October 2018
SCMR Endorses the CBCMR Exam

The SCMR is pleased to endorse the inaugural Certification Board of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CBCMR) Exam to be offered in May of 2019.  For a number of years the SCMR has supported the development of a CMR board certification exam.  This support was reinforced by a 2015 survey of SCMR physician-members in which 64% of the respondents felt that CMR certification would benefit both providers and patients. In December of 2016, the SCMR signed an agreement with Inteleos, a non-profit organization that includes the Alliance for Physician Certification and Advancement (APCA).  APCA has a long track record of excellence and is responsible for the creation and oversight of physician certification programs for ultrasound, nuclear cardiology (CBNC) and cardiovascular computed tomography (CBCCT). The resulting alliance between APCA and SCMR lead to the formation of the CBCMR and started the process of developing a global standard for CMR certification.   Over the past two years, many SCMR members, including Assessment Committee Chair Dr. Vic Ferrari, and Vice-Chair Dr. Amit Patel, have volunteered to assist in the development of a high-quality certification process.   The SCMR leadership has firmly supported this effort and believes that this global certification exam will serve to identify individuals who can safely and competently perform CMR with the professionalism and quality necessary to make this important diagnostic test more widely available to patients. 

SCMR Gold Medal Award  

The Gold Medal Award is the highest honor bestowed by SCMR and is given for distinguished and extraordinary service to the field of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance and to the Society. The award will be presented by the President of the Society on behalf of the Board of Trustees and the membership at the  22nd Annual Scientific Sessions.

Letters of nomination and sponsorship should be sent to SCMR Headquarters  ( [email protected] ) by  October 30th. 

SCMR Member Benefit Highlight - Research Center Directory  

SCMR membership offers so many valuable benefits, but they are not always known to all members. Each month in the newsletter, we'll be highlighting a specific benefit to help you maximize your membership experience. 

Are you currently conducting research and seeking out others to collaborate? SCMR members have the ability to retrieve a list of members whose facilities conduct research. Research centers and key contact details for those interested in research collaboration and multi-center studies are provided.

Participation is voluntary. If you would like your Research Center to be included in this database, please complete the "Additional Information" section of your profile when you renew your membership for 2019

Why CMR - Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

The latest adddtion to the Why CMR series is on Coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease affects a large number of patients, and require long term medical care.  Traditionally, echocardiogram is the major non-invasive modality in assessing the damage caused by myocardial infarctions.  However, CMR has become more utilized due to many of its strengths.  CMR has high interobserver and intraobserver reproducibility of ventricular size and systolic function measurements. In patients with coronary artery disease, regional wall motion abnormalities can have an impact in 2D echocardiography assessment since method of disc is based on a uniform ellipsoid estimation from 2 and 4 chamber views only. 

Case of the Week  

A 24 year old woman with a 3 year history of asthma presented with a disseminated dermatosis manifesting as erythematous, pruritic papules with pain in her metacarpophalangeal and interphalangeal joints. She received unspecified treatment with partial response. Six months later she presented again with erythematous, pruritic papules involving the back, both arms and hands, and right leg. She had edema of the ankles and feet and dyspnea. 

JCMR Articles

Research: Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging in the prospective, population-based, Hamburg City Health
cohort study: objectives and design
Sebastian Bohnen, et al.
Published on: 24 September 2018