WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In two decades, Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) has evolved from a research method to a powerful diagnostic tool that delivers detailed images of the heart without exposing patients to ionizing radiation. On February 1, 2017, the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) will convene its historic 20th annual meeting at the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center, National Harbor, Maryland. Significant technological advances have occurred since SCMR organized its first scientific session and CMR is now a well-established imaging modality central to the evaluation of many patients with heart disease.
Globally, heart failure is a significant clinical and public health problem. Imaging technologies like CMR play a key role in heart failure diagnosis. The meeting will feature an outreach session that explores and expands upon how CMR is being used to address heart failure, a condition with many causes.
CMR is a medical imaging technology for the non-invasive assessment of the function and structure of the cardiovascular system. A CMR exam can provide comprehensive diagnostic and prognostic information without the need for radiation. CMR-only capabilities include: virtual heart biopsy, high-resolution perfusion imaging, and advanced blood flow analysis.
CMR is the single technology that can be used to assess left and right ventricular function, cardiac morphology, blood vessels, perfusion, viability and tissue composition and has been described as a one-stop-shop for cardiac imaging, yielding clinical information about a patient's heart condition that can necessitate changes to the treatment plan.
SCMR's 2017 meeting will meet the needs of a range of professionals. For the newcomer, pre-conference courses and introductory lectures offer technical and clinical background information. Attendees who wish to delve into more detailed developments will enjoy the state-of-the-art lectures. A multi-day track will highlight clinical cases and real-world utilization of CMR in patients with a wide range of acquired and congenital cardiovascular disease
Dr. Robert Balaban, the scientific director of the Division of Intramural Research at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, will give a keynote lecture on the future of CMR.
Professional content geared to engineers and physicians will be available. Also, more than 500 peer-reviewed abstracts will be presented by scientists from all over the world as posters, walking posters, power-pitch talks, or oral presentations.
Visit www.scmr.org for more information.
Contact: Beth Drost at 215-884-6499
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