Current and future applications of cardiac nuclear medicine

Author(s): Dr M A Loudon, Dr N Sabharwal

Hospital: Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Reference: RAD Magazine, 41, 483, 24


Cardiac nuclear medicine refers to three techniques:

1. Radionuclide ventriculography (RNV, also known as MUGA)
2. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS)
3. Positron emission tomography (PET)

Radionuclide ventriculography has been largely superseded by echocardiography. Occasionally it is helpful in determining ventricular function when echocardiographic views are limited and there is a contraindication to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

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