Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance

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Released January 16, 2014

Don’t perform stress CMR as a pre-operative assessment in patients scheduled to undergo low-risk, non-cardiac surgery.

Stress testing has not been shown to be useful in patients undergoing low-risk surgery. Therefore, stress CMR in these patients will not improve outcomes and will increase cost.


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How The List Was Created

The Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) has developed the following list of tests involving cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) thought to be overused or misused. This list was developed by a subcommittee of the SCMR and reviewed and approved by the SCMR Board of Trustees. The list was based primarily on appropriateness guidelines for CMR, published by both the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Radiology, with the goal of limiting the inappropriate use of expensive imaging testing in low-risk patients or where it is unlikely to add to clinical management.

SCMR’s disclosure and conflict of interest policy can be found at www.scmr.org.

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