PET/CT distinguishes infection, inflammation with implanted device

04/23/2012 | TheHeart.org (Montreal) (free registration)

Use of 18F-FDG PET/CT helps differentiate an active infection surrounding a cardiovascular implantable electronic device from ordinary postoperative inflammation, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The findings indicate that 18F-FDG PET/CT can help guide decisions on whether to remove devices or use antibiotic treatment, but an accompanying editorial called for more research before firm recommendations are developed.

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