Multi-modality imaging: Bird’s eye view from the 2018 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions

  • Mouaz H. Al-Mallah
  • Steven G. Lloyd
  • Rami Doukky
  • Wael A. AlJaroudi
  • Fadi G. HageEmail author
Review Article


This review summarizes key imaging studies that were presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2018 in Chicago related to the fields of nuclear cardiology (including single photon emission computed tomography and positron emission tomography), cardiac computed tomography, cardiac magnetic resonance, and echocardiography. The aim of this bird’s eye view is to inform readers of the various studies discussed at the meeting from these imaging modalities. While this review is directed to the benefit of those of us who were not able to attend the conference, we find that a general overview may also be useful to those that did since it is often difficult to get exposure to all abstracts at large meetings. Further, we hope that the presentation of multiple imaging studies in a single synthesized review will stimulate new ideas for future research in imaging.


CAD cardiomyopathy sarcoid heart disease PET MRI CT 


AHA 2018

2018 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions


Coronary artery calcium


Coronary artery disease


Coronary computed tomography angiography


Cardiac death or non-fatal myocardial infarction


Coronary flow reserve


Cardiac magnetic resonance


Cardiorespiratory fitness


Computed tomography


Fractional flow reserve


Late gadolinium enhancement


Left ventricular ejection fraction


Myocardial perfusion imaging


Peri-coronary adipose tissue


Positron computed tomography


Single photon emission computed tomography



Drs. Al-Mallah, Lloyd and Aljaroudi report no conflicts of interest. Dr. Doukky reports research grant support from Astellas Pharma (Northbrook, IL). Dr. Hage reports research grant support from Astellas Pharma and GE Healthcare.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mouaz H. Al-Mallah
    • 1
  • Steven G. Lloyd
    • 2
    • 3
  • Rami Doukky
    • 4
  • Wael A. AlJaroudi
    • 5
  • Fadi G. Hage
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular CenterHouston Methodist HospitalHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Division of Cardiovascular MedicineUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  3. 3.Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical CenterBirminghamUSA
  4. 4.Cook County HealthChicagoUSA
  5. 5.Division of Cardiovascular MedicineClemenceau Medical CenterBeirutLebanon

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