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Cardiac PET/CT and Prognosis

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      Positron emission tomography (PET) is a powerful noninvasive imaging tool for phenotyping patients at risk of or with known coronary artery disease (CAD). One of the key advantages over other imaging modalities is its unique ability to quantify physiologic processes, including myocardial blood flow (in milliliters per minute per gram of myocardium), metabolism, and cardiac receptors, and its high sensitivity for delineating and quantifying molecular targets in vivo using targeted imaging probes. Cardiac PET/CT offers opportunity for a comprehensive noninvasive evaluation of the consequences of atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries and the myocardium.

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            1Cardiovascular Imaging Program, Departments of Radiology and Medicine, the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Department of Radiology, and the Cardiovascular Division, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
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            Correspondence: Marcelo F. Di Carli, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, ASB L1 037-C, 75 Francis St., Boston, MA 02115, USA, Tel.: (617) 732-6291; Fax: (617) 582-6056, E-mail: mdicarli@
            Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications
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            cvia20160046 10.15212/CVIA.2016.0046
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