Radio-Nuclide Explorations: Diagnostic Use of Radioisotopes in Coronary Disease
The clinical applications of nuclear medicine in cardiology have rapidly expanded since the development of imaging cameras and short-lived isotopes suitable for practical use. Indeed, cardiovascular nuclear medicine is often available not only in specialized centres but also in peripheral hospitals. The reasons for this rapid expansion are multiple and reflect the remarkable spread of sophisticated technology in medicine and cardiology. The possibility of investigating pathophysiological problems from a new angle, the appeal of using techniques that have proved useful in research, the attraction of non-invasive methods and the pressure from industry have all played a role in the establishment of the present state of affairs.
KeywordsMyocardial Perfusion Coronary Atherosclerosis Coronary Flow Reserve Exercise Stress Testing Thallium Scintigraphy
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