Standardized cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) protocols: 2020 update

Christopher M Kramer*, Jörg Barkhausen, Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci, Scott D Flamm, Raymond J Kim, Eike Nagel

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This document is an update to the 2013 publication of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) Board of Trustees Task Force on Standardized Protocols. Concurrent with this publication, 3 additional task forces will publish documents that should be referred to in conjunction with the present document. The first is a document on the Clinical Indications for CMR, an update of the 2004 document. The second task force will be updating the document on Reporting published by that SCMR Task Force in 2010. The 3rd task force will be updating the 2013 document on Post-Processing. All protocols relative to congenital heart disease are covered in a separate document.

The section on general principles and techniques has been expanded as more of the techniques common to CMR have been standardized. A section on imaging in patients with devices has been added as this is increasingly seen in day-to-day clinical practice. The authors hope that this document continues to standardize and simplify the patient-based approach to clinical CMR. It will be updated at regular intervals as the field of CMR advances.

Original languageEnglish
Article number17
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2020


  • Cardiovascular Diseases/diagnostic imaging
  • Clinical Protocols/standards
  • Consensus
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging/standards
  • Predictive Value of Tests


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