Combining myocardial perfusion imaging with computed tomography for diagnosis of coronary artery disease

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To illustrate where the integration of computed tomography with myocardial perfusion single photon tomography may improve current diagnostic imaging paradigms and allow for enhanced risk stratification. RECENT FINDINGS: Computed tomography has the advantage of detecting coronary atherosclerosis at its earliest stages and also identifying patients at high risk for having underlying myocardial ischemia, allowing initiation of appropriate therapeutic measures well before development of obstructive coronary artery disease. Single photon computed tomography can, conversely, clarify the anatomic findings of computed tomography, based on a functional assessment of myocardial blood flow, thereby guiding antiischemic and interventional therapies. SUMMARY: Hybrid imaging with single photon tomography and computed tomography angiography may prove important from a diagnostic and therapeutic viewpoint in several clinical scenarios. It is likely that fusion imaging may more precisely tailor therapy, reduce healthcare costs and improve patient outcome over the next decade.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-421
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Cardiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2007


  • Computed tomography
  • Coronary artery calcium scoring
  • Myocardial perfusion imaging
  • Single photon emission computed tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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