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- Received November 6, 2008
- Accepted November 21, 2008
- Published online February 1, 2009.
- Pamela S. Douglas, MD, MACC, FASE, FAHA⁎,⁎ (, )
- Jersey Chen, MD†,
- Linda Gillam, MD, FACC‡,
- Robert Hendel, MD, FACC§,
- W. Gregory Hundley, MD, FACC∥,
- Frederick Masoudi, MD, FACC¶,
- Manesh R. Patel, MD⁎ and
- Eric Peterson, MD, FACC, FAHA⁎
- ↵⁎Reprint requests and correspondence:
Dr. Pamela S. Douglas, 7022 North Pavilion DUMC, P.O. Box 17969, Durham, North Carolina 27715
Despite rapid technologic advances and sustained growth, less attention has been focused on quality in imaging than in other areas of cardiovascular medicine. To address this deficit, representatives from cardiovascular imaging societies, private payers, government agencies, the medical imaging industry, and experts in quality measurement met in the second Quality in Cardiovascular Imaging Think Tank. The participants endorsed the previous consensus definition of quality in imaging and proposed quality measures. Additional areas of needed effort included data standardization and structured reporting, appropriateness criteria, imaging registries, laboratory accreditation, partnership development, and imaging research. The second American College of Cardiology–Duke University Think Tank continued the process of the development, dissemination, and adoption of quality improvement initiatives for all cardiovascular imaging modalities.
In collaboration with the American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Imaging Collaborative Quality Task Force, American College of Radiology, American Heart Association, American Society of Echocardiography, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Society, Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, North American Society for Cardiovascular Imaging, Society of Atherosclerosis Imaging and Prevention, Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention, and the Society for Vascular Medicine. Please see the Online Appendix for complete list of participants and organizations. The following companies provided sponsorship for the meeting: Aetna, Astellas Pharma US, Inc., AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Medical Imaging, Covidien, GE Healthcare, The Medicines Company, MEDRAD, Inc., Philips Ultrasound, Siemens Medical Solutions, and United Healthcare.
- Received November 6, 2008.
- Accepted November 21, 2008.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation