Role of FDG SPECT in viability assessment

Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 226)


Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is a major determinant of survival in patients with coronary artery disease [1]. Prognosis is particularly poor in patients with chronic coronary artery disease and severely depressed LV function (LVEF <35%) [2]. Revascularization may improve LV function in these patients when viable myocardium is present [3]. Conversely, systolic LV function does not improve in the absence of viable myocardium. Since revascularization procedures are associated with a relatively high (peri)operative morbidity and mortality in this category of patients [4], a careful selection of patients with viable myocardium is mandatory.


Positron Emission Tomography Single Photon Emission Compute Tomographic Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction Viable Myocardium Contractile Reserve 
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