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Archive for February 19th, 2012

CE-MARC shows strength of perfusion MRI

19 Feb, 12 | by Alistair Lindsay

In recent years it has become clear that treatment of coronary artery disease – and in particular percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) – must be guided by imaging techniques that give some information on the extent of myocardial ischaemia.  While nuclear medicine techniques such as SPECT (single-photon emission computed tomography) have become widespread, and have a high negative predictive value, they still expose patients to ionising radiation.  Furthermore, the sensitivity of SPECT has been noted to vary.  Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), is a potential alternative that uses no ionising radiation, provides high-resolution images, and is capable of assessing various cardiac parameters in one comprehensive examination. more…

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