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April 21, 1978

Radioisotope Techniques in Clinical Cardiology

JAMA. 1978;239(16):1651-1653. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280430067021

NOTEWORTHY recent advances in both nuclear imaging instrumentation and radiopharmaceutical sciences have been largely responsible for the current revolution in nuclear cardiovascular procedures. The majority of these newer techniques do not require exotic equipment or investigational compounds and can be performed efficiently and accurately in most community hospitals with nuclear medicine facilities. This report describes the current state of the art in nuclear cardiology, with special emphasis given to those techniques that at least preliminarily have shown themselves to be useful in the day-to-day care of cardiac patients. A brief discussion of some exciting new techniques that are currently under investigation will follow. It is thus hoped that the reader will have a feeling for both the current status and the direction of cardiovascular nuclear medicine.

Detection of Acute Myocardial Infarction  The great prevalence of coronary artery atherosclerosis in our society and the rapid advances being made in the area