Recent paradigm shifts in molecular cardiac imaging—Establishing precision cardiology through novel 18F-labeled PET radiotracers

Rudolf A. Werner, Xinyu Chen, Steven P. Rowe, Constantin Lapa, Mehrbod S. Javadi, Takahiro Higuchi

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In nuclear cardiology, numerous single-photon emission computed tomography radiotracers have been advocated to reflect various cardiac metabolic and functional conditions, but positron emission tomography (PET) may offer a more thorough evaluation, mainly due to superior characteristics associated with the latter imaging modality. This shift in recent years has been fueled by the introduction of 18F-labeled PET radiotracers. Due to physical and chemical key properties, these imaging agents allow for more flexibility of imaging protocols and a better employment in the clinic. Potentially rendering perfusion, viability, innervation and inflammation, 18F-labeled PET radiotracers may truly pave the way for a global assessment of the current metabolic and functional status of the heart, e.g. after acute myocardial infarction or for progressed heart failure. The present review aims to provide a precise overview of those recently introduced 18F-labeled cardiac imaging agents and how those state-of-the-art, top-tier radiotracers may redefine precision medicine in cardiology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-19
Number of pages9
JournalTrends in Cardiovascular Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020


  • F
  • Heart failure
  • Inflammation
  • Innervation
  • MPI
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Myocardial perfusion imaging
  • PET
  • Positron emission tomography
  • Single-photon emission computed tomography
  • Viability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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