Evolving, innovating, and revolutionary changes in cardiovascular imaging: We’ve only just begun!

Leslee J. Shaw, Rory Hachamovitch, James K. Min, Marcelo Di Carli, Jennifer H. Mieres, Lawrence Phillips, Ron Blankstein, Andrew Einstein, Viviany R. Taqueti, Robert Hendel, Daniel S. Berman

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In this review, we highlight the need for innovation and creativity to reinvent the field of nuclear cardiology. Revolutionary ideas brought forth today are needed to create greater value in patient care and highlight the need for more contemporary evidence supporting the use of nuclear cardiology practices. We put forth discussions on the need for disruptive innovation in imaging-guided care that places the imager as a central force in care coordination. Value-based nuclear cardiology is defined as care that is both efficient and effective. Novel testing strategies that defer testing in lower risk patients are examples of the kind of innovation needed in today’s healthcare environment. A major focus of current research is the evolution of the importance of ischemia and the prognostic significance of non-obstructive atherosclerotic plaque and coronary microvascular dysfunction. Embracing novel paradigms, such as this, can aid in the development of optimal strategies for coronary disease management. We hope that our article will spurn the field toward greater innovation and focus on transformative imaging leading the way for new generations of novel cardiovascular care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)758-768
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Nuclear Cardiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018


  • PET imaging
  • coronary artery disease
  • coronary blood flow
  • diagnostic and prognostic application

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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