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The term diabetic cardiomyopathy is defined as the presence of abnormalities in myocardial structure and function that occur in the absence of, or in addition to, well-established cardiovascular risk factors. A key contributor to this abnormal structural-functional relation is the complex interplay of myocardial metabolic remodeling, defined as the loss the flexibility in myocardial substrate metabolism and its downstream detrimental effects, such as mitochondrial dysfunction, inflammation, and fibrosis. In parallel with the growth in understanding of these biological underpinnings has been developmental advances in imaging tools such as positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy that permit the detection and in many cases quantification, of the processes that typifies the myocardial metabolic remodeling in diabetic cardiomyopathy. The imaging readouts can be obtained in both preclinical models of diabetes mellitus and patients with diabetes mellitus facilitating the bi-directional movement of information between bench and bedside. Moreover, imaging biomarkers provided by these tools are now being used to enhance discovery and development of therapies designed to reduce the myocardial effects of diabetes mellitus through metabolic modulation. In this review, the use of these imaging tools in the patient with diabetes mellitus from a mechanistic, therapeutic effect, and clinical management perspective will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1628-1645
Number of pages18
JournalCirculation research
StateAccepted/In press - 2020


  • diabetes mellitus
  • diabetic cardiomyopathies
  • fibrosis
  • metabolism
  • molecular imaging


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