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The structural heart disease interventional imager rationale, skills and training: a position paper of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging.
Agricola, Eustachio; Ancona, Francesco; Brochet, Eric et al.
2021In European heart journal. Cardiovascular Imaging, 22 (5), p. 471-479
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Keywords :
Cardiac Catheterization; Cardiac Imaging Techniques; Certification; Heart Diseases; Humans; Percutaneous treatment of structural heart disease; Structural heart disease;  Interventional imaging
Abstract :
[en] Percutaneous therapeutic options for an increasing variety of structural heart diseases (SHD) have grown dramatically. Within this context of continuous expansion of devices and procedures, there has been increased demand for physicians with specific knowledge, skills, and advanced training in multimodality cardiac imaging. As a consequence, a new subspecialty of 'Interventional Imaging' for SHD interventions and a new dedicated professional figure, the 'Interventional Imager' with specific competencies has emerged. The interventional imager is an integral part of the heart team and plays a central role in decision-making throughout the patient pathway, including the appropriateness and feasibility of a procedure, pre-procedural planning, intra-procedural guidance, and post-procedural follow-up. However, inherent challenges exist to develop a training programme for SHD imaging that differs from traditional cardiovascular imaging pathways. The purpose of this document is to provide the standard requirements for the training in SHD imaging, as well as a starting point for an official certification process for SHD interventional imager.
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Cardiovascular & respiratory systems
Author, co-author :
Agricola, Eustachio;  Cardiovascular Imaging Unit, San Raffaele Hospital, IRCCS, Vita-Salute San
Ancona, Francesco;  Cardiovascular Imaging Unit, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy.
Brochet, Eric;  Cardiology Department, Hôpital BICHAT Paris, France.
Donal, Erwan;  Cardiologie, CHU de RENNES, LTSI UMR1099, INSERM, Université de Rennes-1, Rennes,
Dweck, Marc;  Centre for Cardiovascular Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.
Faletra, Francesco;  Director of cardiac imaging service, . Cardiocentro Ticino Switzerland.
LANCELLOTTI, Patrizio  ;  Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > > Service de cardiologie ; Gruppo Villa Maria Care and Research, Maria Cecilia Hospital, Cotignola, and
Mahmoud-Elsayed, Hani;  Consultant Cardiologist, Director of Echocardiography Lab, Al-Nas Hospital,
Marsan, Nina Ajmone;  Department of Cardiology, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands.
Maurovich-Hovart, Pal;  Medical Imaging Centre, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary.
Monaghan, Mark;  Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology, King's College Hospital, London, UK.
Ribeiro, José;  Thorax and Circulation Unit Director, Gaia Hospital Center, Oporto, Portugal.
Sade, Leyla Elif;  University of Baskent, Department of Cardiology, Ankara, Turkey.
Swaans, Martin;  Department of Cardiology, St.Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands.
Von Bardeleben, Ralph Stephan;  Dep. of Cardiology I, Heart Valve Center, Universitätsmedizin Mainz, Mainz,
Wunderlich, Nina;  Cardiovascular Center Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany.
Zamorano, Jose-Luis;  University Hospital Ramon y Cajal, Madrid, Spain.
Popescu, Bogdan A;  Department of Cardiology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy 'Carol Davila' -
Cosyns, Bernard;  Cardiology Department, Centrum voor Hart en Vaatziekten (CHVZ), Universitair
Edvardsen, Thor;  Dept of Cardiology, Oslo University Hospital, Pb 4950 Nydalen, 0424, Oslo,  ; Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
Reviewers: This document was reviewed by members of the 2018-2020 EACVI
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Bertrand, Philippe
Delgado, Victoria
Gerber, Bernard
Stankovic, Ivan
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Title :
The structural heart disease interventional imager rationale, skills and training: a position paper of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging.
Publication date :
28 April 2021
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European heart journal. Cardiovascular Imaging
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