Assessment of cardiac sympathetic nerve integrity with positron emission tomography.

@article{Raffel2001AssessmentOC,
  title={Assessment of cardiac sympathetic nerve integrity with positron emission tomography.},
  author={David M Raffel and Donald M. Wieland},
  journal={Nuclear medicine and biology},
  year={2001},
  volume={28 5},
  pages={541-59}
}
The autonomic nervous system plays a critical role in the regulation of cardiac function. Abnormalities of cardiac innervation have been implicated in the pathophysiology of many heart diseases, including sudden cardiac death and congestive heart failure. In an effort to provide clinicians with the ability to regionally map cardiac innervation, several radiotracers for imaging cardiac sympathetic neurons have been developed. This paper reviews the development of neuronal imaging agents and… CONTINUE READING