PET/CT IDs potential biomarker for cardiovascular disease

11/13/2013 | MolecularImaging.net

Researchers suggest C-reactive protein could be a biomarker for cardiovascular disease, after PET/CT scans of asymptomatic patients revealed higher FDG uptake in areas with high levels of the protein. Researchers evaluated F-18 FDG uptake in carotid arteries and patient risk using the standard Framingham risk score, finding uptake was linked to risk in asymptomatic adults, according to the study in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. "Carotid F-18 FDG uptake appears to reflect aspects of atherosclerotic inflammation distinct from [high-sensitivity C-reactive protein] level and may offer incremental riskÔÇôrelated information," the researchers concluded.

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