Journal of Nuclear Cardiology

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 625–648 | Cite as

What is the evidence? A call for scientific rigor

Fourteenth Annual Mario S. Verani, MD, Memorial Lecture
  • Raymond J. GibbonsEmail author
Original Article


Thank you Ami for those kind words of introduction. During the 1980s, I interfaced extensively with Mario Verani. I can recall when he first told me that he was going to start working on adenosine for pharmacologic stress, which led to this landmark paper in Circulation. 1 (Figure  1) Subsequently he, Frans Wackers, and I collaborated on the development of Tc-99m sestamibi for acute infarction imaging, which led to this paper on planar imaging 2 (Figure  2) and this paper on SPECT imaging 3 (Figure  3). My most extensive contact with Mario was when we both served on an ACCF/AHA Guidelines Committee on Radionuclide Imaging, which was chaired by Jim Ritchie and included Tim Bateman and Bob Bonow 4 (Figure  4). Mario believed in scientific rigor. I believe that he would approve of my focus today on the need for scientific rigor in our field. In the first half of this lecture, I will focus on past lessons from these five areas (Table  1); in the second half of this lecture, I will...


Amyloidosis Cardiac Sarcoidosis Scientific Rigor Coronary Calcium Score Thallium Imaging 
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Dr. Gibbons has consulting relationships with Lantheus Medical Imaging, Astellas Pharmaceuticals, and Peer View Institute.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cardiovascular DiseasesMayo Clinic College of Medicine and ScienceRochesterUSA

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