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Assessment of coronary flow reserve using single photon emission computed tomography with technetium 99m-labeled tracers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18513652     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The quantitative assessment of coronary flow reserve (CFR) may be useful for the functional evaluation of coronary artery disease (CAD), allowing judgment of its severity, tracking of disease progression, and evaluation of the anti-ischemic efficacy of therapeutic strategies. Invasive techniques, such as intracoronary Doppler ultrasound and the pressure-derived method, which directly assess CFR velocity and fractional flow reserve, have been used for the evaluation of the physiologic significance of coronary lesions. Considerable progress has been made in the improvement of technologies directed toward the noninvasive quantification of myocardial blood flow and CFR. Positron emission tomography has emerged as an accurate technique to quantify CFR. The absolute measurements obtained with this noninvasive approach have been widely validated. Nevertheless, it has not been applied to routine studies because of its high cost and complexity. On the other hand, technetium 99m-labeled tracers have been largely used for the evaluation of myocardial perfusion with single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging in patients with suspected or known CAD. Recently, attempts to estimate CFR with SPECT tracers have been made to obtain, with noninvasive methods, data for quantitative functional assessment of CAD. This review analyzes the relative merit and limitations of CFR measurements by cardiac SPECT imaging with Tc-99m-labeled tracers and describes the potential clinical applications of this technique.
Mario Petretta; Andrea Soricelli; Giovanni Storto; Alberto Cuocolo
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nuclear cardiology : official publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1532-6551     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nucl Cardiol     Publication Date:    2008 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-02     Completed Date:  2008-07-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9423534     Medline TA:  J Nucl Cardiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  456-65     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Clinical Medicine, Cardiovascular and Immunological Sciences, University Federico II, Naples, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Coronary Artery Disease / radionuclide imaging*
Fractional Flow Reserve, Myocardial*
Radiopharmaceuticals / diagnostic use*
Technetium / diagnostic use*
Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon / methods*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Radiopharmaceuticals; 7440-26-8/Technetium

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