Cardiovascular imaging is an evolving component in the care of cancer patients. With improved survival following prompt cancer treatment, patients are facing increased risks of cardiovascular complications. While currently established imaging modalities are providing useful structural mechanical information, they continue to develop towards increased specificity. New modalities, emerging from basic science and oncology, are being translated, targeting earlier stages of cardiovascular disease. Besides these technical advances, matching an imaging modality with the patients' individual risk level for a specific pathological change is part of a successful imaging strategy. The choice of suitable imaging modalities and time points for specific patients will impact the cardio-oncological risk stratification during surveillance and follow-up monitoring. In addition, future imaging tools are poised to give us important insights into the underlying cardiovascular molecular pathology associated with cancer and oncological therapies. This review aims at giving an overview of the novel imaging technologies that have the potential to change cardio-oncological science and clinical practice in the near future.
- Cardiovascular imaging
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine