Myocardial nuclear imaging provides valuable anatomic and prognostic information with respect to coronary heart disease. There are, however, important limitations to this imaging. To understand the proper clinical interpretation of perfusion imaging scans it is important understand the basic principles of coronary blood flow, atherosclerosis, and the principles underlying nuclear perfusion imaging.

Course Details

In this course, you will learn:
  • To understand why nuclear imaging works with respect to the Glagov Phenomenon and the stenosis – coronary blood flow relationship
  • To describe the ischemic cascade with respect to the relationship of coronary ischemia and clinical findings
  • To explain the causes of the limited sensitivity and specificity of myocardial perfusion imaging
  • To interpret typical findings of myocardial perfusion imaging

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again, if a question is answered incorrectly.


Estimated time to Complete: 30 minutes
Credit/contact hours: 0.5
Expiration date: December 6, 2021
Publication date: December 6, 2018

User Rating: 5/5 (3) Rating Details

Course Author

Jamieson M. Bourque, MD

Associate Professor; Medical Director of Nuclear Cardiology at the University of Virginia Health System

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DISCLOSURE: Jamieson M. Bourque has disclosed relevant financial relationship as consultant to Pfizer and industry funded research/investigator of Astellas Pharma.