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Role of 18F-FDG PET/CT in infection of cardiovascular implantable electronic devices

review of the literature and initial experience

Bhoil, Amit; Vinjamuri, Sobhan

Nuclear Medicine Communications: June 2019 - Volume 40 - Issue 6 - p 555–564
doi: 10.1097/MNM.0000000000000995

Infections involving cardiovascular implantable electronic devices are becoming increasingly common, and increasingly complex to manage. Advances in technology have made implantable electronic devices smaller, and easier to implant, and patients are now also more likely to be older, with more complex comorbidities. Infections related to these devices are, however, not decreasing, and in some settings, these are rising. There is a clinical need for more accurate tests for confirming or ruling out infected devices. In this article, we review the relevant literature and share our own initial experience.

Department of Nuclear Medicine, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool, UK

Correspondence to Amit Bhoil, MD, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, L78XP Liverpool, UK Tel: +44 151 706 2000; fax: +44 151 706 5844; e-mail:

Received January 9, 2019

Received in revised form January 29, 2019

Accepted January 30, 2019

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