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  1. Development of normal limits for left ventricular ejection fraction measured from gated myocardial perfusion SPECT with 99Tcm-MIBI and 201Tl

    Objective: To develop normal limits for left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) measured from gated myocardial perfusion SPECT with 99Tcm-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) and 201Tl. Methods: Gated myocardial perfusion SPECT with 99Tcm-MIBI and 20'1Tl was performed on 277 patients with a low Bayesian likelihood (99Tcm-MIBI [normotensive subgroup: n=85; hypertension without left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) subgroup: n=25] and 201Tl(n=167, normotensive subgroup: n=128; hypertension without LVH subgroup: n=39). The resting LVEF was calculated using an automatic gated myocardial perfusion SPECT processing software. Results: The hypertension without LVH subgroup had significantly higher resting LVEF values compared with normotensive subgroup (P99Tcm-MIBI group and 20'1Tl group. Sex differences were marked: men had significantly lower mean resting LVEF values than women (P0.05). The distributions for resting LVEF values in 99Tcm-MIBI group and 201Tl group were Gaussian (P>0.05). The normal limits were LVEF≥45% in 99Tcm-MIBI (≥45% in men, ≥48% in women) and ≥43% in 201Tl (≥42% in men, ≥47% in women) Conclusion: These normal limits can be evaluated prospectively for their potential clinical value

  2. Evaluation of the therapeutic effect of Tongxinluo for acute myocardial infarction using 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT imaging

    Objective: To investigate the treatment effect of Tongxinluo for revascularization improvement after PCI using 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT imaging for AMI patients. Methods: A total of 38 patients with AMI were randomly divided into a control group (PCI only,18 patients) and Tongxinluo treatment group (20 patients). 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial SPECT was performed 7 d and 180 d after PCI.The left ventricular myocardium was divided into 17 segments. The myocardial 99Tcm-MIBI uptake was scored semi-quantitatively. The number and scores of abnormal perfusion segments were evaluated in all patients. T-test and χ2 test were used to compare the difference between the two groups using SPSS 11.5. Results: The total number of abnormal segments in the treatment group was 59 at 7 d after PCI, among which 37 (62.7%, 37/59) had improved perfusion at 180 d after PCI. In the control group,64 abnormal segments were found at 7 d after PCI; however, the perfusion was improved in only 26 (40.6%, 26/64) segments at 180 d after PCI. By comparing the myocardial perfusion defect scores, there was a significant difference (χ2=5.994, P<0.05) between the control and treatment groups. The total scores of treatment and control groups were 6.2±8.4 and 7.4 ±6.9 (t=0.5, P>0.05), respectively, at 7 d after PCI and 3.4 ±4.6 and 6.8 ±5.9 (t=2.1, P<0.05), respectively, at 180 d after PCI.The changes in scores were 2.9 ± 5.7 and 0.6 ±3.3 (t=1.5, P>0.05) in the treatment and control groups between 7 d and 180 d after PCI. Conclusion: Tongxinluo can reduce the number of persistent perfusion defects after PCI treatment in patients with AMI, and thus has a potential role in preventing revascularization failure. (authors)

  3. Diagnostic value of domestic made adenosine in 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion SPECT for detecting coronary artery disease

    Objective: To evaluate the accuracy and safety of domestic made adenosine in 99Tcm- methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) myocardial perfusion SPECT during adenosine stress for the diagnosis of coronary ischemia. Methods: One hundred and two patients [73 men, 29 women, mean age (57 ± 10.4) years] with suspected coronary artery disease underwent adenosine stress and rest myocardial perfusion imaging. Adenosine was infused intravenously at a constant rate of 0.14 mg·kg-1·main-1 for 6 min. At the end of 3 min, 925 MBq of 99Tcm-MIBI was injected. In 70 patients coronary angiography was also performed within one week. Results: Thirty-nine patients had significant coronary artery stenosis and 31 patients had normal result. Adenosine stress myocardial perfusion scintigraphy was abnormal in 32 out of the 39 patients in coronary artery stenosis (sensitivity, 82.05%), and normal in 26 out of the 31 patients with normal angiography (specificity 83.87%). The positive and negative predictive values were 86.49% and 78.79% respectively. The frequency of side-effects was slight and transient with the incidence of 85.29%. Conclusion: The domestic made adenosine in stress myocardial perfusion imaging is safe and sensitive for detecting myocardial ischemia. (authors)

  4. 99Tcm-MIBI and 18F-FDG dual isotope simultaneous acquisition SPECT in determination of myocardial viability

    Objective: Viable myocardium is important to patients with coronary artery disease. The objective of this study was to evaluate the value of dual-isotope simultaneous acquisition SPECT (DISA-SPECT) with 99Tcm-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) and 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) in detecting viable myocardium (VM). Methods: Twenty-one patients with regional wall motion abnormalities (RWMA) based on routine echocardiography underwent DISA-SPECT, coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Imaging and analysis of the left ventricular myocardial perfusion status were performed according to the 16-segment models proposed by American Society of Echocardiography. The wall motion of every LV segment was observed by echocardiography after 1, 3, 6 months. The images of DISA-SPECT were analyzed semi-quantitatively. The 'gold standard' for true viability was improvement of wall motion of the ventricular segment after PCI. Results: There were 105 viable myocardial segments and 51 non-viable myocardial segments according to the 'gold standard' criterion. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predict value, negative predict value and accuracy of DISA-SPECT in detecting viable myocardium were 93.3% (98/105), 82.4% (42/51), 91.6% (98/107), 85.7% (42/49), 89.7% (140/156), respectively. Conclusion: DISA-SPECT is a valuable technique to detect viable myocardium in patients with coronary artery disease. (authors)

  5. 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging for evaluation of the myocardial blood supply in patients with metabolic syndrome

    Objective: To evaluate the myocardial blood supply in patients with metabolic syndrome (MS) using 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT MPI. Methods: A total of 342 patients were divided into four groups according to the number of abnormal metabolic indices: no abnormal metabolic index (Group 1), one abnormal index (Group 2), two abnormal indices (Group 3), three or more abnormal indices (Group 4). Each patient underwent two-day protocol of gated stress and rest 99Tcm-MIBI MPI. One hundred and three of the 342 patients were clinically diagnosed as MS and underwent CAG within 1 month after MPI. χ2 test was used to evaluate the difference among the four groups and Kappa test to analyze the correlation between MPI and CAG. Results: Compared with CAG, the diagnostic sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values by 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT MPI for coronary artery diseases (CAD) in 103 MS patients were 80.5% (33/41), 85.5% (53/62), 78.6% (33/42) and 86.9% (53/61), respectively. The correlation coefficient between MPI and CAG was 0.657 (P2=23.22, P99Tcm-MIBI SPECT MPI can be useful for evaluating myocardial blood supply and the myocardial ischemia rates may correlate positively with the number of abnormal metabolic indices. (authors)

  6. The value of right lateral decubitus position to decrease artificial defect of cardiac anterior wall in 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging for women

    Objective: To explore the value of right lateral decubitus position MPI for differentiating myocardial perfusion defect from cardiac anterior wall attenuation artificial defect, caused by breast of woman. Methods: Forty-nine patients(average age (61.5±8.4) years) who had low likelihood of coronary artery disease and had perfusion defect in the anterior wall after exercise stress 99Tcm-MIBI MPI were included. All underwent supine and right lateral decubitus position during resting SPECT images. The myocardial perfusion SPECT images at left ventricle were reconstructed and were measured by Bull's-eye, based on the counts. Results from both supine position imaging and right lateral decubitus position imaging were compared. Paired t test was used to statistically analyse the data by SPSS 13.0. Results: Compared with supine position, the counts of the anterior, inferior, apex and lateral wall in right lateral decubitus position were significantly higher: (71.30±3.53)% vs (66.50±3.85)%, (70.06±4.45)% vs (65.44±4.16)%, (77.90±3.00)% vs (75.81±4.08)%,(79.30±2.26)% vs (72.60±3.87)% (t=6.731, 5.286, 3.555, 10.885, all P<0.01). The counts of septal wall were significantly lower ((66.60±3.98)% vs (70.06±4.51)%, t=-4.625, P<0.01) in right lateral decubitus position than that in supine position. Among the different regions of anterior wall, the counts of the anterior-middle ((76.40 ± 3.80)% vs (68.60 ± 4.76)%) and anterior-apex region ((77.10±3.24)% vs (69.00±3.54)%) were significantly higher (t=9.916, 8.870, both P<0.01) in right lateral decubitus position than those in supine position, but there was insignificance ((56.94±6.06)% vs (58.50±4.98)%, t=-1.493, P>0.05) at anterior-basal region. The artificial defect of different degrees in anterior wall was observed in all patients in supine position, 23 cases (46.9%, 23/49) showed artificial defect in the anterior-middle region and 16 cases (32.7%, 16/49) in the anterior-apex region. All artificial defect

  7. Early myocardial damage assessment in dystrophinopathies using 99Tcm-MIBI gated myocardial perfusion imaging

    Zhang L

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Li Zhang,1,* Zhe Liu,2,* Ke-You Hu,3 Qing-Bao Tian,3 Ling-Ge Wei,4 Zhe Zhao,5 Hong-Rui Shen,5 Jing Hu5 1Department of Cardiovascular Disorders, 2Department of Geriatrics, The Third Hospital of Hebei Medical University, 3The Public Health Department, Hebei Medical University, 4Department of Nuclear Medicine, 5Department of Neuromuscular Disorders, The Third Hospital of Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang, People’s Republic of China *Li Zhang and Zhe Liu are first coauthors of this paper Background: Early detection of muscular dystrophy (MD-associated cardiomyopathy is important because early medical treatment may slow cardiac remodeling and attenuate symptoms of cardiac dysfunction; however, no sensitive and standard diagnostic method for MD at an earlier stage has been well-recognized. Thus, the aim of this study was to test the early diagnostic value of technetium 99m-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (99Tcm-MIBI gated myocardial perfusion imaging (G-MPI for MD.Methods and results: Ninety-one patients underwent 99Tcm-MIBI G-MPI examinations when they were diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD (n=77 or Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD; n=14. 99Tcm-MIBI G-MPI examinations were repeated in 43 DMD patients who received steroid treatments for 2 years as a follow-up examination. Myocardial defects were observed in nearly every segment of the left ventricular wall in both DMD and BMD patients compared with controls, especially in the inferior walls and the apices by using 99Tcm-MIBI G-MPI. Cardiac wall movement impairment significantly correlated with age in the DMD and BMD groups (rs=0.534 [P<0.05] and rs=0.784 [P<0.05], respectively. Intermittent intravenous doses of glucocorticoids and continuation with oral steroid treatments significantly improved myocardial function in DMD patients (P<0.05, but not in BMD patients.Conclusion: 99Tcm-MIBI G-MPI is a sensitive and safe approach for early evaluation of cardiomyopathy in patients with DMD or BMD

  8. Diagnosis of hyperfunctioning ectopic parathyroid glands using 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT scintigraphy combined localizable CT

    Objective: To evaluate the diagnostic value of 99Tcm-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) SPECT scintigraphy combined localizable CT in the localization of ectopic parathyroid glands in hyperparathyroidism. Methods: Retrospective data of surgery,pathology and imaging were collected from 28 patients with hyperfunctioning ectopic parathyroid glands. All cases underwent CT studies. Twenty-five patients had 99Tcm-MIBI planar imaging first: SPECT scintigraphy combined localizable CT was performed for the patients with abnormal radionuclide foci immediately. The fusion images obtained after reconstruction showed the exact location of the ectopic foci. Operative histopathologic results were regarded as 'gold standards'. Presuming 4 parathyroid glands as normal findings, findings confirmed by operation and pathology were regarded as positive, otherwise negative. The results of CT and radionuclide imaging were compared by χ2-test of four-foId table. Results: Twenty-eight ectopic parathyroid glands were found in 28 patients, all pathologically confirmed as adenomas. CT found 22 foci, of which 17 were true positive, 5 false positive, 11 false negative, and 79 true negative. 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT scintigraphy combined localizable CT found 23 foci, no false positive, 2 false negative, and 75 true negative. The results showed that the sensitivities were 61% (17/28), 92%(23/25), specificities 94% (79/84), 100% (75/75), accuracies 86% (96/112), 98% (98/100), positive predictive values 77% (17/22), 100% (23/23), and negative predictive values 88% (79190), 97%(75/77), respectively, for CT and radionuclide imaging. 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT scintigraphy combined localizable CT was therefore significantly higher than CT in sensitivity (χ2=6.98, P2=4.61, P2=10.30, P2=5.88, P2=5.36, P99Tcm-MIBI SPECT scintigraphy combined localizable CT is superior to CT alone in the localization of ectopic parathyroid glands in hyperparathyroidism, but false negative can be found in some patients. (authors)

  9. Quantitative analysis of 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion images before and after intracoronary stenting

    Objective: Assessing the value of 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging (SPECT) in selection of patients for stenting, and in evaluation of the therapeutic effects of the procedure and its value for following-up of the patients with coronary artery stents. Methods: Rest and dipyridamole stress SPECT were performed in 51 patients with coronary artery diseases and coronary artery stents one week before procedure, one week and half a year (21 cases) after procedure. The location, degree and area of blood flow deficit were quantitatively analyzed. Results: Before the procedure, 50 patients showed blood flow deficit degree >80% (the lower the percentage, the more the blood flow deficit degree), blood flow deficit area 80%, 8 (16%) patients who had been with blood flow deficit area 70% before the procedure, 10 (20%) of them one week after procedure were without any severe blood flow deficit. Their acute myocardial infarctions were significantly improved. Pre-procedure, at rest, the blood flow deficit degree was 38.05%, at one week after procedure became 57.40%, it was improved by 19.35%. The patients with blood flow deficit area of 70.75% at rest before the procedure, showed a deficit area of 55.91% one week after the procedure. Compared to pre-procedure readings, the significant improvement (P 0.05) in blood flow deficit degree and area between rest and dipyridamole stress SPECT before or one week, half a year after procedure. Conclusions: The blood flow deficit degree or area measured by SPECT were improved one week and half a year after procedure. SPECT is valuable in selection of patients for the procedure and in evaluation of the effect of the therapy and it is very useful during follow-up of the patients with intracoronary stents

  10. Assessment of the value of 99Tcm-MIBI stress-rest SPECT imaging for evaluation of the outcomes of percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty

    Objective: To assess the value of stress-rest 99Tcm-MIBI (ST-RE) SPECT imaging for evaluation of perfusion improvement, prediction of restenosis (RS) and cardiac event rate in patients after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). Methods: 99Tcm-MIBI ST-RE SPECT imaging was performed on 100 patients [(52 +- 9) years old] (14 +- 15) months after PTCA. On 30 of the 100 patients, ST-RE SPECT imaging were also performed before PTCA, and 30 patients underwent coronary angiography (CAG). The perfusion findings of myocardial segments were qualitatively classified into four patterns: normal (N), reversible defect (RD), partial reversible defect (PRD) and fixed defect (FD). Restenosis was predicted on the basis of RD or PRD. During the follow-up, cardiac death, myocardial infarction (MI), unstable angina and revascularization were considered as cardiac events. Results: 1) Among 100 patients, RD or PRD was observed in 28 patients, indicating myocardial ischemia (IS); FD was observed in 20 patients, indicating MI. The rate of occurrence of ischemic segments had no significant difference between patients with or without MI(P>0.05). 2) Among 30 patients, perfusion imaging was improved in 23 patients, the improved rate was 76.7%. The number of ischemic segments was decreased from 100 (37%) before PTCA to 10 (3.7%) after PTCA (P99Tcm-MIBI SPECT is a useful noninvasive method for evaluating the effect of PTCA and for predicting RS, and it is of high value for predicting cardiac events

  11. Detection of coronary artery disease with exercise 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT in patients with atrial fibrillation

    Objective: To investigate the ability of exercise myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) for detecting coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods: Fifty-eight consecutive patients with AF during symptom-limited exercise 99Tcm-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) SPECT imaging were retrospectively analyzed. All patients underwent coronary angiography within an interval of 90 d. Results: The overall diagnostic sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of exercise 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT were 60% (9/15), 88% (38/43) and 81% (47/58), respectively. Among patients without valvular disease, the diagnostic sensitivity and specificity were 60% (9/15) and 96% (22/23). The diagnostic accuracy was 80% (16/20) in patients with valvular heart disease. Conclusion: In patients with AF during exercise test, exercise MPI has a moderate sensitivity and an excellent specificity in detection of CAD to those without valvular disease, and has a high diagnostic accuracy in patients with valvular heart disease. (authors)

  12. Detection of myocardial ischemia of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with gated 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging

    Objective: To evaluate the value of gated 99Tcm-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) myocardial perfusion imaging in detection of myocardial ischemia in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Methods: Sixty-nine patients with clinically proven hypertrophic cardiomyopathy were divided into 2 groups using coronary angiogram as 'gold standard': positive group (n=19, narrowing ≥ 50%) and negative group (n=50, narrowing99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging was performed and positive in all 69 patients (41 males, 28 females, aged 35-75 years). Comparative analysis between the two groups was carried out using t-test. Results: In the positive group, reversible and irreversible perfusion defects were detected in 9 and 10 patients, respectively. Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) increased to (69.1 ± 2.8)% in 8 patients and decreased to (42.8 ± 2.1)% in 11 patients. In the negative group, reversible and irreversible perfusion defects were found in 37 and 13 patients, respectively. LVEF increased to (70.8 ± 4.0)% in 38 patients and decreased to (48.9 ± 2.7)% in 12 patients. The values of ischemic area, severity and extent of perfusion defect, and LVEF were significantly different between the two groups (t=9.28, 16.51, 2.65; P99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging is valuable in assessing patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Detection for the presence or absence of coexisting coronary artery disease and myocardial ischemia has an important prognostic indication and management indication for these patients. (authors)

  13. 99Tcm-MIBI gated myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with myocardial bridging diagnosed by CT angiography

    Objective: To explore the clinical value of 99Tcm-MIBI G-MPI in patients diagnosed with myocardial bridging (MB) by CTA. Methods: Forty-five patients with MB and 17 normal controls diagnosed by CTA(64 slices CT) were included. All patients underwent rest 99Tcm-MIBI G-MPI and 17 MB patients and 9 normal controls also underwent stress 99Tcm-MIBI G-MPI. Myocardial ischemia, function and wall motion were assessed. G-MPI results were compared with CTA results by χ2 test, Fisher exact test and t test. Results: In patients with MB, the positive rate of abnormal perfusion by gated stress 99Tcm-MIBI G-MPI was 64.7% (11/17) and 41.2% (7/17) using quantitative analysis and visual evaluation respectively; while the data were 42.2% (19/45) and 22.2% (10/45) by rest G-MPI (P=0.035). The positive rate by rest G-MPI in MB patients was significant different among mural coronary arteries of different depths and different locations. By quantitative analysis of the stress G-MPI, the reversible, fixed, and mixed ischemia patients were 4 (35.3%), 6 (23.5%) and 1 (5.9%) respectively; the reversed, reversible and fixed abnormity of wall motion was found in 4 (23.5%), 4 (23.5%) and 2 (11.8%) patients respectively; the reversed, reversible and fixed wall thickening were found in 6 (35.3%), 5 (29.4%) and 1 (5.9%) patients respectively. There was no significant difference in left ventricular ejection fraction and peak filling rate between MB patients and normal controls in both rest and stress studies (t: from -0.564 to 1.292, all P>0.05). Conclusion: The G-MPI may be useful for the evaluation of myocardial ischemia and myocardial function simultaneously in patients with MB. (authors)

  14. Clinical evaluation of 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging for the detection of coronary artery disease in patients with metabolic syndrome

    Objective: Metabolic syndrome is a combination of medical disorders that consist of a collection of independent factors at risk of developing coronary artery disease. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the value of 99Tcm-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) myocardial perfusion imaging for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease in patients with metabolic syndrome. Methods: A total of 251 patients [mean age (59 ± 10) years, 179 men, 72 women] were included in this study. All patients underwent exercise and rest 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging and coronary angiography. Results: Of the 163 patients with significant coronary artery stenosis, 116 showed abnormal 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging; and among the 88 patients with normal coronary angiography, 82 showed normal myocardial perfusion imaging. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging for coronary artery disease detection were 71% (116/163), 93% (82/88) and 79% (198/251), respectively. The positive and negative predictive values were 95% (116/122) and 64% (82/129), respectively. Conclusion: 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging has important clinical value for detecting coronary artery disease in patients with metabolic syndrome. (authors)

  15. Study on evaluating the importance and mechanism of adenosine preconditioning in mediating myocardial protection from ischemic myocardial injury with 99Tcm-MIBI

    Objective: Recently, many investigators are interested in the study on mechanism of adenosine preconditioning in mediating myocardial protection from ischemic myocardial injury. The aim of this paper was to investigate the feasibility of the protective effects and possible mechanism of adenosine pre- conditioning on myocardium injured by ischemic/reperfusion (I/R) with 99Tcm-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI). Methods: The isolated I/R rabbit heart models were established with Langendorff. Eighteen Krebs-Henseleit(KH) perfused rabbit hearts were randomly assigned to three groups: UR (n=6) group, adenosine preconditioning (AD, n=6) group and ischemic preconditioning (IPC, n=6) group. KH rabbit hearts were pedused with 55.5 MBq 99Tcm-MIBI for 40 min. The changes of myocardial activity were recorded to get the data of uptake and washout. Cardiac function recovery, creatine kinase (CK) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) leakage, myocardial infarct size were measured and the transmission electron micro-scope analysis was performed to assess myocardial injury. SPSS 11.5 and Excel were used for data analysis. Results: Based on the myocardial assessment data, the degree of myocardial injury was also less in AD and IPC than in L/R groups. Significantly higher 99Tcm-MIBI myocardium uptake rates and retention fractions were observed in AD and IPC than in UR (t=2.614-7.730, P0.05). The 99Tcm-MIBI activity was positively correlated with coronary artery blood flow (r=0.79, P99Tcm-MIBI was potentially useful to study the protective effects and possible mechanism of adenosine preconditioning on I/R myocardium. (authors)

  16. 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT in estimation of the treatment response to three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy in patients with non-small cell lung cancer

    Objective: To explore whether the degree of 99Tcm-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) uptake in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) could be correlated with the treatment response to three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy. Methods: A total of 102 patients with NSCLC were studied with 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT before radiotherapy. The patients were classified by a follow-up CT as responders (complete or partial remission) and non-responders (stable or progressive disease). After intravenous administration of 740 MBq 99Tcm-MIBI, SPECT imaging at 10-30 min (early) and 2-3 h (delayed) were performed. Region of interest (ROI) was placed over the tumors and contralateral normal lung tissue. The uptake ratio of tumor to contralateral normal lung (T/N) was obtained from both early (ER) and delayed (DR) SPECT images. The retention index (RI) was measured as: RI = (DR - ER)/ER x 100%. Statistical analysis was performed by two independent-sample t-test and Mann-Whitney U test using software SPSS 13.0. Results: 99Tcm-MIBI uptake was significantly higher in responders than in non-responders: 2.36 ±0.17 vs 1.82 ±0.14 (ER) and 2.48 ± 0.20 vs 1.94 ± 0.16 (DR), respectively (t = - 13.1, - 12.7, both P99Tcm-MIBI SPECT might be useful to estimate the treatment response to three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy in patients with NSCLC. (authors)

  17. 99Tcm-MIBI adenosine myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with slow coronary flow

    Objective: To investigate the relationship between myocardial ischemia and slow coronary flow phenomenon with 99Tcm-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) adenosine myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging. Methods: Forty-four patients were divided to three groups according to the result of coronary angiography (CAG). There were GAG-positive (P-GAG) (n=12), slow coronary flow (CSF) (n =22), and normal coronary flow (NCF) (n = 10). Results: of adenosine myocardial perfusion imaging were compared among these three groups. Semi-quantitative visual scoring method was used to evaluate the myocardial perfusion: 0 = normal,1 = mild decrease, 2 = moderate decrease, 3 = severe decrease, 4 = defect. Statistical analysis was performed using variance analysis, t-test and χ2-test. Results: No significance was observed at age (t =0.27, 0.54 and 0.59), sex (χ2 = 0.92), hypertension, hyperlipemia and diabetes (χ2 = 1.23, all P>0.05) among the three groups. A significantly higher frames of the coronary thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) flow was noted in CSF than in NCF groups (33.7±5.5 vs 17.6±3.9, t = 9.58, P0.05). Conclusion: Slow coronary flow phenomenon can be detected by adenosine myocardial perfusion image to offer the evidence of diagnosis and treatment for the chest pain patients with negative coronary angiography results. (authors)

  18. The value of 99Tcm-MIBI rest gated myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with acute myocardial infarction treated by stem cell transplantation

    Objective: Myocardial cell regeneration therapy is one of the most researched topics in modern medical science. The objective of this study was to evaluate the clinical value of 99Tcm-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) rest gated myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) treated by stem cell transplantation. Methods: Thirty-one patients with AMI were all treated by percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). And 18 of them subsequently had mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) transplantation therapy. All the patients were examined by 99Tcm-MIBI rest gated myocardial perfusion imaging at the time before and after PCI to evaluate the left ventricular myocardial perfusion and function. The t-test was used to compare data statistically with SPSS 11.0. Results: The number of myocardial segments with perfusion abnormalities decreased in all the AMI patients 1 month after PCI. The number of myocardial segments with perfusion defects decreased 3 to 6 months after PCI in the patients treated by MSC transplantation (2.37 ± 1.09 and 2.21 ± 0.93 ) when compared with the control group without MSC transplantation therapy (3.24 ± 0.93 and 3.21 ± 1.05, t =2.32,2.79, both P 99Tcm-MIBI rest gated myocardial perfusion imaging is an effective functional imaging to evaluate the therapeutic response in patients with AMI treated by MSC transplantation. (authors)

  19. A comparison between 99Tcm-tetrofosmin and 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging in detection of silent myocardial ischemia

    Objective: To compare 99Tcm-tetrofosmin (TF) and 99Tcm-MIBI adenosine stress/resting MPI in detection of silent myocardial ischemia (SMI). Methods: According to the WHO diagnostic criteria for coronary heart disease (CHD), 306 SMI patients were classified to three groups as type Ⅰ (n=122), type Ⅱ (n=112) and type Ⅲ (n=72). The subjects of each type were randomly divided into 2 subgroups; one subgroup underwent adenosine stress/rest MPI with 99Tcm-MIBI and another subgroup with 99Tcm-TF. The clinical diagnosis of CHD was proven with electrocardiogram (46 cases), dynamic electrocardiogram (219 cases) or CAG (41 cases). Comparison factors between the two tracers included image quality and diagnostic efficacy. The image quality was graded into three classes:excellent, good and moderate. χ2 test and analysis of variance were used to analyze data. Results: The sensitivities of detecting myocardial ischemia with 99Tcm-MIBI MPI and 99Tcm-TF MPI in group type Ⅰ were 57.38% (35/61) vs 60.66% (37/61) (χ2=0.136, P>0.05); in group type Ⅱ 69.64% (39/56) vs 64.29% (36/56) (χ2=0.363, P>0.05) and in group type Ⅲ 83.33% (30/36) vs 88.89% (32/36) (χ2=0.465, P>0.05), respectively. There was no significant difference between the sensitivities of the two imaging modalities in all three types of SMI patients.In image quality grading,99Tcm-MIBI and 99Tcm-TF demonstrated excellent images with 41.18% (63/153) vs 48.37% (74/153) (χ2=1.599, P=0.206), good with 45.10% (69/153) vs 34.64% (53/153) (χ2=3.489, P=0.062) and moderate with 13.72% (21/153) vs 16.99%(26/153) (χ2=0.628, P=0.428). There was no unqualified image with either modality.99Tcm-TF displayed quicker radioactivity clearance in liver and lungs. Thereby there was less interference or pitfalls present in the ventricle base or interior wall that may result from higher liver radioactivity retention. The waiting time between the tracer injection and imaging was at least 1 h shorter with 99Tcm-TF compared to 99Tcm-MIBI

  20. Detection of coronary heart disease with 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging stressed by intravenous infusion of higenamine hydrochloride

    Objective: To investigate the role of 99Tcm-MIBI MPI stressed by intravenous infusion of higenamine hydrochloride (HG) in detection of coronary heart disease (CHD). Methods: Sixty-two patients with suspected CHD underwent both 99Tcm-MIBI MPI with HG infusion and CAG. CAG was used as the gold standard in diagnosing CHD. The diagnostic sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of HG stress studies were evaluated with 99Tcm-MIBI MPI. Results: Using stenosis of the main branch or the first branch with more than 50% stenosis as the diagnostic criteria, 38 patients (61.3%) showed abnormal CAG results, including 24 one-, 9 two-, and 5 three-vessel stenoses. Of the 38 patients (38.7%) with abnormal CAG results, positive results in HG MPI studies were demonstrated in 22 patients. Negative results in HG MPI studies were confirmed in 22 patients among the 24 patients with normal CAG results. For detection of CHD, the diagnostic sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of 99Tcm-MIBI MPI with HG infusion were calculated as 57.9% (22/38), 91.7% (22/24), 71.0% (44/62), 91.7% (22/24) and 57.9% (22/38), respectively. Twenty-two patients (35.5%) had side effects during HG stress studies, but no effects were severe. All patients recovered soon after examination. Conclusion: An HG stress study is feasible and safe, and it is a potential method in detection of CHD with 99Tcm-MIBI MPI. (authors)

  1. The diagnosis accuracy and safety of 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging-a retrospective multicenter study

    Objective: To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy and safety of 99Tcm-MIBI MPI by retrospectively analyzing data from this multicenter study. Methods: Participating centers included six hospitals: Peking University First Hospital, Beijing Fuwai Hospital of Chinese Academy of Medical Science and Peking Union Medical College, Anzhen Hospital of Capital Medical University, Beijing Hospital of Health Ministry, Beijing Tongren Hospital of Capital Medical University and Peking University People's Hospital. According to the inclusion and exclusion criteria, 500 subjects (335 male, 165 female, mean age (60.1 ±11.1) years) who underwent MPI between April 1998 and April 2006 were enrolled. All subjects were investigated with stress/rest MPI and CAG within 1 month. Stress test was performed with bicycle ergometry or with intravenous dipyridamole, adenosine or ATP. Perfusion defects on MPI were allocated to corresponding coronary arteries. During the stress and imaging period,any discomfort or symptoms were recorded. Coronary stenosis with ≥ 50% luminal narrowing was considered significant in CAG and taken as the gold standard.99Tcm-MIBI MPI results for the number of stenosed vessels, stenotic severity and coronary artery allocation were compared using χ2 test. Results: There were 280 subjects that underwent exercise stress tests and the remaining 220 received pharmacological stress tests (117 adenosine, 32 dipyridamole, 71 ATP). Two hundred and forty-nine patients had significant coronary stenosis and 251 had normal CAG. Out of the 249 patients with positive CAG results, 101 had one-vessel, 66 had two-vessel and 82 had three-vessel disease. Significant stenosis of the LAD was present in 205 patients, 144 had RCA stenosis and 130 had stenosis of the LCX. The sensitivity,specificity, accuracy, positive predictive and negative predictive values of MPI for detection of coronary artery disease were 65.1% (162/249), 81.3% (204/251), 73.2% (366/500), 77.5% (162/209) and 70

  2. Application of SPECT/CT Fusion Imaging in 99Tcm-MIBI Thyroid Scintigraphy%SPECT/CT融合显像在99Tcm-MIBI甲状腺亲肿瘤显像中的应用

    孟庆乐; 杨瑞; 曹艳; 王自正; 李少华; 邵国强

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨SPECT/CT融合显像在99Tcm-甲氧基异丁基异腈(MIBI)甲状腺亲肿瘤显像中的临床价值。方法103例甲状腺冷结节患者先行99Tcm-MIBI双时相(15 min与2 h)显像,后行SPECT/CT同机断层融合,结果与病理检查结果进行比较。结果99Tcm-MIBI双时相法对甲状腺结节性质良恶性鉴别的灵敏度、特异度和准确性分别为59.1%、49.4%、51.4%,SPECT/CT融合显像诊断的灵敏度、特异度和准确性分别为81.8%、76.5%、77.7%。结论 SPECT/CT融合显像在甲状腺99Tcm-MIBI亲肿瘤显像中可提高诊断准确性,为临床提供可靠信息。%Objective To explore the clinical value of SPECT-CT fusion imaging in 99Tcm-methoxy isobutyl isonitrile (MIBI) thyroid scintigraphy. Methods 103 patients with nonfunctional thyroid nodules were examined by using dual-phase 99Tcm-MIBI thyroid scintigraphy (15min and 2h) and then examined by using SPECT-CT fusion imaging. The results of 103 patients achieved through dual-phase 99Tcm-MIBI thyroid scintigraphy and SPECT-CT fusion imaging were compared with those of pathological examination. Results The sensitivity, speciifcity and accuracy of dual-phase 99Tcm-MIBI thyroid scintigraphy in diagnosing benign and malignant of nonfunctional thyroid nodules were 59.1%, 49.4%and 51.4%, respectively while those of SPECT-CT fusion imaging were 81.8%, 76.5%and 77.7%, respectively. Conclusion The diagnosis accuracy of 99Tcm-MIBI thyroid scintigraphy in nonfunctional thyroid nodules can be improved with the application of SPECT-CT fusion imaging, who can provide reliable information for clinical diagnosis.

  3. Quantification of left ventricular volumes and ejection fraction from gated 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT: a comparison of QGS, ECToolbox and 4D-MSPECT

    Objective: The three commercially available gated SPECT software: quantitative gated SPECT (QGS), emory cardiac toolbox (ECToolbox), and four-dimensional model SPECT (4D-MSPECT) were compared in the calculation of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), end-diastolic volume (EDV) and end-systolic volume (ESV). Methods: Two hundred and twelve patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease were examined using gated 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT. QGS, ECToolbox and 4D-MSPECT were used for the estimation of LVEF, EDV, ESV. One hundred and six of the 212 patients underwent left ventriculography within one month of SPECT. Results: Correlation between the methods were excellent for LVEF, EDV and ESV, the correlation coefficients among the 3 software were 0.89-0.91 for LVEF (P< 0.001), and 0.97-0.98 for EDV and ESV (P<0.001). For LVEF and EDV, significant differences were noticed among the 3 methods (P<0.001). The values of 4D-MSPECT [LVEF:(64.2±12.6)%, EDV: (98.1±39.5) ml] were significantly lower than that of ECToolbox [LVEF: (68.3±12.8)%, EDV: (108.2 ± 39.0) ml]; likewise, the values of QGS [LVEF: (59.2 ± 11.4)%, EDV: (88.8 ± 35.5) ml] were lower than that of 4D-MSPECT. For ESV, there was no significant differences among QGS [(39.0 ± 27.0) ml], ECToolbox[(37.9 ± 31.4) ml] and 4D-MSPECT[(38.7 ± 31.3) ml, P=0.92]. Good correlation existed between results of gated SPECT and left ventriculography for LVEF, EDV and ESV, r=0.70-0.80 for LVEF(P<0.001), 0.57-0.61 for EDV(P<0.001) and 0.87-0.89 for ESV (P<0.001). Conclusion: All 3 programs showed good correlation among one another, and between ventriculography. (authors)

  4. 99Tcm-MIBI evaluation of myeloma

    Full text: Preliminary reports of increased bone marrow uptake of 99Tcm-MIBI in myeloma have demonstrated the potential for assessment of activity of the disease. A series of 27 patients with myeloma in various stages of activity ranging from monoclonal gammopathies of uncertain significance (MGUS) and myeloma in remission or plateau phase to active or relapsed disease were compared with 30 control patients with normal bone marrow. Whole-body images were acquired 10 min following intravenous administration of 900 MBq 99Tcm-MIBI. The whole-body distribution of activity in 30 patients being routinely followed up for thyroid carcinoma, in whom there was no evidence of disease, were used as normal controls against which the myeloma patient scans were compared. Diffuse homogeneous uptake of 99Tcm-MIBI was evident throughout the bone marrow of spine, pelvis or sternum in two-thirds of controls. The 99Tcm-MIBI study was deemed positive in the myeloma patients only if diffuse bone marrow uptake was more intense or extensive than in controls, or if focal abnormalities were observed. Of 20 patients with clinical evidence of active myeloma, the99Tcm-MIBI study was positive in 18, while the 99Tcm-MIBI study was negative in 6 of the 7 patients with MGUS or myeloma in remission or plateau phase. These results support the use of 99Tcm-MIBI as an accurate means of assessment of myeloma disease activity

  5. Clinical value of 99TCm-MIBI SPECT/CT imaging in the identification of benign and malignant thyroid nodules%99TCm-MIBI SPECT/CT亲肿瘤融合显像对甲状腺结节良恶性鉴别的临床价值

    杨文定; 覃卫华

    2012-01-01

    目的 评价SPECT/CT亲肿瘤融合显像对甲状腺结节良恶性鉴别的临床价值.方法 106例甲状腺结节患者静注99TCm-MIBI后行早期(30 min)及延迟(120 min)平面显像,在30 min时进行SPECT/CT融合显像.显像结果与手术病理结果相对照.结果 106例患者中良性病变82例(77.36%),恶性病变24例(22.64%),SPECT/CT融合显像的敏感度为70.83%;特异性为80.49%;诊断准确度为78.30%.结论 SPECT/CT亲肿瘤融合显像对甲状腺结节的良恶性鉴别有重要价值.%Objective To evaluate the clinical value of SPECT/CT imaging to identify benign and malignant thyroid nodules. Methods One hundred and six patients with thyroid nodule received early (30 min) and delayed (120 min) planar imaging as well as SPECT/CT fusion imaging (30 min) after intravenous 99TCm-MIBI. The imaging results were compared the surgical and pathological results. Results Eighty-two patients were found to be benign lesions (77.3%) and 24 were malignant lesions (22.6%). The sensitivity, specificity and the accuracy of SPECT/CT fusion imaging were 70.8%, 80.4%, 78.3%, respectively. Conclusion SPECT/CT fusion imaging has great significance in the identification of benign and malignant thyroid nodule.

  6. Evaluation of Clinical Value of 99 Tcm-MIBI SPECT in Diagnosis of Masses in Maxillofacial Region%99Tcm-MIBI显像在口腔颌面部肿块中的诊断价值

    刘洪伟; 李贵昌

    2012-01-01

    目的:探讨99Tcm-MIBI放射性核素显像在口腔颌面部肿块术前定性诊断的价值.方法:对64例口腔颌面部肿块患者术前行放射性核素显像,显像剂为99Tcm-MIBI,所有病例均行早期和延期显像以判断肿块性质.定性分析行卡方检验,病变侧与颈部肌肉放射性摄取比值(T/N)行t检验,判断结果与病理诊断相比较.结果:99Tcm-MIBI显像对口腔颌面部肿块诊断的灵敏度、特异性和准确性分别为68.00%、89.74%和81.25%,39例颌面部良性肿块阴性35例(89.74%),假阳性4例(10.26%);25例颌面部恶性肿块阳性17例(68.00%),假阴性8例(32.00%);定性分析卡方检验差异有统计学意义.口腔颌面部良恶性肿块T/N,早期相分别为1.53±0.42,1.90±0.38,经t检验两者差别有统计学意义(t=4.352,P<0.01);延期相分别为1.43±0.61,1.99±0.45,经t检验两者差别有统计学意义(t=3.959,P<0.01).结论:99Tcm-MIBI显像可作为鉴别口腔颌面部良恶性肿块的一种检查方法,腮腺区肿块的鉴别优于颌面部其他部位肿块.%Objective: To evaluate the clinical value of 99Tcm -MIBI SPECT on classifying maxillofacial masses as benign or malignant before treatment. Methods: SPECT images of the maxillofacial region were obtained in 64 patients with maxillofacial masses before surgery. We used 99Tcm- MIBI as imaging agent. All the patients were evaluated by early and delay 99Tcm -MIBI imaging. The chi -square test was used to compare date statistically of maxillofacial masses. The results were compared with their pathological diagnoses, clinical examination. Results: The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of 99Tcm -MIBI SPECT imaging in determining maxillofacial masses were 68. 00% , 89. 74% , 81. 25% respectively. 35 of 39 patients who had benign tumors showed negative imagesC89. 74%), 4 patients showed positive imagesGO. 26%); 17 of 25 patients who had malignant tumors showed positive images (68.00%), 8 patient showed

  7. Clinical value of gated 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT for assessment of left ventricular function in patients with left ventricular aneurysms

    Objective: To validate the accuracy of quantitative gated SPECT (QGS) in assessing EDV, ESV and LVEF in patients with left ventricular aneurysms (LVA), using MRI as a reference. Furthermore, the correlations between the number of segments with severe perfusion defects, size of LVA and the differences of left ventricular volumes and LVEF were explored.Methods Sixty-nine patients (62 males and 7 females; mean age, (56 ± 10) years) with LVA were examined using gated 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT (G-SPECT) (8 frames/cardiac cycle) at rest and MRI (25 frames/cardiac cycle) at (4 ± 3) d. All the data were retrospectively reviewed. EDV, ESV, LVEF and wall thickening (WT) scores were calculated using QGS. The size of LVA was defined by the number of akinetic or dyskinetic segments with WT =3, and the segments with severe perfusion defects (activity ≤ 30%) were analyzed using quantitative perfusion SPECT (QPS) with a 17-segment model. EDV, ESV and LVEF were obtained using the Simpson's rule from MR images. A paired t test, analysis of variance and χ2 test were used to analyze the data obtained from G-SPECT and MRI. Pearson correlation coefficients (r) and Bland-Altman analysis were applied to assess the strength of the agreement,and standard error of estimate (SEE) was calculated. Results: According to the number of segments with severe perfusion defects, patients were divided into Group 1 (≤ 2 segments, n =25), Group 2 (3-4 segments, n=16) and Group 3 (≥ 5 segments, n=28). Correlation was good for all parameters (r =0.83-0.95, all P<0.001) in all groups,except for LVEF in Group 3 (r=0.64, SEE =8%, P<0.001). Compared with MRI, EDV in Group 1 was underestimated by G-SPECT ((174±44) ml vs (161 ±43) ml, t=-2.60, P<0.05), while the other parameters in Groups 1 and 2 had no significant difference (Group 1, t=-1.63, -1.26 for ESV and LVEF; Group 2, t=-0.62, 0.48, -2.07 for EDV, ESV and LVEF, respectively, all P>0.05). In Group 3, EDV ((217 ± 68) ml vs (196±55) ml, t=2.99, P

  8. Diagnostic value of early post-exercise 99Tcm-MIBI ECG-gated myocardial perfusion imaging in severe coronary artery disease

    Objective: To study and compare the diagnostic value in severe coronary artery disease (CAD) of 99Tcm-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) electrocardiogram (ECG)-gated early post-exercise myocardial perfusion imaging (G-MPI) with that of non-ECG-gated myocardial perfusion imaging (NG-MPI). Methods: Two hundred and fifteen suspected CAD patients had undergone G-MPI and coronary artery angiography (CAG) within one month were enrolled and distributed into three-vessel and non-three-vessel CAD groups according to CAG results (≥70%); the diagnostic values in severe CAD of G-MPI and NG-MPI were gained and compared to determine which one of the two protocols would be superior in identification of severe three-vessel CAD. Results: When the ≥70% diameter stenosis CAG was the diagnostic standard of severe CAD, the sensitivity of G-MPI and NG-MPI in the diagnosis of severe CAD were 95.3% (143/150) and 90.7% (136/150, χ2=2.509, P=0.113), but when the comparison specifically pinpointed to severe three-vessel CAD, there was significant difference between G-MPI [100%(51/51)] and NG-MPI [92.2% (47/51), χ2=4.163, P=0.041]. Diagnostic specificity of G-MPI was 80.0% and that of NG-MPI was 72.3% (χ2=1.059, P=0.303). Conclusions: The incremental diagnostic sensitivity of G-MPI adding to the NG-MPI in the diagnosis of severe CAD was mainly from the three-vessel subgroup patients. Exercise stress G-MPI has better diagnostic value in severe three-vessel CAD patients than NG-MPI. (authors)

  9. 99Tcm-MIBI双时相显像对继发性甲状旁腺功能亢进症定位诊断的价值%Value of dual-phase 99Tcm-MIBI scintigraphy and SPECT/CT in the localization diagnosis of secondary hyperparathyroidism

    甄力莳; 刘晓健; 张凌; 李红磊; 姚力; 颜珏

    2011-01-01

    Objective To discuss the clinical value of dual-phase 99Tcm-sestamibi (99Tcm-MIBI) scintigraphy and SPECT/CT in secondary hyperparathyroidism, and to investigate the possibility of SPECT/CT for the accurate localization diagnosis of secondary hyperparathyroidism preoperatively.Methods Thirty-one patients underwent parathyroid imaging with double-phase 99Tcm-MIBI before surgery for hyperparathyroidism.Planar imaging was conducted in 22 patients, and planar and SPECT/CT imaging in 9 patients.The diagnosis of hyperparathyroidism was confirmed by surgical and pathological findings.Target/non-target (T/NT) ratio in delay image was compared with the volume of excised parathyroid, the intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH), and the pathology of the surgical sample.Results T/NT ratio was correlated with serum iPTH (r=0.426, P<0.05) and parathyroid volume (r=0.352, P<0.01).Hyperplasia of parathyroid gland was found in all excised samples.Planar images showed hyperparathyroidism in 73 of the 106 excised parathyroid glands, and the accuracy rate is 68.9%.In the 30 excised parathyroid glands, SPECT/CT images detected 23 hyperparathyroidism (accuracy rate 76.7%), and planar imaging found 19 hyperparathyroidism (accuracy rate 63.3%).Conclusions Dual-phase 99Tcm-MIBI scintigraphy can be used to assess function and hyperplasia of parathyroid, being the most effective method for localization diagnosis of secondary hyperparathyroidism.SPECT/CT imaging is more efficient than planar imaging for the detection of parathyroid glands with hyperparathyroidism.SPECT/CT parathyroid imaging combined with CT scan will provide more information about localization of the lesions, especially for those with persistent or recurrent hyperthyroidism after parathyroidectomy.%目的 探讨‰99m锝-甲氧基异丁基异腈(99Tcm-sestamibi,99Tcm-MIBI)双时相法平面显像及SPECT/CT断层显像对继发性甲状旁腺功能亢进症(secondary hyperparathyroidism,SHPT甲旁亢)临床应用价值,

  10. Establishment of normal limits for left ventricular ejection fraction and volume measurements from 99Tcm-sestamibi myocardial perfusion gated SPECT

    Objective: Gated SPECT is a reproducible method for assessing left ventricular volume (LVV) and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) from 99Tcm-sestamibi (99Tcm-MIBI) myocardial perfusion imaging studies. LVV and LVEF measurements by this approach correlate well with those obtained from other cardiovascular imaging techniques. Nevertheless, the lack of criteria for abnormal test findings has limited the potential clinical application of this new imaging technique. Methods: Gated myocardial perfusion SPECT with 99Tcm-MIBI (QGSPECT) was performed on 96 individuals with a low Bayesian likelihood (99Tcm-MIBI, 2-dimensional echocardiography was performed on 30 cases within 72 h. Results: The correlation between rest QGSPECT and 2-dimensional echocardiography was r=0.714 for LVEF (p2 in men and ≤60 ml/m2 in women, and ESV index ≤41 ml/m2 in men and ≤25 ml/m2 in women. Conclusion: (1) Quantification of LV function can be accurately evaluated using gated myocardial perfusion SPECT with 99Tcm-MIBI, (2) Using a cohort of low-likelihood subjects, we generated sex-specific normal limits for LVV and LVEF for myocardial perfusion gated SPECT. These normal limits can now be evaluated prospectively for their potential clinical value. (authors)

  11. 99Tcm-MIBI hepatobiliary scintigraphy in peadiatric patients with severe cholestatic infant hepatitis syndrome

    Objective: Because of the limited of 99Tcm-diethyl iminodiacetic acid (99Tcm-EHIDA) hepatobiliary scintigraphy in the diagnosis of severe cholestatic infant hepatitis syndrome, trial use 99Tcm-methoxy isobutyl isonitrile (99Tcm-MIBI) as a new hepatobiliary scintigraphy imaging agent to understand its applied basis and primary evaluate value in diagnosis of severe cholestatic infant hepatitis syndrome. Methods: constructed choledochal atresia animal model and investigated the application basis of 99Tcm-MIBI hepatobiliary scintigraphy. Twenty-seven children patients of severe cholestatic who finally confirmed infant hepatitis syndrome were underwent firstly 99Tcm-EHIDIA hepatobiliary scintigraphy. After 24 h delay imaging next day, 99Tcm-MIBI hepatobiliary scintigraphy was underwent after 1 h. Two imaging agents of value in the diagnosis of severe cholestatic infant hepatitis syndrome were compared. Results: It was proved that 99Tcm-MIBI was surely excreted by hepatobiliary and had no intestinal autocrine phenomenon in animal test. So 99Tcm-MIBI can be used to undergo hepatobiliary scintigraphy. The sensitivity of 99Tcm-MIBI hepatobiliary scintigraphy in the diagnosis of severe cholestatic infant hepatitis syndrome was 100% in our primary clinical study. Its sensitivity was higher than which of 99Tcm-EHIDA hepatobiliary scintigraphy (66.67%) by far. Conclusion: With regard to those children patients who suspected highly severe cholestatic infant hepatitis syndrome in clinical, the sensitivity of 99Tcm-MIBI hepatobiliary scintigraphy is obviously superior to conventional 99Tcm-EHIDA hepatobiliary scintigraphy. (authors)

  12. Correlation between 99Tcm-MIBI uptake and Pgp expression of lung malignant tumors

    The correlation between the uptake of 99Tcm-MIBI and the expression of P-glycoprotein (Pgp) in patients with lung malignant tumor is explored by γ-detecting probe (GDP) intraoperatively. The results show that the Pgp expression of 5 patients with T/NT≤2 is much higher than that of the other 22 patients with T/NT>2. The higher the Pgp expression in lung malignant tumor cells, the lower the uptake of 99Tcm-MIBI is. It indicates that as a major factor of multidrug resistance, Pgp correlates with the uptake of 99Tcm-MIBI negatively in lung malignant tumors. (authors)

  13. 99Tcm-MIBI显像在甲状旁腺功能亢进症中的应用及进展%Application and progress of 99Tcm-MIBI scintigraphy in parathyroidism

    成钊汀; 朱小华

    2015-01-01

    99Tcm-MIBI SPECT exhibited high sensitivity in hyperparathyroidism. Combination of ultrasound or CT can raise the diagnostic and location accuracy, especially in ectopic parathyroid adenoma. With the development of minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, the value of 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT/CT in preoperative location accuracy stands out. Many factors such as size of the gland lesions and biochemical indexes affect the sensitivity and location accuracy of 99Tcm-MIBI scintigraphy. For the negative imaging hyperparathyroidism patients, 11C-methionine PET/CT, 4D-CT and intraoperative radiation navigation is current research hot spot and development orientation.%99Tcm-MIBI SPECT对甲状旁腺功能亢进症的术前诊断有较高的灵敏度,联合超声或CT能提高诊断和定位的准确率,尤其是对异位的甲状旁腺腺瘤。随着微创甲状旁腺切除术的发展,99Tcm-MIBI SPECT/CT在术前准确定位上的价值日益凸显。甲状旁腺病灶的大小、生化指标等因素会影响99Tcm-MIBI显像的灵敏度和定位准确率。对于部分难以准确诊断和定位的甲状旁腺功能亢进症患者,11C-蛋氨酸PET/CT、四维CT、术中放射导航等是目前的研究热点和发展方向。

  14. The clinical value of 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with myocardial infarction and yet normal coronary artery angiography%冠状动脉造影正常的心肌梗死患者99Tcm-MIBI心肌灌注显像

    王跃涛; 鹿存芝; 王丽

    2001-01-01

    目的探讨99Tcm-甲氧基异丁基异腈(MIBI)心肌灌注断层显像(MPI)对冠状动脉造影(CAG)正常的心肌梗死(MI)患者的临床应用价值.方法 5例患者中4例为急性MI,1例为异常Q波原因待查,均经CAG证实冠状动脉正常.于CAG后7~10 d行运动-静息99Tcm-MIBI MPI.结果 5例患者中4例MPI异常(均为固定放射性缺损),1例正常.1例异常Q波待诊患者经MPI确诊为MI.4例MPI显示的MI部位较ECG大;1例ECG示透壁性MI者MPI正常.随访期间,1例因心功能不全行室壁瘤切除术.结论 99Tcm-MIBI MPI对CAG正常的MI诊断及梗死部位、程度和预后的判断有较高价值.

  15. Detection of coronary heart disease with 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging stressed by intravenous infusion of higenamine hydrochloride%盐酸去甲乌药碱负荷99Tcm-MIBI心肌灌注显像在冠心病诊断中的价值

    曹艳; 王自正; 王峰; 张乐乐; 王晓雯; 邵国强; 孟庆乐; 杨瑞

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the role of 99Tcm-MIBI MPI stressed by intravenous infusion of higenamine hydrochloride (HG) in detection of coronary heart disease (CHD).Methods Sixty-two patients with suspected CHD underwent both 99Tcm-MIBI MPI with HG infusion and CAG.CAG was used as the gold standard in diagnosing CHD.The diagnostic sensitivity,specificity,accuracy,positive predictive value and negative predictive value of HG stress studies were evaluated with 99Tcm-MIBI MPI.Results Using stenosis of the main branch or the first branch with more than 50% stenosis as the diagnostic criteria,38 patients (61.3%) showed abnormal CAG results,including 24 one-,9 two-,and 5 three-vessel stenoses.Of the 38 patients(38.7%) with abnormal CAG results,positive results in HG MPI studies were demonstrated in 22 patients.Negative results in HG MPI studies were confirmed in 22 patients among the 24 patients with normal CAG results.For detection of CHD,the diagnostic sensitivity,specificity,accuracy,positive predictive value and negative predictive value of 99Tcm-MIBI MPI with HG infusion were calculated as 57.9%(22/38),91.7%(22/24),71.0%(44/62),91.7%(22/24) and 57.9%(22/38),respectively.Twenty-two patients (35.5%) had side effects during HG stress studies,but no effects were severe.All patients recovered soon after examination.Conclusion An HG stress study is feasible and safe,and it is a potential method in detection of CHD with 99Tcm-MIBI MPI.%目的 评估盐酸去甲乌药碱(HG)负荷MPI对冠心病的诊断价值.方法 62例疑诊冠心病患者行HG负荷-静息99Tcm-MIBI MPI和CAG.以CAG结果为“金标准”,计算HG负荷显像诊断冠心病的灵敏度、特异性准确性、阳性预测值和阴性预测值.结果 以冠状动脉(简称冠脉)主支或其一级分支狭窄≥50%作为诊断标准,62例患者中CAG阳性38例(61.3%),阴性24例(38.7%);阳性者中单支病变24例,双支病变9例,三支病变5例.CAG

  16. Leg muscle scintigraphy with 99Tcm-MIBI in the assessment of peripheral vascular (arterial) disease

    A technique for using 99Tcm-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) to evaluate leg muscle perfusion in the assessment of peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is described and evaluated. The uptake of MIBI in muscle groups is quantified and normalized to whole body activity. Eleven patients with PVD undergoing angiography and nine controls were studied. There was a significant difference in MIBI uptake in the calf (P99Tcm-MIBI in the assessment of PVD and its advantages over other methods of assessment are discussed. (author)

  17. A study of microscopic dose rate distribution of 99Tcm-MIBI in the liver of mice

    Objective: A microdosimetry model was tried to develop an accurate way to evaluate absorbed dose rates in target cell nuclei from radiopharmaceuticals. Methods: Microscopic frozen section autoradiography was used to determine the subcellular locations of 99Tcm-MIBI relative to the tissue histology in the liver of mice after injection of 99Tcm-MIBI via tail for two hours, and a mathematical model was developed to evaluate the microscopic dose rates in cell nuclei. The Medical Internal Radiation Dose (MIRD) schema was also used to evaluate the dose rates at the same time, and a comparison of the results of the two methods was conducted to determine which method is better to accurately estimate microscopic dose rates. Results: The spatial distribution of 99Tcm-MIBI in the liver of mice at subcellular level was not uniform, and the differences between the microdosimetry model and MIRD schema were significant (P99Tcm-labeled pharmaceuticals at the microscopic level

  18. In vitro nuclear analysis of MDR mediated by pgp and usage of MDR reversing agents with 99Tcm-MIBI

    The value of MDR reversing agents was studied by detecting the uptake of 99Tcm-MIBI in cells to find simple but effective methods for estimating the MDR of tumor cells and the effect of reversing agents. 2 x 106 cells of human myelogeneous leukemia cell line K562 and its resistant subline (K562/D) were incubated with 8 MBq 99Tcm-MIBI, with accumulating with presence of reversal agents cyclosporin A (0.1-0.4 mg/L) and/or verapamil (2.5-10 mg/L) at various time intervals were observed. The results were as follows: 1)Different concentration of verapamil or cyclosporin A significantly increased the 99Tcm-MIBI uptake of K562 resistant subline, while the uptake of K562 cell line expressing nondetectable Pgp was not affected. 2)Combination of low dose verapamil (2.5 mg/L) and cycolsporin A (0.1 mg/L) had similar effect on 99Tcm-MIBI accumulation with higher dose of inhibitor lonely. The results indicated that combination of lower dosages modulators may play same reverse effect with less side effects. (authors)

  19. Comparative study of 99Tcm-HL91 and 99Tcm-MIBI imaging in experimental tumor and inflammation models

    Objective: To evaluate the diagnostic value of 99Tcm-HL91 in experimental tumor and inflammation models comparing with 99Tcm-MIBI. Methods: Three kinds of solid neoplasm bearing mice (Ehrlich carcinoma bearing mice, H22 carcinoma bearing mice and human ovarian COC1 neoplasm bearing nude mice) and two inflammation models (chemical and bacterial inflammation) underwent static whole body planar imaging at 1 and 4 hours after injection of 99Tcm-HL91. Two kinds of neoplasm bearing mice (Ehrlich carcinoma bearing mice, H22 carcinoma bearing mice) and two inflammation models (chemical and bacterial inflammation) underwent static planar imaging after injection of 99Tcm-MIBI, at early phase (10 - 20 minutes) and delayed phase (2 h). All of the mice were sacrificed at 4 h. The tumors, or inflammatory lesions, blood and contralateral normal muscles served as controls were removed, weighted and the radioactivity was measured. ROIs were drawn around tumor, inflammatory lesions and contralateral muscles in planar images, and the radioactivity ratios of target (tumor or inflammatory lesions)-to-blood (T/B), target-to non target (contralateral muscles) i.e. T/NT were calculated. Results: Neoplasms were clearly visible in planar images at 1 and 4 h after injection of 99Tcm-HL91 in all tumor models. At the same time inflammatory lesions could not be seen clearly. Neoplasms were seen in delayed phase in 99Tcm-MIBI group, but it was not easy to distinguish them from inflammation. The T/B ratios and T/NT ratios of 99Tcm-HL91 tumor model groups were significantly higher than that of 99Tcm-MIBI tumor model groups. The T/NT ratios of tumors were significantly higher than that of inflammatory lesions in 99Tcm-HL91 groups. Conclusion: Compared with 99Tcm-MIBI imaging, 99Tcm-HL91 is of much more diagnostic value in detection of certain solid neoplasms, and can distinguish neoplasm from inflammation

  20. Relationship between the cellular uptake of 99Tcm-MIBI and 99Tcm-tetrofosmin with the Pgp expression levels in carcinoma cell lines

    Objective: To study the relationship between the cellular uptake of 99Tcm-MIBI and 99Tcm-tetrofosmin and the Pgp expression levels in four carcinoma cell lines, and the effect of quinidine on the uptake. Methods: 99Tcm-MIBI and 99Tcm-tetrofosmin were used as radioactive tracers to study the uptake kinetics in the carcinoma cell lines Hela, MCF-7, Bca61 and Mcf-7/Adr, and the effect of quinidine on the uptake of 99Tcm-MIBI and 99Tcm-tetrofosmin. The Pgp expression levels in carcinoma cell lines were estimated by using immunocytochemical method. Results: The cellular uptake of both 99Tcm-MIBI and 99Tcm-tetrofosmin was remarkably lower in MCF-7/Adr which gave a strong positive reaction in the Pgp immunocytochemical assay than Hela, MCF-7 and Bca61 did, which gave negative reactions in the immunocytochemical assay. Furthermore, the cellular uptake of 99Tcm-MIBI was higher than that of 99Tcm-tetrofosmin in the three Pgp negative carcinoma cell lines. The uptake of 99Tcm-MIBI and 99Tcm-tetrofosmin exhibited a 3.5 fold and a 4.3 fold increase respectively in the presence of quinidine. Conclusions: The cellular uptake of these two univalent cationic fat-soluble medicines in carcinoma cell lines is negatively correlated with the Pgp expression levels in the cells. Similar to 99Tcm-MIBI, 99Tcm-tetrofosmin seems also to be a good candidate as a noninvasive marker for the diagnosis of multi-drug resistance (MDR) relating to the Pgp levels in tumors. Quinidine can inhibit the drug resistance of MCF-7/Adr in some degree

  1. Relationship between 99Tcm-MIBI imaging and P-gp expression in patients with recurrent differential thyroid carcinoma

    Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between 99Tcm-me- thoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) imaging and P-glycoprotein (P-gp) expression in patient with recurrent differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) after primary definitive thyroidectomy and adjuvant mi ablation after operation. Methods: A total of 173 pathologically confirmed DTC patients were included. All had two- phase 99Tcm-MIBI static imaging preoperatively. Both early (10 min after intravenous injection) and delayed (120 min after intravenous injection) 99Tcm-MIBI tumor/non-tumor (T/NT) ratios and wash-out rates were calculated. Imaging results were analyzed by three experienced nuclear medicine physicians. At the time of follow-up (three years after diagnosis), nine (5.20%) had local tumor recurrence. Nine non-recurrent disease patients were randomized selected as controls. The postoperative carcinoma tissue specimens were obtained to detect P-gp expression through immunohistochemical staining and RT-PCR technique. T test and Spearman correlation were done with SPSS 10.0. Results: In recurrent group, the early and late T/NT ratios and wash-out rates were 1.18 ± 0.28, 1.16 ± 0.24, and (17.00 ± 2.91)%. In non-recurrent group, the early and late T/NT ratios and wash-out rates were 1.54 ± 0.26, 1.65 ± 0.26, and (7.00 ± 3.21)%. Statistically higher P-gp positive cell number and P-gp gene expression were noted in recurrent than in non- recurrentgroups [(43.00 ± 8.21)% vs (26.00 ± 6.91)%, t=4.753, P99Tcm-MIBI wash-out rate among DTC patients (r=0.84, P99Tcm-MIBI wash-out rate among DTC patients and was significantly higher in recurrent than in non-recurrent groups, which might be due to higher P-gp positive cell number in recurrent than in non-recurrent groups. (authors)

  2. The impact of exercise myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging on the selection of patients for coronary angiography

    Objective: Exercise 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion SPECT is accurate for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD). This study assessed the impact of exercise myocardial perfusion imaging on the selection of patients for coronary angiography. Methods: 2188 consecutive patients who underwent exercise myocardial perfusion SPECT in authors' department in 1999 were retrospectively analyzed. Among them, 1807 were men, 381 women (average age: 53.5 +- 7.2 years). Overall, exercise myocardial SPECT was normal in 1731 patients, abnormal in 359 cases, and equivocal in 98 patients. There were 141 patients who underwent CAG within 60 days after myocardial SPECT. Results: Overall, 12% of the patients with abnormal SPECT imaging underwent coronary angiography, but only 5% of the patients with a normal SPECT imaging did (P < 0.001). Among these 141 patients who underwent coronary angiography, significant coronary stenosis was present in 91% of the patients who had had an abnormal SPECT imaging, but only 8% of those who had had a normal SPECT imaging (P < 0.001). In those patients who underwent coronary angiography, revascularization rate was 25% for the patients with abnormal SPECT imaging, but only 1% for the patients with a normal SPECT imaging. Conclusion: The results of exercise myocardial perfusion SPECT have a significant impact on the selection of patients for coronary angiography and revascularization

  3. The relationship between ventricular arrhythmia and abnormal myocardial perfusion and nitroglycerin administration

    Objective: To investigate the clinical significance of abnormal myocardial perfusion on the 99Tcm-MIBI scan and the relationship between perfusion defects and ventricular arrhythmia in patients with hypertension. Methods: 88 patients with hypertension underwent stress-rest 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion SPECT. Then, of the scan-abnormal cases, 57 underwent nitroglycerin intervention. 24-hour ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring was performed on all patients and coronary angiography on 31 patients. Results: Abnormal perfusion was found on rest 99Tcm-MIBI scintigraphy in 64.8% cases. 59 of 98 (60.2%) perfusion-defective segments showed complete or partial filling after nitroglycerin administration. Multiple logistic regression analysis revealed that ventricular arrhythmia correlated with the occurrence of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), and showed a linear correlation between ventricular arrhythmia and perfusion defect degrees. Conclusions: Myocardial perfusion SPECT and administration of nitroglycerin can assess coronary flow and show perfusion abnormalities caused by microvascular diseases in hypertension or LVH. Hypertension complicated by CAD and LVH plays an important role in the occurrence of various ventricular arrhythmia

  4. Experimental study of hypoxic preconditioning on 99Tcm-MIBI and 201Tl kinetics in cultured neonatal rat cardio-myocytes

    Objective: To study the effect of hypoxic preconditioning (HPC) on 99Tcm-MIBI and 201Tl kinetics in cultured neonatal rat cardio-myocytes. Methods: The protection of HPC was assayed on the model of hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) of cultured neonatal rat cardio-myocytes and the Trypan blue exclusion method was used to assess cell viability. Normal, hypoxic preconditioning and hypoxia/reoxygenation cardio-myocytes groups were studied. By measuring the diffused and released radioactivity of myocytes in different time intervals, the effect of HPC on 99Tcm-MIBI and 201Tl uptake and clearance kinetics in the myocytes was observed in various conditions. Results: Compared with H/R, the number of viable cells after HPC [(75.31 +- 3.45)% vs (55.50 +- 3.13)%, P 99Tcm-MIBI and 201Tl to a plateau level with a half-time of 12.8 min and 6.5 min, respectively. HPC caused a significant increase in uptake of 99Tcm-MIBI [normal control, (4852 +- 491) counts·min-1·mg-1 protein to HPC group, (6103 +- 170) counts·min-1·mg-1 protein; P 201Tl uptake [normal control, (3190 +- 183) counts·min-1·mg-1 protein to HPC group, (2120 +- 202) counts·min-1·mg-1 protein; P 99Tcm-MIBI and 201Tl were both retarded. Conclusions: These results suggested that the neonatal rat cardio-myocytes after HPC offered more capacity to tolerate the H/R damage and HPC could influence the 99Tcm-MIBI and 201Tl uptake and clearance

  5. Hydrochloric Acid Higenamine Load 99Tcm-MIBI Myocardial Perfusion Imaging in the Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease%盐酸去甲乌药碱负荷99Tcm-MIBI心肌灌注显像在冠心病诊断中的价值

    孙艳; 侯平

    2015-01-01

    Objective To analyze higenamine hydrochloride (HG)-MIBI load 99Tcm labeled myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) screening method for diagnosing coronary artery disease.Methods The hospital 100 cases of suspected CAD patients underwent HG load MPI and coronary angiography (CAG) examination, results of coronary angiography as a standard to calculate the load MPI HG coronary artery disease sensitivity, specificity and accuracy The positive predictive value and negative predictive value.Results Coronary heart disease by HG load MPI inspection for 76.18% sensitivity, 75.00% of accuracy, 93.75% specificity, less adverse reactions.Conclusion The diagnosis of coronary artery disease HG load MPI clinical effect has certain advantages, clinical mild side effects.%目的:分析去甲乌药碱盐酸盐(HG)负载99Tcm标记-MIBI心肌灌注显像(MPI)的检查方法用于冠心病的诊断价值。方法我院100例可疑冠心病患者均进行HG负荷MPI和冠状动脉造影(CAG)检查,以冠状动脉造影的结果为标准来计算HG负荷MPI对冠状动脉疾病的敏感度,特异性,准确性,阳性预测值和阴性预测值。结果冠状动脉心脏疾病经HG负荷MPI检查为76.18%的敏感度,75.00%的准确性,93.75%的特异性,不良反应较小。结论采用HG负荷MPI诊断冠心病的临床效果具有一定优势,临床副作用轻微。

  6. The study of relationship between breast cancer 99Tcm-MIBI imaging with the expression of P-glycoprotein and multidrug resistance-associated protein

    Objective: To evaluate the relationship between the uptake, washout of 99Tcm-methoxy-isobutylisonitrile (MIBI) and P-glycoprotein (P-gp) or multidrug resistance-related protein (MRP) expression in 36 breast cancer patients. Methods: 36 patients with untreated breast cancer were studied prospectively a week before surgical operation, all were injected intravenously with 740 MBq 99Tcm-MIBI in the arm contralateral to the lesion. Anterior planar images were acquired at 10 and 180 min after injection and the tumor-to-normal breast ratios (T/N) and washout rates (WR) were calculated. Immunohistochemical analyses of P-gp and MRP expression were used to evaluate the removed tumor tissues after operation and categorized into four groups. The differences of the early T/N ratios, the late T/N ratios and the WR among them were compared. Results: The early T/N ratios in group A and B were higher than that in group D. There was statistic difference between group A and D (P=0.001 ), and also in group B and D (P=0.045). The late T/N ratios had no statistic differences among them (F=0.499, P=0.686). The WR of group A, B, C were higher than that in group D and there were significant differences between them (P99Tcm-MIBI from the lesions and expression of P-gp or MRP in untreated breast cancer patients. 99Tcm-MIBI imaging with washout analysis might be a useful method for evaluating P-gp or MRP overexpression and their function in breast cancer. (authors)

  7. Value of dual-phase 99Tcm-MIBI scintigraphy in the localization and diagnosis of secondary hyperparathyroidism%99Tcm-MIBI双时相显像定位诊断继发性甲状旁腺功能亢进症的价值

    周洁; 洪智慧; 石怡珍; 杨仪; 唐军; 刘增礼

    2014-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinical value of dual-phase 99Tcm-MIBI scintigraphy in the localization and diagnosis of secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT).Methods A total of 20 patients (8 males,12 females; average age 49.6 years) with uremic SHPT who underwent parathyroidectomy from 2010 to 2013 were retrospectively analyzed.All patients underwent 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT/CT and 19 underwent color Doppler ultrasonography (CDUS).Post-excisional histopathology was considered as the gold standard.The diagnostic efficacies of 99Tcm-MIBI and CDUS for SHPT were calculated.The correlation between T/NT ratio in delayed imaging and the volume of excised parathyroid and the intact PTH (iPTH) were analyzed.x2 test,Pearson or Spearson correlation analysis were used to analyze the data.Results The sensitivity,specificity,positive predictive value,negative predictive value and accuracy of 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT/CT and CDUS in the diagnosis of SHPT were 66.67% (44/66),100%(14/14),100% (44/44),38.89%(14/ 36),72.50% (58/80) and 78.19%(43/55),52.38%(11/21),81.13%(43/53),47.83(11/23),71.05% (54/76),respectively.There were significant differences in specificity and positive predictive value (x2 =9.33,9.26,both P<0.05),but no significant differences in the sensitivity,negative predictive value and accuracy (x2 =1.97,0.04,0.46,all P>0.05).T/NT ratio correlated with serum iPTH and parathyroid volume (r=0.638,rs =0.571,both P<0.05).Conclusions The specificity of 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT/CT is superior to CDUS in the diagnosis of SHPT.Dual-phase 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT/CT could locate the hyperfunctional parathyroid gland and provide the basis for surgical treatment.%目的 探讨99Tcm-MIBI双时相显像在定位诊断继发性甲状旁腺功能亢进症(SHPT)中的临床价值.方法 回顾性分析2010年至2013年间20例(男8例,女12例,平均年龄49.6岁)行甲状旁腺切除术的肾性SHPT患者影像学资料,以术后病理结果为“金标准”,计算99Tcm-MIBI双时相SPECT/CT显

  8. Comparative study of gated myocardial perfusion imaging using 99Tcm-tetrofosmin and 99Tcm-sestamibi

    Objective: To compare the results of 99Tcm-tetrofosmin (TF) and 99Tcm-MIBI G-MPI in evaluating left ventricular myocardial perfusion and other functional parameters. Methods: TF and MIBI were both labeled by 99Tcm and the radiochemical purities were tested. During December 2011 to May 2012, 112 patients who had examinations of CAG and echocardiograph in one week after G-MPI were divided into 99Tcm-TF group (47 patients) and 99Tcm-MIBI group (65 patients) by simple random sampling. Patients who suffered from severe arrhythmia, clinically suspicious of myocarditis or cardiomyopathy were excluded. The research was approved by the ethics committee, and all patients signed informed consents. One-day 99Tcm-TF G-MPI and two-day 99Tcm-MIBI G-MPI were performed. The left ventricular functional parameters were acquired automatically by Cedars quantitative gated SPECT (QGS) software, including LVEF, EDV, ESV, peak filling rate (PFR), peak ejection rate (PER) and phase standard difference (SD). The data were analyzed using χ2 test, two-sample t test, paired t test and linear correlation analysis by SPSS 17.0. Results: The radiochemical purities of 99Tcm-TF and 99Tcm-MIBI were (97.5±0.4) % and (99.1±0.2) % respectively. The coincidence rates of 99Tcm-TF and 99Tcm-MIBI G-MPI with CAG were 88.9% (40/45) and 90.5% (57/63), respectively. There was no significant difference between G-MPI results of the two agents (χ2=0.389, P>0.05). There was also no significant difference between left ventricular functional parameters of the two agents (LVEF:(62.60±13.56)% vs (60.52±7.08)%, t=0.940; EDV: (103.3±17.29) ml vs (98.52±19.37) ml, t=1.348; ESV: (41.73±12.69) ml vs (46.05±10.81) ml, t=0.851; PER: (2.73±0.67)EDV/s vs (2.61±1.04) EDV/s, t=0.725; PFR: (2.13±0.80) EDV/s vs (2.07±1.09) EDV/s, t=0.339; phase SD: (5.58±4.16)° vs (5.97±4.64)°, t=0.450; all P>0.05). There was no significant difference between left ventricular functional parameters by G-MPI and UCG (LVEF:(61.39

  9. The clinical application value of myocardial perfusion imaging in evaluating coronary artery myocardial bridge patients with symptoms

    Objective: Myocardial bridge is a common inborn coronary artery anomaly, myocardial bridge may be associated with myocardial ischemia. Only a few patients with coronary artery myocardial bridge were evaluated with nuclear medicine techniques. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of nuclear cardiology with myocardial perfusion technique in symptomatic myocardial bridge patients. Methods Nineteen myocardial bridge patients with the symptoms of chest pain and chest distress were analyzed retrospectively. 99Tcm-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) myocardial perfusion images (both exercise and rest) were performed in all. Imaging results were compared with the results of movement electrocardiogram (ECG) and coronary arteriography. The t test or χ2 test was used to statistically analyze the data with Stata 7.0 software. Results: Of the 19 patients, 18 patients had myocardial bridge locating at the left anterior descending artery, 1 patient at the left anterior descending and left circumflex artery, the mean angiographic systolic occlusion within the myocardial bridge was (65.4 ± 22.1)%. Of these 19 patients, Exercise-rest 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging defined positive myocardial ischemia in 10 and negative in 9 patients. Of the 10 patients with 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging defined myocardial ischemia, 8 had reversible radioactive defect of partial anterior wall and (or) apex, 1 had reversible defect of post lateral wall and post septal wall, and 1 had reversible defect of inferior wall. The positive predictive value of myocardial perfusion imaging was 52.6% (10/19), which was higher than movement ECG [21.1% (4/19), χ2= 4.07, P 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial periusion imaging defined myocardial ischemia. Six cases with Grade II stenosis, two were 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging defined myocardial ischemia. Eight cases with Grade III stenosis, seven were 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging defined myocardial ischemia. The mean angio

  10. Comparison of low-dose dobutamine stress echocardiography and single photon emission computed tomography and delayed contrast MRI in the diagnosis of myocardial viability: Meta-analysis

    Objective: To assess the diagnostic value of different imaging methods including low- dose dobutamine stress echocardiography, SPECT and contrast enhancement MRI with Meta-analysis in the diagnosis of myocardial viability. Methods: Articles published from 1998 to 2008 were searched in Cochrane library, Medline, Embase database, OVID database and CNKI for relevant English and Chinese articles. According to the criteria for diagnostic research published by Cochrane Method Group on screening and diagnostic tests, each article was critically screened and appraised, including the absolute numbers of true-positive, false-negative, tree-negative, and false-positive. Statistical analysis was performed employing Meta-test. Heterogeneity was tested, pooled weighted sensitivity and specificity and the corresponding 95% CI were calculated. Characteristic (SROC) curve was performed and the area under the curve was calculated. Finally, sensitivity analysis was performed. Results: Twenty-one of 438 retrieved articles were included, in which there were ten articles about Low-dose dobutamine stress echocardiography, and six articles about 99Tcm-MIBL/99Tcm-Tetrofosmin SPECT, and six articles about contrast enhancement MRI, and one of both 99Tcm-MIBL/99Tcm-tetrofosmin SPECT and contrast enhancement MRI. All groups had heterogeneity, and a random effects regression was developed. The pooled weighted sensitivity and specificity and area under SROC curve for low-dose dobutamine stress echocardiography to diagnose myocardial viability was 0.73(0.62-0.82)/0.82 (0.77-0.86) and 87.07% respectively. They were 0.82 (0.59-0.94)/ 0.77 (0.64-0.86) and 86.97% for 99Tcm-MIBI/99Tcm-Tetrofosmin SPECT respectively, while they were 0.94 (0.86-0.97)/0.75 (0.66-0.83) and 91.41% for contrast enhancement MRI respectively. Conclusion: As noninvasive testing technologies, low-dose dobutamine stress echocardiography and 99Tcm-MIBI/99Tcm-tetrofosmin SPECT and delayed contrast enhanced MRI allow the

  11. Detection of myocardial infarction with dual energy CT myocardial iodine maps and perfusion myocardial single photon emission computed tomography scintigraphy: an experimental study in canine

    Objective: To investigate the feasibility and accuracy of dual energy CT myocardial iodine maps in detecting acute myocardial infarction in canine model. Methods: Myocardial ischemia model was made by ligaturing left anterior descending coronary arteries (LAD) after thoracotomy in six dogs, while another 3 dogs undergoing thoracotomy not ligaturing LAD as control group. Before and three hours after operation, dual-source CT (DSCT) was performed, followed by resting 99Tcm-MIBI single photon emission computed tomography myocardial perfusion imaging. Then, dogs were sacrificed, and the hearts were removed, triphenyketrazolium chloride staining and conventional HE staining were performed. CT number of non-ischemic and ischemic regions were measured and analyzed. The wall of the left ventricle in the short axis was divided into 17 segments, the segments of myocardial perfusion defect in DSCT myocardial iodine maps, SPECT, and pathology were determined. Student t test was used to analyze the difference of CT number between infarcted and non-infarcted myocardium. Kappa test was used for the accuracy of DSCT myocardial iodine maps and SPECT in detecting myocardial ischemia according to the pathological results. Results: No abnormal regions were detected using DSCT myocardial iodine maps in preoperative control and infarction group. After thoracotomy, partial sparse or defective perfusion was consistently noted in six dogs' apical anterior and partition wall in both DSCT myocardial iodine maps and SPECT. In the infarcted group, the attenuation of infarction region (34.75±16.66) HU was significantly decreased compared with preoperative measurements (123.18±15.38 ) HU (t=10.526, P<0.01); decreased perfusion in the infarcted region was also noted in the DSCT myocardial iodine maps and SPECT. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), and negative predictive value (NPV) of DSCT myocardial iodine maps and SPECT were 85.0% (34/40), 84.1% (95/113), 65.4% (34

  12. Radionuclide assessment of left ventricular perfusion and function after percutaneous translumial septal myocardial ablation in patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy

    Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical value of 99Tcm-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) and equilibrium radionuclide angiography (ERNA) in patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM) who underwent percutaneous translumial septal myocardial ablation (PTSMA). Methods: Eight patients (5 men, 3 women) with symptomatic HOCM underwent rest 99Tcm-MIBI MPI and ERNA before and after PTSMA. The septal-to-lateral counts ratio and the extent of septal perfusion defect of the left ventricle were calculated from MPI. The left ventricular ejection fraction (EF), peak filling rate (PFR) and septal regional EF were measured from ERNA. Results: 99Tcm-MIBI MPI showed increased septa199Tcm-MIBI uptake before PTSMA in all patients, but septal perfusion defects after PTSMA in 7 patients. The count-activity ratio of the septal-to-lateral wall decreased from 1.15±0.11 to 0.76±0.14 (p0.05 ]. Conclusion: MPI and ERNA are useful for the assessment of myocardial pefusion and change of left ventricular function after PTSMA in patients with HOCM. (authors)

  13. Effect of subcutaneous injection of insulin on 18F-FDG myocardial imaging in diabetics

    Objective: To evaluate the effect of subcutaneous injection of insulin on 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) myocardial imaging in patients with diabetes mellitus. Methods: Fifty-seven patients with coronary artery disease complicated with diabetes mellitus [mean age (60 +- 8) years] underwent 18F-FDG PET and dual isotope simultaneous acquisition SPECT with 99Tcm-MIBI/18F-FDG. Thirty minutes before FDG injection, blood glucose was measured with an automatic glucose analyzer and insulin was subcutaneously used, the dose was adjusted according to the level of blood glucose. Results: Regression analysis showed that the insulin was positively associated with blood glucose. The linear regression analysis showed that the correlation between dose of insulin (y) and blood glucose (x) was good, r 0.8172; the linear regression equation was y = -5.4 + 1.2x. 52 of 57 images were of good quality with 91% success rate. Conclusion: Subcutaneous injection of insulin is an effective and simple method for obtaining cardiac FDG images of good quality in patients with diabetes mellitus

  14. Classification decision tree algorithm assisting in diagnosing solitary pulmonary nodule by SPECT/CT fusion imaging

    Qiang Yongqian; Guo Youmin; Jin Chenwang; Liu Min; Yang Aimin; Wang Qiuping; Niu Gang

    2008-01-01

    Objective To develop a classification tree algorithm to improve diagnostic performances of 99mTc-MIBI SPECT/CT fusion imaging in differentiating solitary pulmonary nodules (SPNs). Methods Forty-four SPNs, including 30 malignant cases and 14 benign ones that were eventually pathologically identified, were included in this prospective study. All patients received 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT/CT scanning at an early stage and a delayed stage before operation. Thirty predictor variables, including 11 clinical variables, 4 variables of emission and 15 variables of transmission information from SPECT/CT scanning, were analyzed independently by the classification tree algorithm and radiological residents. Diagnostic rules were demonstrated in tree-topology, and diagnostic performances were compared with Area under Curve (AUC) of Receiver Operating Characteristic Curve (ROC). Results A classification decision tree with lowest relative cost of 0.340 was developed for 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT/CT scanning in which the value of Target/Normal region of 99Tcm-MIBI uptake in the delayed stage and in the early stage, age, cough and specula sign were five most important contributors. The sensitivity and specificity were 93.33% and 78. 57e, respectively, a little higher than those of the expert. The sensitivity and specificity by residents of Grade one were 76.67% and 28.57%, respectively, and AUC of CART and expert was 0.886±0.055 and 0.829±0.062, respectively, and the corresponding AUC of residents was 0.566±0.092. Comparisons of AUCs suggest that performance of CART was similar to that of expert (P=0.204), but greater than that of residents (P<0.001). Conclusion Our data mining technique using classification decision tree has a much higher accuracy than residents. It suggests that the application of this algorithm will significantly improve the diagnostic performance of residents.

  15. SPECT imaging for breast cancer staging

    Accurate staging in breast cancer, including tumour sizing and the assessment of nodal and distant metastases, is required in order to plan surgery and post-operative therapy. Medical imaging techniques have made an important contribution to the diagnosis of carcinoma of the breast and the evaluation of local, regional and distant metastases. The study is aimed at establishing certain aspects of the diagnostic importance and priority of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging in breast cancer. SPECT was carried out just after planar scintigraphy and then after intravenous injection of different radiopharmaceuticals in 45 women with histologically confirmed post-operation breast cancer. In 21 patients under loco-regional control of the disease before and/or after surgery, planar mammoscintigraphy and SPECT were conducted after intravenous injection of 99Tcm-MIBI (methoxyisobutyl isonitrile) or 99Tcm-anti-CEA (carcinoembryonic antigen) monoclonal antibody (MoAb). Bone SPECT was carried out in 24 patients when whole body scintigraphy was unable to determine the exact localization of bone metastatic lesions in the skull, thorax and pelvis. The results suggest that SPECT with 99Tcm-MIBI and 99Tcm-anti-CEA MoAb has high sensitivity and improves the results of conventional planar scintigraphy for breast cancer detection. Breast SPECT is a preferable method for tumour and lymph node imaging because of the excellent separation of the deep breast structures from the myocardium in the left breast and of the right breast from the liver, thus improving the resolution of small, deep seated lesions. SPECT improves breast cancer staging, and determines the tumour, nodule and metastasis categories, which are important for the treatment strategy and prognosis of the disease. (author). 10 refs, 3 figs, 2 tabs

  16. Myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging in patients with myocardial bridging

    Objective: Stress myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging was used to assess myocardial ischemia in patients with myocardial bridging. Methods: Ninety-six patients with myocardial bridging of the left anterior descending artery documented by coronary angiography were included in this study. All under- went exercise or pharmacological stress myocardial perfusion SPECT assessing myocardial ischemia. None had prior myocardial infarction. One year follow-up by telephone interview was performed in all patients. Results The mean stenotic severity of systolic phase on angiography was (65 ± 19)%. In the SPECT study, 20 of 96 (20.8%) patients showed abnormal perfusion. This percentage was significantly higher than that of stress electrocardiogram (ECG). The higher positive rate of SPECT perfusion images was showed in the group of patients with severe systolic narrowing (≥75%) than that with mild-to-moderate systolic narrowing (50% vs 6.3%, P<0.001). The prevalence of abnormal image was significantly higher in ELDERLY PEOPLE; patients with STT change on rest ECG than in those with normal rest ECG (54.2% vs 9.7%, P<0.001). During follow-up, one patient with abnormal SPECT perfusion image sustained angina and accepted percutaneous coronary intervention, and no cardiac event occurred in patients with normal images. Conclusions: Stress myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging can be used effectively for assessing myocardial ischemia and has potential prognostic value for patients with myocardial bridging. (authors)

  17. SPECT Myocardial Blood Flow Quantitation Concludes Equivocal Myocardial Perfusion SPECT Studies to Increase Diagnostic Benefits.

    Chen, Lung-Ching; Lin, Chih-Yuan; Chen, Ing-Jou; Ku, Chi-Tai; Chen, Yen-Kung; Hsu, Bailing

    2016-01-01

    Recently, myocardial blood flow quantitation with dynamic SPECT/CT has been reported to enhance the detection of coronary artery disease in human. This advance has created important clinical applications to coronary artery disease diagnosis and management for areas where myocardial perfusion PET tracers are not available. We present 2 clinical cases that undergone a combined test of 1-day rest/dipyridamole-stress dynamic SPECT and ECG-gated myocardial perfusion SPECT scans using an integrated imaging protocol and demonstrate that flow parameters are capable to conclude equivocal myocardial perfusion SPECT studies, therefore increasing diagnostic benefits to add value in making clinical decisions. PMID:26053731

  18. The effects of delayed percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty plus intracoronary stents on myocardial perfusion in patients with acute myocardial infarction

    Objective: To assess the myocardial perfusion in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) after delayed percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) and intracoronary stent implanting. Methods: Fifty-six patients with AMI were divided into delayed PTCA + stent group (treatment group, n=30) and control group (n=26). The treatment group were received delayed PTCA and coronary artery stents 15-30 d after AMI. The first 99Tcm-MIBI was performed 1-3 d before PTCA + stent (treatment group) and 15-30 d after AMI (control group), and followed by the second (1 month later), and the third (6 months later) 99Tcm-MIBI. Results: One month and six months after the treatment procedure (PTCA + stent), the blood flow deficit degree of myocardial infarction area in treatment group was much improved comparing with that before the procedure (treatment group, P0.05). Conclusions: There is residual myocardial viability in the AMI regions and PTCA + stent implantation keeps more jeopardize myocardium viable. Active therapy after AMI can significantly improve myocardial perfusion

  19. New imaging techniques in myocardial perfusion SPECT

    Gated myocardial SPECT and attenuation correction gave birth to new insights into the pathophysiology of ischemic myocardial perfusion and function in clinical routine practice. Gated myocardial Tc-99m-compound SPECT improved diagnostic accuracy of coronary artery disease and enabled us to observe motion and thickening of myocardial walls as well as myocardial perfusion at the same time. Quantitative and qualitative assessment of myocardial performance and perfusion let us to understand the myocardial physiology in ischemia and infarction. In every patient who underwent gated perfusion SPECT, we will find ejection fraction, left ventricular volumes and regional wall motion. There are hopes to use gated Tl-201 SPECT for the same purpose and to use gated SPECT for evaluation of wall motion and thickening at stress or immediate post-stress. Attenuation correction could improve diagnostic accuracy mainly by increasing normalcy ratio or performance of non-expert physicians Both gated methods and attenuation correction improved specificity of non-expert physicians in diagnosing patients with moderate pretest likelihood. New imaging techniques will fill the desire of cardiologists to examine function and perfusion, and possibly metabolism in their clinical routine practice

  20. Experimental study of the molecular mechanisms of myocardial ischemic memory with 18F-FDG PET/CT imaging

    This study was aimed to explore whether the changes of mRNA and the existence and duration of ischemic 18F-FDG uptake correlate with the extent of myocardial ischemia in ischemia-reperfusion canine model. The 20-minute (n= 4) and 40-minute (n=4) coronary artery occlusion followed by 24 h of open-artery reperfusion in canine model were per- formed. All dogs underwent fasting (>12 h) dynamic 18F-FDG PET/CT and 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT imaging at baseline, 1 h and 24 h after reperfusion. When all imaging were completed, myocardial samples from the ischemic and nonischemic region were obtained, and the mRNA expression of glucose transporter-l (GLUT-1), glucose transporter-4 (GLUT-4), and heart-fatty acid binding protein (H-FABP) were estimated by Real Time PCR. There was no difference in the ratio of hypoperfused region/nomoperfused region of 18F-FDG up- take between the 20-minute group and 40-minute group at baseline. When examined at 1 h, increased 18F-FDG uptake was observed in the 40-minute group. When estimated at 24 h, only the 40-minute group showed slightly higher 18F-FDG uptake than baseline, whereas no such difference was demonstrated in the 20-minute group. Similar mRNA expression of GLUT-1, GLUT-4 and H-FABP were demonstrated in the nonischemic regions between the 2 groups, whereas increased expressions of GLUT-1 and GLUT-4, and decreased H-FABP mRNA were demonstrated in the ischemic regions. The changes of mRNA expression were more obvious in the 40 minute group than in the 20-minute group. The results showed that the existence and persistent period of ischemic 18F-FDG uptake (ischemic memory) was correlated with the extent of myocardial ischemia. (authors)

  1. Left ventricular synchrony assessed by phase analysis of gated myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging in healthy subjects

