Status der kardiovaskulären Bildgebung in Deutschland: Strukturierte Datenerhebung auf Basis des nationalen Zertifizierungsprogramms, des ESCR-Registers und einer Umfrage unter Radiologen

Translated title of the contribution: Current Status of Cardiovascular Imaging in Germany: Structured Data from the National Certification Program, ESCR Registry, and Survey among Radiologists

Malte Maria Sieren*, David Maintz, Matthias Gutberlet, Gabriele Anja Krombach, Fabian Bamberg, Peter Hunold, Lukas Lehmkuhl, Katharina Fischbach, Sebastian Reinartz, Gerald Antoch, Jörg Barkhausen, Jörn Sandstede, Martin Völker, Claas Naehle

*Corresponding author for this work

Abstract

Purpose In the light of the increasing importance of cardiovascular cross-sectional imaging in current guidelines, the goal of this study is to provide a comprehensive overview of cardiovascular imaging (CVI) offered by radiological institutions across Germany. Materials and Methods Data were extracted from the national certification program database of the German Roentgen Society (DRG) from 2015-2021. A nationwide online survey among radiology institutes (university hospitals, non-university hospitals, and private practices) was conducted for 2019, and data was extracted from the European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology (ESCR) registry. The data collection's key points included the number of centers and individuals certified for CVI, the number of cardiac CT and MRI examinations performed, the reporting habits, and the participation in the ESCR registry. Results 71 centers and 1278 persons, both with a substantial increase since 2015, were registered and certified by the DRG to perform CVI. According to the survey, a total of 69,286 CT and 64,281 MRI examinations were performed annually. Data from the survey and the ESCR registry indicated that reporting was mostly done solely by radiologists or, to a lesser degree, in joint consensus meetings with non-radiologists. The overall participation rate in the ESCR registry was 48% among the survey's participants. Conclusion This comprehensive analysis demonstrates that high-quality CVI by radiologists is available nationwide. The current challenges are to provide the best medical and technical quality of CVI by radiology for patient care and to ensure economic sustainability in the German health care system to accommodate the predicted substantial need for CVI in the future. Key Points High-quality advanced CVI service by radiologists is available nationwide. Highly qualified specialist knowledge is widely represented from university to private practices. Certification programs successfully contribute to the dissemination & deepening of CVI expertise. The ESCR registry is an established international tool for the documentation of CVI. Citation Format Sieren M, Maintz D, Gutberlet M etal. Current Status of Cardiovascular Imaging in Germany: Structured Data from the National Certification Program, ESCR Registry, and Survey among Radiologists. Fortschr Röntgenstr 2021; DOI: 10.1055/a-1554-9236.

Translated title of the contributionCurrent Status of Cardiovascular Imaging in Germany: Structured Data from the National Certification Program, ESCR Registry, and Survey among Radiologists
Original languageGerman
JournalRoFo Fortschritte auf dem Gebiet der Rontgenstrahlen und der Bildgebenden Verfahren
Volume194
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)181-191
Number of pages11
ISSN1438-9029
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01.02.2022

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Biomedical Engineering

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 205-30 Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy and Radiobiology
  • 109-04 Educational Research on Socialization and Professionalism

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