Appropriate Use Criteria Published For Valvular Heart Disease Imaging Tests

New appropriate use criteria (AUC) released by the ACC and several other partnering societies focus on the evaluation and use of multimodality imaging in the diagnosis and management of valvular heart disease (VHD). The criteria are divided into three primary sections: 1) initial evaluation for VHD; 2) prior testing; and 3) transcatheter intervention for VHD. They address a broad spectrum of clinical scenarios, some of which were included in former AUC documents and others, such as structural valve interventions, that the writing group notes “were not in the armamentarium of clinicians when prior single-modality documents were published.” An independent rating panel scored the scenarios as appropriate, may be appropriate or rarely appropriate. “As imaging technologies and clinical applications continue to advance, the health care community must understand how best to incorporate these technologies into daily clinical care and how to choose between new and established imaging technologies,” said John U. Doherty, MD, FACC, professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and chair of the writing committee. Read more on ACC.org.