    Objective: To investigate the value of Cedars-Sinai quantitative gated SPECT (QGS) phase analysis for left ventricular synchrony assessment in healthy subjects. Methods: Seventy-four healthy subjects (41 males, 33 females,average age: (60±13) years) underwent both rest and exercise 99Tcm-MIBI G-MPI. QGS software was used to analyze the reconstructed rest gated SPECT images automatically, and then the parameters of left ventricular synchrony including phase bandwidth (BW) and phase standard deviation (SD) were obtained. The influences of gender and age (age<60 years, n=36; age ≥ 60 years, n=38) on left ventricular systolic synchronicity were analyzed. The phase angle for original segmental contraction was measured to determine the onset of the ventricular contraction using 17-segment model. Forty healthy subjects were selected by simple random sampling method to evaluate the intra-observer and interobserver repeatability of QGS phase analysis software. Two-sample t test and linear correlation analysis were used to analyze the data. Results: The BW and SD of left ventricular in healthy subjects were (37.22 ±11.71)°, (11.84±5.39)° respectively. Comparisons between male and female for BW and SD yielded no statistical significance (BW: (36.00±9.70)°, (38.73±13.84)°; SD: (11.88±5.56)°, (11.79±5.26)°; t=0.96 and-0.07, both P>0.05); whereas the older subjects (age≥60 years) had larger BW than the others (age<60 years ; (39.95± 12.65)°, (34.33± 10.00)°; t=-2.11, P<0.05) and no statistical significance was shown for SD between the two age groups ((11.18±4.31)°, (12.54±6.33)°; t=1.08, P>0.05). Of the 74 subjects, the mechanical activation started from the ventricular base to apex in 54 subjects (73%), and from apex to base in only 20 subjects (27%). High repeatability of phase analysis was observed for both intra-observer and inter-observer (r=0.867-0.906, all P<0.001). Conclusions: Good left ventricular segmental synchrony is shown in healthy

  2. Detection of coronary artery damage at sub-acute phase of Kawasaki disease with myocardial perfusion imaging and two-dimensional echocardiography

    Objective: To compare the diagnostic values of rest 99Tcm-MIBI MPI and two-dimensional echocardiography (2-DE) for the detection of coronary artery damage at sub-acute phase of Kawasaki disease (KD). Methods: Twenty-four children (14 males and 10 females, mean age: (2.50±2.19) years) with KD at sub-acute phase were studied between August 1999 and March 2012. All patients underwent rest 99Tcm-MIBI MPI and 2-DE. χ2 and Wilcoxon rank sum tests with SPSS 13.0 were used for data analysis. Results: The positive rate of MPI was 66.67% (16/24), significantly higher than that of 2-DE (37.50%,9/24; χ2=4.00, P<0.05). There was no significant difference between the duration for definite diagnosis by MPI and 2-DE ((13.79±2.86) vs (15.89±5.60) d; Z=-0.746, P>0.05). Eight of 24 patients (33.33%) had positive results for both MPI and 2-DE, and 7 patients (29.17%) had negative findings for both methods. Eight patients (8/24, 33.33%) were positive on MPI but negative on 2-DE, and 1 patient (1/24, 4.17%) was positive on 2-DE but negative on MPI. The areas of myocardial ischemia detected by MPI in 4 patients were consistent with the findings by 2-DE. Conclusions: Rest 99Tcm-MIBI MPI is a valuable noninvasive method to evaluate the coronary circulation and myocardial ischemia in KD patients at sub-acute phase. In combination with MPI, 2-DE might provide more comprehensive information for the evaluation of KD. (authors)

  3. Evaluation of cardiac morphing to improve the quality of myocardial perfusion imaging

    Objective: To explore the value of cardiac morphing in reducing cardiac motion artifacts and improving the quality of MPI. Methods: In this retrospective study, 20 healthy volunteers underwent MPI with cardiac morphing at initial consultation during March 2011 to August 2011. Coronary artery disease (CAD) was excluded in 8 patients according to their age, clinical features, ECG and CTCA. CAD was excluded by CAG in 12 patients. The number of sparse segments and the percentage of average count at the myocardial wall were obtained by 99Tcm-MIBI MPI. Cardiac morphing was performed with the workstation of GE Discovery D670 SPECT. Two experienced nuclear medicine physicians, who were blinded to each other, measured the percentage of average count in the polar bulls-eye map. The difference was compared by paired t-test. Results: A total of 10 sparse segments were identified without a morphing mode, while 4 sparse segments were identified using a morphing mode. The artifacts were reduced in apex and anterior walls using the morphing mode. The percentages of average count in the apex and anterior walls were (78.05 ± 0.83)% and (74.50 ± 2.35)%, respectively, without a morphing mode and (84.05 ± 1.32)% and (81.10 ± 1.45)%, respectively, with a morphing mode. Their differences were statistically significant (apex: t=11.854; anterior wall: t=9.413, both P<0.05). There was no significant difference between these modes in the anterolateral, posterolateral, anterior and posterior walls, as well as inferior and posterior septa (t=1.876, 1.330, 1.690, 2.014, 0.167, 1.868, all P>0.05). Conclusion: Cardiac morphing can effectively reduce cardiac motion artifacts and improve the image quality of MPI. (authors)

  4. Myocardial perfusion SPECT in Australia: processing parameters

    Despite clear guidelines provided by the SNM and the ASNC for acquisition parameters in myocardial perfusion SPECT, there is no universally accepted consensus on processing protocols for myocardial perfusion SPECT. This study is the second part of a self administered, anonymous questionnaire of current procedures employed for myocardial perfusion SPECT across Australia. The sampling frame comprised 136 Nuclear Medicine departments across Australia including all departments accredited by the ANZSNM. QGS is the quantitative software of choice in 58.9% (53/90) of departments (95% CI: 48.6% to 68.5%). Private clinics are 2.4 times more likely (RR) to use ECTb than other department types. Filtered backprojection is the reconstruction algorithm of choice in 71.7% (71/99) of departments (95% CI: 62.2% to 79.6%) while iterative reconstruction is employed in 16.2% (16/99) of departments (95% CI: 10.2% to 24.7%). Reconstruction is performed using 180 Deg of data in 83.8% (83/99) of departments (95% CI: 75.3% to 89.8%) while 360 Deg of data is reconstructed in 5.1% (5/99) of departments (95% CI: 2.2% to 11.3%). Pre filtering is employed in the reconstruction process in 58.0% (51/88) of departments (95% CI: 47.5% to 67.7%) while a post filter is employed in 39.8% (35/88) of departments (95% CI: 30.2% to 50.2%). There is evidence to suggest that there is widespread use of processing parameters that are either discordant where there are recommendations in the literature or counter-intuitive in the absence of documented guidelines. There is a requirement for investigation of the actual impact of these variations on the diagnostic utility of myocardial perfusion SPECT and a need for development of working guidelines for optimisation of processing protocols. Copyright (2005) The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine

  5. Canine study on myocardial ischemic memory with 18F-FDG PET/CT imaging

    Objective: To explore whether the existence and duration of ischemia measured by dynamic 18F-FDG PET/CT imaging correlated with the extent of myocardial ischemia in a canine model of myocardial ischemia-reperfusion. Methods: Canine coronary artery occlusion was carried out for 20 min (n=4) and for 40 min (n=4) followed by 24 h of open-artery reperfusion. All dogs underwent dynamic 18F-FDG PET/CT and 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT imaging at baseline and 1 h and 24 h after reperfusion.Quantitative analysis of myocardial 18F-FDG uptake was performed using Carimas Core software,and the extraction ratio of 18F-FDG (K) was calculated by the ratio of 18F-FDG uptake rate in the ischemic area (kischemia) and normoperfused region (knormoperfused). Echocardiographic data were also acquired between each PET/CT imaging study to detect the wall motion in the ischemic and normoperfused myocardium. Paired t test and non-parametric statistical tests, measured by SPSS 19.0, were used to analyze the data. Results: Coronary occlusion produced sustained, abnormal wall motion in the ischemic region for more than 1 h. Similar K values were demonstrated between the 20 min and 40 min groups at baseline (1.02 ±0.06 and 1.03 ±0.05, Z=-0.29, P>0.05). At 1 h after reperfusion, the reperfusion regions showed normal perfusion but with increased 18F-FDG uptake, which was higher in the 40 min ischemic group than in the 20 min ischemic group (2.31 ±0.13 and 1.87 ±0.09, Z=-2.31, P<0.05). At 24 h after reperfusion, however, only the 40 min ischemic group showed slightly higher 18F-FDG uptake than baseline (1.15 ± 0.02 and 1.03 ±0.05, t=4.32, P<0.05), whereas no significant difference was found in the 20 min ischemic group (1.05 ± 0.04 and 1.02 ± 0.06, t=0.87, P>0.05). Histological examination of the ischemic myocardium from both groups revealed neatly arranged cells without interstitial edema, hemorrhage nor inflammatory response. Conclusions: Myocardial 'ischemic memory' was correlated with the

  6. Usefulness of myocardial perfusion SPECT after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)

    Lee, Jong Jin; Lee, Dong Soo [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2005-02-15

    As the indication of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has expanded to the more difficult and complicated cases, frequent restenosis is still expected after PCI. According to AHA/ACC guideline of the present time, routine use of myocardial perfusion single photon emission tomography (SPECT) is not recommended after coronary intervention, but symptom itself or exercise EKG is not enough for the detection of restensis or for the prediction of event-free survival. In high risk and/or symptomatic subjects, direct coronary angiography is required. Myocardial perfusion SPECT could detect restenosis in 79% of the patients if performed 2 to 9 months after PCI. Reversible perfusion decrease in the myocardial perfusion SPECT is known to be the major prognostic indicator of major adverse cardiac event in PCI patients and also the prognosis is benign in the patients without reversible perfusion decrease. Though the cumulated specificity is 79% in the literature and optimal timing of myocardial perfusion SPECT is in controversy, SPECT is recommended even in asymptomatic patients at 3 to 9 months after PCI. Considering the evidences recently reported in the literature, myocardial perfusion SPECT is useful for risk stratification and detection of coronary artery restenosis requiring re-intervention in the asymptomatic patients after PCI.

  7. Metastatic thyroid cancer appearing as increased lung uptake on myocardial 99Tcm-sestamibi scintigraphy

    Full text: A 61-year-old female presented to the Nuclear Medicine Department with shortness of breath and central chest pain for the previous 2 months, for investigation of reversible myocardial ischaemia. The patient was administered 259 MBq of 99Tcm-sestamibi (MIBI) at rest, and SPET images of myocardial perfusion were acquired using a Siemens Multispect3 gamma camera, at 45 min post-administration. The patient then underwent 3 min of exercise on a bicycle, achieving a peak workload of 25 W and a peak heart rate of 161 beats-min-1 The exercise was terminated due to the patient's usual shortness of breath. The ECG was normal at rest and peak stress. The patient was injected with 777 MBq of 99Tcm-MIBI 2 min prior to peak exercise. SPET images were again acquired at 45 min post-administration. Gated images could not be performed. Reconstructed images showed no scintigraphic evidence of reversible myocardial ischaemia, but there was a fixed anterior wall defect. Review of the raw planar images demonstrated markedly increased lung uptake in a heterogeneous distribution. Further questioning confirmed a history of follicular thyroid cancer with pulmonary metastases, which were confirmed on current chest X-ray, in a distribution identical to the scintigraphic images. The fixed anterior defect may be a reconstruction artefact, rather than a prior infarct. In conclusion, we have demonstrated an unusual cause for increased lung uptake on routine myocardial perfusion imaging with 99Tcm-MIBI; thyroid cancer should be included in the differential diagnosis of such an appearance

  8. Evaluation of infantile ventricular tachycardia by 201Tl myocardial SPECT

    201Tl myocardial SPECT findings in infantile ventricular tachycardia (VT) were examined. The subjects were 4 cases of infantile VT subjected exercise-loading 201Tl scintigraphy in 1990. These cases (3 males and 1 female) were aged 11-14 years, being persistent and non-persistent type VT (2 cases each). Echocardiography revealed no abnormal findings in these 4 cases. Exercise-loading was performed by means of sitting ergometer. ECG revealed sinus arrhythmia except for one case which throughout its course of treatment, had already been presenting ventricular extrasystole from before the excercise-loading. Myocardial SPECT revealed persistent defects (antero-septal wall defects in three cases). The above suggests that 201Tl myocardial SPECT enables us to search for etiology of VT, prognosis and the like. (author)

  9. Myocardial Perfusion Spect Imaging in Dextrocardia: A Case Report

    Semra Özdemir

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available The myocardial perfusion scintigraphy acquisition and analysis present some technical differences in the rare dextrocardia cases. Here we report a case of a 38 year-old woman with dextrocardia who had been applied myocardial perfusion scintigraphy. Presented case showed that the thoracic and abdominal organs had a mirror image with situs inversus totalis type dextrocardia. The incidence of coronary heart disease and life span of people with situs inversus totalis are the same as the normal population. So we may apply myocardial perfusion scintigraphy to this patient group. The current case is presented in order to remind the special applications of myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging in patients with dextrocardia.

  10. Comparative study on the localization of myocardial ischemia by myocardial perfusion SPECT and exercise electrocardiography

    Objective: To investigate the correspondence between the myocardial perfusion SPECT and exercise electrocardiography (ECG) in localization of myocardial ischemia. Methods: Three hundred and two patients with abnormal findings in the myocardial perfusion SPECT and ECG were selected and Chi-square test was performed to analyze the relationship between ECG and SPECT in determining the ischemic myocardial segment. Results: Compared with patients with ST depression, most patients with ST elevation had significantly more angina symptoms in history occurring during exercise test, and lower exercise tolerability (P<0.05). Some weak correspondence (K=0.36, P<0.01) was shown between the localization of ST depression and defect territory of myocardial perfusion, while a complete correspondence (K=1.00, P<0.01) between ST elevation and SPECT in determining the abnormal myocardial segment was observed. In patients with anterior ST depression, perfusion defects occurred more frequently in left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) territory (66.9%) than in right coronary artery (RCA) territory (33.1%). ST segment depression related poorly with the results of myocardial perfusion in determining the defects. Conclusion: The exercise-induced ST elevation is more correspondent to the defects of myocardial perfusion in the localization of myocardial ischemia compared with ST depression

  11. Automatic extraction of left ventricle in SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging

    An automatic method of extracting left ventricle from SPECT myocardial perfusion data was introduced. This method was based on the least square analysis of the positions of all short-axis slices pixels from the half sphere-cylinder myocardial model, and used a iterative reconstruction technique to automatically cut off the non-left ventricular tissue from the perfusion images. Thereby, this technique provided the bases for further quantitative analysis

  12. Associative analysis of 300 cases of 99Tcm-MIBI nuclide myocardial perfusion imaging and coronary artery angiography%99Tcm-MIBI核素心肌灌注显像与冠脉造影的相关性分析(附300例报告)

    刘明江; 蔡力; 唐英蓉; 蒋瑾; 宋文忠

    2003-01-01

    目的探讨99Tcm-MIBI核素心肌灌注显像(ECT)对冠心病(CAD)的临床诊断价值.方法300例住院患者,其中男234例,女66例.年龄30~85(57.5±16.5)岁.同时进行ECT和冠脉造影(CAG)检查,将结果进行对比分析.结果①ECT、CAG阳性100例(33.33%),ECT阳性而CAG阴性30例(10%),ECT阴性而CAG阳性52例(17.33%),ECT、CAG阴性101例(33.67%);②ECT对CAG阳性CAD诊断的敏感性为65.79%,特异性77.1%,阳性预测值为76.92%,阴性预测值为66.01%,准确性指数为71.02%.结论ECT是一种无创、方便、费用低的检查方法,对冠心病的诊断、指导治疗和判断预后有重要的意义.

  13. Comparison of 1- and 2-day protocols for myocardial SPECT

    El-Ali, H H; Palmer, John; Carlsson, Marcus; Edenbrandt, Lars; Ljungberg, Michael; El Ali, Henrik H.

    2005-01-01

    Myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is carried out by combining a rest and a stress study that are performed either on one day or two separate days. A problem when performing the two studies on 1 day is that the residual activity from the first study contribute...

  14. Myocardial SPECT in children with sickle cell disease

    Aim: While cerebral and bones strokes are well documented in children with sickle cell disease (SCD), impairment of myocardial perfusion is an unknown complication. Conventional techniques such as exercise testing and echocardiography have a low sensitivity and specificity to detect myocardial ischemia in patients with SCD. The aim of this prospective study was to assess myocardial perfusion with 201Tl SPECT in children with SCD. Materials and Methods: Twenty-two patients, aged 12 ± 4 years, were included. Myocardial perfusion was assessed by 201Tl SPECT after stress and 3 hours later after reinjection on a single head gammacamera equipped with a LEAP collimator (64x64 matrix size format, 30 projections over 1800, 30 seconds per step). Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) was assessed by equilibrium radionuclide angiography at rest on the same day. Results: Myocardial perfusion was impaired in 13/22 patients: 8 had reversible defects and 5 had fixed defects. The left ventricular cavity was dilated in 13/22 patients. The mean LVEF was 63 ± 9%. There was no relationship between myocardial perfusion and left ventricular dilation or function. Conclusion: Myocardial perfusion is frequently impaired in children with SCD. Treatment with hydroxyurea should be considered in SCD patients with perfusion defects

  15. Usefulness of hyperventilation myocardial SPECT for diagnosing vasospastic angina pectoris

    We evaluated the usefulness of hyperventilation myocardial scintigraphy (HV-SPECT) for diagnosing vasospastic angina pectoris. The subjects consisted of 11 patients with rest angina and 13 with rest and exertional angina in whom coronary spasm was demonstrated by coronary angiography, and 6 with exertional angina in whom a significant stenotic lesion was observed by coronary angiography. Hyperventilation was performed at a rate of 40/min for 5 minutes in all the patients. Ischemia was considered to be present when defect and redistribution were observed by SPECT. HV-SPECT revealed positive findings in 8 patients with rest angina (73%) and 9 with exertional and rest angina (69%) but only in 1 with exertional angina (17%). Ischemic ST changes on monitor ECG were observed in 13 of the 30 patients (43%); ST was enhanced in 4 patients and depressed in 9 patients. In the patients with rest angina, HV-SPECT induced ischemic findings more frequently than exercise SPECT (73% vs 55%). HV-SPECT seems to be useful as a non-invasive method for diagnosing angina pectoris resulting from coronary spasm. (author)

  16. Myocardial Perfusion SPECT Imaging in Patients after Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

    Georgoulias, Panagiotis; Valotassiou, Varvara; Tsougos, Ioannis; Demakopoulos, Nikolaos

    2010-01-01

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most prevalent form of cardiovascular disease affecting about 13 million Americans, while more than one million percutaneous transluminal intervention (PCI) procedures are performed annually in the USA. The relative high occurrence of restenosis, despite stent implementation, seems to be the primary limitation of PCI. Over the last decades, single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), has proven an invaluable tool ...

  17. Role of myocardial perfusion SPECT in asymptomatic diabetic patients

    Purpose: It is important that early diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease in diabetic patients, but there are few reports on the prevalence of stress-induced myocardial perfusion abnormalities and the rates of cardiac event in patients with type 2 diabetes. We evaluated the scan findings on gated myocardial perfusion SPECT in asymptomatic diabetic patients. Methods: We performed pharmacological stress test and gated perfusion SPECT in 69 diabetic patients without cardiovascular symptom (mean age: 65 year, male 31 and female 38). Patients underwent two-day imaging protocol and stress study was performed injection of Tc-99m MIBI during adenosine infusion. We followed up these patients by reviewing medical records. Results: Fifty-two of 69 patients (74.5%) showed normal scan findings and 17 patients (24.6%) showed reversible or fixed perfusion defects. Three of 52 patients with normal scan findings showed decreased LV ejection fraction and decreased wall motion. Twenty-three patients with normal scan findings were possible to follow up for more than 1yr (mean time: 18.3±3.3 mo.) and they all had no cardiac event. Three patients with reversible perfusion defects were performed coronary angioplasty. Conclusion: Myocardial perfusion SPECT is a noninvasive method and maybe useful in early diagnosis and predicting prognosis in diabetic patients

  18. Comparison of myocardial blood flows using 99mTc-MIBI myocardial SPECT and 15O-water PET

    Myocardial SPECT is widely used in the diagnosis and evaluation of coronary artery disease (CAD). However. due to the results expressed as relative values, myocardial SPECT has limitation in multi-vessel disease and diffuse CAD. Water PET is used in estimating the coronary blood flow non-invasively. In this study, we investigated the coronary blood flow relationship between myocardial SPECT and water PET. 99mTc-MIBI myocardial SPECT and 15O-water PET were done in 15 patients with suspected CAD (M:F=10:5, Mean age 61±8yrs) under conditions of rest and adenosine stress, respectively. SPECT scan was performed using low energy high resolution collimator dual head SPECT camera (Vertex EPIC, Philips-ADAC Labs, Milpitas, USA) and images were analyzed using automated software (AutoQUANT, ADAC Labs., CA, U.S.A.). PET scan was performed using ECAT EXACT camera (CTI, Knoxville, TN/ Siemens Medical System, Inc., Hoffman Estates, IL, USA). Left myocardium was extracted using ensemble independent component analysis, and the 9 ROIs were drawn (apex, 4 mid walls and 4 basal walls). Fourteen segments of myocardial SPECT excluding basal segments were matched with 9 PET segments. No correlation was found between myocardial SPECT and water PET in both rest and stress, in the analysis of a total of 135 segments. However, in the analysis of segments with myocardial blood flow under or equal to 1 ml/g/min in the stress water PET (n=22), there were statistically significant correlation between myocardial SPECT and water PET in both rest (Pearson correlation=0.58. p<0.01) and stress (Pearson correlation=0.58. p<0.01), respectively. In segments with decreased myocardial blood flow in the stress water PET, there were statistically significant correlation between myocardial SPECT and water PET, in both rest and stress

  19. Myocardial viability assessed by Tl-201 SPECT. Redistribution versus reinjection

    The purpose of this study was to verify if a third series of images acquired by reinjection thallium-201, 24 h after conventional myocardial perfusion with the radioisotope, improves the identification of myocardial viability segments. The methods: we studied 30 patients, mean age 57.7 ±9.4 years, with old myocardial infarction using thallium (Tl)-201 SPECT, and we obtained three series of images (stress, redistribution after 4 h and reinjection after 24 h. Cardiac images were divided in 5 segments (apical, lateral, anterior, septal and inferior) and each one received a value by a score system according to the Tl-201 myocardial uptake (0=normal uptake; 1=mild hypoperfusion; 2=moderate hypoperfusion; 3=severe hypoperfusion or no myocardial uptake). We considered viable myocardium when the uptake of Tl-201 in the segment related to te myocardial infarction increases at least 1 point in two different axis of Tl-201 SPECT. The results: seven (23,3%) patients demonstrated increase of Tl-201 uptake only at reinjection images, showing a high efficacy of the method. Nine (30%) patients showed persistent hypoperfusion at all series of images suggesting only fibrosis in the are related to the infarction. Fourteen (46,7%) patients showed increase of Tl-201 concentration at redistribution images; among these patients, six showed improvement of myocardial uptake at reinjection. This condition was interpreted as regional chronic ischemic process: hibernating myocardium. The conclusion was that Tl-201 hypoperfusion at redistribution images without significant changes in relation to the stress images do not represent fibrosis at all. The reinjection technic was better than conventional redistribution in the detection of viable myocardium. This data allows a better therapeutic orientation. (author)

  20. Value of myocardial perfusion SPECT in pediatric population

    Isotopic myocardial perfusion studies are less frequently used in children than in adults and their indications are also different. Our goal was to analyze retrospectively the experience with stress perfusion myocardial SPECT in pediatric population. Method: Since 1998 to 2001, ten studies were performed to 5 girls and 3 boys. Their mean age was 7±3 years ranging from 1-11. Three of them presented abnormal coronary arteries pre and post surgical intervention with or without coil; three had Kawasaki disease with coronary aneurysms and the other two, congenital cardiopathies (Cantrell pentalogy and great vessel transposition,both with posterior left ventricular hypokinesia post surgery). Stress was obtained using dipyridamole infusion (0.56 mg/kg) in 6 cases and treadmill exercise using Bruce protocol in 4. All those tests were well tolerated. Sestamibi Tc99m was selected in 80% of the cases and Tl 201 in the rest. Only 2 small children required anesthesia during SPECT acquisition. Results: Stress EKG did not demonstrated ischemia in any case. Coronary angiography was performed only in 50% of the patients, it was concordant with SPECT features in all, two of those patients presented transient perfusion defects (one Kawasaki and one abnormal coronary artery with a fistulae).The repaired pentalogy presented ischemia and septal infarction; in that patient echocardiographic hipokinesia was concordant with fixed hypoperfusion. One case with abnormal coronary plus mitral regurgitation (without isotopic ischemia) was submitted to embolization posteriorly, obtaining motion improvement. Clinical outcome was concordant with the presence or absence of isotopic ischemia in the rest of the patients. Conclusion: SPECT myocardial perfusion was helpful in the therapeutic approach and in prediction of outcome in children

  1. Evaluation of left ventricular volumes and ejection fraction by gated myocardial perfusion SPECT versus cardiac MRI

    It is stated that cardiac MRI imaging can provide accurate estimation of left ventricular (LV) volumes and ejection fraction (EF). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of gated myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) for assessment of LV end-diastolic volume (EDV), end-systolic volume (ESV) and EF, using cardiac MRI as the reference methods/(methodology). Gated myocardial perfusion SPECT images were analyzed with two different quantification software, quantitative gated SPECT (QGS) and 4D-MSPECT. Thirty-four consecutive patients were studied. Myocardial perfusion SPECT and cardiac MRI had excellent intra/interobserver reproducibility. Correlation between the results of gated myocardial perfusion SPECT and cardiac MRI were high for EDV and EF. However, ESV and EDV were significantly underestimated by gated myocardial perfusion SPECT compared to cardiac MRI. Moreover, gated myocardial perfusion SPECT overestimated EF for small heart. One reason for the difference in volumes and EF is the delineation of the endocardial border. Cardiac MRI has higher spatial resolution. We should understand the differences of volumes and EF as determined by gated myocardial perfusion SPECT and cardiac MRI. (author)

  2. Relation between 99Tcm-MIBI uptake and biological factors in 23 cases of parathyroid adenoma

    Purpose: The aim of this study was to correlate the semiquantitative analysis of 99Tcm-methoxyisobutyl isonitrile (MIBI) double phases scan with serum biochemical values (iPTH, Ca, P, Mg) and tumor volume of parathyroid adenoma. Methods: Early (15 min) and delayed (120 min) anterior plannar images of MIBI scans were reviewed in 23 patients who eventually underwent parathyroid adenoma ectomies. All the clinical records were reviewed retrospectively. The ratio of parathyroid-to-thyroid (P/T) was determined by average counts of the diseased parathyroid gland and normal thyroid gland. 23 patients were divide to 2 groups according to whether The late phase P/T (P/T2) was bigger than early phase P/T (P/T1), the patients were divided into 2 groups: Group A (P/T2≥P/T1), Group B (P/T2< P/T1). Result: There was a positive correlation between P/T1 and preoperative serum iPTH (-0.42, P<0.05). And there was a adverse correlation between P/T1 and preoperative serum phosphorus values (I=-0.42, P<0.05). However, there was no significant correlation between P/T2 and serum biochemical values. Additionally, no significant correlation between MIBI uptake ratios and increased gland volume was found. Group B had a significant high value in the preoperative Ca (t=-3.68, P<0.01) and variation of perioperative Ca (t=-3.08, P<0.01). Conclusion: The results of our study show that the serum iPTH levels and phosphorus value may have an effect on MIBI uptake, and should be considered prior to MIBI imaging. (authors)

  3. Effect of wall thickness of left ventricle on {sup 201}Tl myocardial SPECT images. Myocardial phantom study

    Koto, Masanobu; Kawase, Osami [Kobe Univ. (Japan). Hospital; Namura, Hiroyuki; Yamasaki, Katsuhito; Kono, Michio

    1996-07-01

    {sup 201}Tl myocardial SPECT is known for better sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy than planar images in detecting coronary artery disease and diagnosing myocardial viability. SPECT images arc also superior to planar images in diagnostic sensitivity and anatomical orientation. However, as limitation of the spatial resolution of the machine, we often encounter poor SPECT plower image quality in patients with decreased wall thickness. To test the accuracy of SPECT images in patients with marked thinning of the left ventricular wall, as occurs in dilated cardiomyopathy, we performed a experimental study using myocardial phantom with 7 mm wall thickness. Tomographic image of the phantom images were rather heterogeneous, though no artificial defect was located Dilated cardiomyopathy is thought to be characterized by patchy defects in the left ventricle. Careful attention should be given to elucidating myocardial perfusion in patients with a thin left ventricle wall, as there are technical limitations in addition to clinical features. (author)

  4. Evaluation of myocardial damage in Duchenne's muscular dystrophy with thallium-201 myocardial SPECT

    Myocardial damage and cardiopulmonary functions in patients with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy (DMD) were assessed using thallium-201 myocardial single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and technetium-99m multigated radionuclide angiography. Twenty-five patients with DMD were divided into 4 groups according to percent of perfusion defect (%PD) calculated by the bull's-eye method and age. PD was detected in 24 (96.0%) of 25 patients with DMD, and it spread from the left ventricular lateral wall to the anterior wall and/or interventricular septum. PD was detected even in a 6-year-old DMD boy. Patients in Group I (%PD≥10% and age<15 years old) were shown to have a higher risk of left-sided heart failure without respiratory failure. Patients in Group II (%PD≥10 and age≥15) showed decreased pulmonary function and worsened arterial blood gas values as compared with Group IV (%PD<10 and age≥15). There was no significant difference in cardiac function among the 4 groups. It is postulated that myocardial damage in Group II patients is dependent primarily on a deficiency of dystrophin and on chronic respiratory failure, and that some of them are at risk of cardiopulmonary failure. It is concluded that myocardial SPECT is useful for the early diagnosis of myocardial damage and evaluation of cardiopulmonary function in DMD patients. (author)

  5. Assessment of myocardial fatty acid metabolism in patients with vasospastic angina using {sup 123}I-BMIPP myocardial SPECT

    Ito, Kazuki; Sugihara, Hiroki; Terada, Kouji [Kyoto Prefectural Univ. of Medicine (Japan)] [and others

    1995-10-01

    Myocardial perfusion and fatty acid metabolism may be unpaired in the patients of vasospastic angina (VSA), because abnormal regional wall motion of left ventricle has been shown in some cases of VSA without apparent history of myocardial infarction. To study the clinical utility of {sup 123}I-BMIPP scintigraphy in diagnosis of myocardial ischemia in VSA, both {sup 123}I-BMIPP (rest) and {sup 201}Tl (exercise) SPECT were performed in the 20 patients of VSA diagnosed by coronary angiography. Defect scores were calculated visually from the 17 segments of myocardial images and were compared with patient`s anginal history, period from last attack, numbers of attack, left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction and severity of regional LV wall motion abnormality. {sup 123}I-BMIPP SPECT images showed decreased tracer uptake in 14 cases of 20 (70%) VSA patients. Exercise {sup 201}Tl SPECT images showed decreased tracer uptake in 3 cases of 20 (15%) of patients. Severity of regional LV wall motion abnormality was correlated with defect score of BMIPP. Though total defect score of BMIPP did not correlate with patient`s anginal history, number of symptoms and LV ejection fraction, correlated inversely with period from last attack. It was suggested that {sup 123}I-BMIPP myocardial SPECT images in VSA patients showed `memories` of myocardial ischemic damages induced by vasospasm. In summary, {sup 123}I-BMIPP myocardial SPECT images could be a useful test for diagnosis and evaluation of VSA. (author).

