Reporting nuclear cardiology: a joint position paper by the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) and the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI)

Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2015 Mar;16(3):272-9. doi: 10.1093/ehjci/jeu304. Epub 2015 Jan 23.


The report of an imaging procedure is a critical component of an examination, being the final and often the only communication from the interpreting physician to the referring or treating physician. Very limited evidence and few recommendations or guidelines on reporting imaging studies are available; therefore, an European position statement on how to report nuclear cardiology might be useful. The current paper combines the limited existing evidence with expert consensus, previously published recommendations as well as current clinical practices. For all the applications discussed in this paper (myocardial perfusion, viability, innervation, and function as acquired by single photon emission computed tomography and positron emission tomography or hybrid imaging), headings cover laboratory and patient demographics, clinical indication, tracer administration and image acquisition, findings, and conclusion of the report. The statement also discusses recommended terminology in nuclear cardiology, image display, and preliminary reports. It is hoped that this statement may lead to more attention to create well-written and standardized nuclear cardiology reports and eventually lead to improved clinical outcome.

Keywords: Cardiac imaging; Nuclear cardiology; Nuclear medicine reports; Practice guidelines.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiac Imaging Techniques / standards*
  • Europe
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nuclear Medicine / standards*
  • Positron-Emission Tomography / standards
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic / standards*
  • Radionuclide Imaging / standards*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Societies, Medical / standards
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon / standards