The management of patients with heart failure (HF) is challenging and requires the integration of clinical skills and accurate ancillary tests for the correct diagnosis and estimation of individual prognosis. Although the basic characterization of patients with HF is supported primarily by echocardiographic assessment of the left ventricular function, other noninvasive imaging procedures are being developed, including those involved in the processes of myocardial perfusion, metabolism, cellular injury, intersticial dysregulation, and neurohormonal receptor function. Nuclear techniques for molecular imaging of the myocardium may provide valuable insights into the pathophysiology, severity, management (medical/mechanical/surgical), response to treatment, and prognosis of HF patients. This will permit individualized management decisions and hopefully facilitate better clinical outcomes for patients with HF. © American Society of Nuclear Cardiology 2009.
- Heart failure
- Radionuclide noninvasive evaluation