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Nuclear Cardiology

Julian Betancur, Frederic Commandeur, Mahsaw Motlagh, Tali Sharir, Andrew J Einstein, Sabahat Bokhari, Mathews B Fish, Terrence D Ruddy, Philipp Kaufmann, Albert J Sinusas, Edward J Miller, Timothy M Bateman, Sharmila Dorbala, Marcelo Di Carli, Guido Germano, Yuka Otaki, Balaji K Tamarappoo, Damini Dey, Daniel S Berman, Piotr J Slomka
OBJECTIVES: The study evaluated the automatic prediction of obstructive disease from myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) by deep learning as compared with total perfusion deficit (TPD). BACKGROUND: Deep convolutional neural networks trained with a large multicenter population may provide improved prediction of per-patient and per-vessel coronary artery disease from single-photon emission computed tomography MPI. METHODS: A total of 1,638 patients (67% men) without known coronary artery disease, undergoing stress99m Tc-sestamibi or tetrofosmin MPI with new generation solid-state scanners in 9 different sites, with invasive coronary angiography performed within 6 months of MPI, were studied...
March 12, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Aju P Pazhenkottil
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 14, 2018: European Heart Journal
Carlos D Davila, James E Udelson
Among all patients referred for stress myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), a substantial proportion in contemporary practice cannot exercise. Another group of patients are those who are thought to be able to achieve an adequate workload with treadmill (or bicycle) exercise but do not achieve at least 85% of maximum predicted heart rate without developing symptoms. There has been substantial interest and literature on the adjunctive use of vasodilator stress during the same visit to generate best-quality results for patients who do not exercise adequately...
March 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Mouaz H Al-Mallah, Thomas N B Pascual, Mathew Mercuri, João V Vitola, Ganesan Karthikeyan, Nathan Better, Maurizio Dondi, Diana Paez, Andrew J Einstein
BACKGROUND: There is growing concern about radiation exposure from nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), particularly among younger patients who are more prone to develop untoward effects of ionizing radiation, and hence US and European professional society guidelines recommend age as a consideration in weighing radiation risk from MPI. We aimed to determine how patient radiation doses from MPI vary across age groups in a large contemporary international cohort. METHODS: Data were collected as part of a global cross-sectional study of centers performing MPI coordinated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Leslee J Shaw, Rory Hachamovitch, James K Min, Marcelo Di Carli, Jennifer H Mieres, Lawrence Phillips, Ron Blankstein, Andrew Einstein, Viviany R Taqueti, Robert Hendel, Daniel S Berman
In this review, we highlight the need for innovation and creativity to reinvent the field of nuclear cardiology. Revolutionary ideas brought forth today are needed to create greater value in patient care and highlight the need for more contemporary evidence supporting the use of nuclear cardiology practices. We put forth discussions on the need for disruptive innovation in imaging-guided care that places the imager as a central force in care coordination. Value-based nuclear cardiology is defined as care that is both efficient and effective...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Shi-Min Yuan
Pediatric cardiomyopathies are a group of myocardial diseases with complex taxonomies. Cardiomyopathy can occur in children at any age, and it is a common cause of heart failure and heart transplantation in children. The incidence of pediatric cardiomyopathy is increasing with time. They may be associated with variable comorbidities, which are most often arrhythmia, heart failure, and sudden death. Medical imaging technologies, including echocardiography, cardiac magnetic resonance, and nuclear cardiology, are helpful in reaching a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy...
January 31, 2018: Pediatrics and Neonatology
Shunyang Fan, Kefang Li, Deyin Zhang, Fuyun Liu
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a problem in the structure of the heart that is present at birth. Due to advances in interventional cardiology, CHD may currently be without surgery. The present study aimed to explore the molecular mechanism underlying CHD. A total of 200 cases of CHD treated by transcatheter closure as well as 200 controls were retrospectively assessed. Serum cytokines prior to and after treatment were assessed by reverse-transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis. Furthermore, the levels of proteins associated with c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and nuclear factor (NF)-κB were assessed by western blot analysis and immunohistochemistry...
