#7 Image Fusion for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Use

Overview

This technology is used to diagnose medical problems, both anatomic and physiologic in nature, as well as to assist minimally invasive procedures-such as stent placement or tumor ablation.
 
SPECT/CT imaging in cardiovascular disease is still in development for most applications but holds promise for combined imaging of the myocardium and coronary arteries in ischemic heart disease or as a tool to determine the inflammatory nature of plaque burden in larger vessels. SPECT/CT continues to be useful in oncologic imaging, especially for neuroendocrine tumors or melanoma and can be a useful adjunct in localized inflammatory lesions such as infected orthopedic prostheses.

Where Are They Now

Current development is focused on determining which applications of the technology produce the most benefit. SPECT/CT imaging in cardiovascular disease holds promise for combined imaging of the myocardium and coronary arteries in ischemic heart disease and as a tool to determine the inflammatory nature of plaque burden. SPECT/CT can be a useful adjunct in oncologic imaging, especially for neuroendocrine tumors or melanoma and may provide more detail regarding the extent of disease in these cases. SPECT/CT can also be a useful adjunct in determining the extent of disease in cases of infected device implants, such as infected joint prostheses.

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