, Volume 26, Issue 6, pp 661-664,
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Positron emission tomography; viable tool in patients pre-CABG?

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Assessment of myocardial viability and ischemia continues to be an important issue in patients with coronary artery disease and left ventricular dysfunction [110]. In particular in patients following a myocardial infarction and in the evaluation of patients eligible for interventional procedures such as coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), accurate assessment of myocardial viability remains pivotal [1114]. To assess myocardial viability, different diagnostic methods are currently performed, such as FDG/PET, MRI, SPECT, and echocardiography [1528]. In the clinical arena, detection of myocardial viability is predominantly based on the use of nuclear techniques, which show preserved tracer uptake and metabolism in viable myocardium. FDG/PET is considered the reference standard due to its ability to differentiate dysfunctional but viable myocardium from scar formation and normal myocardium [2938]. In patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy, CABG offers an important therapeutic option

Editorial Comment on the article Boehm et al. (doi: 10.1007/s10554-010-9585-4).