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New multi-society guidelines highlight how non-invasive imaging modalities play a key role in the assessment and management of patients with coronary artery disease

April 21, 2022 – Coronary heart disease (CAD) is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Non-invasive imaging modalities play a fundamental role in the evaluation and management of patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease. A new multi-company document, Non-invasive imaging in coronary syndromes: recommendations from the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and the American Society of Echocardiography, in collaboration with the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, focuses on how multiple imaging techniques can assess different aspects of CAD and the importance of choosing the appropriate imaging test based on patient characteristics, clinical scenario, and each center’s expertise. of imagery. This document, developed by the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) and the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), in collaboration with the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) and the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR), is published in the April 2022 issue of Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography.

ASE senior author Federico Asch, MD, FASE, said, “In all cases, a thorough understanding of the intersection between the mechanisms behind each imaging modality and the pathophysiology of the disease is essential to decide appropriate test for a given patient at a given time. This document is an update of the 2007 document. The field of cardiovascular imaging has evolved tremendously over the past 15 years, with each imaging modality making great strides in its ability to detect and aid in the prognosis of patients with acute and chronic coronary artery disease.The new recommendations address the importance of the growing evidence of the complexity of coronary artery disease and the multiple noninvasive imaging modalities and techniques that help to the evaluation of the different aspects of coronary artery disease and its effects on the function and structure of the myocardium.

This document and all ASE guidelines documents are also available online at ASEcho.org/Guidelines.

For more information: Non-invasive imaging in coronary syndromes: recommendations from the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and the American Society of Echocardiography, in collaboration with the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance