Author Contributions: Dr A. Schömig had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Study concept and design: Zohlnhöfer, Ott, Kastrati, A. Schömig.
Acquisition of data: Ott, Mehilli, K. Schömig, Michalk, Ibrahim, Meisetschläger, von Wedel, Bollwein, Seyfarth, Dirschinger, Schmitt, Schwaiger.
Analysis and interpretation of data: Zohlnhöfer, Ott, Ibrahim, Kastrati, A. Schömig.
Drafting of the manuscript: Zohlnhöfer, Ott, Kastrati, A. Schömig.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Mehilli, K. Schömig, Michalk, Ibrahim, Meisetschläger, von Wedel, Bollwein, Seyfarth, Dirschinger, Schmitt, Schwaiger.
Statistical analysis: Ott, Kastrati.
Obtained funding: Ott, Schwaiger, A. Schömig.
Administrative, technical, or material support: Zohlnhöfer, Ott, Mehilli, K. Schömig, Michalk, Ibrahim, Meisetschläger, von Wedel, Bollwein, Seyfarth, Dirschinger, Schmitt, Schwaiger.
Study supervision: Seyfarth, Dirschinger, Schmitt, Schwaiger, A. Schömig.
Drs Zohlnhöfer and Ott contributed equally to the work.
Financial Disclosures: Dr Schwaiger has received research grants from Siemens. Dr Kastrati has received lecture fees from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cordis, GlaxoSmithKline, Lilly, Medtronic, and Sanofi-Aventis. No other authors reported disclosures.
Funding/Support: This study was supported in part by grants to Dr Ott from Wilhelm Sander Stiftung, Schulz Stiftung, and Else Kröner Fresenius Stiftung. Magnetic resonance imaging equipment was provided as a grant to Dr Schwaiger by Bayerische Forschungsstiftung, Munich, Germany.
Role of the Sponsor: The funding sources had no role in the design and conduct of the study; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of the data; in the writing of the manuscript; or the decision to publish the study's findings.
Steering Committee: A. Schömig (chairman), A. Kastrati, D. Zohlnhöfer, I. Ott. Data Coordinating Center: J. Mehilli, H. Holle. Scintigraphic Core Laboratory: S. Nekolla, D. Lee, A. Funk (Klinik und Poliklinik für Nuklearmedizin rechts der Isar, Munich, Germany). Magnetic Resonance Imaging Core Laboratory: M. Schwaiger, T. Ibrahim, F. Michalk, G. Meisetschläger. Angiographic Core Laboratory: A. Dibra, S. Piniek, S. Mayer (Deutsches Herzzentrum, Munich, Germany). Clinical Follow-up Center: K. Hösl, F. Rodrigues, C. Peterle (Deutsches Herzzentrum, Munich, Germany). Participating Centers: Deutsches Herzzentrum, Munich, Germany (A. Kastrati, C. Schmitt, H. Schühlen, J. Pache, R. Wessely); First Medizinische Klinik, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich, Germany (J. Dirschinger, M. Seyfarth, N. von Beckerath, M. Karch).
Previous Presentation: Presented in part at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics meeting in Washington, DC, on October 19, 2005.
Acknowledgment: We appreciate the invaluable contribution of the medical and technical staffs operating in the coronary care units, catheterization laboratories, and the nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance laboratories of the participating institutions.