The complexity of cardiovascular diseases has led to an extensive use of technological instruments and the development of multimodality imaging. This extensive use of different cardiovascular imaging tests in the same patient has increased costs and waiting times.The concept of appropriateness has changed over time. Appropriateness criteria address the need for specific cardiovascular imaging tests in well-defined clinical scenarios, and define the kind of cardiovascular imaging that is appropriated for each clinical scenario in different stages of the disease. The concept of appropriateness criteria has replaced the old idea of appropriate use criteria and reflects the increasing effort of the international Scientific Societies to create and review in a critical way the management of diagnostic tests used by clinicians.The aim of this Italian consensus document is to address the use of multimodality imaging in the diagnosis and management of the major cardiovascular clinical scenarios, taking into consideration not only the international guidelines and scientific documents already published, but also the reality of Italian laws as well as the various professional profiles involved in patient management and availability of technological diagnostic instruments.
Nardi F, Pino PG, Gabrielli D, Colivicchi F, Abrignani MG, Amico AF, Aspromonte N, Benedetto FA, Bertella E, Boccardi LM, Bucciarelli Ducci C, Caldarola P, Campana M, Caso P, Citro R, Costante AM, De Chiara BC, Di Cesare E, Di Fusco SA, Domenicucci S, Enea I, Erba P, Faganello G, Favilli S, Geraci G, Giubbini R, Giunta N, Guido V, Imazio M, Khoury G, La Canna G, Mele D, Moreo AM, Mercuro GG, Musumeci G, Neglia D, Parrini I, Pinamonti B, Pollarolo L, Pontone G, Privitera C, Riccio C, Sinagra G, Urbinati S, Varbella F, Berisso MZ, Zuin G, Di Lenarda A, Gulizia MM. [ANMCO/SICI-GISE/SIC/SIECVI/SIRM Consensus document: Appropriateness of multimodality imaging in cardiovascular disease]. G Ital Cardiol 2020 Jan;21(1):34-88. doi: 10.1714/3285.32588