Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) is a non-invasive imaging method from the field of nuclear medicine that is able to display the distribution of a radiolabelled substance given to the patient prior to the examination. While X-ray methods display body structures, SPECT displays the functions of organs. The method is supplemented by a computing system that is able reconstruct a three-dimensional image of the organ using many images taken from different angles.

The nuclear cardiology research team is equipped with one of the two cadmium-zinc-telluride SPECT cameras in the Czech Republic. The team is focused on researching new imaging methods in cardiology, especially in relation to ischemic heart disease and heart failure. The use of new methods to display the heart contributes to making an improved analysis of cardiovascular diseases and hence to finding improved patient therapies.

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