  6. Determination of optimum filter in inferolateral view of myocardial SPECT

    Background: In myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging, images are degraded by photon attenuation, distance-dependent collimator, detector response and photon scattering. As filters greatly affect quality of nuclear medicine images, in this study determination of optimum filter for inferolateral view is our prime objective. Materials and Methods: .A phantom simulating heart left ventricle was built. About 1mCi of 99mTc, was injected into the phantom. Images were taken from this phantom. Parzen, Hamming, Hanning, Butter worth and Gaussian filters were exerted on the images obtained from the phantom.. By defining some criteria such as contrast, signal to noise ratio, and defect size delectability, the best filter was determined for our ADAC spect system at our nuclear medicine center. In this study, 27 patients who previously had undergone coronary angiography were chosen to be included. All of these patients revealed significant stenosis in the left circumflex artery. Myocardial SPECT images of these patients had inferolateral defect. The images of these patients were processed with 12 filters including the optimum filters obtained from phantom study and some other non-optimum filters. A nuclear medicine physician quantified the results by assigmng mark from 0 to 4. to every image. 0 mark for images that didn't show the defect properly and 4 for the best one. The data from patient study were analyzed with non-related, non -parametric Friedman test. Results: Nyquist frequency of 0.325 and 0.5 were obtained as the optimum cut-off frequencies for hamming and Hanning filters respectively. Order 11 and cut-off frequency of 0.45 and order 20. with cut-off frequency of 0.5 were found to be optimum for Butter worth and Gaussian filters. In patient studies it was found that, Butter worth filter with cut-off frequency of 0.45 and order of 11 produced the best quality images. Conclusion: In this study. Butter worth filter with cut-off frequency of 0.45 and order of 11 was the

  7. Patient satisfaction with coronary CT angiography, myocardial CT perfusion, myocardial perfusion MRI, SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging and conventional coronary angiography

    Feger, S.; Rief, M.; Zimmermann, E.; Richter, F.; Roehle, R. [Freie Universitaet Berlin, Department of Radiology, Charite - Universitaetsmedizin Berlin Campus Mitte, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Berlin (Germany); Dewey, M. [Freie Universitaet Berlin, Department of Radiology, Charite - Universitaetsmedizin Berlin Campus Mitte, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Berlin (Germany); Institut fuer Radiologie, Berlin (Germany); Schoenenberger, E. [Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Department of Medicine, Hannover (Germany)

    2015-07-15

    To evaluate patient acceptance of noninvasive imaging tests for detection of coronary artery disease (CAD), including single-photon emission computed tomography myocardial perfusion imaging (SPECT-MPI), stress perfusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), coronary CT angiography (CTA) in combination with CT myocardial stress perfusion (CTP), and conventional coronary angiography (CCA). Intraindividual comparison of perception of 48 patients from the CORE320 multicentre multinational study who underwent rest and stress SPECT-MPI with a technetium-based tracer, combined CTA and CTP (both with contrast agent, CTP with adenosine), MRI, and CCA. The analysis was performed by using a validated questionnaire. Patients had significantly more concern prior to CCA than before CTA/CTP (p < 0.001). CTA/CTP was also rated as more comfortable than SPECT-MPI (p = 0.001). Overall satisfaction with CT was superior to that of MRI (p = 0.007). More patients preferred CT (46 %; p < 0.001) as a future diagnostic test. Regarding combined CTA/CTP, CTP was characterised by higher pain levels and an increased frequency of angina pectoris during the examination (p < 0.001). Subgroup analysis showed a higher degree of pain during SPECT-MPI with adenosine stress compared to physical exercise (p = 0.016). All noninvasive cardiac imaging tests are well accepted by patients, with CT being the preferred examination. (orig.)

  8. Patient satisfaction with coronary CT angiography, myocardial CT perfusion, myocardial perfusion MRI, SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging and conventional coronary angiography

    To evaluate patient acceptance of noninvasive imaging tests for detection of coronary artery disease (CAD), including single-photon emission computed tomography myocardial perfusion imaging (SPECT-MPI), stress perfusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), coronary CT angiography (CTA) in combination with CT myocardial stress perfusion (CTP), and conventional coronary angiography (CCA). Intraindividual comparison of perception of 48 patients from the CORE320 multicentre multinational study who underwent rest and stress SPECT-MPI with a technetium-based tracer, combined CTA and CTP (both with contrast agent, CTP with adenosine), MRI, and CCA. The analysis was performed by using a validated questionnaire. Patients had significantly more concern prior to CCA than before CTA/CTP (p < 0.001). CTA/CTP was also rated as more comfortable than SPECT-MPI (p = 0.001). Overall satisfaction with CT was superior to that of MRI (p = 0.007). More patients preferred CT (46 %; p < 0.001) as a future diagnostic test. Regarding combined CTA/CTP, CTP was characterised by higher pain levels and an increased frequency of angina pectoris during the examination (p < 0.001). Subgroup analysis showed a higher degree of pain during SPECT-MPI with adenosine stress compared to physical exercise (p = 0.016). All noninvasive cardiac imaging tests are well accepted by patients, with CT being the preferred examination. (orig.)

  9. ATP-loading 201Tl myocardial SPECT for the detection of ischemic heart disease

    To evaluate the usefulness for the detection of ischemic heart disease, ATP myocrdial SPECT was performed in 35 patients (mean; 59±9.4 years) with angina pectoris or old myocardial infarction. Coronary angiography (CAG) was performed in all patients. The ultra-short half-life of ATP required a continuous infusion for its use. ATP was infused intravenously at a rate of 0.16 mg/kg/min for 5 min, with 201Tl injection taking place at 3 min. Myocardial SPECT imaging was begun 5 min and 4 hr later after the end of ATP infusion. ATP caused a significant decrease in arterial blood pressure (p201Tl myocardial SPECT for the detection of coronary artery disease (CAD) was evaluated using CAG as a golden standard. The sensitivity and specificity for CAD detection were 82% and 90%, respectively. ATP myocardial SPECT is a promising new test for the detection of ischemic heart disease. (author)

  10. Sequential change of cardiomyopathy of Duchenne muscular dystrophy by 201Tl myocardial SPECT

    201Tl myocardial SPECT were performed to evaluate of cardiomyopathy in Duchenne type of progressive muscular dystrophy (DMD). Follow up SPECT images of the same patients were also obtained about 1 year after the first scan. Cases subjected to study were 10 DMD. At the first study the hypoperfusion area of the left ventricular muscle were observed in 6 cases (60%) out of 10. At the second study the hypoperfusion areas became wider and lower in 4 out of 6 cases (66.7%). The new hypoperfusion area which was not demonstrated at the first study was observed at the second study in one case of these cases. These results suggested that the positive rate of cardiomyopathy in DMD by 201Tl myocardial SPECT was high, and 201Tl myocardial SPECT is a useful examination to detect the change of myocardial damage in DMD. (author)

  11. Determination of optimum filter in myocardial SPECT: A phantom study

    Background: In myocardial perfusion SPECT images are degraded by photon attenuation, the distance-dependent collimator, detector response and photons scatter. Filters greatly affect quality of nuclear medicine images. Materials and Methods: A phantom simulating heart left ventricle was built. About 1mCi of 99mTc was injected into the phantom. Images was taken from this phantom. Some filters including Parzen, Hamming, Hanning, Butter worth and Gaussian were exerted on the phantom images. By defining some criteria such as contrast, signal to noise ratio, and defect size detectability, the best filter can be determined. Results: 0.325 Nyquist frequency and 0.5 nq was obtained as the optimum cut off frequencies respectively for hamming and handing filters. Order 11, cut off 0.45 Nq and order 20 cut off 0.5 Nq obtained optimum respectively for Butter worth and Gaussian filters. Conclusion: The optimum member of every filter's family was obtained

  12. 99mTc-MIBI SPECT in estimation of adalat influence on myocardial perfusion in CAD patients

    Calcium antagonists (CA) adalat effect on myocardial perfusion in CAD patients are studied using 99mTc-MIBI SPECT. 99mTc-MIBI SPECT provides useful information for evaluation of CA effect on myocardial perfusion and revealing of steel syndrome as a result of CA treatment. The IPD is one of the most sensitive signs of improvement in myocardial perfusion after treatment

  13. ECG-gated thallium-201 myocardial SPECT in patients with old myocardial infarction compared with ECG-gated blood pool SPECT

    We evaluated one of the merits of ECG-gated thallium-201 single photon emission computed tomography (g-Tl SPECT), i.e., the ability to appreciate left ventricular (LV) wall motion. LV wall motion assessed by g-Tl SPECT and by ECG-gated Blood Pool SPECT (g-BP SPECT) was classified into three grades and compared segment by segment. Tl-201 uptake by g-Tl SPECT was also classified into three grades and compared with those of wall motion in g-BP SPECT. Fifty patients with prior myocardial infarction were injected intravenously at rest with 111 to 185 MBq (3 to 5 mCi) of Tl-201. The left ventricular regions were divided into anterior, septal, inferior and lateral segments (50 patients x 4 segments = 200 segments in total). The grades of wall motion and Tl-201 uptake detected by g-Tl SPECT correlated well with those of wall motion in g-BP SPECT (94.5% and 85%, respectively). With g-Tl SPECT it was possible to evaluate left ventricular wall motion, providing clear perfusion images. (author)

  14. Risk assessment after coronary angioplasty with SPECT myocardial perfusion studies

    The chest pain can be use for stratifying the risk of the patients after coronary angioplasty. Nevertheless this strategy has shown to have a low accuracy in the detection of restenosis and myocardial ischemia. Aims: To establish the usefulness of the SPECT studies in the risk stratification after the coronary angioplasty. Evaluate the incidence of silent ischemia or symptomatic, and its impact on the prognosis. Method: There were included 107 patients (p) submitted to a gated SPECT between the year of the coronary angioplasty. The analysis of the images was performed according to different scores (SSS, SRS, SDS). These data was correlated with the symptoms of the patients. We define group 1 (G1) as the asymptomatic without ischemia (n 59p), group 2 (G2) as silent ischemia (n = 28p) and group 3 (G3) as symptomatic with ischemia (n = 20p). A clinical follow-up was done in search of events (target vessel revascularization, unstable angina, AMI and death). Results: Significant differences were not observed in the clinical variables between the different groups. The SSS was lower in the G1 compare with G2 and G3 (p 0.0001) and was similar between the last two, p = NS (SSS: G1: 2.2 ± 4.9; G2: 7.6 ± 5.9; G3: 9.5 ± 6.8). The SDS was greater in G3 vs. G1 and G2, p = 0.0001, and greater in G2 vs. G1, p = 0.0001 (SDS: G1: 0; G2: 4.8 ± 3.5; G3: 7.2 ± 6.5). No differences where observed in the SRS between the three groups. In the follow-up the total percentage of events was lesser when compare the G1 with the G2 and G3 (G1: 3.3%; G2 and G3: 18.7%; p 0.02). The percentage of annual events of the G3 symptomatic with ischemia (11.03%) and G2 silent ischemia (4.04%) did not present differences (p 0.7). When the events of the G2 (4.04%) were compared with the G1 (1.24%) we observed a trend to major frequency of events in the G2 (p = 0.6). Conclusions: The presence of myocardial ischemia after coronary angioplasty is a determinant of the prognosis. Nevertheless, the extension

  15. EANM procedural guidelines for radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging with SPECT and SPECT/CT: 2015 revision

    Since the publication of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) procedural guidelines for radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in 2005, many small and some larger steps of progress have been made, improving MPI procedures. In this paper, the major changes from the updated 2015 procedural guidelines are highlighted, focusing on the important changes related to new instrumentation with improved image information and the possibility to reduce radiation exposure, which is further discussed in relation to the recent developments of new International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) models. Introduction of the selective coronary vasodilator regadenoson and the use of coronary CT-contrast agents for hybrid imaging with SPECT/CT angiography are other important areas for nuclear cardiology that were not included in the previous guidelines. A large number of minor changes have been described in more detail in the fully revised version available at the EANM home page: http://eanm.org/ publications/guidelines/201507EANMFINAL myocardialperfusionguideline.pdf. (orig.)

  16. EANM procedural guidelines for radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging with SPECT and SPECT/CT: 2015 revision

    Verberne, Hein J.; Eck-Smit, Berthe L.F. van; Wit, Tim C. de [University of Amsterdam, Department of Nuclear Medicine, F2-238, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Acampa, Wanda [National Council of Research, Institute of Biostructures and Bioimaging, Naples (Italy); Anagnostopoulos, Constantinos [Academy of Athens, Center for Experimental Surgery, Clinical and Translational Research, Biomedical Research Foundation, Athens (Greece); Ballinger, Jim [Guy' s Hospital - Guy' s and St Thomas' Trust Foundation, Department of Nuclear Medicine, London (United Kingdom); Bengel, Frank [Hannover Medical School, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Hannover (Germany); Bondt, Pieter De [OLV Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Aalst (Belgium); Buechel, Ronny R.; Kaufmann, Philip A. [University Hospital Zurich, Cardiac Imaging, Zurich (Switzerland); Cuocolo, Alberto [University Federico II, Department of Advanced Biomedical Sciences, Naples (Italy); Flotats, Albert [Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Nuclear Medicine Department, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona (Spain); Hacker, Marcus [Medical University of Vienna, Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-Guided Therapy, Vienna (Austria); Hindorf, Cecilia [Skaane University Hospital, Department of Radiation Physics, Lund (Sweden); Lindner, Oliver [University Hospital of the Ruhr-University Bochum, Heart and Diabetes Center North Rhine-Westphalia, Institute for Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Bad Oeynhausen (Germany); Ljungberg, Michael [Lund University, Department of Medical Radiation Physics, Lund (Sweden); Lonsdale, Markus [Bispebjerg Hospital, Department of Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine, Copenhagen (Denmark); Manrique, Alain [Caen University Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Service Commun Investigations chez l' Homme, GIP Cyceron, Caen (France); Minarik, David [Skaane University Hospital, Radiation Physics, Malmoe (Sweden); Scholte, Arthur J.H.A. [Leiden University Medical Center, Department of Cardiology, Leiden (Netherlands); Slart, Riemer H.J.A. [University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Groningen (Netherlands); Traegaardh, Elin [Skaane University Hospital and Lund University, Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine, Malmoe (Sweden); Hesse, Birger [University Hospital of Copenhagen, Department of Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine and PET, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (Denmark)

    2015-11-15

    Since the publication of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) procedural guidelines for radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in 2005, many small and some larger steps of progress have been made, improving MPI procedures. In this paper, the major changes from the updated 2015 procedural guidelines are highlighted, focusing on the important changes related to new instrumentation with improved image information and the possibility to reduce radiation exposure, which is further discussed in relation to the recent developments of new International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) models. Introduction of the selective coronary vasodilator regadenoson and the use of coronary CT-contrast agents for hybrid imaging with SPECT/CT angiography are other important areas for nuclear cardiology that were not included in the previous guidelines. A large number of minor changes have been described in more detail in the fully revised version available at the EANM home page: http://eanm.org/ publications/guidelines/2015{sub 0}7{sub E}ANM{sub F}INAL myocardial{sub p}erfusion{sub g}uideline.pdf. (orig.)

  17. 18F-FDG PET/CT显像对心肌“缺血记忆”的分子机制研究%Experimental Study of the Molecular Mechnisms of Myocardial Ischemic Memory With 18F-FDG PET/CT Imaging

    谢博洽; 杨敏福; 叶珏; 杨子鹤; 窦克非; 韩春雷; 田毅

    2012-01-01

    This study was aimed to explore whether the changes of mRNA and the existence and duration of ischemic 18F-FDG uptake correlate with the extent of myocardial ischemia inischemia-reperfusion canine model. The 20-minute (77= 4) and 40-minute (n= 4) coronary artery occlusion followed by 24 h of open-artery reperfusion in canine model were performed. All dogs underwent fasting (>12 h) dynamic 18F-FDG PET/CT and 99Tcm-MIBI SPECT imaging at baseline, 1 h and 24 h after reperfusion. When all imaging were completed, myocardial samples from the ischemic and nonischemic region were obtained, and the mRNA expression of glucose transporter-1 (GLUT-1), glucose transporter-4 (GLUT-4), and heart-fatty acid binding protein (H-FABP) were estimated by Real Time PCR. There was no difference in the ratio of hypoperfused region/nomoperfused region of 18F-FDG uptake between the 20-minute group and 40-minute group at baseline. When examined at 1 h, increased 18F-FDG uptake was observed in the 40-minute group. When estimated at 24 h, only the 40-minute group showed slightly higher 18F-FDG uptake than baseline, whereas no such difference was demonstrated in the 20-minute group. Similar mRNA expression of GLUT-1, GLUT-4 and H-FABP were demonstrated in the nonischemic regions between the 2 groups, whereas increased expressions of GLUT-1 and GLUT-4, and decreased H-FABP mRNA were demonstrated in the ischemic regions. The changes of mRNA expression were more obvious in the 40 minute group than in the 20-minute group. The results showed that the existence and persistent period of ischemic 18F-FDG uptake (ischemic memory) was correlated with the extent of myocardial ischemia.%建立了不同程度的犬急性心肌缺血-再灌注模型.利用18F-FDG PET/CT动态心肌显像和实时定量PCR方法探讨了缺血心肌葡萄糖代谢改变(缺血记忆)和缺血程度的关系.将8只杂种犬随机分为球囊封堵20 min组(4只)和40 min组(4只),在空腹状态下(禁食>12 h

  18. Usefulness of gated SPECT myocardial imaging in evaluation of patients with inferior myocardial infarction

    Gated single photon emission computed tomography (gated SPECT) myocardial imaging gives useful information about the extent and severity of perfusion abnormalities (PA) and global left ventricular (LV) function in patients with coronary artery disease. The aim of this study was to evaluate by gated SPECT myocardial imaging differences in perfusion scores and LV function between stress and rest in patients with mild left ventricular dysfunction and/or normal function and previous inferior myocardial infarction (IMI) and to detect myocardial stunning. The study included 77 patients (age 53±8.21) with mild left ventricular dysfunction and previous IMI divided into two groups. Group 1 consisted of 34 patients with IMI and additional ischemia on perfusion scan and group 2 with 43 patients with previous IMI without ischemia on perfusion scan. All patients underwent a 2-day stress-rest gated SPECT myocardial imaging protocol with 99m technetium-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (99mTc-MIBI). There was a more significant post-stress to rest decrease in ejection fraction (EFps) in patients with IMI and additional ischemia (group 1) than in patients with IMI (group 2) (-1.5±2.5 vs. 1.5±2.3, p<0.001). In group 1, there was a significant increase in post-stress end-systolic volume (ESVps) in comparison to ESVr (70.4±29.8 vs. 66.2±26.2 ml, p=0.044). However, the decrease in EF post-stress to rest did not reach the level of significance (51.7±10.8 vs. 53.2±10.2%, p=0.147). The extent and severity of perfusion abnormalities were higher on stress (SSS) than on rest images (SRS) (13.9±8.6 vs. 8.3±7.8, p<0.001). There was no difference in global LV parameters or perfusion abnormalities in patients in group 2 between stress and rest except for a significant increase in the post-stress EF to rest value (57.9±11.9 vs. 56.2±10.5%, p=0.018). Severe decrease of post-stress EF to rest was found in 12 (16%) patients indicating stunning. In patients with mild left ventricular dysfunction

  19. The usefulness of myocardial SPECT for the preoperative cardiac risk evaluation in noncardiac surgery

    We investigated whether myocardial SPECT had additional usefulness to clinical, functional or surgical indices for the preoperative evaluation of cardiac risks in noncardiac surgery. 118 patients ( M: F=66: 52, 62.7±10.5 years) were studied retrospectively. Eighteen underwent vascular surgeries and 100 nonvascular surgeries. Rest Tl-201/ stress Tc-99m-MIBI SPECT was performed before operation and cardiac events (hard event: cardiac death and myocardial infarction; soft event: ischemic ECG change, congestive heat failure and unstable angina) were surveyed through perioperative periods (14.6±5.6 days). Clinical risk indices, functional capacity, surgery procedures and SPECT findings were tested for their predictive values of perioperative cardiac events. Peri-operative cardiac events occurred in 25 patients (3 hard events and 22 soft events). Clinical risk indices, surgical procedure risks and SPECT findings but functional capacity were predictive of cardiac events. Reversible perfusion decrease was a better predictor than persistent decrease. Multivariate analysis sorted out surgical procedure risk (p=0.0018) and SPECT findings (p=0.0001) as significant risk factors. SPECT could re-stratify perioperative cardiac risks in patients ranked with surgical procedures. We conclude that myocardial SPECT provides additional predictive value to surgical type risks as well as clinical indexes or functional capacity for the prediction of preoperative cardiac events in noncardiac surgery

  20. Feasibility of one-eighth time gated myocardial perfusion SPECT functional imaging using IQ-SPECT

    IQ-SPECT, an add-on to general purpose cameras based on multifocal collimation, can reduce myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) acquisition times to one-fourth that of standard procedures (to 12 s/view). In a phantom study, a reduction of the acquisition time to one-eighth of the standard time (to 6 s/view) was demonstrated as feasible. It remains unclear whether such a reduction could be extended to clinical practice. Fifty patients with suspected or diagnosed CAD underwent a 2-day stress-rest 99mTc-sestamibi MPI protocol. Two consecutive SPECT acquisitions (6 and 12 s/view) were performed. Electrocardiogram-gated images were reconstructed with and without attenuation correction (AC). Polar maps were generated and visually scored by two blinded observers for image quality and perfusion in 17 segments. Global and regional summed stress score (SSS), summed rest score (SRS) and summed difference score (SDS) were determined. Left ventricular volumes and ejection fraction were calculated based on automated contour detection. Image quality was scored higher with the 12 s/view acquisition, both with and without AC. Summed scores were statistically comparable between the 6 s/view and the 12 s/view acquisition, both globally and in individual coronary territories (e.g. in images with AC, SSS were 6.6 ± 8.3 and 6.2 ± 8.2 with 6 s and 12 s/view, respectively, p = 0.10; SRS were 3.9 ± 5.6 and 3.5 ± 5.3, respectively, p = 0.19; and SDS were 2.8 ± 5.7 and 2.6 ± 5.7, respectively, p = 0.59). Both acquisitions allowed MPI-based diagnosis of CAD in 25 of the 50 patients (with AC). Calculated end-diastolic volume (EDV) and end-systolic volume (ESV) were modestly higher with the 6 s/view acquisition than with the 12 s/view acquisition (EDV +4.8 ml at rest and +3.7 ml after stress, p = 0.003; ESV +4.1 ml at rest and +2.6 ml after stress, p = 0.01), whereas the ejection fraction did not differ (-1.2 % at rest, p = 0.20, and -0.9 % after stress, p = 0.27). Image quality and LV

  1. Feasibility of one-eighth time gated myocardial perfusion SPECT functional imaging using IQ-SPECT

    Caobelli, Federico; Thackeray, James T.; Bengel, Frank M. [Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Klinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Hannover (Germany); Soffientini, Alberto; Pizzocaro, Claudio; Guerra, Ugo Paolo [Fondazione Poliambulanza, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Brescia (Italy)

    2015-11-15

    IQ-SPECT, an add-on to general purpose cameras based on multifocal collimation, can reduce myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) acquisition times to one-fourth that of standard procedures (to 12 s/view). In a phantom study, a reduction of the acquisition time to one-eighth of the standard time (to 6 s/view) was demonstrated as feasible. It remains unclear whether such a reduction could be extended to clinical practice. Fifty patients with suspected or diagnosed CAD underwent a 2-day stress-rest {sup 99m}Tc-sestamibi MPI protocol. Two consecutive SPECT acquisitions (6 and 12 s/view) were performed. Electrocardiogram-gated images were reconstructed with and without attenuation correction (AC). Polar maps were generated and visually scored by two blinded observers for image quality and perfusion in 17 segments. Global and regional summed stress score (SSS), summed rest score (SRS) and summed difference score (SDS) were determined. Left ventricular volumes and ejection fraction were calculated based on automated contour detection. Image quality was scored higher with the 12 s/view acquisition, both with and without AC. Summed scores were statistically comparable between the 6 s/view and the 12 s/view acquisition, both globally and in individual coronary territories (e.g. in images with AC, SSS were 6.6 ± 8.3 and 6.2 ± 8.2 with 6 s and 12 s/view, respectively, p = 0.10; SRS were 3.9 ± 5.6 and 3.5 ± 5.3, respectively, p = 0.19; and SDS were 2.8 ± 5.7 and 2.6 ± 5.7, respectively, p = 0.59). Both acquisitions allowed MPI-based diagnosis of CAD in 25 of the 50 patients (with AC). Calculated end-diastolic volume (EDV) and end-systolic volume (ESV) were modestly higher with the 6 s/view acquisition than with the 12 s/view acquisition (EDV +4.8 ml at rest and +3.7 ml after stress, p = 0.003; ESV +4.1 ml at rest and +2.6 ml after stress, p = 0.01), whereas the ejection fraction did not differ (-1.2 % at rest, p = 0.20, and -0.9 % after stress, p = 0.27). Image quality and

  2. Clinical application of {sup 99m}Tc-tetrofosmin myocardial SPECT. A multicenter trial

    Nishimura, Tsunehiko [Osaka Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Medicine; Nobuyoshi, Masakiyo

    1995-09-01

    We performed a multicenter trial of {sup 99m}Tc-tetrofosmin myocardial SPECT for the assessment of acute thrombolysis, pre and post elective PTCA and myocardial viability in comparison with {sup 201}Tl myocardial SPECT. The participants consisted of 212 patients at 44 institutions and the study lasted for 10 months. In assessing acute thrombolysis, the perfusion defect from the acute to subacute phase was reduced by 25% and that from the subacute to chronic phase by 10%. The mean perfusion defect score at subacute and chronic phase was well correlated with regional wall motion. The mean defect score during the subacute phase could predict future wall motion abnormalities. In assessing pre and post PTCA, {sup 99m}Tc-tetrofosmin stress/rest myocardial SPECT could identify the changes of perfusion as in the case with successful PTCA and/or restenosis. In assessing the myocardial viability, {sup 99m}Tc-tetrofosmin rest myocardial SPECT was superior to {sup 201}Tl redistribution, and equal to {sup 201}Tl reinjection method. In summary, we concluded that {sup 99m}Tc-tetrofosmin is a powerful tool, with which to diagnose and manage patients with coronary artery diseases. (author).

  3. Estimate of myocardial salvage in late presentation acute myocardial infarction by comparing functional and perfusion abnormalities in predischarge gated SPECT

    We hypothesized that, because of persistent stunning, the extent of post-treatment functional abnormalities detected using gated single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) could be representative of the initial risk area in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) treated by reperfusion therapy. In 48 AMI patients, we acquired two 99mTc-sestamibi gated SPECT studies (at admission with tracer injection before treatment and at discharge 5 to 10 days later). We assessed the myocardial salvage defined by the admission minus predischarge summed rest score, and we compared it with the value obtained by subtracting the extent of perfusion defect from the extent of wall motion or wall thickening abnormalities in predischarge gated SPECT. Myocardial salvage was expressed as salvage index (salvaged myocardium divided by initial risk area). There was a good correlation between summed rest score salvage index and wall motion (Spearman's ρ = 0.754, p 99mTc-sestamibi gated SPECT allows assessing myocardial salvage using only post-treatment data. The salvage index derived using wall thickening as surrogate of admission perfusion defect correlates well with the salvage index measured by comparing pre- and post-treatment perfusion defects. (orig.)

  4. Functional imaging in the assessment of myocardial infarction: MR imaging vs. MDCT vs. SPECT

    Mahnken, Andreas H. [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, RWTH Aachen University (Germany); Applied Medical Engineering, Helmholtz Institute, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)], E-mail: mahnken@rad.rwth-aachen.de; Bruners, Philipp [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, RWTH Aachen University (Germany); Applied Medical Engineering, Helmholtz Institute, RWTH Aachen University (Germany); Stanzel, Sven [Institute of Medical Statistics, RWTH Aachen University (Germany); Koos, Ralf [Medical Clinic I, RWTH Aachen University (Germany); Muehlenbruch, Georg; Guenther, Rolf W. [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, RWTH Aachen University (Germany); Reinartz, Patrick [Department of Nuclear Medicine, RWTH Aachen University (Germany); Radios Center of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Duesseldorf (Germany)

    2009-09-15

    Purpose: To intraindividually compare magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, ECG-gated multi-detector spiral computed tomography (MDCT) and gated single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) for the evaluation of global and regional myocardial function and the identification of myocardial perfusion abnormalities. Materials and methods: Nine patients (8 men; 55.1 {+-} 8.9 years) with a history of myocardial infarction (MI) were included in this retrospective study. All patients had undergone segmented k-space steady state free precession MR imaging, {sup 99m}Tc-MIBI gated myocardial perfusion SPECT and contrast enhanced ECG-gated 16-MDCT. Ventricular volumes and ejection fraction (EF) were calculated. Left ventricular (LV) wall motion at rest was analyzed. For SPECT and arterial phase MDCT perfusion abnormalities were assessed. Data was compared with Lin's concordance-correlation coefficient ({rho}{sub c}), Bland-Altman plots and kappa statistics. Results: For EF, there was an excellent concordance and correlation ({rho}{sub c} = 0.99) between SPECT (EF = 41.7 {+-} 10.4%), MDCT (EF = 42.2 {+-} 11.1%), and MR imaging (EF = 41.9 {+-} 11.4%). Considering MR imaging as standard of reference, MDCT ({kappa} = 0.86) is superior to SPECT ({kappa} = 0.51) for the assessment of the regional wall motion at rest. There was a good agreement between SPECT and MDCT regarding the detection of perfusion abnormalities ({kappa} = 0.62). Conclusion: MDCT, MR imaging, and SPECT allow for the reliable assessment of global and regional left ventricular function in patients with a history of MI. MDCT also allows to some extent for the detection of perfusion abnormalities. With its potential to assess both, the coronary arteries as well as the myocardium, MDCT a promising modality for the comprehensive diagnostic work-up in patients with suspected myocardial ischemia.

