Total-Body PET/CT Applications in Cardiovascular Diseases: A Perspective Document of the SNMMI Cardiovascular Council

Riemer H.J.A. Slart, Frank M. Bengel, Cigdem Akincioglu, Jamieson M. Bourque, Wengen Chen, Marc R. Dweck, Marcus Hacker, Saurabh Malhotra, Edward J. Miller, Matthieu Pelletier-Galarneau, René R.S. Packard, Thomas H. Schindler, Richard L. Weinberg, Antti Saraste, Piotr J. Slomka

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Digital PET/CT systems with a long axial field of view have become available and are emerging as the current state of the art. These new camera systems provide wider anatomic coverage, leading to major increases in system sensitivity. Preliminary results have demonstrated improvements in image quality and quantification, as well as substantial advantages in tracer kinetic modeling from dynamic imaging. These systems also potentially allow for low-dose examinations and major reductions in acquisition time. Thereby, they hold great promise to improve PET-based interrogation of cardiac physiology and biology. Additionally, the whole-body coverage enables simultaneous assessment of multiple organs and the large vascular structures of the body, opening new opportunities for imaging systemic mechanisms, disorders, or treatments and their interactions with the cardiovascular system as a whole. The aim of this perspective document is to debate the potential applications, challenges, opportunities, and remaining challenges of applying PET/CT with a long axial field of view to the field of cardiovascular disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-616
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2024


  • cardiovascular diseases
  • current status
  • future perspectives
  • long axial field-of-view PET/CT


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