Nuclear Imaging in the Evaluation of Clinical Restorative Cardiac Therapies

Kenji Fukushima, Takahiro Higuchi, Frank M. Bengel

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Gene- and cell-based therapeutic procedures have entered the cardiovascular field. Many of these novel interventions aim at cardiac regeneration and the initial experimental groundwork has been promising. But early clinical experience did not always confirm the experimental findings and it is felt that the full potential of cardiac gene and cell therapy has, by far, not been exploited. Conflicting clinical results emphasise the need for powerful non-invasive tools to monitor the success of therapy and identify most suitable candidates. As reviewed here, established clinical cardiac imaging tools, together with novel molecular-targeted approaches, are expected to advance the field of myocardial regeneration and to expedite progress and clinical translation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-192
Number of pages8
JournalHeart Lung and Circulation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Cell therapy
  • Gene transfer
  • Heart disease
  • Molecular imaging
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Positron emission tomography
  • Single photon emission tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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