Viability Imaging (CME)
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Purpose/ Objective

Cardiac MRI has been around for >2 decades, and yet its use is limited. This is due to knowledge gaps and available resources/expertise. By improving education, providers will understand the difference between the terms viability and functional recovery, and how cardiac MRI (late gadolinium enhancement imaging/low dose dobutamine testing) may help provide guidance in treatment of patients with obstructive coronary artery disease. Following this activity, learners will 1. Understand that CMR can define areas of scar, and thus non-viable myocardium 2. Understand that low dose dobutamine can help predict functional recovery of dysfunctional myocardial segments 3. Understand that revascularization or cardiac resynchronization therapy may not help patients who have large scar burden.



Yiying Han, Ray Kim, Grigorios Korosolgou, Dipan Shah


Course Planner

Steve Leung


Accreditation Statement

The Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Credit Designation Statement

The Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Instructions for Claiming CME

  • Attend the sessions in full for which credit is sought
  • Complete the post-activity evaluation
  • A certificate of completion will be available once the evaluation is submitted


Financial Disclosures

The planners and faculty for this activity did not have any relevant relationships to disclose.

Any resulting conflicts of interest were resolved prior to the start of the activity according to ACCME Criteria & Standards.


Disclosure of Commercial Support

SCMR received no funding to support this activity.



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Formats Available: Streaming
Original Course Date: December 17, 2019

Approved Credit:
  • ACCME: 0.75 hours Total General Hours

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