Chapter

Positron Emission Tomography

Panithaya Chareonthaitawee

in Mayo Clinic Cardiology

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915712
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322824 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199915712.003.0244

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Positron Emission Tomography

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Positron emission tomography (PET) has emerged as a valuable clinical tool for the management of known or suspected coronary artery disease. Several factors have contributed to its increased use: greater availability of PET scanners, FDA approval for clinical cardiac application, reimbursement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and greater access to the tracers needed. With increased use of cardiac PET imaging, evidence for its clinical usefulness is rapidly expanding and demonstrating high diagnostic accuracy and incremental prognostic value. Several inherent characteristics of PET contribute to its high spatial, temporal, and contrast resolution: coincidence detection, built-in attenuation correction, and high-energy tracers. Risks, contraindications and clinical applications are reviewed.

Chapter.  4141 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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