SNMMI: FDG PET bests MPI in detecting early stage CAD

June 21, 2013

F-18 FDG PET is superior to stress myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in detecting coronary artery disease (CAD), particularly single-vessel disease, according to research presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s 2013 annual meeting in Vancouver.

“By detecting the detrimental changes in the heart at an early stage, physicians can prescribe medications that can halt disease progression, thus preventing a devastating cardiac event such as heart attack or sudden cardiac death,” Arun Sasikumar, MD, MBBS, lead researcher from the department of nuclear medicine at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) based in Chandigarh, India, said in a release.