About this Research Topic
Noninvasive cardiac imaging covers a broad spectrum of investigations including echocardiography, radionuclide imaging, computed tomography (CT) and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR). Major developments have been made over the last couple of decades and noninvasive imaging is currently not only important for our understanding of pathobiological mechanisms that underlie cardiac diseases, but also an integral part of the everyday practice of clinical cardiology for diagnosis, risk stratification, management decisions, as well as treatment monitoring and assessment of its effect.
Of particular importance are the applications of the various non-invasive imaging techniques in the settings of interventional cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology, areas in which a remarkable progress has been made with the expanding use of coronary and non-coronary stents, transcatheter heart-valve devices, new treatment tools as well as rhythm monitoring and management devices. The field can only advance and strengthen its role in the decision-making process, when comprehensive evidence-based information is used.
This Research Topic will focus specifically on the important advances and new directions in which the field is heading demonstrating the value of non-invasive cardiac imaging in planning, guiding, and monitoring a broad range of different procedures. Specifically, it will cover the role of multimodality imaging in the setting of interventional procedures for acquired and congenital valvulopathies, congenital anomalies and coronary interventions as well as for evaluation of the arrhythmogenic substrate prior to electrophysiology studies. It will be completed with a separate chapter addressing future directions based on novel molecular imaging techniques.
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