cardiac radionuclide imaging

cardiac radionuclide imaging

Etymology: Gk, kardia + L, radiare, to shine, nucleus, nut kernel, imago, image
the noninvasive examination of the heart, using a radiopharmaceutical, such as thallium-201, and a detection device, such as a gamma camera, positron camera, or rectilinear scanner. Clinical applications of cardiac radionuclide imaging are the gated cardiac blood pool scan, myocardial imaging, and detection of myocardial necrosis.
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The American Heart Association/American College Cardiology (AHA/ACC) Task Force on Assessment of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Cardiovascular Procedures and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology updated guidelines for cardiac radionuclide imaging in 2003.