What is the role of PET scanning in cardiology?

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PET plays a determinant role in cardiac research, and it is possible that the technique will have a role in decision making in clinical cardiology (e.g., planning of therapeutic strategies after an acute infarction). Many problems must be solved before it can be used to its full potential. Since PET is the only available technique that permits absolute measurements of tissue tracer concentrations in vivo, an effort to standardize and validate PET measurement in humans is mandatory. The major goal for the near future should be the production of standardized absolute values of myocardial flow and metabolism in sizeable patient populations enrolled according to predefined criteria. This will require the development of common protocols among the different PET centers for the standardization of acquisition procedures and data analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-173
Number of pages5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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