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JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2009 Sep;2(9):1126-40. doi: 10.1016/j.jcmg.2009.06.006.

The role of multimodality cardiac imaging in the transplanted heart.

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  • 1Department of Cardiology, Section of Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation, and Cardiovascular Imaging Institute, Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, Houston, Texas 77030, USA.


Heart transplantation (HT) is an established life-saving treatment option for patients with end-stage heart failure. Despite many advances in the field, the development of acute cellular rejection (ACR) and cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) represent significant causes of 1- and 5-year morbidity and mortality, respectively. The search for noninvasive techniques to assess cardiac allograft function and detect treatable ACR and CAV remains a priority objective for heart transplant professionals. In this review we will: 1) highlight the clinical significance of ACR and CAV in adult cardiac transplant recipients and 2) discuss how different noninvasive imaging modalities (echocardiography, cardiac computed tomography, myocardial perfusion imaging, and cardiac magnetic resonance) have been used in the evaluation of these clinical challenges after HT.

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