Novel Diagnostic Imaging Approach for Patients With Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection: The Utility of18F-FDG PET Imaging

Zaid N. Safiullah, Jacqueline M. Latina, Efthymios Ziogos, Tarek Harb, Thomas H. Schindler, Ines Valenta-Schindler, Abass Alavi, Gary Gerstenblith, Thorsten M. Leucker

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Abstract

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is an underdiagnosed etiology of acute coronary syndrome in women. Accurate diagnosis remains challenging but is imperative for treatment and prevention. We show here the utility of 18F-FDG PET imaging in SCAD diagnosis. We present 1 representative case of 4 women with suspected SCAD on coronary angiography from the EVACS (Evolocumab in Acute Coronary Syndromes) clinical trial. 18F-FDG PET imaging showed acute inflammation in the distribution of the suspected dissected coronary artery identified on angiography. Localized myocardial inflammation identified on 18F-FDG PET imaging can aid in diagnosing SCAD suspected on coronary angiography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)802-803
Number of pages2
JournalClinical nuclear medicine
Volume48
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2023

Keywords

  • cardiovascular imaging
  • PET
  • SCAD

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