European Radiology

, Volume 17, Issue 6, pp 1422–1432

Molecular cardiovascular imaging using scintigraphic methods

  • Lars Stegger
  • Klaus Schäfers
  • Klaus Kopka
  • Stefan Wagner
  • Sven Hermann
  • Peter Kies
  • Marilyn Law
  • Otmar Schober
  • Michael Schäfers
Molecular Imaging

DOI: 10.1007/s00330-006-0541-6

Cite this article as:
Stegger, L., Schäfers, K., Kopka, K. et al. Eur Radiol (2007) 17: 1422. doi:10.1007/s00330-006-0541-6

Abstract

Molecular cardiovascular imaging plays an increasingly important role both in basic research and in clinical diagnosis. Scintigraphic methods have long been used to study pathophysiological changes on a cellular and molecular level, and they are likely to remain important molecular imaging modalities in the foreseeable future. This article provides an overview over current developments in cardiovascular molecular imaging using scintigraphic methods. The focus lies on imaging of cardiac innervation, plaque instability, hypoxia and angiogenesis, gene expression and stem and progenitor cell migration and proliferation.

Keywords

Molecular imagingScintigraphicCardiovascularSPECTPET

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© Springer-Verlag 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lars Stegger
    • 1
  • Klaus Schäfers
    • 1
  • Klaus Kopka
    • 1
  • Stefan Wagner
    • 1
  • Sven Hermann
    • 1
  • Peter Kies
    • 1
  • Marilyn Law
    • 1
  • Otmar Schober
    • 1
  • Michael Schäfers
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Nuclear MedicineUniversity Hospital of MünsterMünsterGermany