Cardiovascular Imaging: Nuclear Cardiology
Cardiac imaging with the use of nuclear radiopharmaceuticals is routinely used to diagnose and assess risk in various heart conditions. Since 2003, under the leadership of Dr. Jo Mahenthiran, a dedicated outpatient nuclear imaging service has been available to our patients in the clinic area at the Krannert Institute of Cardiology. Nuclear imaging with the use of Technetium and Thallium based cardiac single photon emission tomography (SPECT) stress testing; myocardial viability assessment and multi-gated acquisition scan (MUGA) are routinely performed. Over 2000 stress SPECT studies per year are performed at this American college of Radiology accredited nuclear imaging facility. Additional nuclear cardiac imaging with the use of positron emission tomography (PET) stress imaging and FDG based myocardial viability testing are available to our patients at Indiana University based facilities.
Our cardiology fellowship program offers level 1 and 2 training to our trainees abiding by the current revised COCATS guidelines. Fellow trainees get 2-4 months of nuclear cardiac imaging rotations during their three years clinical program. They receive supervised hands-on training in all nuclear stress lab procedures and on scan interpretations. Teaching from didactic core-lectures, teaching cases, clinical case conferences and coronary angiography correlations are provided by skilled faculty. Clinical and basic research is an integral part of this service. The faculty participates actively in the national societies and contributes to the field with regular publications. The laboratory also takes part in many national multi-center national trials and also conduct independent investigator initiated nuclear cardiac imaging studies.
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