Advances in imaging for diagnosis and management of cardiac sarcoidosis

Niti R. Aggarwal, David Snipelisky, Phillip M. Young, Bernard J. Gersh, Leslie T. Cooper, Panithaya Chareonthaitawee

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Sarcoidosis is a multisystem granulomatous disorder with a high prevalence of cardiac involvement. Cardiac sarcoidosis (CS) may be life threatening due to end-stage cardiomyopathy and sudden cardiac death. The frequent absence of specific symptoms and lack of a diagnostic 'gold standard' pose challenges in the diagnosis of CS. Endomyocardial biopsy, although specific, has an unacceptably low sensitivity. Non-invasive cardiac imaging has a huge role in the assessment of patients with known or suspected CS. This comprehensive review compares the diagnostic accuracy, along with advantages and disadvantages, of established and emerging imaging modalities for CS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)949-958
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean heart journal cardiovascular Imaging
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2015


  • Cardiac MRI
  • Cardiac PET imaging
  • Cardiac sarcoidosis
  • FDG PET imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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