PET/CT Helps Diagnose Cardiac Device Infection

Wed, 04/25/2012 - 5:58am
Chris Kaiser

PET/CT imaging can help distinguish between active infection of a cardiac electronic device and normal residual post-implant inflammation, a small study found.

In 42 patients with suspected device infection, PET/CT was positive for 32, with only one of these being a false positive, reported Jean-François Sarrazin, MD, from the Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie in Quebec, and colleagues.

In a control group of 12 patients whose devices had been implanted for longer than 6 months and who were imaged for other reasons, the PET/CT scans showed no abnormal uptake of the radiotracer around the implanted devices, according to the study published in the May 1 edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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