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Journal of Nuclear Cardiology

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 1392–1413 | Cite as

ACC/AATS/AHA/ASE/ASNC/HRS/SCAI/SCCT/SCMR/STS 2019 Appropriate Use Criteria for Multimodality Imaging in the Assessment of Cardiac Structure and Function in Nonvalvular Heart Disease

A Report of the American College of Cardiology Appropriate Use Criteria Task Force, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American Heart Association, American Society of Echocardiography, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Society, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • John U. Doherty
  • Smadar Kort
  • Roxana Mehran
  • Paul Schoenhagen
  • Prem Soman
  • Rating Panel Members
  • Appropriate Use Criteria Task Force
APPROPRIATE USE CRITERIA

Abstract

This document is the second of 2 companion appropriate use criteria (AUC) documents developed by the American College of Cardiology, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American Heart Association, American Society of Echocardiography, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Society, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The first document (J Am Coll Cardiol 2017;70:1647-1672) addresses the evaluation and use of multimodality imaging in the diagnosis and management of valvular heart disease, whereas this document addresses this topic with regard to structural (nonvalvular) heart disease. While dealing with different subjects, the 2 documents do share a common structure and feature some clinical overlap. The goal of the companion AUC documents is to provide a comprehensive resource for multimodality imaging in the context of structural and valvular heart disease, encompassing multiple imaging modalities.

Using standardized methodology, the clinical scenarios (indications) were developed by a diverse writing group to represent patient presentations encountered in everyday practice and included common applications and anticipated uses. Where appropriate, the scenarios were developed on the basis of the most current American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Clinical Practice Guidelines.

A separate, independent rating panel scored the 102 clinical scenarios in this document on a scale of 1 to 9. Scores of 7 to 9 indicate that a modality is considered appropriate for the clinical scenario presented. Midrange scores of 4 to 6 indicate that a modality may be appropriate for the clinical scenario, and scores of 1 to 3 indicate that a modality is considered rarely appropriate for the clinical scenario.

The primary objective of the AUC is to provide a framework for the assessment of these scenarios by practices that will improve and standardize physician decision making. AUC publications reflect an ongoing effort by the American College of Cardiology to critically and systematically create, review, and categorize clinical situations in which diagnostic tests and procedures are utilized by physicians caring for patients with cardiovascular diseases. The process is based on the current understanding of the technical capabilities of the imaging modalities examined.

Keywords

ACC Appropriate Use Criteria imaging multimodality structural heart disease 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John U. Doherty
    • 1
  • Smadar Kort
    • 2
  • Roxana Mehran
    • 3
  • Paul Schoenhagen
    • 4
  • Prem Soman
    • 5
  • Rating Panel Members
  • Appropriate Use Criteria Task Force
  1. 1.American College of CardiologyWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.American Society of EchocardiographyMorrisvilleUSA
  3. 3.Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and InterventionsWashingtonUSA
  4. 4.Society of Cardiovascular Computed TomographyViennaUSA
  5. 5.American Society of Nuclear CardiologyBethesdaUSA

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