Bright future for interventional CMR: recent survey

Although first use of CMR for interventional procedures in CHD dates back to 2003, current use is mainly diagnostic such as for accurate pressure/flow measurement in PH and various forms of CHD. The first objective of our current worldwide survey was to describe current use of CMR in CHD and to further details future use and application of interventional and diagnostic CMR by current and interested users.  A second objective was to make an inventory of the main impediments to apply iCMR and the instrumental needs for further progression of the field.

An online survey was sent by Email to all members of PICS and SCAI in December 2018 and answers were gathered until March 1st 2019. A total of 188 responses were obtained, and a sub-group of 132 responders completed all questions, including 103 academic and 11 non-academic centers. Apart from 14 centers that are already active, 72 centers (55%) indicated that they wanted to start later. The major problems they envisage, or encounter are infrastructure (26 %), lack of medical devices (18 %), training (13 %) and need for team extension (12%). The data are submitted to PICS and will be presented in september 2019 in San Diego (USA) by dr Suren Reddy.

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