Greatest opportunities for growth in nuclear cardiology

Greatest opportunities for growth in nuclear cardiology EDITOR’S PAGE Greatest opportunities for growth in nuclear cardiology Vasken Dilsizian, MD, MASNC Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD Received May 17, 2017; accepted May 17, 2017 doi:10.1007/s12350-017-0933-9 The indispensable factor of sustaining any field of deposition have important clinical, therapeutic, and 99m science or intellectual endeavor is the influx of new prognostic implications. Tc-pyrophosphate imaging ideas and solutions to previously unsolved, but in prin- provides the opportunity to diagnose cardiac amyloido- ciple solvable problems. Over the last four decades, sis, evaluate cardiac amyloid load quantitatively, myocardial perfusion imaging has been the dominant differentiate light-chain amyloidosis from transthyretin- procedure in nuclear cardiology. A number of clinical related cardiac amyloidosis, monitor disease progres- trials have demonstrated the diagnostic and prognostic sion, and assess response to treatment. accuracy of gated myocardial perfusion studies with Targeting specific biological or chemical pathways SPECT or PET, and its relevance for patient manage- to assess normal and abnormal cellular function in vivo 1–3 ment. However, it has become increasingly apparent is the basis of molecular imaging. For example, that in the hands of the specialists, nuclear cardiology molecular imaging allows direct visualization and has grown progressively Journal of Nuclear Cardiology Springer Journals

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