Digital revolution in cardiac imaging

  • O. Ratib


Recent progress in the field of medical imaging have led to tremendous improvements and diversification of cardiovascular imaging techniques. More than any other system, the cardiovascular system requires anatomical, functional, dynamic and metabolic investigations. These types of investigations can be obtained from a variety of competing and complementary imaging modalities. Often for historical and traditional reasons, the different imaging modalities such as angiography, echocardiography, radionuclide scintigraphy or MRI are performed by specialists from different departments such as radiology, cardiology, nuclear medicine or internal medicine. Depending on the local traditions and strategic and economic influences, the usage of these different diagnostic modalities may vary significantly. This chapter discusses the strategic, technical and economical issues regarding existing and emerging imaging techniques in cardiology. It also highlights the evolution toward digital imaging techniques and the rapid growth and extension of variety of cardiovascular investigation techniques beyond the cardiology community in the radiology and nuclear medicine community.


Left Ventricular Volume Suspected Coronary Artery Disease Double Outlet Right Ventricle Left Ventricular Wall Motion Positron Emission Tomogra 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. Ratib
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiological SciencesUCLA School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA

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