Cardiac Positron Emission Tomography

Viability, Perfusion, Receptors and Cardiomyopathy

  • E. E. van der Wall
  • P. K. Blanksma
  • M. G. Niemeyer
  • A. M. J. Paans

Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 166)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. State of the Art in Cardiac Positron Emission Tomography Wenckebach Lecture

  3. Myocardial viability

    1. Willem Flameng, Bharati Shivalkar, Marcel Borgers
      Pages 15-24
    2. Menco G. Niemeyer, Joan G. Meeder, Aaf F. M. Kuijper, Paul K. Blanksma, Ernst E. van der Wall
      Pages 37-50
    3. Jeroen J. Bax, Jan H. Cornel, Frans C. Visser, Paolo M. Fioretti, Arthur van Lingen, Johannes M. Huitink et al.
      Pages 75-85
    4. Antoon T. M. Willemsen, Paul K. Blanksma, Anne M. J. Paans
      Pages 87-96
    5. Christian A. Schneider, Frank Baer, Eberhard Voth, Peter Theissen, Udo Sechtem
      Pages 117-128
  4. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

    1. Paul K. Blanksma, Jan L. Posma, Richard M. de Jong, Jan Pruim, Antoon T. M. Willemsen, Rutger L. Anthonio et al.
      Pages 137-148
    2. Lukas Kappenberger, Xavier Jeanrenaud, Nicole Aebischer
      Pages 149-155
  5. Receptor imaging studies

    1. Otto-Erich Brodde
      Pages 157-169
    2. Aren van Waarde, Philip H. Elsinga, Rutger L. Anthonio, Ton J. Visser, Paul K. Blanksma, Gerben M. Visser et al.
      Pages 171-182
    3. Götz Münch, Ngoc Nguyen, Don Wieland, Markus Schwaiger
      Pages 183-199
    4. Rutger L. Anthonio, Aren van Waarde, Antoon T. M. Willemsen, Jan Pruim, Wiek H. van Gilst, Paul K. Blanksma et al.
      Pages 201-210
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 241-256

About this book


Myocardial viability has become one of the most important issues in clinical cardiology. In particular, absence or presence of viability may be decisive in patient management, and the decision to perform angioplasty (PTCA) or bypass surgery (CABG) is frequently based on the accurate assessment of viability. Although echocardiography and conventional nuclear medicine techniques may provide valuable information on viability, positron emission tomography (PET) is currently considered to be the gold standard for the assessment of myocardial viability. The simultaneous evaluation of myocardial metabolism and perfusion allows precise delineation and accurate quantification of residual myocardial viability in affected regions. In addition, accurate quantification of myocardial perfusion alone may provide insight into the basic mechanisms of syndrome X and may assist in the appropriate clarification of this clinically complicated, but frequently occurring phenomenon.
Besides that, cardiac PET may deepen our insight into metabolism and perfusion of cardiac muscle disease, particularly in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Furthermore, receptor imaging studies with PET will become important as the study of cardiac neurohumoral regulation in heart failure has gained in interest.
Cardiac Positron Emission Tomography: Viability, Perfusion, Receptors and Cardiomyopathy describes the most recent developments in cardiac PET as these are related to myocardial viability and myocardial perfusion studies of syndrome X. The value of PET for receptor imaging and cardiac muscle disease is also discussed.
For cardiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, radiochemists, physiologists, technicians and basic researchers interested in understanding the most recent achievements in cardiovascular PET.


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Editors and affiliations

  • E. E. van der Wall
    • 1
  • P. K. Blanksma
    • 2
  • M. G. Niemeyer
    • 3
  • A. M. J. Paans
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of CardiologyUniversity Hospital LeidenLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of CardiologyUniversity Hospital GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of CardiologyMartini HospitalGroningenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.PET CentreUniversity Hospital GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4014-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-0023-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0166-9842
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