Study: Rubidium-82 PET helps predict risk of cardiac events

08/3/2011 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Data on absolute myocardial blood flow reserve obtained through PET with rubidium-82 can indicate the likelihood of death, myocardial infarction and other major cardiac events, according to a Canadian study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers found that patients with limited myocardial flow reserve had more cases of MI and cardiac death, even with normal summed stress scores. Using this method in routine perfusion imaging might improve identification of a patient's risk for a major cardiovascular event, the researchers said.

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