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The Role of Nuclear Cardiology in Assessment of Acute Myocardial Infarction

  • David S. Kay den
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    Research Fellow in Cardiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
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  • Frans J. Th. Wackers
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    Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Medicine; Director of Cardiovascular Imaging Laboratory and Cardiac Stress Laboratory, Yale University School of Medicine; and Attending Physician, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut
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  • Barry L. Zaret
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    Corresponding Author: Section of Cardiology, 3 FMP Yale University School of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street, P.O. Box 3333, New Haven, CT 06510
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    Robert W. Berliner Professor of Medicine; Professor of Diagnostic Radiology; Chief, Section of Cardiology, Yale University School of Medicine; and Chief of Cardiology, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut
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      Radionuclide techniques for assessing patients with myocardial infarction have evolved from a diagnostic tool to one of quantifying functional myocardial characteristics. These techniques provide measures of regional and global function, myocardial perfusion, and the metabolic integrity of specific regions of the myocardium. These methods are able to quantify the extent of myocardial damage and provide important prognostic information for risk stratification. Newer techniques, particularly those involving metabolic imaging, are being developed to define and quantify myocardium salvaged byacute interventions, and to identify those patients requiring further intervention.
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