Detecting inflammation is among the most important aims of medical imaging. Inflammatory process involves immune system activity and local tissue response. The role of PET with fludeoxyglucose F 18 has been expanded. Systemic vasculitides and cardiopulmonary inflammatory disorders constitute a wide range of diseases with multisystemic manifestations. PET with fludeoxyglucose F 18 is useful in their diagnosis, assessment, and follow-up. This article provides an overview of the current status and potentials of hybrid molecular imaging in evaluating cardiopulmonary and vascular inflammatory diseases focusing on the potential for PET with fludeoxyglucose F 18/MR imaging and PET/CT scans.
- Cardiopulmonary inflammation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging