Nucl Med Mol Imaging.  2009 Jun;43(3):222-228.

Assessment of Prognosis and Risk Stratification in Coronary Artery Disease

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  • 1Department of Nuclear Medicine, Research Institute of Clinical Medicine, and Cyclotron Research Center, Chonbuk National University Medical School and Hospital, Jeonju, Korea. stlim@chonbuk.ac.kr

Abstract

Risk stratification and assessment of prognosis in patients with known or suspected CAD is of crucial important for the practice of contemporary medicine. Noninvasive testing such as myocardial perfusion scintigraphy, coronary artery calcium scoring or CT coronary angiography is increasingly being used to determine the need for aggressive medical therapy and to select patients for catheterization. The integrated anatomic and functional information may provide more additional information for the cardiologist or other clinician by the improved risk stratification and diagnostic accuracy of integrated techniques. The development of SPECT/CT or PET/CT hybrid systems is therefore of important value for the nuclear cardiology.

Keyword

Prognosis; risk stratification; myocardial perfusion scintigraphy; coronary artery disease

MeSH Terms

Calcium
Catheterization
Catheters
Chimera
Coronary Angiography
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary Vessels
Humans
Perfusion Imaging
Prognosis
Calcium
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