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International Journal of Molecular Imaging
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 180936, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/180936
Review Article

Role of Stress Myocardial Scintigraphy in the Evaluation of Incompletely Revascularized Post-PCI Patients

1Department of Internal Medicine and Systemic Disease, Clinical Division of Cardiology, Ferrarotto Hospital, University of Catania, Via Antonello da Messina 75 Acicastello, 95021 Catania, Italy
2Division of Cardiology, Cannizzaro Hospital, Via Messina 829, 95126 Catania, Italy

Received 7 November 2010; Revised 21 March 2011; Accepted 14 June 2011

Academic Editor: D. Jain

Copyright © 2011 Alfredo R. Galassi 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

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is actually the most used method of revascularization. Although complete revascularization remains a desirable goal, it may not be possible or not easy to plan in many patients. Thus, incomplete revascularization might be a preferred treatment strategy in selected patient categories. Stress myocardial scintigraphy, because of its high diagnostic accuracy and prognostic value and its ability to assess location and extent of myocardial ischemia regardless of symptoms as well as to evaluate patients who are unable to exercise or who have uninterpretable electrocardiogram, is of paramount importance for clinical decision making in patients with multivessel disease and incomplete revascularization.