Nuclear medicine in the management of patients with heart failure: guidance from an expert panel of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Abstract

Heart failure is increasing worldwide at epidemic proportions, resulting in considerable disability, mortality, and increase in healthcare costs. Gated myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography or PET imaging is the most prominent imaging modality capable of providing information on global and regional ventricular function, the presence of intraventricular synchronism, myocardial perfusion, and viability on the same test. In addition, I-mIBG scintigraphy is the only imaging technique approved by various regulatory agencies able to provide information regarding the adrenergic function of the heart. Therefore, both myocardial perfusion and adrenergic imaging are useful tools in the workup and management of heart failure patients. This guide is intended to reinforce the information on the use of nuclear cardiology techniques for the assessment of heart failure and associated myocardial disease.

DOI: 10.1097/MNM.0000000000000143

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@inproceedings{Peix2014NuclearMI, title={Nuclear medicine in the management of patients with heart failure: guidance from an expert panel of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)}, author={Amalia T Peix and Claudio Mesquita and Diana P{\'a}ez and Carlos Cunha Pereira and Renata Christian Martins F{\'e}lix and Claudia Guti{\'e}rrez and Rodrigo Jaimovich and B{\'a}rbara Maria Ianni and Jos{\'e} Soares and Pastor Olaya and Ma. Victoria Rodriguez and Albert Flotats and Raffaele Giubbini and Mark I. Travin and Ernest V. Garcia}, booktitle={Nuclear medicine communications}, year={2014} }