Noninvasive cardiac imaging is an integral part of the practice of current clinical cardiology.
During the past three decades a number of distinctly different noninvasive
imaging techniques of the heart, such as radionuclide imaging, echocardiography, magnetic
resonance imaging, and X-ray computed tomography have been developed.
Remarkable progress has been made by each of these technologies in terms of technical
advances, clinical procedures, and clinical applications/indications.
Noninvasive Imaging of Myocardial Ischemia provides a comprehensive discussion and
review of the noninvasive myocardial imaging techniques that are currently available to
detect myocardial ischemia and infarction. Topics covered include echocardiography,
cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, myocardial perfusion scintigraphy, positron
emission tomography, and computed tomography.
The number of diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures has grown in the fi rst few
years of the new century. Nuclear cardiology has diversifi ed, stimulating development
of new equipment and imaging protocols. Gated myocardial perfusion imaging
completed with quantifi cation is now a standard procedure. Faster computers have
led to improved reconstruction techniques, higher image quality, increased patient
throughput and more automated acquisition and processing protocols.