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J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2020 Mar 12;22(1):19. doi: 10.1186/s12968-020-00610-6.

Standardized image interpretation and post-processing in cardiovascular magnetic resonance - 2020 update : Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR): Board of Trustees Task Force on Standardized Post-Processing.

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Department of Cardiology and Nephrology, Working Group on Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, Experimental and Clinical Research Center, a joint cooperation between the Charité Medical Faculty and the Max-Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine, and HELIOS Klinikum Berlin Buch, Schwanebecker Chaussee 50, 13125, Berlin, Germany.
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, USA.
Department of Radiology of the University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
Imaging, and Heart and Vascular Institutes, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA.
Department of Radiology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Departments of Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada.
Duke Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Center, and Departments of Medicine and Radiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA.
Department of Cardiology, Academic Teaching Hospital Agatharied of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Hausham, Germany.
Departments of Medicine and Radiology and the Cardiovascular Imaging Center, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA, USA.
Royal Brompton Hospital, and Imperial College, London, UK.
Leeds Institute for Genetics Health and Therapeutics & Leeds Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.
Institute for Experimental and Translational Cardiovascular Imaging, DZHK (German Centre for Cardiovascular Research) Centre for Cardiovascular Imaging, partner site RheinMain, University Hospital Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


With mounting data on its accuracy and prognostic value, cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is becoming an increasingly important diagnostic tool with growing utility in clinical routine. Given its versatility and wide range of quantitative parameters, however, agreement on specific standards for the interpretation and post-processing of CMR studies is required to ensure consistent quality and reproducibility of CMR reports. This document addresses this need by providing consensus recommendations developed by the Task Force for Post-Processing of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR). The aim of the Task Force is to recommend requirements and standards for image interpretation and post-processing enabling qualitative and quantitative evaluation of CMR images. Furthermore, pitfalls of CMR image analysis are discussed where appropriate. It is an update of the original recommendations published 2013.


Heart; Image interpretation; Magnetic resonance imaging; Post-processing; Recommendations

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