The future of nuclear cardiac imaging: Reflection and a vision

Journal of Nuclear Cardiology, Oct 2017

Ami E. Iskandrian MD, MACC, MASNC

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The future of nuclear cardiac imaging: Reflection and a vision

Received Oct The future of nuclear cardiac imaging: Reflection and a vision Ami E. Iskandrian 0 MASNC 0 1 0 Reprint requests: Ami E. Iskandrian, MD, MACC, MASNC , Division of CV Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham , 318 LHRB/ 1900 University BLVD, Birmingham AL 35294 , USA 1 Division of CV Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham , Birmingham, AL , USA My editor’s page will be excerpts from my plenary lecture given at the International Conference on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT, Vienna, Austria, on May 7, 2017. It was indeed a pleasure and an honor to address the audience of this meeting, which has a track record of [ 20 years bringing people from around the world to learn and share knowledge. The predictions are that in the United States by 2035, [ 123 million will have hypertension; [ 24 million will have coronary artery disease (CAD); [ 11 million will have had a stroke; [ 9 million will have heart failure; and[ 7 million will have atrial fibrillation. That adds to a projected increase in heart disease costs are to double from $555 billion in 2016 to $1.1 trillion in 2035! One would predict similar increases in both developed and developing countries although Sweden recently reported considerable declines in death from any cause, death from cardiovascular disease, death from coronary heart disease, and hospitalization for cardiovascular disease between 199 8 and 2014 in both general population and in those with diabetes mellitus.1 This change and other changes (Table 1) imply that imaging in general, and nuclear imaging especially will continue to be a popular imaging modality for sometimes to come. It is very likely that positron emission tomography (PET) use and measurement of myocardial blood flow (MBF) will increase. A recent study may shed some light, women though having less severe CAD by coronary angiography than men, had worse outcome especially those with reduced coronary flow reserve ratio (ratio of hyperemic to rest MBF) measured by PET.2 Historically, the prominent physician from University of Paris wrote in 1902 ‘‘Another point to remember is that angina pectoris is, like gout, a disease of men, and not women. When it does manifest itself in females, as is occasionally the case, it is often so confused with the common and frequent pains in the left side, due to flatulence or other causes, to which that sex is especially prone, that its recognition may be a matter of some difficulty.’’ His views were probably shared until very recently by many physicians! Though MBF use will increase (Figure 1), it does not mean that all problems have been solved such variability in measurements. Kitkungvan et al reported test-retest methodological precision of global PET myocardial perfusion by serial rest performed within minutes apart is ± 10% while the day-to-different-day biological plus methodological variability was ± 21%. Further, the global myocardial perfusion at 8 minutes after 4 minutes dipyridamole infusion was 10% higher than at standard 4 minutes after dipyridamole.3 The editorial by Beanlands concluded ‘‘… ultimately the value of flow quantification must be shown in multicenter clinical trials.’’4 Dilsizian et al concluded ‘‘…trust the quantitative analysis but verify it by visual analysis.’’5 Clearly more studies are needed to address the variability and impact of using different hardware, software, stress agent, and protocol. In additions to the tracers in Figure 1 and other tracers to study cardiac metabolism and innervation, there are a host of newer tracers; a partial list is provided in Table 2 and many of these are presented in this meeting. What is encouraging in the new list is that these tracers will expand the use of nuclear imaging in other cardiac conditions such as acute coronary syndromes, myocarditis, chemotherapy-related cardiotoxicity, and valvular heart diseases. As we move forwards, it is equally important to remain grounded and acknowledge the achievements Marie and Pierre Curie (1903, 1911): Radioactive decay (Radium) Henri Becquerel (1903): natural radioactivity (Uranium) Albert Einstein (1921): Relation of matter to energy Arthur Compton (1927): Scatter of radiation; Compton effect Paul Dirac (1933): predicted existence of the positron (theoretical) Carl Anderson (1936): detected antimatter (positron) Ernest Lawrence (1939): Cyclotron Georg von Hevesy (1943): tracer principles John Cockcroft (1951): Linear accelerator Emilio Serge (1959): Technetium Robert Hofstadter (1961): Na-I scintillation detector Henry Taube (1983): inorganic chemistry (technetium) and shortcoming of past performances. Table 3 provides a partial list of Noble laureates (courtesy of H William Strauss, MD) and their contributions. On the downside, Table 4 provides a partial list of products we studied but faded away! It is likely that future research will be more complex and demanding as it will require comparative cost-effectiveness and hence involvement of broader presentation of share-holders. Boden and Meadows concluded ‘‘The need for updated models of risk in this era of low event rates; a broader understanding of CAD beyond the prevailing paradigm of obstructive epicardial CAD; inclusion of novel, patient-centered and efficiency outcomes; and the need for evidence of optimal post-test treatment. Given the inherent variability in patient phenotypes and clinical presentations, there is a compelling need to translate group data derived from randomized clinical trials to individual patient management, such as distinguishing between modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors, accounting for competing comorbidities, and better defining patient-centered measures.’’7 The ACC/AHA and ESC