May 2021 Issue


Welcome to the first issue of Imaging Insights, where we share feature stories exploring important topics in nuclear cardiology and molecular imaging. In each article, we aim to provide you with recommendations you can implement in your lab.
We hope you find these articles helpful. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for future stories. Contact us at

Mouaz Al-Mallah, MD, MSc, FASNC
Editor, Imaging Insights May 2021 Edition 


5 Strategies for Improving Your Nuclear Cardiology Lab in 2021

One year after COVID-19 turned the world upside down, ASNC asked members how they’re approaching the quest for nuclear cardiology lab improvement. Has the pandemic and its associated pressures led to changed priorities? Are some projects taking a backseat to more pressing priorities? Here we share some of the strategies guiding nuclear cardiology teams in 2021.

Article developed by ASNC 


'A Test for the Masses': Understanding the Advantages of SPECT MPI and How Labs Can Make the Most of It

An interview with Saurabh Malhotra, MD, MPH, FASNC, Director of Advanced Cardiac Imaging at Cook County Health in Chicago, Illinois

As financial pressures facing healthcare continue to grow due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that nuclear cardiology teams understand the value of the tools they currently have in place, such as the widely available single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) technology, and how best to optimize it. There are various ways in which a nuclear cardiology lab can enhance the technology at hand by implementing novel imaging protocols and with hardware or software upgrades.

Coping with COVID-19 in 2021: Tips for Nuclear Cardiology Labs

With 2020 in the rear-view mirror, ASNC member surveys suggest that nuclear cardiology laboratories are on the road back to normal. Still, members expect there will be detours and slow-downs as their labs, hospitals, and health systems work through the longer-term ramifications of COVID-19.

In conversations about how to maintain forward motion, ASNC leaders explained the key concepts guiding their decision-making.   

Article developed by ASNC