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A Journal on Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

A Journal on Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Affiliated to the Society of Radiopharmaceutical Sciences and to the International Research Group of Immunoscintigraphy
Indexed/Abstracted in: Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index (SciSearch), Scopus
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Frequency: Quarterly

ISSN 1824-4785

Online ISSN 1827-1936

 

The Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging 2016 Sep 09

Clinical relevance of PET myocardial blood flow quantification

Lucia LECCISOTTI, Mariadea LAVALLE, Alessandro GIORDANO

Institute of Nuclear Medicine, Sacro Cuore Catholic University, Rome, Italy

Until a few years ago, myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) the combined use of positron-emission tomography (PET) and absolute quantification of myocardial blood flow (MBF) was limited to research institutions. Following an increase in the number of PET scanner installations and in the availability of perfusion tracers that do not have to be produce by an on-site cyclotron and that do not require commercial software for MBF quantification, a more widespread clinical use of MBF quantification with PET can be expected. This article aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the advantages of MBF quantification with PET highlighting the potential applications in several clinical settings, from patients with cardiovascular risk factors and early coronary artery disease (CAD) to patients with multi-vessel or myocardial disease. Finally, using current evidence, the independent and incremental prognostic information of MBF quantification with PET in addition to the visual interpretation of MPI will also be described.

language: English


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