Evaluation of cardiac function and structure with radioactive tracer techniques

H. W. Strauss, B. Pitt

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Radioactive tracers have been used for the evaluation of cardiac structure for over 50 years, since the initial application of Blumgart et al. of Radon for the measurement of the circulation time in man, using a cloud chamber as the radiation detection device. Many improvements in both instrumentation and radiopharmaceuticals have been introduced to make measurements of regional wall motion and ventricular volumes of both the right and left ventricles, regional myocardial perfusion, and for the detection of acutely damaged tissues in the myocardium. Some of the current clinical applications are summarized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-654
Number of pages10
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes


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