  5. Detection of myocardial ischemia with myocardial perfusion SPECT in patients with diabetes mellitus

    Seo, J. H.; Jeong, S. Y.; Bae, J. H.; Anh, B. C.; Lee, J.; Lee, K. B [Kyungpook National University Hospital, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2004-07-01

    Diabetes mellitus(DM) is a critical disease associated with higher rates of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Atherosclerosis accounts for 65-80% of all deaths in diabetic patients and patients with DM are known to show high prevalence of coronary artery diseases(CAD). We evaluated the incidence of scintigraphic evidence of CAD in diabetic patients and results were compared with cardiovascular symptoms and clinical factors. 169 patients with DM(mean age 629years, 68 males) were referred for evaluation of CAD between Jan 2002 and Dec 2003. 101(60%) patients were with chest pain and 68(40%) were asymptomatic. Patients underwent exercise(n=6) or adenosine stress(n=163) SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging(MPI). Exclusion criteria included history of documented myocardial infarction, prior revascularization, clinically significant valvular heart disease, left-bundle branch block on rest ECG. We evaluated symptoms associated with cardiac problem and other clinical and laboratory data to reveal correlation with presence of CAD. MPI were assessed visually and semi-quantitatively with C-Equal program. Myocardial ischemia was detected in 52(31%) patients. Among them, 41 had 1-vessel and 9 had 2-vessel disease. In 52 patients with ischemia, 28(54%) were male and 24(46%) were female. 20/68(29%) asymptomatic and 32/101(32%) symptomatic patients had ischemia. Higher prevalence of neuropathy, hypertension, higher blood glucose level, HbA1c and CRP was noted in patients with myocardial ischemia. Serum levels of cholesterol and LDL was not significantly different between patients with ischemia and with normal MPI findings. Abnormal MPI findings were not related with gender and age. These results show a high prevalence of abnormal MPI results in diabetic patients regardless of symptoms. Screening stress MPI in diabetic patients should be indicated irrespective of symptoms, especially in patients with neuropathy, hypertension, higher level of blood glucose, or increased CRP.

  6. N-13 ammonia myocardial positron computed tomography, (1). Comparative study with thallium-201 SPECT

    Tamaki, Nagara; Senda, Michio; Yonekura, Yoshiharu

    1985-02-01

    Myocardial positron computed tomography (PCT) was obtained in 11 cases and the images were compared with thallium-201 single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). The myocardial PCT was performed at rest after 10-20 mCi of N-13 labeled ammonia injection using whole-body multislice PCT device (Positologica III). The PCT clearly delineated 2.5-3.0 mm hot spots while the SPECT barely showed 5.0 mm hot spots of Derenzo phantom. The myocardial images looked better in PCT because of the better spatial resolution and count statistics. The myocardium looked thinner and the papillary muscle was visualized by PCT. The PCT also showed the right ventricle in each case. Furthermore, PCT detected increased lung uptake of ammonia in 2 of the 8 cases with myocardial infarction, suggesting presence of pulmonary congestion. Perfusion defect was clearly seen by PCT as well as SPECT. However, the cardiac short-axis and long-axis sections which were easily obtained by SPECT were useful for the localization of the lesion. We conclude that both PCT and SPECT were valuable for the assessment of coronary artery disease. (author).

  7. Nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging using thallium-201 with a novel multifocal collimator SPECT/CT: IQ-SPECT versus conventional protocols in normal subjects

    Matsuo, Shinro; Nakajima, Kenichi; Onoguchi, Masahisa; Wakabayashi, Hiroshi; Okuda, Koichi; Kinuya, Seigo

    2015-01-01

    Objective A novel multifocal collimator, IQ-SPECT (Siemens) consists of SMARTZOOM, cardio-centric and 3D iterative SPECT reconstruction and makes it possible to perform MPI scans in a short time. The aims are to delineate the normal uptake in thallium-201 (201Tl) SPECT in each acquisition method and to compare the distribution between new and conventional protocol, especially in patients with normal imaging. Methods Forty patients (eight women, mean age of 75 years) who underwent myocardial p...

  8. Clinical usefulness of 123I-MIBG myocardial SPECT in patients with adriamycin-induced cardiomyopathy

    In 29 patients who had been administrated adriamycin (ADR) for the treatment of hematopoietic malignancies, myocardial SPECT was performed 20 minutes and 4 hours after an intravenous dose of 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG). Findings of the myocardial SPECT were compared with the total dose of ADR, ejection fraction (EF) and left ventricular wall motion, as assessed by ultrasound echocardiography. The mean total dose of ADR was 329.3 mg/m2 (range, 150-550 mg/m2). Although the cardiac function was normal, the washout rate (WR) of MIBG was high in 75% of the patients whose MIBG myocardial SPECT showed abnormality on ADR, suggesting the presence of adrenergic nerve disorder. The total dose of ADR was significantly correlated with WR of MIBG (p<0.001). Consequently WR of MIBG may be an index which reflects adrenergic nerve disorder in the myocardium earlier than EF. It was suggested that adrenergic nerve disorder was involved in pathogenesis of myocardial complications associated with ADR administration. In summary, MIBG myocardial SPECT could be a useful test for determining a dosage regimen of ADR therapy of individual patients. (author)

  9. Validation of a short-scan-time imaging protocol for thallium-201 myocardial SPECT with a multifocal collimator

    IQ-SPECT (Siemens AG, Munich, Germany) is a highly sensitive single-photon-emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) system that uses a multifocal collimator. We searched for a suitable protocol for short-time imaging by IQ-SPECT in thallium-201 (Tl-201) MPI by evaluating phantom images and also by comparing human IQ-SPECT images with conventional SPECT images as reference standards. We assessed the image quality using the normalized mean square error (NMSE) and drew up count profiles in Tl-201 SPECT images acquired with IQ-SPECT in a phantom study. We also performed Tl-201 stress myocardial SPECT/CT in 21 patients and compared delayed images acquired by using IQ-SPECT with 36 or 17 views per head with images obtained by using conventional SPECT. The NMSE of SPECT images from IQ-SPECT with 36 views was approximately one-fifth of that with 17 views. The myocardial count profile of images with 17 views was lower than those of images with 36 or 104 views in some regions. Defect scores were significantly lower, and image quality scores higher, in images from conventional SPECT than in those from IQ-SPECT with 17 views. Defect scores and image quality scores were equivalent in images from conventional SPECT and those from IQ-SPECT with 36 views. Agreement with the results of conventional SPECT in terms of coronary artery territory-based defect judgment was the best in IQ-SPECT with 36 views with computed tomography-derived attenuation correction (CTAC): the kappa values for IQ-SPECT with 36 views were 0.76 (without CTAC) and 0.83 (with CTAC), and those for IQ-SPECT with 17 views were 0.62 (without CTAC) and 0.59 (with CTAC). The difference in quantitative tracer uptake between conventional SPECT images and IQ-SPECT images was significantly greater for IQ-SPECT images with 17 views than for those with 36 views. Scanning with 36 views per head with CTAC may be appropriate for Tl-201 MPI using IQ-SPECT, because it provides images equivalent to

  10. Development of gated myocardial SPECT analysis software and evaluation of lift ventricular function

    A new software (Cardiac SPECT analyzer: CSA) was developed for quantification of volumes and ejection fraction of gated myocardial SPECT. Volumes and ejection fraction by CSA were validated by comparing with those quantified by Quantitative Gated SPECT (QGS) software. Gated myocardial SPECT was performed in 40 patients with ejection fraction from 15% to 85%. In 26 patients, gated myocardial SPECT was acquired again with the patients in situ. A cylinder model was used to eliminate noise semi-automatically and profile data was extracted using Gaussian fitting after smoothing. The boundary points of endo- and epicardium was found using an iterative learning algorithm. Enddiastolic (EDV) and endsystolic volumes (ESV) and ejection fraction (EF) were calculated. These values were compared with those calculated by QGS and the same gated SPECT data was repeatedly quantified by CSA and variation of the values on sequential measurements of the same patients on the repeated acquisition. From the 40 patient data, EF, EDV and ESV by CSA were correlated with those by QGS with the correlation coefficients of 0.97, 0.92, 0.96. Two standard deviation (SD) of EF on Bland Altman plot was 10.1%. Repeated measurements of EF, EDV, and ESV by CSA were correlated with each other with the coefficients of 0.96, 0.99 for EF, EDV and ESV respectively. On repeated acquisition, reproducibility was also excellent with correlation coefficients of 0.89, 0.97, 0.98, and coefficient of variation of 8.2%, 5.4mL, 8.5mL and 2SD of 10.6%, 21.2mL, and 16.4mL on Bland Altman plot for EF, EDV and ESV. We developed the software of CSA for quantified of volumes and ejection fraction of gated myocardial SPECT. Volumes and ejection fraction quantified using the software was found valid for its correctness and precision

  11. Reproducibility of gated myocardial perfusion SPECT for the assessment of myocardial function: comparison with thallium-201 and technetium-99m-MIBI

    We compared the reproducibility of 291Tl and 99mTc-sestamibi (MIBI) gated SPECT (g-SPECT) for the assessement of myocardial function. G-SPECT acquisition for the assessment of myocardial function was repeated in the same position in 34 patients who received 201Tl and in 31 who received 99mTc-MIBI . The quantification of enddiastolic volume (EDV), endsystolic volume (ESV) and ejection fraction (EF) on 201Tl and 99mTc-MIBI g-SPECT were processed independently using Cedars quantitative g-SPECT software. The reporducibility of the assessment of myocardial function on 201Tl g-SPECT was compared to that of 99mTc-MIBI g-SPECT. Correlation between the two measurements for volumes and EF was excellent by the repeated g-SPECT studies of 291Tl(r=0.928 to 0.986; p99mTc-MIBI (r=0.979 to 0.997; p99mTc-MIBI g-SPECT(EDV: 14.1 ml, ESV; 9.4 ml and EF: 5.5%) than by repeated 201Tl g-SPECT (EDV: 24.1 ml, ESV: 18.6 ml and EF: 10.3%). The root mean square (RMS) values of the coefficient of variation (CV) for volumes and EFs were smaller by repeated 99mTc-MIBI g-SPECT (EDV: 2.1 ml. ESV 2.7 ml and EF:2.3%) than by repeated 2'01TI g-SPECT (EDV: 3.2 ml, ESV: 3.5 ml and EF: 5.2%). 99mTc-MIBI provides more reproducible volumes and EF and 201Tl on repeated acquisition s-SPECT. 99mTc-MIBI g-SPECT is the preferable method for the clinical monitoring of myocardial function

  12. GATED SPECT TO EVALUATE LEFT VENTRICULAR MYOCARDIAL PERFUSION, FUNCTION AND DYSSYNCHRONY FOR RESYNCHRONIZATION THERAPY

    E.N. Ostroumov

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available The study included 15 consecutive patients with heart failure and substantial LV dyssynchrony undergoing CRT. Clinical and phase analysis of gated myocardial perfusion SPECT assessed at baseline, after 2–3 days and after 3–4 months of CRT. The results demonstrated inversely relationship between the response to CRT and the nonviable myocardium. Evaluation of myocardial viability is necessary to considered in the selection process for CRT.

  13. Significance of 99mTc-MIBI myocardial SPECT imaging in diagnosis of syndrome X

    To assess the value of myocardial imaging in the diagnosis of syndrome X, the study was performed with 99mTc-MIBI myocardial SPECT imaging in 64 patients. The patients were divided into three groups: group 1 had 21 patients diagnosed as syndrome X, group 2 had 17 patients with chest pain and normal coronary arteries without ST segment depression during exercise, group 3 had 26 patients with the angina pectoris and coronary stenoses≥50%. The myocardial SPECT imaging of the three groups was compared qualitatively and semi-quantitatively. Myocardial imaging identified 11 cases of myocardial ischemia from 21 patients with syndrome X. The ischemic score of myocardial imaging was 1.1 +- 0.3 for syndrome X and 1.8 +- 0.7 for patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) angina pectoris (t = 3.1746, P<0.01). Myocardial imaging may partly show myocardial ischemia in patients with syndrome X. The extent of ischemia in patients with syndrome X was significantly less than that in patients with CHD angina pectoris

  14. Clinical meaning of 123I-MIBG myocardial SPECT in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy

    Metaiodobenzylguanidine(MIBG)-myocardial SPECT was performed on patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) undergoing treatment with β blocker (Nipradilol). The findings of MIBG-myocardial SPECT were compared with the changes in cardiac function obtained by echocardiograms. The patients enrolled in the study were seven males who has been diagnosed as definitely suffering from DCM according to diagnostic guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Japan. The patients were aged 57.5±10.2 years. Following intravenous administration of 111 MBq (3 mCi) of MIBG, myocardial SPECT was taken 20 minutes, and 4 hours later. The washout rate of the left ventricular wall was higher in the unchanged group (40.7±1.2%) than in the improved group (30.3±6.1%). Both the early and delayed images showed higher extent and severity scores for the unchanged group than for the improved group. A correlation of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) with the washout rates was demonstrated (r=-0.819, p<0.05). A correlation was also observed between the variations in LVEF before and after β blocker therapy with the washout rates (r=-0.969, p<0.01), MIBG-myocardial SPECT suggested possibility of the evaluation of severity and prognosis in the patients with DCM. (author)

  15. Myocardial Infarction Area Quantification using High-Resolution SPECT Images in Rats

    Oliveira, Luciano Fonseca Lemos de [Divisão de Cardiologia, Departamento de Clínica Médica, Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP (Brazil); Mejia, Jorge [Faculdade de Medicina de São José do Rio Preto, São José do Rio Preto, SP (Brazil); Carvalho, Eduardo Elias Vieira de; Lataro, Renata Maria; Frassetto, Sarita Nasbine [Divisão de Cardiologia, Departamento de Clínica Médica, Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP (Brazil); Fazan, Rubens Jr.; Salgado, Hélio Cesar [Departamento de Fisiologia, Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP (Brazil); Galvis-Alonso, Orfa Yineth [Faculdade de Medicina de São José do Rio Preto, São José do Rio Preto, SP (Brazil); Simões, Marcus Vinícius, E-mail: msimoes@fmrp.usp.br [Divisão de Cardiologia, Departamento de Clínica Médica, Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP (Brazil)

    2013-07-15

    Imaging techniques enable in vivo sequential assessment of the morphology and function of animal organs in experimental models. We developed a device for high-resolution single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging based on an adapted pinhole collimator. To determine the accuracy of this system for quantification of myocardial infarct area in rats. Thirteen male Wistar rats (250 g) underwent experimental myocardial infarction by occlusion of the left coronary artery. After 4 weeks, SPECT images were acquired 1.5 hours after intravenous injection of 555 MBq of 99mTc-Sestamibi. The tomographic reconstruction was performed by using specially developed software based on the Maximum Likelihood algorithm. The analysis of the data included the correlation between the area of perfusion defects detected by scintigraphy and extent of myocardial fibrosis assessed by histology. The images showed a high target organ/background ratio with adequate visualization of the left ventricular walls and cavity. All animals presenting infarction areas were correctly identified by the perfusion images. There was no difference of the infarct area as measured by SPECT (21.1 ± 21.2%) and by histology (21.7 ± 22.0%; p=0.45). There was a strong correlation between individual values of the area of infarction measured by these two methods. The developed system presented adequate spatial resolution and high accuracy for the detection and quantification of myocardial infarction areas, consisting in a low cost and versatile option for high-resolution SPECT imaging of small rodents.

  16. Delayed imaging and additional methods to reduce subdiaphragmatic activity in myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging

    Wosnitzer, Brian; Ata, Pashmina; DePuey, Ernest Gordon

    2015-01-01

    Compton scatter from radiotracer in structures close to the heart may partially or completely mask myocardial perfusion defects on SPECT imaging. Previous reports have discussed benefits of additional delayed imaging. We present a case in which additional delayed stress imaging reduced Compton scatter and unveiled clinically significant, stress-induced ischemia.

  17. Clinical value of rapid clearance in resting sestamibi cardiac SPECT in patients with acute myocardial infarction

    Resting 99mTc sestamibi (MIBI) SPECT and exercise-reinjection thallium-201 (Tl) SPECT were performed in fourteen patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). MIBI SPECT were obtained 90 min (MIBI-90) and 300 min (MIBI-300) after injection of 370 MBq of MIBI at rest. MIBI-90 and MIBI-300 were compared with exercise Tl imaging (Tl-EX) and Tl reinjection imaging (REINJ). Each SPECT image was divided into 22 segments and myocardial uptake was scored visually. Abnormal perfusion defects were observed in 94 myocardial regions. Worsening of the score was observed in 79 segments (84%) on MIBI-300 compared with MIBI-90. Total MIBI-300 uptake score per person was significantly greater than that at MIBI-90 (14.8±8.6 vs. 7.7±7.9, p=0.001). The concordance rate of defect score between MIBI-90 and REINJ was significantly higher than that between MIBI-300 and REINJ (55% vs. 17%, p=0.001). In nine patients without recanalization of an infarct-related artery, perfusion defects were seen in 74 segments. The concordance rate of defect scores between MIBI-300 and T1-EX was significantly higher than that between MIBI-90 and Tl-EX (45% vs. 16%, p=0.001). In conclusion, rapid clearance of MIBI was observed frequently in patients with AMI. MIBI-90 and MIBI-300 may reflect myocardial viability and areas at risk for AMI, respectively. (author)

  18. Dynamic model of the left ventricle for use in simulation of myocardial perfusion SPECT and gated SPECT

    Simulation is a useful tool in cardiac SPECT to assess quantification algorithms. However, simple equation-based models are limited in their ability to simulate realistic heart motion and perfusion. We present a numerical dynamic model of the left ventricle, which allows us to simulate normal and anomalous cardiac cycles, as well as perfusion defects. Bicubic splines were fitted to a number of control points to represent endocardial and epicardial surfaces of the left ventricle. A transformation from each point on the surface to a template of activity was made to represent the myocardial perfusion. Geometry-based and patient-based simulations were performed to illustrate this model. Geometry-based simulations modeled (1) a normal patient, (2) a well-perfused patient with abnormal regional function, (3) an ischaemic patient with abnormal regional function, and (4) a patient study including tracer kinetics. Patient-based simulation consisted of a left ventricle including a realistic shape and motion obtained from a magnetic resonance study. We conclude that this model has the potential to study the influence of several physical parameters and the left ventricle contraction in myocardial perfusion SPECT and gated-SPECT studies

  19. Dipyridamole 201Tl myocardial SPECT imaging in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy

    Objective: To explore the characteristics of dipyridamole 201Tl myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) SPECT in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. Methods: Thirty patients with dilated cardiomyopathy underwent pharmacological stress 201Tl MPI SPECT after intravenous infusion of dipyridamole (0.56 mg/kg) for 4 min. The early and delayed SPECT images were acquired respectively at 10 and 240 min after 201Tl injection. The images were analyzed and reported by two or three experienced nuclear medicine physicians. Results: All patients were found to have abnormal perfusion patterns at delay imaging, however 90.00% (27/30) were also abnormal at early images. Six patients had reverse redistribution. Conclusion: Dipyridamole 201Tl MPI SPECT imaging may be of some value for the assessment of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. (authors)

  20. Incidence and impact of patient motion in myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging

    Full text: Myocardial perfusion imaging has played an important role in the evaluation and management of patients with Coronary artery disease (CAD) for over 20 years. Despite advances in 99mTc based radiopharmaceuticals and multiple detector gantries, patient motion m myocardial perfusion SPECT acquisitions is still problematic and may produce artefacts which mimic the appearances of CAD. While there have been a number of significant contributions to the investigation of motion induced artefacts in myocardial perfusion imaging, the vast majority of these investigations have utilised 201Tl as the radiopharmaceutical and a single detector gantry. This study would assess if patient motion during 99mTc based myocardial perfusion SPECT studies is a significant source of potential false positive findings for CAD. A prospective cross sectional study of 800 myocardial perfusion SPECT studies using 99mTc Myoview at three Nuclear Medicine sites was used to determine the incidence, type and location of visually detectable motion. An experimental study was used to evaluate the effect of patient motions (identified by the clinical study) on the integrity of myocardial perfusion SPECT data using 522 motion simulations generated from a technically and diagnostically normal dataset. Among the 800 individual studies analysed, 36 per cent contained visually detectable motion 31.5 per cent of rest studies demonstrated visually detectable motion compared to 40.5 per cent for stress (p=0.004) The most common type of motion detected was 'multiple bounce' which represented 47.6 per cent of motion. Left anterior oblique (LAO) and anterior were the most common specific locations in the raw data where patient motion was detected with 21.3 per cent and 17.2 per cent of motion respectively 21.7 per cent of simulated motion demonstrated motion induced artefacts. Abrupt motion resulted in artefacts for 52.6 per cent of studies while bounce motion resulted in artefacts in 6.8 per cent of

  1. Comparison between stress myocardial perfusion SPECT recorded with cadmium-zinc-telluride and Anger cameras in various study protocols

    The results of stress myocardial perfusion SPECT could be enhanced by new cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT) cameras, although differences compared to the results with conventional Anger cameras remain poorly known for most study protocols. This study was aimed at comparing the results of CZT and Anger SPECT according to various study protocols while taking into account the influence of obesity. The study population, which was from three different institutions equipped with identical CZT cameras, comprised 276 patients referred for study using protocols involving 201Tl (n = 120) or 99mTc-sestamibi injected at low dose at stress (99mTc-Low; stress/rest 1-day protocol; n = 110) or at high dose at stress (99mTc-High; rest/stress 1-day or 2-day protocol; n = 46). Each Anger SPECT scan was followed by a high-speed CZT SPECT scan (2 to 4 min). Agreement rates between CZT and Anger SPECT were good irrespective of the study protocol (for abnormal SPECT, 201Tl 92 %, 99mTc-Low 86 %, 99mTc-High 98 %), although quality scores were much higher for CZT SPECT with all study protocols. Overall correlations were high for the extent of myocardial infarction (r = 0.80) and a little lower for ischaemic areas (r = 0.72), the latter being larger on Anger SPECT (p 201Tl or 99mTc-Low group and in whom stress myocardial counts were particularly low with Anger SPECT (228 ± 101 kcounts) and dramatically enhanced with CZT SPECT (+279 ± 251 %). Concordance between the results of CZT and Anger SPECT is good regardless of study protocol and especially when excluding obese patients who have low-count Anger SPECT and for whom myocardial counts are dramatically enhanced on CZT SPECT. (orig.)

  2. Comparison between stress myocardial perfusion SPECT recorded with cadmium-zinc-telluride and Anger cameras in various study protocols

    Verger, Antoine; Karcher, Gilles [CHU-Nancy, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Nancy (France); INSERM U947, Nancy (France); Nancyclotep Experimental Imaging Platform, Nancy (France); Djaballah, Wassila [CHU-Nancy, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Nancy (France); INSERM U947, Nancy (France); Fourquet, Nicolas [Clinique Pasteur, Toulouse (France); Rouzet, Francois; Le Guludec, Dominique [AP-HP, Hopital Bichat, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Paris (France); INSERM U 773 Inserm and Denis Diderot University, Paris (France); Koehl, Gregoire; Roch, Veronique [CHU-Nancy, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Nancy (France); Nancyclotep Experimental Imaging Platform, Nancy (France); Imbert, Laetitia [CHU-Nancy, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Nancy (France); Nancyclotep Experimental Imaging Platform, Nancy (France); Centre Alexis Vautrin, Department of Radiotherapy, Vandoeuvre (France); Poussier, Sylvain [INSERM U947, Nancy (France); Nancyclotep Experimental Imaging Platform, Nancy (France); Fay, Renaud [INSERM, Centre d' Investigation Clinique CIC-P 9501, Nancy (France); Marie, Pierre-Yves [CHU-Nancy, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Nancy (France); Nancyclotep Experimental Imaging Platform, Nancy (France); INSERM U961, Nancy (France); Hopital de Brabois, CHU-Nancy, Medecine Nucleaire, Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy (France)

    2013-03-15

    The results of stress myocardial perfusion SPECT could be enhanced by new cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT) cameras, although differences compared to the results with conventional Anger cameras remain poorly known for most study protocols. This study was aimed at comparing the results of CZT and Anger SPECT according to various study protocols while taking into account the influence of obesity. The study population, which was from three different institutions equipped with identical CZT cameras, comprised 276 patients referred for study using protocols involving {sup 201}Tl (n = 120) or {sup 99m}Tc-sestamibi injected at low dose at stress ({sup 99m}Tc-Low; stress/rest 1-day protocol; n = 110) or at high dose at stress ({sup 99m}Tc-High; rest/stress 1-day or 2-day protocol; n = 46). Each Anger SPECT scan was followed by a high-speed CZT SPECT scan (2 to 4 min). Agreement rates between CZT and Anger SPECT were good irrespective of the study protocol (for abnormal SPECT, {sup 201}Tl 92 %, {sup 99m}Tc-Low 86 %, {sup 99m}Tc-High 98 %), although quality scores were much higher for CZT SPECT with all study protocols. Overall correlations were high for the extent of myocardial infarction (r = 0.80) and a little lower for ischaemic areas (r = 0.72), the latter being larger on Anger SPECT (p < 0.001). This larger extent was mainly observed in 50 obese patients who were in the {sup 201}Tl or {sup 99m}Tc-Low group and in whom stress myocardial counts were particularly low with Anger SPECT (228 {+-} 101 kcounts) and dramatically enhanced with CZT SPECT (+279 {+-} 251 %). Concordance between the results of CZT and Anger SPECT is good regardless of study protocol and especially when excluding obese patients who have low-count Anger SPECT and for whom myocardial counts are dramatically enhanced on CZT SPECT. (orig.)

  3. 201Tl myocardial SPECT and β-endorphin levels in patients with suspected silent ischemia

    Today silent myocardial ischemia (SMI) is a well-recognized phenomenon. Treadmill exercise according to the Bruce protocol, 201Tl myocardial SPECT and coronary angiography were performed in a total of 106 patients with suspected SMI. In group I (high probability of ischemia; n=46), reversible defects detected by SPECT correlated well with significant stenoses and irreversible defects with subtotal stenoses or complete occlusions. SPECT sensitivity in the detection of ischemia was 91%, its specificity 96%. In group II (low probability of ischemia; n=60), SPECT sensitivity was as high as in group I (94%) but due to a high number of false-positive results (e.g. cardiomyopathy) specificity was only 75%. However, SPECT was superior to exercise ECG (sensitivity 70%; specificity 56%) in the detection of SMI. In addition, β-endorphin levels were determined in 180 healthy subjects, 37 patients with symptomatic CAD and in 34 patients with SMI before and during maximum exercise. Exercise values in patients with SMI were significantly higher than in healthy subjects or in patients with symptomatic CAD. (orig./MG)

  4. Value of dipyridamole stress 201Tl myocardial SPECT in detecting dysfunction of coronary microcirculation

    Objective: To evaluate the value of dipyridamole stress 201Tl myocardial SPECT in detecting dysfunction of coronary microcirculation. Methods: Forty-eight patients diagnosed with cardiac syndrome X underwent dipyridamole stress 201Tl myocardial SPECT. Dipyridamole (0.56 mg/kg) was intravenously injected over 4 min followed by 201Tl (111 MBq) injection at 2 min after dipyridamole administration. Image was acquired at 10 min and 240 min post-injection and co-analyzed by over two experienced doctors in nuclear medicine after three-dimensional reconstruction. The patients with 'reverse redistribution' underwent repeated dipyridamole stress 201Tl SPECT after medical therapy for 2 weeks. The clinical symptoms and results of the treadmill exercise test pre-and post-therapy were compared. Results: Forty two patients (42/48, 87.50%) showed segmental defects: 'reverse redistribution' on delayed (240 min)201Tl images. After medical treatment, 36 cases of the 42 'reverse redistribution' patients had improvement in both clinical symptoms and treadmill exercise test. Post-treatment 201Tl imaging showed improvement in 45/49 (91.84%) defect segments. Six of the 42 patients had no improvement in clinical symptoms and/or treadmill exercise test. Post-treatment 201Tl imaging showed no improvement in all the 7 defect segments on the first scan. Conclusion: Dipyridamole stress 201Tl myocardial SPECT may be valuable in evaluation of impaired coronary microcirculation associated with cardiac syndrome X. (authors)

  5. Noninvasive quantification of myocardial perfusion heterogeneity by Markovian analysis in SPECT nuclear imaging

    Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of mortality worldwide, and third of these deaths are caused by coronary artery disease and rupture of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques. The heterogeneous alteration of the coronary microcirculation is an early phenomenon associated with many cardiovascular risk factors that can strongly predict the subsequent development of coronary artery disease, and lead to the appearance of myocardial perfusion heterogeneity. Nuclear medicine allows the study of myocardial perfusion in clinical routine through scintigraphic scans performed after injection of a radioactive tracer of coronary blood flow. Analysis of scintigraphic perfusion images currently allows the detection of myocardial ischemia, but the ability of the technique to measure the perfusion heterogeneity in apparently normally perfused areas is unknown. The first part of this thesis focuses on a retrospective clinical study to determine the feasibility of myocardial perfusion heterogeneity quantification measured by Thallium-201 single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in diabetic patients compared with healthy subjects. The clinical study has demonstrated the ability of routine thallium-201 SPECT imaging to quantify greater myocardial perfusion heterogeneity in diabetic patients compared with normal subjects. The second part of this thesis tests the hypothesis that the myocardial perfusion heterogeneity could be quantified in small animal SPECT imaging by Thallium-201 and/or Technetium-99m-MIBI in an experimental study using two animal models of diabetes, and is correlated with histological changes. The lack of difference in myocardial perfusion heterogeneity between control and diabetic animals suggests that animal models are poorly suited, or that the technology currently available does not seem satisfactory to obtain similar results as the clinical study. (author)

  6. Evaluation of myocardial perfusion and function by gated SPECT in patients with Behcet's disease

    Behcet's disease (BD) is a systemic multi-system vasculitis that can have a wide range of effects on the cardiovascular system. The objective of this study was to determine the existence of myocardial perfusion defects caused by coronary microvascular dysfunction in BD and to evaluate coronary arterial distribution and left ventricular systolic function by gated single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). The study population consisted of 23 (15 men and 8 women) patients with BD and 20 healthy controls (12 men and 8 women). Technetium-99m methoxyisobutylisonitrile (Tc-99m MIBI) gated SPECT studies were performed at stress and rest in a 2-day protocol. Stress and rest left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) were calculated. Using non-gated SPECT images myocardial perfusion scores [summed stress score (SSS), summed rest score (SRS), summed difference score (SDS), and fix defect score (FDS)] and perfusion defect extent as percentage (stress, rest ischemic, and fix %LV) were determined. Using gated SPECT images, wall motion score indices (stress wall motion score indices and rest wall motion score indices) were calculated. Coronary angiography (CAG) was applied to patients with abnormal myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS). The mean ages of the BD and control groups were 39.3±10.6 years and 36.2±8.3 years, respectively. No statistically significant differences were observed between the two groups regarding clinical features and cardiologic findings. Abnormal MPS was found in 13 (56.5%) of the BD patients; 3 patients had non-transmural infarcts and 10 patients reversible perfusion defects. Reversible perfusion defects were also found in two controls (10.0%). When the two groups were compared regarding the gated SPECT findings, differences were determined in the following parameters; SSS, SRS, SDS, FDS, stress and rest LVEF, stress and rest %LV, and stress and rest wall motion score index (WMSI). In the BD group, when gated SPECT results were compared

  7. Abnormal perfusion on myocardial perfusion SPECT in patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

    Kang, Do Young; Cha, Kwang Soo; Han, Seung Ho; Park, Tae Ho; Kim, Moo Hyun; Kim, Young Dae [Donga University College of Medicine, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2005-02-15

    Abnormal myocardial perfusion may be caused by ventricular preexcitation, but its location, extent, severity and correlation with accessory pathway (AP) are not established. We evaluated perfusion patterns on myocardial perfusion SPECT and location of AP in patients with WPW (Wolff-Parkison-White) syndrome. Adenosine Tc-99m MIBI or Tl-201 myocardial perfusion SPECT was performed in 11 patients with WPW syndrome. Perfusion defects (PD) were compared to AP location based on ECT with Fitzpatrick's algorithm of electrophysiologic study and radiofrequency catheter ablation. Patients had atypical chest discomfort or no symptom. Risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) was below 0.1 in 11 patients using the nomogram to estimate the probability of CAD. Coronary angiography was performed in 4 patients(mid-LAD 50% in one, normal in others). In 4 patients, AP localization was done by electrophysiologic study and radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA). Small to large extent (11.0 {+-} 8.5%, range:3 {approx} 35%) and mild to moderate severity (-71 {+-} 42.7%, range:-217 {approx} -39%) of reversible (n=9) or fixed (n=1) perfusion defects were noted. One patients with right free wall (right lateral) AP showed normal. PD locations were variable following the location of AP. One patient with left lateral wall AP was followed 6 weeks after RFCA and showed significantly decreased PD on SPECT with successful ablation. Myocardial perfusion defect showed variable extent, severity and location in patients with WPW syndrome. Abnormal perfusion defect showed in most of all patients, but if did not seem to be correlated specifically with location of accessory pathway and coronary artery disease. Therefore myocardial perfusion SPECT should be interpreted carefully in patients with WPW syndrome.

