Nuclear Cardiology

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Objectives

Nuclear Cardiology

After completing the learning exercises in Nuclear Cardiology, you will be able to discuss basic principles of gated SPECT imaging and uses of nuclear cardiology including:

  • Detection of coronary artery disease.
  • Risk stratification of patients with known coronary disease.
  • Preoperative risk evaluation of patients having non-cardiac surgery.
  • Myocardial viability assessment of patients post myocardial infarction.
  • Evaluation of patients presenting with congestive heart failure.
  • Evaluation of patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome.
  • These internet enduring materials are case-based, interactive presentations comprised mainly of text, interactive questions, and images. A variety of media, including video clips, audio clips, and Flash animation, may be presented. Links to any necessary plugins are provided when necessary, but no plugins are required for general use of the CME website, and you may skip the multimedia presentation(s) within the course if you choose.
  • Registrants participate in the learning process by answering interactive multiple choice questions that are dispersed throughout the case presentation. You must answer a question correctly in order to continue through the course. If you answer a question incorrectly, you will be prompted to try again.
  • In order to earn credit, physicians must complete the entire educational activity before the termination date (see above). Non-physicians may register for the course but are not eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Instead, non-physicians will earn a certificate of participation after successfully completing the course before its termination date.

Key Concepts

  • Nuclear cardiology is useful for the diagnosis and prognosis of patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease. In order to use this diagnostic tool effectively, you must know the basic types of information it provides, technical limitations that may affect the accuracy of this test, and information about the patient's disease process.
  • Nuclear cardiology is used to diagnose coronary disease in patients with symptoms or signs of ischemia. These tests add significantly to the stress ECG test in the ability to diagnose and manage patients with suspected CAD.
  • In patients with reduced LV function and coronary artery disease, nuclear cardiology techniques add further information regarding myocardial viability and regional function, allowing better decision making when sending patients for revascularization.