable better diagnosis and treatment, while faster scan times help reduce waiting lists and provide a better patient experience.CMR has a major role to play in the prevention of sudden cardiac death and will be debated at CMR 2018 by leaders in the fields of imaging and arrhythmias. Professor Josep Brugada, a leading clinical cardiologist and arrhythmia expert based in Barcelona, will give a keynote lecture on the latest developments in ventricular arrhythmias. Other distinguished speakers include ESC President Professor Jeroen Bax.Dr Jose Palomares, CMR 2018 abstract co-chairperson (representing EuroCMR), said: “International clinical and CMR specialists will provide the most up-to-date information in different disease areas. They will also reveal what is on the horizon in terms of furthering our understanding of what causes diseases and how to best diagnosis and treat them.”
Heart disease causes many deaths in women but the way it develops is different to men. In women, heart disease mainly affects the microvessels, making it more difficult to detect. “CMR is particularly well suited to helping us understand heart attacks in women and how to better manage them,” said Dr Allison Hays, CMR 2018 abstract co-chairperson (representing SCMR).Artificial intelligence is a hot topic and will be the focus of a session on deep learning/machine learning. Professor Daniel Rueckert, a leader in machine learning development in magnetic resonance, will join other specialists to discuss how these areas are revolutionising CMR by boosting productivity and expanding the limits of what can be measured. Novel methods will be presented along with technological advances in this rapidly developing field.CMR is increasingly being used to detect metabolic changes in the heart. Specialists will show how imaging detects fat build up in the heart, which can predict who will develop heart failure and arrhythmias and indicate the impact of medications and lifestyle changes.Around 1–2% of adults in developed countries have heart failure but treatments are available and some cases can even be prevented. Novel CMR techniques like T1 mapping are being used for the early detection of fibrosis in the heart to identify patients at risk for heart failure. A number original scientific abstracts will show the latest findings in this field.
Ischaemia imaging is another focus in the abstracts, which show the value of CMR in diagnosing and risk stratifying patients with suspected coronary artery disease in a standardised way. Clinical trial results will be presented showing how CMR can be used cost effectively to improve patient outcomes. A workshop will be held in conjunction with the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM).Dr Palomares said: “Scientific information is growing exponentially. CMR 2018 brings together leading clinicians and imagers from across the globe to highlight the key developments in cardiovascular magnetic resonance and where the boundaries of science and medicine are being pushed.”Dr Hays said: “The important technical advances and large scale clinical trials in CMR will be presented, making CMR 2018 an event not to be missed. Patient outcomes are a big focus of the conference – we are not just taking pictures of the heart, we are applying it in a clinically meaningful way to improve healthcare.”

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Record attendance expected at Europe’s leading cardiovascular magnetic resonance meeting

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 13 aprile 2016

scompenso cardiacoSophia Antipolis. Record attendance is expected at Europe’s leading cardiovascular magnetic resonance meeting, to be held 12 to 14 May in Florence, Italy, at the Palazzo dei Congressi.EuroCMR is the largest and most important cardiovascular magnetic resonance, or CMR, event in Europe. It is the annual CMR conference of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI), a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The scientific programme is available here. More than 500 delegates are anticipated to attend and a record number of abstracts have been submitted for presentation. Professor Sven Plein, chair of the EACVI’s CMR Section, said: “The use of CMR as a safe, accurate and very versatile diagnostic tool continues to expand rapidly. This is now the largest clinical CMR meeting in Europe and is becoming an increasingly popular place to present new science and hear the latest developments in the field. This is the event for journalists to get up-to-date on CMR.” The hot topic of parametric mapping by CMR will be covered by multiple abstracts and a number of talks including pro and contra sessions on whether it is ready for clinical use. Parametric mapping provides quantitative parameters for different diseased and non-diseased cardiac tissues. It also allows visualisation of subtle changes in the myocardium such as fibrosis.“Mapping heralds a new era in CMR,” said Professor Holger Thiele, programme chair of EuroCMR. “It is comparable to the Hounsfield units in computed tomography (CT) imaging and is an important step forward for quantification in CMR.”The world famous pathologist Dr Christina Basso will show anatomical specimens and CMR images of cardiac pathologies for the first time during EuroCMR. A special course on fluidodynamic modeling will be led by Dr Philip Kilner demonstrating fluid and flow experiments and the implications for CMR. Professor Albert van Rossum will give the key note lecture on the role of CMR in the two-edged sword of reperfusion in myocardial infarction.Cutting edge science will be revealed in the original scientific abstracts. A rapid fire abstract session has been introduced this year which will see the best science presented orally within a few minutes.
EuroCMR covers the full spectrum of the clinical application of CMR from congenital heart disease to all adult cardiac diseases. This is reflected in the congress theme “current clinical application of CMR”. A session on advanced technologies in congenital heart disease will explore when to use real-time imaging and how 3D printing can help diagnosis and management planning. Another session is devoted to the use of CMR to plan and guide procedures such as cardiac device implantation and ablation of atrial fibrillation.
Professor Thiele said: “Leaders in the field will discuss state of the art clinical applications of CMR and release cutting edge findings from scientific research.” Controversial issues in CMR will be tackled head on and members of the press will get both sides of the story. A symposium on the use of contrast agents in CMR will ask whether CMR causes DNA damage. The role of CMR in evaluating the cardiovascular effects of recreational drugs will also be debated. Professor Plein said: “Experts will separate myth from fact and tell members of the press what is known on several contentious issues.” A new face-off session will be held in which post-processing software companies battle to show the performance of their software for quantification. Delegates’ knowledge will be tested in the CMR World Cup Competition in which expert teams, symbolically representing England and Germany 50 years after the famous world cup final between the two nations, will be asked difficult and trivia questions related to CMR in a highly entertaining showdown.Professor Thiele said: “EuroCMR is the top CMR event in Europe. Journalists should register now to discover the clinical and scientific advances in this fast moving field. More than 90 international speakers will tell us what is new during 2.5 days and over 40 sessions.”
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) represents more than 95 000 cardiology professionals across Europe and the Mediterranean. Its mission is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe.

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