  8. Abnormal perfusion on myocardial perfusion SPECT in patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

    Abnormal myocardial perfusion may be caused by ventricular preexcitation, but its location, extent, severity and correlation with accessory pathway (AP) are not established. We evaluated perfusion patterns on myocardial perfusion SPECT and location of AP in patients with WPW (Wolff-Parkison-White) syndrome. Adenosine Tc-99m MIBI or Tl-201 myocardial perfusion SPECT was performed in 11 patients with WPW syndrome. Perfusion defects (PD) were compared to AP location based on ECT with Fitzpatrick's algorithm of electrophysiologic study and radiofrequency catheter ablation. Patients had atypical chest discomfort or no symptom. Risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) was below 0.1 in 11 patients using the nomogram to estimate the probability of CAD. Coronary angiography was performed in 4 patients(mid-LAD 50% in one, normal in others). In 4 patients, AP localization was done by electrophysiologic study and radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA). Small to large extent (11.0 ± 8.5%, range:3 ∼ 35%) and mild to moderate severity (-71 ± 42.7%, range:-217 ∼ -39%) of reversible (n=9) or fixed (n=1) perfusion defects were noted. One patients with right free wall (right lateral) AP showed normal. PD locations were variable following the location of AP. One patient with left lateral wall AP was followed 6 weeks after RFCA and showed significantly decreased PD on SPECT with successful ablation. Myocardial perfusion defect showed variable extent, severity and location in patients with WPW syndrome. Abnormal perfusion defect showed in most of all patients, but if did not seem to be correlated specifically with location of accessory pathway and coronary artery disease. Therefore myocardial perfusion SPECT should be interpreted carefully in patients with WPW syndrome

  9. Comparison of myocardial function between post-menopausal and pre-menopausal women: evaluation by gated myocardial SPECT

    Hwang, K. H.; Choa, Won Sick; Yoon, Min Ki [Gachon Medical School, Gil Hospital, Incheon (Korea, Republic of)

    2005-07-01

    In addition to inhibiting coronary atherosclerosis, estrogen is expected to have protective effects on cardiac myocytes. We investigated the difference in myocardial functional parameters evaluated by gated myocardial SPECT after adenosine-stress between post-menopausal and pre-menopausal healthy women. This study included 22 healthy post-menopausal women (mean age: 53.0 yr) and 20 pre-menopausal women (mean age: 43.0 yr) who performed Tc-99m tetrofosmin gated myocardial SPECT after adenosine-stress. Measured hemodynamic parameters, EDV, ESV, stroke volume, EF, cardiac output and cardiac index were compared between the two groups. For comparison, similar-aged two male groups with matched numbers were also studied. There was no significant difference in hemodynamic parameters. EDV, ESV, stroke volume, EF, or cardiac output between the post-menopausal and pre-menopausal women. However, post-menopausal women have a smaller cardiac index (mean: 1.95 L/min/m2 vs 2.20 L/min/m2; p=0.045) and adenosine-induced HR increase (mean : 80.5/min vs 89.7/min ; p=0.03), compared to the pre-menopausal women. On the contrary, the two male groups of the same age range and numbers with the women groups showed no significant difference in any myocardial parameters. These results suggest that menopause may be correlated with reduced increase in cardiac index and HR increase after adenosine-stress.

  10. Comparison of myocardial function between post-menopausal and pre-menopausal women: evaluation by gated myocardial SPECT

    In addition to inhibiting coronary atherosclerosis, estrogen is expected to have protective effects on cardiac myocytes. We investigated the difference in myocardial functional parameters evaluated by gated myocardial SPECT after adenosine-stress between post-menopausal and pre-menopausal healthy women. This study included 22 healthy post-menopausal women (mean age: 53.0 yr) and 20 pre-menopausal women (mean age: 43.0 yr) who performed Tc-99m tetrofosmin gated myocardial SPECT after adenosine-stress. Measured hemodynamic parameters, EDV, ESV, stroke volume, EF, cardiac output and cardiac index were compared between the two groups. For comparison, similar-aged two male groups with matched numbers were also studied. There was no significant difference in hemodynamic parameters. EDV, ESV, stroke volume, EF, or cardiac output between the post-menopausal and pre-menopausal women. However, post-menopausal women have a smaller cardiac index (mean: 1.95 L/min/m2 vs 2.20 L/min/m2; p=0.045) and adenosine-induced HR increase (mean : 80.5/min vs 89.7/min ; p=0.03), compared to the pre-menopausal women. On the contrary, the two male groups of the same age range and numbers with the women groups showed no significant difference in any myocardial parameters. These results suggest that menopause may be correlated with reduced increase in cardiac index and HR increase after adenosine-stress

  11. Assessment of regional quantitative analysis by ECG-gated myocardial SPECT after coronary artery bypass surgery

    ECG-gated myocardial SPECT (G-SPECT) was performed before and after coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) to investigate how this operation would affect the assessment of regional quantitative analyses. Nineteen patients with coronary artery disease underwent G-SPECT before and 1 month after uncomplicated CABG. 99mTc-MIBI 740 MBq was injected at rest, then G-SPECT was performed 60 min later. Regional ejection fraction (rEF), wall motion (WM), systolic was thickening (WT) and % tracer uptake were evaluated by quantitative gated SPECT program (QGS). Parameters were obtained quantitatively in 16 segments based on the functional bull's eye map. Percent tracer uptake increased in septum from 75±11% to 78±11% (p<0.001), while WT did not change (40±19% to 41±20%) after CABG. However, in septum rEF decreased from 17±13% to 6±9% (p<0.001) and WM decreased in septum from 1.6±1.1 mm to 0.6±0.9 mm (p<0.001). Significant reduction of rEF and WM despite of no deterioration of WT and % tracer uptake suggested that rEF and WM were affected by pseudoparadoxical asynergy after uncomplicated CABG. For the evaluation of regional function after CABG by G-SPECT, WT might be the preferred parameter. (author)

  12. Assessment of regional quantitative analysis by ECG-gated myocardial SPECT after coronary artery bypass surgery

    Higuchi, Takahiro; Taki, Junichi; Nakajima, Kenichi; Tsuji, Sirou; Yoneyama, Tatsuya; Kinuya, Seigo; Tonami, Norihisa; Kawasuji, Michio [Kanazawa Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine

    1999-12-01

    ECG-gated myocardial SPECT (G-SPECT) was performed before and after coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) to investigate how this operation would affect the assessment of regional quantitative analyses. Nineteen patients with coronary artery disease underwent G-SPECT before and 1 month after uncomplicated CABG. {sup 99m}Tc-MIBI 740 MBq was injected at rest, then G-SPECT was performed 60 min later. Regional ejection fraction (rEF), wall motion (WM), systolic was thickening (WT) and % tracer uptake were evaluated by quantitative gated SPECT program (QGS). Parameters were obtained quantitatively in 16 segments based on the functional bull's eye map. Percent tracer uptake increased in septum from 75{+-}11% to 78{+-}11% (p<0.001), while WT did not change (40{+-}19% to 41{+-}20%) after CABG. However, in septum rEF decreased from 17{+-}13% to 6{+-}9% (p<0.001) and WM decreased in septum from 1.6{+-}1.1 mm to 0.6{+-}0.9 mm (p<0.001). Significant reduction of rEF and WM despite of no deterioration of WT and % tracer uptake suggested that rEF and WM were affected by pseudoparadoxical asynergy after uncomplicated CABG. For the evaluation of regional function after CABG by G-SPECT, WT might be the preferred parameter. (author)

  13. Reproducibility of gated myocardial perfusion SPECT for the assessment of myocardial function: comparison with thallium-201 and technetium-99m-MIBI

    We compared the reproducibility of 201TI and 99mTc-sestamibi (MIBI) gated SPECT measurement of myocardial function using the Germano algorithm. Gated SPECT acquisition was repeated in the same prosition in 30 patients who received 201TI and in 26 who received 99m Tc-MIBI. The quantification of end-diastolic volume (EDV), end-systolic volume (ESV), and ejection fraction (EF) on 201TI and 99mTc-MIBI gated SPECT was processed independently using Cedars quantitative gated SPECT software. The reproducibility of the assessment of myocardial function on 201TI gated SPECT was compared with that of 99mTc-MIBI gated SPECT. Correlation between the two measurements for volumes and EF was excellent by the repeated gated SPECT studies of 201TI (r=0.928 to 0.986; p99mTc-MIBI (r=0.979 to 0.997; p99mTc-MIBI gated SPECT (EDV: 14.1 ml, ESV: 9.4 ml and EF: 5.5 %) than by repeated 201TI gated SPECT (EDV: 24.1 ml, ESV: 18.6 ml and EF: , 10.3%). The root mean square (RMS) values of the coefficient of variation (CV) for volumes and EFs were smaller by repeated 99mTc-MIBI gated SPECT (EDV: 2.1 ml, ESV: 2.7 ml and EF: 2.3%) than by more reproducible volumes and EF than 201TI on repeated acquisition gated SPECT. 99mTc-MIBI gated SPECT is the preferable method for the clinical monitoring of myocardial function

  14. Clinical meaning of myocardial washout in Tc-MIBI and Tc-PPN (tetrofosmin) myocardial SPECT in normal volunteers

    Background: There are few reports about the washout in Tc-MIBI and Tc-PPN rest myocardial SPECT. Purpose: To evaluate the differences of Tc-MIBI and Tc-PPN washout in gender and to compare the contraction fraction (CF) and washout, we obtained early and delayed images of Tc-multigated (MUGA) myocardial SPECT in normal volunteers and calculated ejection fraction (EF), CF and washout rate. Methods: Tc-MIBI and Tc-PPN MUGA myocardial SPECT was performed in normal volunteers (20-23 years old ,9 female and 10 male). Myocardial washout rate of Tc-MIBI and Tc-PPN was calculated from early and delayed images. EF was calculated from the early images by using QGS software. On the other hand, three-dimensional (3D) images were reconstructed from early images of Tc-MIBI and Tc-PPN using Application Visualization System Medical Viewer (AVS-MV), then threshold was set at 50%. The myocardial volume with a radioisotope count in end-diastole (ED:counts /ml) and end systole (ES:counts /ml) were calculated from the 3D image. Contraction fraction using AVS-MV(AVS-CF) was calculated by following formula. AVS-CF (ED-ES)/ED. Results: The MIBI washout rate was 22.0% in female, and 17.6% in male. The PPN washout rate was 29.5% in female, and 23.4% in male. The MIBI and PPN washout rates in female showed higher than male. QGS-EF and AVS-CF in female were higher than those in male {female and male: (QGS-EF of MIBI : 63.6% and 54.5%), (QGS-EF of PPN : 62.6% and 55.2%), (AVS-CF of MIBI : 48.3% and 36.2%), (AVS-CF of PPN : 48.0% and 39.2%)}.There was a good correlation between EF and AVS-CF of MIBI in all volunteers (r2=0.806, p<0.001). But there were no significant correlations between washout rate and EF of MIBI. There was a good correlation between washout rate and AVS-CF of PPN in all volunteers (r2=0.527, p<0.02). But there were no significant correlations between washout rate and PPN (r2=0.393, N.S.). Conclusion: Our results indicated that myocardial washout rates in female were higher

  15. Myocardial perfusion SPECT for assessment of left ventricular function and volume- comparison with echocardiography

    Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate left ventricular volume and function by gated SPECT and comparison of the results with echocardiography. Methods: 65 Consecutive patients (49 male, 16 female; mean age 61+11 years) who underwent both gated 99mTc-MIBI myocardial perfusion SPECT and echocardiography within a 15 days period were included in the study. Exclusion criteria were any change in clinical status between acquisition of the gated SPECT and echocardiography studies, acute myocardial infarction occurring less than 7 days before study, and surgical procedures occurring within 30 days of the study. The clinical diagnosis of each patient was not considered, as this was not relevant to the purpose of the study. The diagnoses were as follows: coronary artery disease (n=46), hypertensive heart disease (n=8), old myocardial infarction (n=5), myocarditis (n=2), and routine medical examination(n=4). A dose of 740 MBq of 99Tcm-sestamibi was administered in resting condition. Gated SPECT images were obtained with ADAC Vertex MCD-AC SPECT system. The raw projection images were reconstructed with filtered back-projection (ramp filter), without attenuation correction. The data, including left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), end-diastolic volume (EDV), end-systolic volume (ESV) were obtained using AUTOQUANT software (ADAC corporation). The echocardiography study used its standard techniques. Two nuclear medicine physicians processed the raw images respectively to evaluate internal reproducibility of gated SPECT. In order to compare the results of gated SPECT with echocardiography on different left ventricular volumes, all patients were divided into two groups (EDV90 ml, n=34) based by EDV measurements in echocardiography. Results: The correlation coefficient of LVEF, EDV, ESV between SPECT and echocardiography were 0.77, 0.86 and 0.90 respectively. P0.07). The reproducibility of gated SPECT was excellent. There were no significant differences in LVEF(59

  16. Interobserver Reproducibility of Segmental Scoring of 99mTc-MIBI Myocardial SPECT

    The accuracy of dipyridamole stress/rest 99mTc-MIBI myocardial imaging for detection of ischemia depends on reproducible image interpretation. To evaluate the reproducibility of visual assessment, agreement in interpretation among two independent observers, blinded to clinical data, was evaluated in SPECT images of 131 patients (94 males, 38 females, mean age 58 ±7 yr) with suspected coronary artery disease who underwent both dipyridamole stress/rest 99mTc-MIBI myocardial SPECT and coronary angiography, The left ventricle was divided into twenty-nine segments in stress and rest SPECT images and each segment was visually graded according to a five point scale (segmental score: O=normal, 1 =equivocal, 2=mild decrease, 3=severe decrease and 4=absent uptake). Overall concordance of segmental scoring between the two observers was 80%. The Pear- sons correlation coefficient (r) of the segmental scores for stress and rest images were 0.67 and 0.65, respectively, while the difference in score between the two images showed a correlation of 0.45 (all p<0.001). Agreement between two observers in final SPECT diagnosis as absence or presence of disease was 93%. The degree of agreement in segmental scoring showed no difference between patients with or without agreement as to the presence of disease. Therefore it appeared that cases with inconcordant diagnosis between the 2 observers were mainly due to a difference in individual threshold for interpretating the significance of a particular decreased uptake area rather than to a difference in perceiving the degree of the hypoactivity. Thus, establishment of individual optimum thresholds in visual interpretation of myocardial SPECT may be helpful to improve reproducibility and accuracy of scan diagnosis.

  17. Bull's-eye map of myocardial perfusion MR imaging. Comparison with SPECT

    When diagnosing heart disease, chest roentgenograms, ultrasonography, single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), and coronary arteriography are usually performed. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is not widely used for evaluating heart disease. Recent technological progress has allowed high quality images of the heart to be reliably obtained. A routine MR study taking about 30-40 minutes can provide a large amount of diagnostic information, such as cardiac structure, function, perfusion, and myocardial viability. The analysis software that can offer Bull's-eye maps from myocardial perfusion images has recently become commercially available. In this study, the characteristics of Bull's-eye mapping of MR imaging is compared with that of Bull's-eye mapping of SPECT using the same heart phantom. The difference in the image quality of the Bull's-eye maps was evaluated among the receiver coils of MR imaging. On Bull's-eye maps from both MR imaging and SPECT, decreased signal intensity was noted in the posterolateral wall. The degree of decrease in the signal of the MR imaging was more prominent than of SPECT. The decrease was severe for the general-purpose receive-only flexible (GPFLEX) coil, moderate for the cardiac and TORSO coil, and slight for the body coil. In the selection of a coil, it is necessary to take into consideration the trade-off between the distribution of signal intensity and the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). (author)

  18. Evaluation of coronary artery disease by exercise Tc-99m sestamibi myocardial SPECT

    Aim: The role and utility of exercise Tc-99m sestamibi myocardial SPECT in the detection and assessment of coronary artery disease. Material and Methods: 29 patients (24 males and 5 females, with a mean age of 54 years) with suspected coronary artery disease were studied. All patients had a coronary angiography prior to the radionuclide study. Eighteen patients had previous history of myocardial infarction. All underwent exercise Tc-99m sestamibi myocardial SPECT by same day stress and rest Tc-99m sestamibi protocol. Eight mCi of Tc99m MIBI was injected intravenously at peak exercise and 25mCi for rest. Imaging in all patients was done using Dual Headed SPECT Gamma Camera (Millennium VG), 64 x 64 matrix, 3o/view, and 20s/frame, 180 deg. rotation RAO to LPO. Segmental myocardial uptake defects were compared with diseased vessels as shown in angiography. Results: The overall sensitivities of exercise Tc-99m sestamibi myocardial SPECT for the detection of 50-70% and > 70% stenoses were 88% and 91,3% respectively. The specificity for lesion between 50-70% was 100%, and it was 83.3% for lesion with >70% stenosis. The sensitivity rates for the diagnosis of stenosis in left anterior descending coronary artery, left circumflex, and right coronary artery based on defect in at least one of the segments corresponding to one of the diseased vessels were 75.3%; 80% and 76.5% for lesion showing 50-70% stenoses, and 80%, 85.7% and 86.7% for lesions with >70% stenoses respectively. The corresponding specificity rates for detection of 50-70% stenoses were 60%, 71.4% and 91.7% respectively, and for detection of >70% stenoses were 55.6%; 73.3% and 92.9% respectively. Conclusion: Exercise Tc-99m estamibi myocardial SPECT is useful in the evaluation of significant coronary artery disease, in predicting prognosis and in the evaluation of patients with suspected coronary artery disease. (This study was conducted as a part of International Atomic Energy Agency's fellowship program in

  19. The accuracy of myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging in the evaluation of coronary artery disease in women and men

    The purpose of this study is to compare sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of myocardial perfusion SPECT for the detection of coronary artery disease (CAD) in women and men. 588 patients (455 males and 133 females, 273 after a previous myocardial infarction) underwent stress myocardial perfusion SPECT. The accuracy of myocardial perfusion SPECT was proved by coronary angiography (stenosis >50% was considered as a CAD). The sensitivity of SPECT was slightly higher, but statistically not significant, in men than in women (94% versus 91%, p > 0.05). The specificity was higher in women than in men (93% versus 82%), but this difference was not statistically significant either (p > 0.05). The accuracy of SPECT was the same for both sexes (92%). In angiographically verified group of patients the selection bias was obvious - patients with CAD dominated (74%) and the fraction of patients with CAD in men's group (83%) was significantly higher than in women's group (50%), p < 0.05. No significant difference was revealed in the accuracy of myocardial perfusion SPECT in men and women. Our results are in accordance with the prevailing opinion in literature that discovered differences in sensitivity, specificity and diagnostic accuracy are usually not statistically significant or that they can be explained by the selection bias of patients in angiographically verified groups (significantly higher fraction of patients with CAD in men's group). (author)

  20. Diagnosis of silent myocardial ischemia in type 2 diabetic patients by electrocardiogram, ergometry and Gated-SPECT

    31 asymptomatic type 2 diabetic patients were studied by lab tests, electrocardiogram, ergometry, Gated-SPECT and coronariography to determine the relation between the atherosclerotic risk factors and the silent myocardial ischemia. Patients were classified into two groups: positive SPECT and negative SPECT. Association tests were made for each variable and ROC curves were constructed to identify risk markers. In 35.5% of the patients silent myocardial ischemia was detected with a good angiographic correlation. A significant association was evidenced between positive SPECT and the atherosclerotic risk factors, namely, low values of HDLc, family pathological history of ischemic heart disease and peripheral vascular disease. The logistic regression models showed that low values of HDLc together with family pathological history of ischemic heart disease may be strong predictors of silent myocardial ischemia in asymptomatic type 2 diabetic patients

  1. Gender difference of accuracy in detecting coronary artery disease by myocardial perfusion SPECT

    Myocardial SPECT is an effective test for detecting coronary artery disease in the general population. But the diagnostic accuracy between sexes is not defined. The purpose of this study is to compare the diagnostic accuracy between males and females. One hundred and seventy seven male and 98 female patients who underwent myocardial SPECT within 1 month of coronary angiography were studied. Myocardial SPECTs were considered abnormal if fixed or reversible perfusion defects were detected. Stenosis severity of ≥ 50% luminal diameter reduction of any artery defined coronary artery disease (CAD). Overall sensitivity for detection of CAD was 98% in men and 97% in women (p=not significant). However, specificities, accuracies, and positive predictive values (PPV) in men and women were 49% vs 31% (p<0.05), 81% vs 57% (p<0.01), 78% vs 48% (p<0.01), respectively. Diagnostic accuracies for detection of right coronary artery disease were not different in both sexes, however, accuracies for detection of left anterior descending artery disease and left circumflex artery disease were significantly lower in female (p<0.05). A significant difference of diagnostic accuracy between sexes, especially n LAD and LCx disease, was noted. Artifacts from breast attenuation might be a cause for the lower diagnostic accuracy in female

  2. The usefulness of treatment evaluation of severe heart failure by ECG-gated myocardial SPECT

    Our purpose of study was to investigate the usefulness of treatment evaluation of severe heart failure by Electrocardiogram (ECG)-gated myocardial single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). We evaluated the cardiac function in the case of severe heart failure by gated SPECT and compared it with the cardiac function obtained by left ventriculography (LVG), echocardiography, cardiac MRI, and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) values. We investigated the correlation of ejection fraction (EF), time lag of wall motion between the septal and lateral walls of the left ventricle for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) and wall thickening (WT). We classified the left ventricular (LV) into basal, middle and apical areas for comparison of WT. We investigated the effect of a perfusion defect score in these comparisons. The gated SPECT results were correlated with comparative subjects in EF. The results were correlated with MRI on the middle area of the LV in the comparison of WT. We thought it was possible that there was an effect from a perfusion defect score in a time lag comparison of wall motion. Treatment evaluation of severe heart failure by gated SPECT is useful, because it is able to obtain three-dimensional cardiac function analysis, and it offers objectivity and reproducible quantitative evaluation. At the same time, perfusion SPECT is helpful for CRT and LV-plasty. (author)

  3. Evaluation of cardiomyopathy in Duchenne muscular dystrophy by Tl-201 myocardial SPECT

    Clinical evaluation of Tl-201 myocardial SPECT in patients with cardiomyopathy of Duchenne type progressive muscular dystrophy (DMD) was reported. Cases subjected to study were 14 DMD and 8 normal. Using a rotating gamma camera system (ZLC7500 and Scintipac 70A), SPECT data were collected for 16 minutes (32 angles x 30 sec/angle, 1800). The hypoperfusion areas of the left ventricular muscle were observed in 10 patients (71 %), which was in posterior wall (71 %), inferior wall (57 %), lateral and anterior wall (43 %) in the order of frequency. The hypoperfusion area became wider with age and stage, exept for some patients. It was suggested that myocardial degeneration in DMD started in posterior wall and then spread in other areas. For the purpose of quantitative evaluation of myocardial damage, Tl-201 myocardial uptake ratio (MUR) and left ventricular muscle volume (LVMV) were calculated using the results obtained by phantom studies. MUR and LVMV were higher in DMD than those of normal individuals (3.6 +- 1.0 %: 2.7 +- 0.3 %, p < 0.05, 190.2 +- 67.5 ml: 157.8 +- 21.5 ml, n.s., respectively). (author)

  4. Normal value of functional parameters in gated myocardial perfusion SPECT in patients with low risk of coronary artery disease: emory cardiac tool box program

    Kang, D. Y.; Kim, M. H.; Kim, Y. D.; Kim, D. K. [Donga University College of Medicine, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2002-07-01

    Absolute value of the functional data of gated myocardial perfusion SPECT is necessary to determine that individual patient is normal or not. Tc-99m MIBI gated myocardial perfusion SPECT was performed using emory cardiac tool box program. All patients (M:F=15:36, age 64{+-}10 yrs) showed normal myocardial perfusion. The patients with following characteristics were excluded; previous angina or MI, ECG change with Q wave or ST-T change, diabetes mellitus, hypercholesterolemia, typical chest pain and hypertension. In all patients, myocardial mass is 117{+-}23 g in stress gated SPECT, 106{+-}22 g in stress ungated SPECT and 102{+-}21 g in rest ungated SPECT. EDV is 90{+-}28 ml, ESV 26{+-}20 ml, SV 66{+-}21 ml, EF 73{+-}10 % and TID 1.06{+-}0.14. Myocardial mass in rest ungated SPECT is significantly different between men and women (p=0.025). Myocardial mass is significantly different between stress gated SPECT and stress ungated SPECT (p=0.000), and between stress ungated SPECT and rest ungated SPECT (p=0.003). We provide normal value of functional parameters to determine the abnormality of individual patients in patients with low risk of coronary artery disease.

  5. Normal value of functional parameters in gated myocardial perfusion SPECT in patients with low risk of coronary artery disease: emory cardiac tool box program

    Absolute value of the functional data of gated myocardial perfusion SPECT is necessary to determine that individual patient is normal or not. Tc-99m MIBI gated myocardial perfusion SPECT was performed using emory cardiac tool box program. All patients (M:F=15:36, age 64±10 yrs) showed normal myocardial perfusion. The patients with following characteristics were excluded; previous angina or MI, ECG change with Q wave or ST-T change, diabetes mellitus, hypercholesterolemia, typical chest pain and hypertension. In all patients, myocardial mass is 117±23 g in stress gated SPECT, 106±22 g in stress ungated SPECT and 102±21 g in rest ungated SPECT. EDV is 90±28 ml, ESV 26±20 ml, SV 66±21 ml, EF 73±10 % and TID 1.06±0.14. Myocardial mass in rest ungated SPECT is significantly different between men and women (p=0.025). Myocardial mass is significantly different between stress gated SPECT and stress ungated SPECT (p=0.000), and between stress ungated SPECT and rest ungated SPECT (p=0.003). We provide normal value of functional parameters to determine the abnormality of individual patients in patients with low risk of coronary artery disease

  6. 123I-MIBG SPECT shows myocardial denervation after transmyocardial laser revascularisation

    Transmyocardial laser revascularization (TMLR) is an invasive therapy used to treat patients with severe refractory angina pectoris in whom standard treatment is insufficient or not possible. Randomized trials have reported a clear clinical benefit (relief of angina and improvement of Quality of Life (QOL)) of TMLR compared to maximal medical treatment. The post-TMLR clinical improvement has been suggested to be associated with myocardial sympathetic denervation. The aim of the present study was to investigate if TMLR induces myocardial sympathetic denervation. TMLR was performed in 8 patients with refractory angina pectoris. Pre- and post-TMLR myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (99mTc-Tetrofosmin SPECT) and sympathetic innervation (123I-MIBG SPECT) were semi-quantitatively assessed using an 18 segment model and a 5 point scoring system. Pre- and post-TMLR summed perfusion, denervation and difference scores were calculated. In all patients post-TMLR 123I-MIBG SPECT showed decreased uptake: summed denervation score pre-TMLR was 13.4±3.9 vs. 23.9±4.3 post-TMLR (P=0.00002). In 80% of segments the decreased uptake could be related to the TMLR treated area. Pre- and post TMLR myocardial perfusion scintigraphy did not show significant differences. In all patients angina reduced by ≥ 2 classes (NYHA classification) at 3 to 12 months follow up, and QOL significantly improved. Our results indicate that TMLR-induced improvement of angina and QOL can be explained by destruction of nociceptors or cardiac neural pathways, changing the perception of anginal pain

  7. Evaluation of myocardial disorders in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy and left ventricular eccentric hypertrophy; By sup 201 Tl myocardial SPECT

    Yamazaki, Junichi; Ohsawa, Hidefumi; Uchi, Takashi (Toho Univ., Tokyo (Japan). School of Medicine) (and others)

    1992-03-01

    {sup 201}Tl myocardial SPECT was performed in cases of dilated cardiomyopathy and valvular heart disease with left ventricular eccentric hypertrophy, and the two groups were compared from the standpoint of the mechanism of onset of myocardial disorders. Significant coefficients of correlation were seen between the Tl score and LVDd (r=0.792, r=0.785) and Tl score and LVEF (r=-0.634, r=-0.555) in both dilated cardiomyopathy and valvular heart disease. In cases of valvular heart disease, significant correlation coefficients (r=-0.756, r=-0.720) between LVDd and r-WR (relative-washout rate), and Tl score and r-WR were observed, but no such correlation was seen in dilated cardiomyopathy. In valvular heart disease, a decrease in myocardial perfusion associated with enlargement of the left ventricle appeared, while in dilated cardiomyopathy, there was a marked decrease in LVEF in proportion to the thallium defect. Therefore, it was assumed that left ventricular wall disorders occur due to myocardial metabolic disorders and coronary microcirculation disorders. (author).

