Advances in Molecular Imaging: Cardiac Regeneration

Paola Gargiulo, Santo Dellegrottaglie, Annapaola Cirillo, Irma Fabiani, Pietro Riello, Lucia La Mura, Marianna Amato, Tiziana Formisano, Elisabetta Iardino, Andrea Soricelli, Alberto Cuocolo, Pasquale Perrone Filardi

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In addition to the standard cardiovascular pharmacological treatment and catheter-based and surgical procedures, cardiac restorative therapy was recently introduced. Despite the encouraging results obtained in pre-clinical research, cardiac regenerative therapy is still not used in clinical practice, because of the modest effect on cardiac function. To improve cardiac regenerative strategies, the identification of non-invasive powerful tools is required. Due to availability of various radiotracers and acquisition protocols nuclear imaging is the most promising and can be used both in gene and in cell therapy. This review summarizes current status and future role of nuclear imaging in the area of myocardial regeneration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-357
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Cardiovascular Imaging Reports
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


  • Cardiac regeneration
  • Cardiac stem cell
  • Gene therapy
  • Nuclear imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Histology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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