Call for Early Career Section Chair & Ex-Officio Board Member  

The SCMR's Early Career Members (either in training or less than 4 years post-training) are crucial to achieving our Society's goals. As an acknowledgment of their important role and to ensure their needs are being met, SCMR has added a non-voting position on its Board of Trustees for an Early Career member. This new Board position will begin at the 2020 Scientific Sessions and will be a one-year term. The selected candidate will also serve as the Chair of the SCMR Early Career Section.  Applicants for this position should be either in training or less than 4 years post-training as of February 2020. There are no specialty or regional criteria. We are looking for motivated volunteers who are willing to share their early career experience and able to create and execute new projects to benefit the membership. Interested applicants should submit their candidature via email to SCMR Headquarters.   We are looking forward to hearing from you by October 23rd.

Call for Newsletter Editors 

The SCMR is seeking volunteers to contribute to the monthly SCMR Newsletter. Editors will be tasked to help identify or develop content for the monthly newsletter and work with SCMR Headquarters to review. This is your opportunity to share news with your peers and contribute to the Society. Please email SCMR Headquarters if you are interested or would like additional information. 

SCMR Members in the News
SCMR Holds First Webinar in New Physics Series

Over 150 people attended the first lecture of the new physics webinar series held on Wednesday, September 25th.  Dr. Anthony Aletras of School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and Cardiac MR Group, Lund University, Sweden kicked off the lecture series with "The MRI Signal". This webinar focused on how the MRI signal is generated from the patient's magnetic dipoles and how an image is formed by using magnetic gradient fields. The recording of the webinar is available through the  SCMR online learning portal and SCMR's YouTube channel

SCMR Contributes to New A myloidosis Imaging Guidelines

The statement, a multi society effort  was born from a need to update diagnostic criteria for cardiac amyloidosis, according to a release. Newer imaging methods have facilitated earlier diagnosis of the disease and improved treatments, but those advancements haven't been reflected in the medical literature. 

New European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) Consensus Paper

This consensus paper provides a framework for grading of severity of CMR imaging-based assessment of chamber size, function, and aortic measurements. This does not currently exist for CMR measures. Differences exist in the normal reference values between echocardiography and CMR along with differences in methods used to derive these. The EACVI feels this document will significantly complement the current literature and provide a practical guide for clinicians in daily reporting and interpretation of CMR scans. This manuscript aims to complement a recent comprehensive review of CMR normal value publications to recommend cut-off values required for severity grading. 
Machine Learning Cuts Cardiac MRI Analysis from Minutes to Seconds

Leveraging machine learning to read cardiac MRIs could speed up scan analysis while retaining the same accuracy as a physician, researchers reported this month.  According to SCMR Member Charlotte Manisty, MD, PhD, and colleagues, writing in the Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, analyzing heart function on a cardiac MRI takes a trained clinician around 13 minutes. Cardiac MRIs are common and important, used regularly to inform the timing of cardiac surgery, implant cardioverter-defibrillators and help determine whether a patient should continue or stop cardiotoxic chemotherapy. 
JCMR Articles

Research:  Quantification of lung water in heart failure using cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging
Richard B. Thompson, et al.
Published on: 12 September 2019