The future of nuclear cardiology: imaging ischaemic heart disease and beyond

Author(s): Dr Jason Tarkin, Dr Deepa Gopalan

Hospital: Imperial College London, University of Cambridge Hospitals NHS Trust

Reference: RAD Magazine, 45, 526, 15-16


In 1925, Dr Herrmann Blumgart performed the first diagnostic procedure using a radioactive tracer in a human (himself). Along with his co-worker Otto C Yens, then a medical student in Boston, they measured arm-to-arm circulation time using Radium C and cloud chamber detector, and found this time to be longer in individuals with cardiac decompensation than those with normal cardiac function. Now, almost a century later, the field of nuclear cardiology continues to grow with new and exciting technological innovations that offer great promise to advance the clinical management of ischaemic heart disease, as well as a range of other conditions including infective endocarditis, cardiac amyloidosis, cardiac sarcoidosis and aortic stenosis.

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