Guest Editor:  
Elizabeth Jenista, Ph.D.
Research Scholar
Duke Cardiovascular MR Center
New Additions to this Year's Scientific Sessions  

This year's 23rd Annual Scientific Sessions in Orlando will feature several new enhancements to the program:
Hear Program Chair, Lars Grosse-Wortmann talk about what else to expect at this year's meeting by clicking the "Read More" button below.

The SCMR volunteers are the driving force of the society and help us achieve our long term and increase the value of your membership.  In 2020 SCMR will be highlighting each committee in every newsletter. 

Membership Committee 
Chair, Joel Wilson
The SCMR membership has exceeded 3,000 for the first time in our history and the Membership Committee has played a large part in the increase. They are responsible for evaluating and implementing new membership benefits and also oversee the Fellow program and annual Travel Awards. There are currently over 250 FSCMRs! They are currently reviewing the membership needs assessment survey to recommended increasing the value of your membership.

Clinical Practice Committee 
Chair, Michael Elliott
The Clinical Practice Committee has also been busy producing the "How I Do" CMR series. These members-only presentations can be used as a guide to assist you in how to do an array of scans. They are also the volunteers behind the CMR Practice Advisory Group which accepts questions to assist early career physicians.

Thank you to both committees for your successes and hard work!

SCMR member  Charlotte Manisty, a consulting cardiologist at University College London and the Barts Heart Center, was quoted in the New York Times regarding her new study. The study finds that training for and finishing a marathon can spruce up arteries, leaving them more flexible, healthy and biologically younger than before, even if runners are older or slow. The study, which was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers at University College London and other institutions decided to track the arteries of a group of people who were new to exercise, targeting first-time entrants in an upcoming London Marathon.

Identifying nonischemic cardiomyopathy patients who would benefit from an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator: Can late gadolinium enhancement on CMR imaging help?  

A recent article published in the American Heart Journal written by Rajat Kalra, MBChB, and Chetan Shenoy, MBBS. The article  discusses the role of LGE and CMR for the identification and differentiation of nonischemic CM, and raises the question of how myocardial fibrosis associated with mortality in NICM. It also suggests the blanket diagnosis of NICM is too nonspecific, and that "trials investigating CMR-guided ICD implantation where the cause of the NICM will be the first and the most important piece of CMR information that will provide guidance."

New SCMR Special Interest Group -  Quantitative Myocardial Perfusion

Myocardial perfusion CMR allows quantification of absolute myocardial blood flow (MBF).  Multiple different approaches to quantifying MBF have been proposed, including different technical solutions for data acquisition. Recently, automated in-line methods have been presented and are making their way into commercial products. This group aims to provide a forum to discuss the currently used acquisition protocols and analysis methods for quantitative myocardial perfusion, make proposals for standardization and validation of methods and explore clinical applications. SCMR Special Interest Groups are a member benefit, click the button below to sign up today.

JCMR Articles

Riccardo Kranzusch, et al.
Published on: 20 January 2020