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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014, Article ID 504532, 13 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/504532
Review Article

Advanced Tracers in PET Imaging of Cardiovascular Disease

1Department of Nuclear Medicine, The First Affiliated Hospital of Xiamen University, Xiamen 361003, China
2Center for Molecular Imaging and Translational Medicine, School of Public Health, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361102, China
3Department of Orthopedics, Sichuan Academy of Medical Sciences & Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital, Chengdu 610072, China
4Sichuan Key Laboratory of Medical Imaging, North Sichuan Medical College, Nanchong 637007, China

Received 21 February 2014; Revised 7 July 2014; Accepted 8 August 2014; Published 15 October 2014

Academic Editor: Ali Gholamrezanezhad

Copyright © 2014 Yesen Li et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Molecular imaging with targeted tracers by positron emission tomography (PET) allows for the noninvasive detection and characterization of biological changes at the molecular level, leading to earlier disease detection, objective monitoring of therapies, and better prognostication of cardiovascular diseases progression. Here we review, the current role of PET in cardiovascular disease, with emphasize on tracers developed for PET imaging of cardiovascular diseases.