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Heart Transplant Rejection

A heart transplant is an operation in which a failing or diseased heart is replaced with a healthier donor heart. However, one of the major risks of this potentially life-saving operation is the patient’s immune system rejecting the new heart.

How does molecular imaging help people undergoing a heart transplant?

In the future, PET imaging may offer a means of detecting the adverse consequences of a heart transplant early and non-invasively by identifying inflammation in small blood vessels of the heart.