A Critical Review of Different Imaging Methods for the Assessment of Myocardial Ischemia
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- Jaarsma, C., Nagel, E. & Schalla, S. Curr Cardiovasc Imaging Rep (2013) 6: 117. doi:10.1007/s12410-012-9185-x
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Coronary artery disease (CAD) continues to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality in industrialized countries. Myocardial ischemia imaging is increasingly being performed to detect obstructive CAD, guide therapy, and provide prognostic information. There are several imaging modalities available to assess the presence and extent of myocardial ischemia, such as single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), positron emission tomography (PET), stress echocardiography, and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR). This review discusses the various imaging methods, providing an overview of the specific benefits and drawbacks, and reviews recent literature on the diagnostic and prognostic value of each technique.