guidelines and appropriateness use criteria deserve are slowly but surely changing to reflect recent evidence-based findings.8–13 Stirrup et al summarized the similarities and differences between the 2 with regard to the utilization of imaging.14 There were two editorials in response to this report.15,16 Excerpts from the report by Christian are shown in Table 5. Finally, my reflections and conclusions as to the future are summarized in Table 6. In summary, the anticipated increase in number of patients with ischemic heart disease in the future, the expanded role of nuclear imaging in non-ischemic heart diseases, the use of PET imaging and MBF, and the availability of newer tracers, hardware and software are only few of the reasons to be optimistic about the future of nuclear cardiac imaging. Lessons learned from the past experiences and newer guidelines and position papers and statements are important. It is likely that future studies are going to be more complex and demanding and require broad participation of broader spectrum of shareholders as well as across Atlantic cooperation. The Guidelines have an important role in the economics and practice of medicine in the USA The Bayesian principles of pre-test likelihood of CAD are used in both guidelines; George Diamond must be pleased to see they are the corner stones of the many guidelines * 40 years later! Both guidelines emphasize the medical approach as first line therapy; Thanks to COURAGE trial The USA is largely a fee for service enterprise (though it is changing!) There is variability in the degree of socialization between European countries In USA, increasingly hospitals are the dominant force in health care Hospitals control the majority of physician practices and wield significant influence on physician behavior Slight bias to perform coronary angiography for many intermediate- and high-risk patients in AHA/ACC guidelines In 2011, when most of the guidelines were written, the highest fees for physicians and hospitals are in the cardiac catheterization lab Guidelines in the grey zones retain flexibility in practice There is a need for a scientific oversight ‘‘committee’’ to work with sponsors on future study designs The study design and end-points are likely to be more complex and demanding Comparative-effectiveness research requires a broad representation of shareholders The goals should be set for long-term rather than short-term gains The aim should be in the best interest of the field rather than individuals There should be across Atlantic participation in these efforts Industry and sponsors should understand that what is best for imaging in general is best for each as well; we grow together There should be organized efforts to raise necessary funds to pursue creative research (philanthropy, industry, investors, and government agencies) We need to promote the field world-wide and be inclusive There are real reasons to be optimist for the future of our field Ami E. Iskandrian, MD, MASNC Editor-in-Chief Disclosures None related to this presentation but the author is unpaid consultant to Lantheus Pharma and is a Member of the Imaging committee: GE-ADMIRE-ICD Trial 1. Rawshani A , Rawshani A , Franze´n S , et al. Mortality and cardiovascular Disease in type 1 and type 2 diabetes . N Engl J Med . 2017 ; 376 : 1407 - 8 . 2. Taqueti Viviany R , Shaw Leslee J , et al. Excess cardiovascular risk in women relative to men referred for coronary angiography is associated with severely impaired coronary flow reserve, not obstructive disease . Circulation . 2006 . doi: 10 .1161/ CIRCULATIONAHA.116.023266. 3. Kitkungvan D , Johnson NP , Roby AE , et al. Routine clinical quantitative rest stress myocardial perfusion for managing coronary artery disease . JACC . 2017 ; 10 : 565 - 77 . 4. Beanlands RS , Chong AY , deKemp RA . Clinical PET flow reserve imaging, is there precision to treat patients or populations? JACC . 2017 . doi: 10 .1016/j.jcmg. 2016 . 10 .004. 5. Dilsizian V , Chandrashekhar Y , Narula J. PET myocardial blood flow ''Trust, But Verify'' . JACC . 2017 . doi: 10 .1016/j.jcmg. 2017 . 03 .006. 6. Strauss HW , Narula J . Imaging vulnerable plaque a medical necessity or a scientific curiosity ? J Am Coll Cardiol . 2017 . doi: 10 .1016/j.jacc. 2017 . 03 .005. 7. Boden WE , Meadows JL . Role of imaging in the management of stable ischemic heart disease; an evolving paradigm shift . JACC . 2017 . doi: 10 .1016/j.jcmg. 2016 . 12 .009. 8. Windecker S , Kolh P , Alfonso F , et al. 2014 ESC/EACTS guidelines on myocardial revascularization . Eur Heart J . 2014 ; 35 : 2541 - 9 . 9. Fihn SD , Gardin JM , Abrams J , et al. 2012 ACCF/AHA/ACP/ AATS/PCNA/SCAI/ STS guideline for the diagnosis and management of patients with stable ischemic heart disease . J Am Coll Cardiol . 2012 ; 60 : e44 - 164 . 10. Fihn SD , Blankenship JC , Alexander KP , et al. 2014 ACC/AHA/ AATS/PCNA/SCAI/ STS focused update of the guideline for the diagnosis and management of patients with stable ischemic heart disease . J Am Coll Cardiol . 2014 ; 64 : 1929 - 9 . 11. Greenland P , Alpert JS , Beller GA , Benjamin EJ , Budoff MJ , Fayad ZA , et al. 2010 ACCF/AHA guideline for assessment of cardiovascular risk in asymptomatic adults . Circulation . 2010 ; 122 : e584 - 636 . 12. Levine GN , Bates ER , Blankenship JC , et al. 2011 ACCF/AHA/ SCAI guideline for percutaneous coronary intervention . J Am Coll Cardiol . 2011 ; 58 : e44 - 122 . 13. Hillis LD , Smith PK , Anderson JL , et al. 2011 ACCF/AHA guideline for coronary artery bypass graft surgery . J Am Coll Cardiol . 2011 ; 58 : e123 - 210 . 14. Stirrup J , Velasco A , Fadi H. Guidelines in review: comparison of ESC and ACC/AHA guidelines for myocardial revascularization . J Nucl Cardiol . 2017 ; 24 : 1046 - 3 . 15. Petretta M , Cuocolo A . 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Ami E. Iskandrian MD, MACC, MASNC. The future of nuclear cardiac imaging: Reflection and a vision, Journal of Nuclear Cardiology, 2017, 1-5, DOI: 10.1007/s12350-017-1088-4