February 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
George A Beller
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 7, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Saurabh Malhotra, Prem Soman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 6, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Wael A AlJaroudi, Steven G Lloyd, Fadi G Hage
This review summarizes key imaging studies that were presented in the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2017 related to the fields of nuclear cardiology, cardiac computed tomography, cardiac magnetic resonance, and echocardiography. The aim of this bird's eye view is to inform readers about multiple studies reported at the meeting from these different imaging modalities. While such a review is most useful for those that did not 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 many abstracts at large meetings...
January 23, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Alessia Peli, Luca Camoni, Valentina Zilioli, Rexhep Durmo, Mattia Bonacina, Francesco Bertagna, Barbara Paghera, Raffaele Giubbini
BACKGROUND: Myocardial perfusion imaging is a well-established diagnostic tool in patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease. Numerous clinical trials have shown that attenuation correction (AC) in single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) improves the diagnostic accuracy of myocardial perfusion imaging over non-AC SPECT, differentiating between scar and attenuation artifacts. We have previously shown that attenuation artifacts produce an overestimation of the size of inferior infarcts in the male population...
April 2018: Nuclear Medicine Communications
Cristina Ferrari, Alessandra Cimino, Giacomo Bianco, Francesca Iuele, Alessandra Di Palo, Margherita Fanelli, Artor Niccoli-Asabella, Giuseppe Rubini
OBJECTIVE: Pulmonary Embolism (PE) is an emergency condition that requires immediate treatment. As the symptoms and the risk factors are nonspecific, PE differential diagnosis is often required. Even if angio-CT is considered the gold standard for PE diagnosis, the frequent allergic condition and/or chronic renal failure of patients make, in most cases, not possible the use of contrast enhancement in emergency with even more increasing use of Lung Perfusion Scintigraphy (LPS), as a simple and fast examination with no preparation/contraindication...
September 2017: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Saurabh Malhotra, Diana M Sobieraj, April Mann, Matthew W Parker
Background/Objectives: The specific credentials and continuing education (CME/CE) of nuclear cardiology laboratory medical and technical staff are important factors in the delivery of quality imaging services that have not been systematically evaluated. Methods: Nuclear cardiology accreditation application data from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) was used to characterize facilities performing myocardial perfusion imaging by setting, size, previous accreditation and credentials of the medical and technical staff...
December 22, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
Takanaga Niimi, Mamoru Nanasato, Mitsuo Sugimoto, Hisatoshi Maeda
Purpose: The differences in performance between the cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT) camera or collimation systems and conventional Anger single-photon emission computed tomography (A-SPECT) remain insufficient from the viewpoint of the user. We evaluated the performance of the D-SPECT (Spectrum Dynamics, Israel) system to provide more information to the cardiologist or radiological technologist about its use in the clinical field. Materials and Methods: This study evaluated the performance of the D-SPECT system in terms of energy resolution, detector sensitivity, spatial resolution, modulation transfer function (MTF), and collimator resolution in comparison with that of A-SPECT (Bright-View, Philips, Japan)...
December 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Saurabh Malhotra, Prem Soman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Alberto Dominguez-Rodriguez, Pablo Avanzas, Pedro Abreu-Gonzalez, Alejandro Sanchez Grande-Flecha, María Del Carmen García-Baute, María Ángeles Gómez
OBJECTIVE: During cardiology training, the cardiology fellow has to be trained in all things related to the indication, interpretation, and performing of nuclear cardiology studies using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). The aim of the present study was to analyse the relationship between the adequacy of indications of myocardial perfusion gated-SPECT and the years of experience since the completion of cardiology training. METHOD: A descriptive, retrospective analysis was performed on a single-centre register, in which the indications (adequate or inadequate use) were recorded according to myocardial perfusion gated-SPECT guidelines, prescribed by cardiologists of a university hospital...
November 30, 2017: Archivos de Cardiología de México
Ami E Iskandrian
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
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February 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
S Herrmann, N A Kraus, S Frantz
Cardiovascular diseases are common; therefore, adequate and guideline-based diagnostics and treatment are essential. In addition to an electrocardiogram (ECG) and (treadmill) exercise tests, echocardiography plays the pivotal role in functional cardiac testing. It is permanently available at the bedside and has a high diagnostic accuracy; however, examinations such as cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) as well as nuclear medical imaging, e.g. single proton emission CT (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET) are becoming more and more common in clinical practice...
January 2018: Der Internist
Vasken Dilsizian
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 16, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
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