Radionuclide Cardiac Imaging in Infective Endocarditis
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April 2024

Radionuclide Cardiac Imaging in Infective Endocarditis

Nucl Med Semin 2024;10(1):28-41
1. Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Nükleer Tıp Anabilim Dalı, Ankara, Türkiye
2. Ankara Bilkent Şehir Hastanesi, Nükleer Tıp Kliniği, Ankara, Türkiye
3. Ondokuz Mayıs Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Nükleer Tıp Anabilim Dalı, Samsun, Türkiye
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Publish Date: 05.04.2024


Infective endocarditis (IE) is a microbial infection that can develop on the endocardial surface, native or prosthetic heart valves and implantable cardiac devices. The role of radionuclide imaging modalities in the management of IE has become prominent with the recently updated suggestions in the European Society of Cardiology guideline and Duke- International Society of Cardiovascular Infectious Diseases (Duke-ISCVID) diagnostic criteria. In this review, the basic principles of fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography and labeled leukocyte scintigraphy, which are the main radionuclide imaging methods for the diagnosis of IE are examined along with their role in clinical practice and potential future applications are discussed in light of updated guidelines.

Keywords: Invective endocarditis, F-18 FDG PET/CT, labelled leukocyte scintigraphy


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