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- Neil J. Weissman, MD, Chair, Cardiovascular Imaging Section and Leadership Council
Established in 2011, the ACC's CV Imaging Section was developed to cultivate multi-modality imaging-based discussions, improve the College's ability to represent the professional needs of CV Imaging members, and facilitate continuous input from ACC members about salient and emerging CV imaging topics. The Section is open to members with a specific clinical or professional interest in imaging and provides a forum in which they can advance their professional priorities, offer input into the coordination of imaging activities within the College, and facilitate networking with peers in their field. Currently 2,500 members strong, the Section has identified a large pool of members with an interest in offering input into the coordination of imaging activities within the College.
Governed by the ACC CV Imaging Section Leadership Council, the goal of the Section is to represent the CV imaging community and work with ACC leadership to promote collaboration on issues facing CV specialists using imaging technologies to provide optimal patient care. The Imaging Section Leadership Council also serves to facilitate communication between the CV imaging societies with representatives from each imaging society. I have the privilege of chairing this Section and Leadership Council for 2013 to 2014.
The Council relies on the CV Imaging Section members for input on priorities and activities, and has developed communication avenues, which include the CV Imaging Section CardioSource page, a quarterly CV Imaging eNewsletter, an Imaging Section listserv, and an annual CV Imaging Section meeting, held in conjunction with the ACC's Annual Scientific Session. We encourage all members of the Imaging Section to utilize these resources, including the listserv. The listserv offers the opportunity for Section members to interact directly with each other via email—please consider sending your questions or thoughts to to get the ball rolling.
The Section held its second annual CV Imaging Section meeting in conjunction with ACC.13. As always, this meeting is open to all interested participants. Approximately 100 cardiologists, cardiac care associates, administrators, and guests convened to learn and share updates on activities and encourage input on the strategic direction and priorities the Section should consider. Section meeting attendees represented the full spectrum of imaging modalities, as well as acquired and congenital heart disease. Featured speakers represented the advocacy, quality, educational, and publication activities within the College. Robert Hendel, MD, FACC, presented the recently revised methodology for Appropriate Use Criteria. Additionally, Joseph Allen, ACC staff, shared an update on an ACC national quality improvement activity, known as FOCUS, which will be launching a subscription-based clinical decision support service using electronic health records in both the hospital and practice setting. This service will be available from multiple vendors to allow hospitals and practices to choose the solution that best works for their workflow. Included in the subscription will be the ability to submit the AUC data to the ACC for a variety of uses including benchmarking, Maintenance of Certification Part IV improvement modules, and lab accreditation documentation.
The ACC Imaging Council member Linda Gillam, MD, FACC, then reviewed imaging programming highlights at ACC.13, including the ACC/ASE/ASNC/SCAI/SCCT/SCMR multi-modality imaging day. Sandy Katanick, CEO of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, also shared an overview of lab accreditation and available resources. Following the presentations, Section members and attendees shared valuable comments on the importance of encouraging interaction between imaging specialists in providing patient-centered care, the potential to introduce new science and quality as well as the increasing need for multi-modality specialists. Attendees also offered input on the expanding significance multi-modality fellowships, and training programs will have in preparing future CV Imaging cardiologists.
Based on this input from Section members, as well as input from ACC leadership and ACC CV Imaging Council members, the Imaging Council has identified a number of priorities to address over the coming year, and will be establishing attendant work groups comprised of Section members to advance the activities as described below:
Science and Quality Issues Related to Multi-Modality Imaging: Recognizing the CV imaging profession's need for mechanisms to examine the relationship of CV imaging tests to clinical outcomes, Section and Council members will investigate potential approaches and examine the feasibility of several data collection and analysis activities, including PINNACLE (Practice INNovation And Clinical Excellence), FOCUS, and the NCDR (National Cardiovascular Data Registry) enterprise, as opportunities to meet these objectives.
CV Imaging in 2020: Who better to start thinking about what the future of cardiovascular imaging will look like than imagers? This is meant to be a forward thinking, open-ended initiative, that could take one of several formats. The ultimate goal will be to organize and present our findings and discussions to College and society leadership.
Digital Strategy and Section Communications: This column is a clear example of a Section communication. Help us generate ideas to get the word out to our members about our current and upcoming activities, as well as facilitate multi-directional communication. Additionally, members interested in submitting Hot Topics, Case Challenges, or Case Vignettes are welcome to contact staff for details about contributing. Likewise, recommendations for topics and authors related to important advocacy, quality, and educational CV imaging issues are welcome. The Council welcomes the opportunity to work with interested authors on publications for JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging White Paper submissions.
Engaging FITs: Fellows in Training are the future leaders of CV imaging and cardiology as a whole. The Imaging Section is interested in involving FITs in the above activities, as well as inviting their feedback and comments on how to effectively support these future leaders with mentoring, career development and leadership opportunities.
We hope you will consider joining the Section and participating in one of these initiatives–or suggest additional ideas for activities. Membership is open to physician, cardiac care associate, and FIT members of the College, and those interested may join for a $10 annual fee (complimentary for FITs), by opting in on their dues statement, calling the Resource Center at (800) 253-4636, ext. 5603, or by visiting http://www.cardiosource.org/dues. Join today!
For more information on the Imaging Section, please visit cardiosource.org/imaging. Interested in getting involved? Please email with your interests and background on your expertise.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation