2031142-A is referenced by 42 patents.
Particulate sources of signals which can be detected outside the body of a patient are introduced into the circulating blood and are tracked in three dimensions in the region of the heart using suitable detectors (7, 7', 8, 8') disposed about the patient's chest. This permits the sequence of positions of each particle to be recorded as a function of time as each particle flows through a coronary vessel. Data analyses of these recordings of particle positions provide information about the velocity of blood flow through, and the course of each coronary artery. This velocity information is used to determine the extent, severity and location of stenotic lesions of the coronary arteries. The sources preferably contain a positron emitter and their position is determined from produced pairs of gamma rays.