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Collaborative use of Imaging Techniques proved effective in Cardiovascular Diagnosis – ESC Recommend

Patient undergoing multiple tests to diagnose and investigate cardiovascular diseases was being the current trend and which seemed to be promoted //by advanced imaging modalities.

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has recommended that an inter-disciplinary collaboration of various imaging techniques such as cardiovascular imaging and non-invasive diagnosis could ensure effective diagnosis of heart diseases involving work force of different specialists.

The paper is a joint statement from the Presidents and Chairs of several specialty groups within the European Society of Cardiology – the European Association of Echocardiography, the Working Group on Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, the Working Group on Computers in Cardiology, and the Working Group on Nuclear Cardiology – together with colleagues from the European Association of Nuclear Medicine and the Association for European Paediatric Cardiology. Uniquely, the statement is being published simultaneously by three specialist medical journals – the European Heart Journal, the European Journal of Echocardiography, and the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

The major recommendations are:

Cardiac units should develop joint clinical services with common diagnostic pathways for patients with suspected cardiovascular disease, which are organised in collaboration between cardiologists, radiologists, and specialists in nuclear medicine. This will require reorganisation of traditional hospital structures and a new way of working.

Future diagnostic specialists in cardiology should be trained in several imaging modalities.

Diagnostic tests should be evaluated by their impact on clinical outcomes, rather than their ability to provide better pictures or more diagnostic information. Different tests vary widely in their technical requirements, benefits, limitations, and costs. Surprisingly, relatively little is known about which diag
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