This text is based on a joint symposium organized by the Departments of Cardiology, Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine of the University Hospital Leiden and the Cleveland Clinical International Center. Both centers have a long-standing reputation in the various aspects of cardiac imaging techniques and in their clinical applications. Faculty members from each of the two centers have written reviews in those areas in which they have experience, selecting advances in imaging techniques in ischemic heart disease as the central topic. All major imaging techniques are addressed: echocardiography, cardiovascular nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance, and contrast angiography. All chapters are written with the appropriate technique as well as the specific disease in mind. Recent developments in the field mean that the diagnosis of ischemic heart disease has become more accurate, with an inherent improvement in patient management. The book should help the physician differentiate and recognize the viability of the myocardium in ischemic heart disease.
Current status of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy; E.E. van der Wall. Use of positron emission tomography for the diagnosis and evaluation of ischemic heart disease; Th.H. Marwick. Magnetic resonance coronary angiography; P.M.T. Pattynama, A. de Roos. Noninvasive imaging of coronary artery anomalies. Present angiographic criteria and role of additional techniques, especially fast gradient echo magnetic resonance imaging; H.W. Vliegen, et al. Left ventricular function by stress MR imaging. Animal studies using dobutamine; J. Baan, P.M.T. Pattynama. Spectroscopy of the human heart: techniques, limitations and opportunities; P.R. Luyten. Current status of stress echocardiography for the diagnosis of myocardial ischemia and viability; Th.H. Marwick. Contrast ultrasound for assessment of myocardial perfusion: promise and pitfalls; J.D. Thomas. Intravascular ultrasound. Possibilities of image enhancement by signal processing; N. Bom, et al. Clinical aspects of intravascular ultrasound; E.M. Tuzcu. Evolution of quantitative coronary arteriography; J.H.C. Reiber, et al.