Archivos de cardiología de México
Print version ISSN 1405-9940
RICALDE-ALCOCER, Alejandro et al. The importance of myocardial blood flow quantification with positron emission tomography (PET) in patients with three-vessel disease. Arch. Cardiol. Méx. [online]. 2012, vol.82, n.2, pp. 125-130. ISSN 1405-9940.
The study of patients with coronary artery disease by means of gated SPECT has been well established. One of the major limitations of this technique is the detection of myocardial perfusion defects in the presence of multivessel or three-vessel coronary artery disease due to balanced ischemia. Quantification of myocardial blood flow by positron emission tomography allows not only to study cardiac perfusion and function but also to determine the coronary flow reserve which has a better correlation with significant stenosis in patients with trivascular disease. The aim of this study was to demonstrate through a case report and literature review the importance of performing quantification of coronary blood flow in this group of patients.
Keywords : Arterial coronary disease; Trivascular disease; Coronary blood flow; Positron emission tomography; Mexico.