PET and Cardiac Infections

  • Deborah PencharzEmail author
Part of the Clinicians’ Guides to Radionuclide Hybrid Imaging book series (CGRHI)


A range of organisms including viral, bacterial, and fungal can infect the endocardium, cardiac prosthetic devices, pericardium, and myocardium. Currently, most evidence on the use of FDG PET/CT regards its use in prosthetic cardiac components and valves. It should also be noted that echocardiography, CT, and MRI play a useful role in the investigation of potential or proven cardiac infections. A good overview of these modalities, together with helpful descriptions of the pathophysiology of cardiac infections, has been described in a recent review article [1].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nuclear MedicineBrighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Sussex County HospitalBrightonUK

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