Molecular imaging: A new approach to nuclear cardiology

Wawrzyniec Dobrucki, A. J. Sinusas

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Nuclear cardiology has historically played an important role in detection of cardiovascular disease as well as risk stratification. With the growth of molecular biology have come new therapeutic interventions and the requirement for new diagnostic imaging approaches. Noninvasive targeted radiotracer based as well as transporter gene imaging strategies are evolving to meet these new needs, but require the development of an interdisciplinary approach which focuses on molecular processes, as well as the pathogenesis and progression of disease. This progress has been made possible with the availability of transgenic animal models along with many technological advances. Future adaptations of the developing experimental procedures and instrumentation will allow for the smooth translation and application to clinical practice. This review is intended as a brief overview on the subject molecular imaging. Basic concepts and historical perspective of molecular imaging will be reviewed first, followed by description of current technology, and concluding with current applications in cardiology. The emphasis will be on the use of both single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET) radiotracers, although other imaging modalities will be also briefly discussed. The specific approaches presented here will include receptor-based and reporter gene imaging of natural and therapeutic angiogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-115
Number of pages10
JournalQuarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Angiogenesis
  • Integrins
  • Molecular imaging
  • Receptors, radionuclide imaging
  • Reporter gene
  • Tomography, emission computed
  • Tomography, emission computed single photon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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