  8. Interrelation of ST-segment depression during bicycle ergometry and extent of myocardial ischaemia by myocardial perfusion SPECT

    The aim of this study was to compare ST-segment depression (STD) during bicycle ergometry and extent of myocardial ischaemia assessed by myocardial perfusion SPECT (MPS) in a large patient cohort. Consecutive patients (n = 955) referred for MPS with bicycle ergometry and interpretable stress ECG were evaluated with respect to ECG and MPS findings of ischaemia. The maximal STD was recorded and exercise ECG was considered ischaemic if STD was horizontal or downsloping (≥1 mm). MPS was interpreted using a 20-segment model with a scale of 0 to 4. A summed stress (SSS), summed rest (SRS) and summed difference score (SDS = SSS-SRS, e.g. extent of ischaemia) were derived. Ischaemia was defined as an SDS ≥ 2. An exercise-induced STD was present in 215 patients (22%) and myocardial ischaemia on MPS was present in 366 patients (38%). The extent of ST-segment depression and the number of ECG leads with significant STD were each strongly and significantly associated with increasing severity of ischaemia and the number of coronary territories involved (p < 0.01 for all correlations). These data demonstrate a strong correlation between the extent of STD, number of ischaemic leads and severity of myocardial ischaemia as assessed by MPS during bicycle ergometry. (orig.)

  9. Non invasive evaluation of the coronary atherosclerosis illness in patients with silent ischemia: utility of the SPECT of myocardial perfusion. Electric, angiographic and image correlation

    The objective of the work was to determine the utility of the SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography) of myocardial perfusion for the ischemia detection in asymptomatic patients with Coronary Atherosclerosis Illness. It was concluded that the SPECT of myocardial perfusion has a high sensitivity (97%) for the silent ischemia diagnosis

  10. EANM procedural guidelines for radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging with SPECT and SPECT/CT

    Verberne, Hein J; Acampa, Wanda; Anagnostopoulos, Constantinos;

    2015-01-01

    Since the publication of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) procedural guidelines for radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in 2005, many small and some larger steps of progress have been made, improving MPI procedures. In this paper, the major changes from the updated ...

  11. Reference Range of Functional Data of Gated Myocardial Perfusion SPECT by Quantitative Gated SPECT of Cedars-Sinai and 4D-MSPECT of Michigan University

    Kang, Do Young; Kim, Moo Hyun; Kim, Young Dae [College of Medicine, Univ. of Donga, Pusan (Korea, Republic of)

    2003-07-01

    Various programs have been developed for gating of myocardial perfusion SPECT. Among the those program, the most popular program is the Quantitative Gated SPECT (QGS)? developed by Cedars-Sinai hospital and most recently released program is 4D-MSPECT? developed by university of Michigan. It is important to know the reference range of the functional data of gated myocardial perfusion SPECT because it is necessary to determine abnormality of individual patient and echocardiographic data is different from those of gated SPECT. Tc-99m MIBI gated myocardial perfusion SPECT image was reconstructed by dual head gamma camera (Siemens, BCAM, esoft) as routine procedure and analyzed using QGS? and 4D-MSPECT? program. All patients (M: F=9: 18, Age 69{+-}9 yrs) showed normal myocardial perfusion. The patients with following characteristics were excluded: previous angina or MI history, ECG change with Q wave or ST-T change, diabetes melitius, hypercholesterolemia, typical chest pain, hypertension and cardiomyopathy. Pre-test likelihood of all patients was low. (1) In stress gated SPECT by QGS?, EDV was 73{+-}25 ml, ESV 25{+-}14 ml, EF 67{+-}11 % and area of first frame of gating 106.4{+-}21cm{sup 2}. In rest gated SPECT, EDV was 76{+-}26 ml, ESV 27{+-}15 ml, EF 66{+-}12 and area of first frame of gating 108{+-}20cm{sup 2}. (2) In stress gated SPECT by 4D-MSPECT?, EDV was 76{+-}28 ml, ESV 23{+-}16 ml, EF 72{+-}11 %, mass 115{+-}24 g and ungated volume 42{+-}15 ml. In rest gated SPECT, EDV was 75{+-}27 ml, ESV 23{+-}12 ml, EF 71{+-}9%, mass 113{+-}25g and ungate dvolume 42{+-}15 ml, (3) s-EDV, s-EF, r-ESV and r-EF were significantly different between QGS? and 4D-MSPECT? (each p=0.016, p<0.001. p=0.003 and p=0.001). We determined the normal reference range of functional parameters by QGS? and 4D-MSPECT? program to diagnose individually the abnormality of patients. And the reference ranges have to adopted to be patients by each specific gating program.

  12. Reference Range of Functional Data of Gated Myocardial Perfusion SPECT by Quantitative Gated SPECT of Cedars-Sinai and 4D-MSPECT of Michigan University

    Various programs have been developed for gating of myocardial perfusion SPECT. Among the those program, the most popular program is the Quantitative Gated SPECT (QGS)? developed by Cedars-Sinai hospital and most recently released program is 4D-MSPECT? developed by university of Michigan. It is important to know the reference range of the functional data of gated myocardial perfusion SPECT because it is necessary to determine abnormality of individual patient and echocardiographic data is different from those of gated SPECT. Tc-99m MIBI gated myocardial perfusion SPECT image was reconstructed by dual head gamma camera (Siemens, BCAM, esoft) as routine procedure and analyzed using QGS? and 4D-MSPECT? program. All patients (M: F=9: 18, Age 69±9 yrs) showed normal myocardial perfusion. The patients with following characteristics were excluded: previous angina or MI history, ECG change with Q wave or ST-T change, diabetes melitius, hypercholesterolemia, typical chest pain, hypertension and cardiomyopathy. Pre-test likelihood of all patients was low. (1) In stress gated SPECT by QGS?, EDV was 73±25 ml, ESV 25±14 ml, EF 67±11 % and area of first frame of gating 106.4±21cm2. In rest gated SPECT, EDV was 76±26 ml, ESV 27±15 ml, EF 66±12 and area of first frame of gating 108±20cm2. (2) In stress gated SPECT by 4D-MSPECT?, EDV was 76±28 ml, ESV 23±16 ml, EF 72±11 %, mass 115±24 g and ungated volume 42±15 ml. In rest gated SPECT, EDV was 75±27 ml, ESV 23±12 ml, EF 71±9%, mass 113±25g and ungate dvolume 42±15 ml, (3) s-EDV, s-EF, r-ESV and r-EF were significantly different between QGS? and 4D-MSPECT? (each p=0.016, p<0.001. p=0.003 and p=0.001). We determined the normal reference range of functional parameters by QGS? and 4D-MSPECT? program to diagnose individually the abnormality of patients. And the reference ranges have to adopted to be patients by each specific gating program

  13. Myocardial perfusion imaging using SPECT/CT and PET/CT

    With technical progress coronary CT angiography is increasingly accepted as a noninvasive alternative in morphological imaging. However, image quality and interpretation are still influenced by various factors like blooming artifacts, misregistration and the experience of the interpreter. The combination with stress-rest myocardial perfusion SPECT or PET as a hybrid scanner or two standalone scanners enables comprehensive noninvasive anatomical and functional imaging of the heart as well as three dimensional image fusion. Hybrid-imaging is feasible with today's commercially available software packages but still requires time demanding manual intervention and experienced interpretation. PET investigations, either in replacement of SPECT for perfusion measurements, or in addition with new biomarkers will provide even more impact to hybrid imaging in future. (orig.)

  14. Prognostic value of normal stress-only myocardial perfusion imaging: a comparison between conventional and CZT-based SPECT

    Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging has proven to have prognostic importance in patients with suspected stable coronary artery disease (CAD). The recently introduced ultrafast cadmium zinc telluride (CZT)-based gamma cameras have been associated with less equivocal findings and more normal interpretations, allowing stress-only imaging to be performed more often. However, it is yet unclear whether normal stress-only CZT SPECT has comparable prognostic value as normally interpreted stress-only conventional SPECT. The study population consisted of 1,650 consecutive patients without known CAD with normal stress-only myocardial perfusion results with either conventional (n = 362) or CZT SPECT (n = 1,288). The incidence of major adverse cardiac events (MACE, all-cause death, non-fatal myocardial infarction and/or coronary revascularization) was compared between the conventional SPECT and CZT SPECT groups. Multivariable analyses using the Cox model were used to adjust for differences in baseline variables. Patients scanned with CZT were less often male (33 vs 39 %), had less often hypercholesterolaemia (41 vs 50 %) and had more often a family history of CAD (57 vs 49 %). At a median follow-up time of 37 months (interquartile range 28-45 months) MACE occurred in 68 patients. The incidence of MACE was 1.5 %/year in the CZT group, compared to 2.0 %/year in the conventional group (p = 0.08). After multivariate analyses, there was a trend to a lower incidence of MACE in the CZT SPECT group (hazard ratio 0.61, 95 % confidence interval 0.35-1.04, p = 0.07). The prognostic value of normal stress-only CZT SPECT is at least comparable and may be even better than that of normal conventional stress SPECT. (orig.)

  15. Prognostic value of normal stress-only myocardial perfusion imaging: a comparison between conventional and CZT-based SPECT

    Yokota, Shu; Ottervanger, Jan Paul; Timmer, Jorik R. [Isala Hospital, Department of Cardiology, Zwolle (Netherlands); Mouden, Mohamed; Engbers, Elsemiek [Isala Hospital, Department of Cardiology, Zwolle (Netherlands); Isala Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Zwolle (Netherlands); Knollema, Siert; Jager, Pieter L. [Isala Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Zwolle (Netherlands)

    2016-02-15

    Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging has proven to have prognostic importance in patients with suspected stable coronary artery disease (CAD). The recently introduced ultrafast cadmium zinc telluride (CZT)-based gamma cameras have been associated with less equivocal findings and more normal interpretations, allowing stress-only imaging to be performed more often. However, it is yet unclear whether normal stress-only CZT SPECT has comparable prognostic value as normally interpreted stress-only conventional SPECT. The study population consisted of 1,650 consecutive patients without known CAD with normal stress-only myocardial perfusion results with either conventional (n = 362) or CZT SPECT (n = 1,288). The incidence of major adverse cardiac events (MACE, all-cause death, non-fatal myocardial infarction and/or coronary revascularization) was compared between the conventional SPECT and CZT SPECT groups. Multivariable analyses using the Cox model were used to adjust for differences in baseline variables. Patients scanned with CZT were less often male (33 vs 39 %), had less often hypercholesterolaemia (41 vs 50 %) and had more often a family history of CAD (57 vs 49 %). At a median follow-up time of 37 months (interquartile range 28-45 months) MACE occurred in 68 patients. The incidence of MACE was 1.5 %/year in the CZT group, compared to 2.0 %/year in the conventional group (p = 0.08). After multivariate analyses, there was a trend to a lower incidence of MACE in the CZT SPECT group (hazard ratio 0.61, 95 % confidence interval 0.35-1.04, p = 0.07). The prognostic value of normal stress-only CZT SPECT is at least comparable and may be even better than that of normal conventional stress SPECT. (orig.)

  16. Tests of scanning model observers for myocardial SPECT imaging

    Gifford, H. C.; Pretorius, P. H.; Brankov, J. G.

    2009-02-01

    Many researchers have tested and applied human-model observers as part of their evaluations of reconstruction methods for SPECT perfusion imaging. However, these model observers have generally been limited to signal-known- exactly (SKE) detection tasks. Our objective is to formulate and test scanning model observers that emulate humans in detection-localization tasks involving perfusion defects. Herein, we compare several models based on the channelized nonprewhitening (CNPW) observer. Simulated Tc-99m images of the heart with and without defects were created using a mathematical anthropomorphic phantom. Reconstructions were performed with an iterative algorithm and postsmoothed with a 3D Gaussian filter. Human and model-observer studies were conducted to assess the optimal number of iterations and the smoothing level of the filter. The human-observer study was a multiple-alternative forced-choice (MAFC) study with five defects. The CNPW observer performed the MAFC study, but also performed an SKE-but-variable (SKEV) study and a localization ROC (LROC) study. A separate LROC study applied an observer based on models of human search in mammograms. The amount of prior knowledge about the possible defects differed for these four model-observer studies. The trend was towards improved agreement with the human observers as prior knowledge decreased.

  17. Usefulness of I-123 MIBG myocardial SPECT in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy for predicting cardiac events

    We evaluated cardiac sympathetic nerve activity in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCMP) using I-123 metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) myocardial SPECT, and tried to find variables to predict disease progression (DP). MIBG SPECT was performed in 17 patients (M:F = 11:6, age 63.9±11.1 years) with DCMP (idiopathic = 14, ischemic = 2 and other = 1). At 15 min and 4 hs after IV injection of I-123 MIBG (5 mCi), planar and SPECT images were acquired. Using planar images, heart to mediastinum (H/M) ratios, and washout rate (WR) 100 x [ (H-M)15min (H-M)4hr]/(H-M) 15min were calculated with ROIs drawn for heart contour and mediastinum (7x7 pixels). Using SPECT images, total uptake score (TUS) was defined as sum of 17 myocardial segments using 3-point scale. Using M-mode echocardiography, LV ejection fraction (LVEF) was calculated as follows: (LVDd2-LVDs2)/LVDd2. The decline of EF more than 5%, or hospitalization due to dyspnea aggravation was defined as DP. All the patients were observed for 339±106 days. During follow up periods, no mortality cases were observed but 2 cases suffered from EF decline, 2 hospitalization and 1 both EF decline and hospitalization. However Cox proportion hazard regression analysis did not identify significant parameter for DP among H/M ratio, WR, TUS, and deltaTUS. Patients could be divided into 2 groups based on WR, the known prognostic marker. The high WR patients (more than 50%, n=9) had significantly lower H/M ratio (1.55±0.27 versus 2.01±0.32 p<0.01) and significantly lower TUS4hr (12.1±13.9 versus 32.7±11.4, p<0.01) than low WR patients (less than 50%, n=8). WR and TUS4hr showed negative correlation (rho=-0.705, p<0.01). MIBG SPECT was applied to DCMP patients for evaluation of DP. Longer follow up period of more than 1 year seems to be essential for prognosis evaluation. In addition to WR, TUS obtained at 4 hour MIBG SPECT may be used as a useful marker of DCMP

  18. Cost-effectiveness of exercise 201Tl myocardial SPECT in patients with chest pain assessed by decision-tree analysis

    To evaluate the potential cost-effectiveness of exercise 201Tl myocardial SPECT in outpatients with angina-like chest pain, we developed a decision-tree model which comprises three 1000-patients groups, i.e., a coronary arteriography (CAG) group, a follow-up group, and a SPECT group, and total cost and cardiac events, including cardiac deaths, were calculated. Variables used for the decision-tree analysis were obtained from references and the data available at out hospital. The sensitivity and specificity of 201Tl SPECT for diagnosing angina pectoris, and its prevalence were assumed to be 95%, 85%, and 33%, respectively. The mean costs were 84.9 x 104 yen/patient in the CAG group, 30.2 x 104 yen/patient in the follow-up group, and 71.0 x 104 yen/patient in the SPECT group. The numbers of cardiac events and cardiac deaths were 56 and 15, respectively in the CAG group, 264 and 81 in the follow-up group, and 65 and 17 in the SPECT group. SPECT increases cardiac events and cardiac deaths by 0.9% and 0.2%, but it reduces the number of CAG studies by 50.3%, and saves 13.8 x 104 yen/patient, as compared to the CAG group. In conclusion, the exercise 201Tl myocardial SPECT strategy for patients with chest pain has the potential to reduce health care costs in Japan. (author)

  19. Impact of injection dose, post-reconstruction filtering, and collimator choice on image quality of myocardial perfusion SPECT using cadmium-zinc telluride detectors in the rat

    Mizutani, Asuka; Matsunari, Ichiro; Kobayashi, Masato; Nishi, Kodai; Fujita, Wataru; Miyazaki, Yoshiharu; Nekolla, Stephan G; Kawai, Keiichi

    2015-01-01

    Background The aims of this study were (1) to evaluate the impact of injection dose, post-reconstruction filtering, and collimator choice on image quality of myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) using cadmium-zinc telluride (CZT) detectors and (2) to determine how these factors affect measured infarct size in the in vivo rat. Methods Twenty-four healthy and eight myocardial infarct (MI) rats underwent myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging after injection of var...

  20. Prognostic value of gated SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with coronary artery disease

    213 patients with known or suspected CAD whom underwent gated SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in Department of Nuclear Medicine, 108 Central Military Hospital. Mean follow-up time was 14.6 ± 6.6 months. Patients with reversible defect and mixed defect had higher rate of cardiac events (43.4%) and revascularization (34.9%) than those with fixed defect (18.4% and 10.2%), respectively (p < 0.01; OR 3.4 - 4.7). The severity of myocardial perfusion defects was significantly correlated to wall motion, left ventricular function and cardiac events as well. Patients with WMS ≥ 2 and EF less than 40% had higher risk and heart failure, cardiac death rate than those with WMS <2 and EF < 40% (p < 0.05). Conclusions: In patients with known or suspected CAD, the characteristics of MPI are of high value in CAD prognosis. (author)

  1. The value of serial 99mTc-MIBI myocardial SPECT imaging in animal models of acute myocardial ischemia and reperfusion

    The purpose is to evaluate acute ischemia and reperfusion in canine models by serial 99mTc-MIBI myocardial SPECT studies. In 24 dogs, myocardial ischemia was induced by dilated balloon inserted in LAD or LCX, followed by reperfusion at 1h (Group I), 4h (Group II) later, and permanent ischemia by copper coil (Group III). The first and second imaging was taken after ischemia and after reperfusion. The 3rd, 4th and 5th SPECT were at 7, 14 and 28 days later. Defect fraction (DF), and ischemic fraction (IF) was obtained from the Bull's-eye images. The first DFs in all 3 groups correlated well with the myocardium at risk (IF) measured by pathological study. DF in group I decreased consistently since the second SPECT, in Group II DF had some decrease, while in Group III no decrease of DF was measured. The SF in all animals showed the same trend. The last DF was correlated with the real size of infarct foci (NF) determined by TTC staining by pathological study. 99mTc-MIBI SPECT was sensitive and accurate in revealing myocardial damage after acute ischemia and its response to reperfusion. The first (before), second (right after), and the last SPECT (4 weeks after reperfusion) were the most informative and clinically useful

  2. Impact of a new ultrafast CZT SPECT camera for myocardial perfusion imaging: fewer equivocal results and lower radiation dose

    Mouden, Mohamed [Isala Klinieken, Department of Cardiology, Zwolle (Netherlands); Isala Klinieken, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Zwolle (Netherlands); Timmer, Jorik R.; Ottervanger, Jan Paul [Isala Klinieken, Department of Cardiology, Zwolle (Netherlands); Reiffers, Stoffer; Oostdijk, Ad H.J.; Knollema, Siert; Jager, Pieter L. [Isala Klinieken, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Zwolle (Netherlands)

    2012-06-15

    The new ultrafast cardiac single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) cameras with cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT)-based detectors are faster and produce higher quality images as compared to conventional SPECT cameras. We assessed the need for additional imaging, total imaging time, tracer dose and 1-year outcome between patients scanned with the CZT camera and a conventional SPECT camera. A total of 456 consecutive stable patients without known coronary artery disease underwent myocardial perfusion imaging on a hybrid SPECT/CT (64-slice) scanner using either conventional (n = 225) or CZT SPECT (n = 231). All patients started with low-dose stress imaging, combined with coronary calcium scoring. Rest imaging was only done when initial stress SPECT testing was equivocal or abnormal. Coronary CT angiography was subsequently performed in cases of ischaemic or equivocal SPECT findings. Furthermore, 1-year clinical follow-up was obtained with regard to coronary revascularization, nonfatal myocardial infarction or death. Baseline characteristics were comparable between the two groups. With the CZT camera, the need for rest imaging (35 vs 56%, p < 0.001) and additional coronary CT angiography (20 vs 28%, p = 0.025) was significantly lower as compared with the conventional camera. This resulted in a lower mean total administered isotope dose per patient (658 {+-} 390 vs 840 {+-} 421 MBq, p < 0.001) and shorter imaging time (6.39 {+-} 1.91 vs 20.40 {+-} 7.46 min, p < 0.001) with the CZT camera. After 1 year, clinical outcome was comparable between the two groups. As compared to images on a conventional SPECT camera, stress myocardial perfusion images acquired on a CZT camera are more frequently interpreted as normal with identical clinical outcome after 1-year follow-up. This lowers the need for additional testing, results in lower mean radiation dose and shortens imaging time. (orig.)

  3. Impact of a new ultrafast CZT SPECT camera for myocardial perfusion imaging: fewer equivocal results and lower radiation dose

    The new ultrafast cardiac single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) cameras with cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT)-based detectors are faster and produce higher quality images as compared to conventional SPECT cameras. We assessed the need for additional imaging, total imaging time, tracer dose and 1-year outcome between patients scanned with the CZT camera and a conventional SPECT camera. A total of 456 consecutive stable patients without known coronary artery disease underwent myocardial perfusion imaging on a hybrid SPECT/CT (64-slice) scanner using either conventional (n = 225) or CZT SPECT (n = 231). All patients started with low-dose stress imaging, combined with coronary calcium scoring. Rest imaging was only done when initial stress SPECT testing was equivocal or abnormal. Coronary CT angiography was subsequently performed in cases of ischaemic or equivocal SPECT findings. Furthermore, 1-year clinical follow-up was obtained with regard to coronary revascularization, nonfatal myocardial infarction or death. Baseline characteristics were comparable between the two groups. With the CZT camera, the need for rest imaging (35 vs 56%, p < 0.001) and additional coronary CT angiography (20 vs 28%, p = 0.025) was significantly lower as compared with the conventional camera. This resulted in a lower mean total administered isotope dose per patient (658 ± 390 vs 840 ± 421 MBq, p < 0.001) and shorter imaging time (6.39 ± 1.91 vs 20.40 ± 7.46 min, p < 0.001) with the CZT camera. After 1 year, clinical outcome was comparable between the two groups. As compared to images on a conventional SPECT camera, stress myocardial perfusion images acquired on a CZT camera are more frequently interpreted as normal with identical clinical outcome after 1-year follow-up. This lowers the need for additional testing, results in lower mean radiation dose and shortens imaging time. (orig.)

  4. Diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction using dual SPECT (99mTc PYP and 201Tl Cl) method

    We investigated the usefulness of the dual SPECT method with the Tc-99m and Tl-201 in comparison with the conventional Tc-99m planar method. Myocardial scintigraphy was performed in 57 patients with acute myocardial infarction; 30 were assessed by the conventional planar method and 27 by the dual SPECT method. The accumulation ratio of Tc-99m (%Tc) by the dual SPECT method was calculated from the coronal image and was compared with the serum values of total CPK, peak CPK, total CPK-MB, and peak CPK-MB obtained from serial sampling and the LVEF obtained by a left ventriculography a month later. The sensitivity for diagnosis of myocardial infarction was 73.3% by the planar method and 88.9% by the dual SPECT method. The infarct sites were identified in 61.5% of the antero-septal lesion, in 35.7% of the infero-posterior lesion and in 66.7% of the lateral lesion using the planar method, while using the dual SPECT method were 100% identification for both antero-septal and lateral lesions, and 75% for the infero-posterior lesion. The highest correlation, with a rate of 0.854, was between the %Tc and the total CPK. The %Tc also showed a positive correlation with peak CPK (r=0.798), with total CPK-MB (r=0.792) and with peak CPK-MB (r=0.751) (p<0.01). The LVEF had a tendency to decrease as %Tc exceeded 30%. The dual SPECT method was superior to the conventional planar method in detecting, in identifying the site and in evaluating the size of myocardial infarction. It also showed a high correlation between the %Tc and the LVEF at chronic stage of myocardial infarction. (author)

  5. Parameters for discriminating multiple-vessel coronary artery lesion in exercise 201Tl myocardial SPECT

    This study was performed to select parameters most suitable for discriminating multiple-vessel lesion in exercise 201Tl SPECT. Exercise 201Tl SPECT and coronary contrasting were carried out in 110 patients. At 1 min before the end (appearance of heart pain, severe arrhythmia, hypotension or fatigue) of exercise with a bicycle ergometer, 4 mCi of 201Tl was intravenously injected and myocardial SPECT was done with gamma camera from 32 directions for 20 sec at 5 min and 4 hr after the exercise. Images were analyzed by scaring the uptake of 201Tl for left ventricle. Parameters were Initial score of Tl uptake, Score difference of Tl uptake, Lung/heart, Initial width, Width difference, Diffuse slow washout, Cavity/myocardium, Lung/myocardium and Lung/cavity. Parameters versus Number of diseased vessels were analyzed by chi square method or ANOVA and the parameters for the present purpose were selected by stepwise discriminant analysis. Lung/heart and Initial score were found most suitable. (K.H.)

  6. Effect of respiratory motion on quantitative myocardial gated SPECT. A simulation study

    Respiratory motion is a potential cause of artefact and downgrading the quality of electrocardiogram (ECG)-gated single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) images that may result in clinical misinterpretation. We studied qualitatively the effects of respiratory motion on gated SPECT myocardial perfusion and function using Monte Carlo simulated data. NURBS-based Cardiac Torso (NCAT) phantom was used to model a human torso. The cardiac and respiratory cycles of torso were 1 and 5 s, respectively. Eight realizations of the phantom, having diaphragmatic motion amplitudes of 0-7 cm were generated. SimSET Monte Carol simulator was used to image the phantom and generate gated studies of 16 frames per cardiac cycle. Our results demonstrated the underestimation of left ventricle end-diastolic, end-systolic, stroke volumes and ejection fraction and overestimation of wall motion and wall thickening (p<0.01). In addition, the mean percentage of count in the basal-inferior, mid-inferior, apical-inferior, basal-septal and mid-septal segments were significantly lower due to respiratory motion when compared with control (p<0.01). The changes in uptake were not significant in the apex, antroapical, apicoseptal, apicolateral, mid-anterior, basal-anterior, mid-lateral and basal-lateral segments. Respiratory motion has significant effect on the calculation of the left ventricular functional and regional myocardial perfusion in the GSPECT. The amount of deterioration and quality distortion of the images depends on the amplitude of the diaphragmatic motion. (author)

  7. Assessment of 201Tl myocardial SPECT reinjected at 24 hours after stress imaging

    To improve the quality of 24 hours delayed images (24 DL) of stress thallium-201 myocardial SPECT, reinjection was performed at 24 hours later (24 RI), and the results were compared with those of 24 DL. A total of 45 patients were studied, including 18 patients in 24 DL, 27 patients in 24 RI. All of them showed persistent defect or incomplete redistribution on the routine stress and 3 hours delayed SPECT scans. In 24 RI, 37 MBq of thallium-201 was reinjected at 24 hours later. Myocardial count of 24 DL was about 1/4 of stress image, while 24 RI was about 1/2. Quality of 24 RI image was nearly equal to 3 hours delayed image. Of regions without redistribution on 3 hours delayed image, 5 (36%) regions showed new redistribution at 24 RI. Of regions incomplete redistribution, 6 (25%) regions showed further redistribution. Compared with 24 DL, the frequency of redistribution tended to be higher in this protocol than that of the 24 DL (11%, 17% respectively). In conclusion, the reinjection on 24 hours delayed imaging was considered to be useful to evaluate viability of myocardium in patients with CAD. (author)

  8. Cost-effectiveness of myocardial perfusion SPECT for diagnosis of coronary artery disease in Korea: comparison with exercise ECG and coronary angiography

    Cost-effectiveness of myocardial SPECT for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease was investigated considering the present and amended costs of myocardial SPECT and exercise ECG in Korea. Four diagnostic tactics such as 1) coronary angiography (CAG) after exercise ECG, 2) CAG after myocardial SPECT, 3) direct CAG, and 4) CAG after myocardial SPECT following exercise ECG were chosen. Costs were calculated using the present costs of various tests and effects represented by Quality Adjusted Life Year (QALY) were estimated. Difference of QALY (ΔQALY) was calculated by subtracting QALY of diagnosed/treated cases from QALY of undiagnosed cases. Cost/ΔQALY was calculated and compared between four different tactics according to pre-test probability. When pre-test probability was equal to or larger than 0.6, direct CAG was the most cost-effective. When pre-test probability was between 0.2 and 0.6, CAG after myocardial SPECT following exercise ECG was the most cost-effective. CAG after myocardial SPECT was the second most cost-effective. Cost-effectiveness was similar when the costs of exercise ECG were doubled or quadrupled. CAG after exercise ECG was always the least cost-effective. Myocardial SPECT with or without preceding exercise ECG was the most cost-effective method to diagnose coronary artery disease in the present or expected amended cost system

  9. Quantitative evaluation of right ventricular overload in cor pulmonale using 201Tl myocardial SPECT

    To determine quantitatively the discriminant and characteristics of cor pulmonale, 201Tl myocardial perfusion SPECT was performed in 16 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and 7 with restrictive pulmonary disease (RPD). One section of the short-axis SPECT image in which the right ventricle was most clearly visualized was selected. Tl-score was defined as the ratio of the sum of counts in the region of interest (ROI) at the anterior, mid, and posterior regions of the right ventricular free wall to the sum of counts in ROI at the posterior, lateral, and anterior walls of the left ventricle, and the anterior and posterior regions of the interventricular septum. In the group of COPD patients, Tl-score was positively correlated with mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP), total pulmonary vascular resistance (TPR), and arterial carbon dioxide tension (PaCO2), while it was inversely correlated with arterial oxygen tension (PaO2). However, there was no significant correlation between Tl-score and mPAP, TPR, PaCO2, and PaO2 in the group of RPD patients. In assessing pulmonary hypertension as defined by mPAP over 20 mmHg, a Tl-score greater than 0.25 was useful with a sensitivity of 69% and a specificity of 90%. The occurrence of cor pulmonale is a major factor in determining the prognosis of COPD patients. It was concluded that 201Tl myocardial SPECT is useful for evaluating right ventricular overload quantitatively, as well as for assessing core pulmonale, especially in COPD patients, since the ratio of Tl counts in the right and left ventricles was significantly correlated with right cardiopulmonary hemodynamic parameters. (N.K.)

  10. Quantitation of myocardial blood flow and myocardial flow reserve with {sup 99m}Tc-sestamibi dynamic SPECT/CT to enhance detection of coronary artery disease

    Hsu, Bailing [University of Missouri-Columbia, Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute, Columbia, MO (United States); Chen, Fu-Chung; Chen, Chien-Cheng [Show Chwan Memorial Hospital, Section of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Changhua (China); Wu, Tao-Cheng [Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Section of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Taipei (China); Huang, Wen-Sheng [Changhua Christian Hospital, Department of Medical Research and Department of Nuclear Medicine, Changhua (China); Hou, Po-Nien [Chang Bing Show Chwan Memorial Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Lukong Town, Changhua Shien (China); Hung, Guang-Uei [Chang Bing Show Chwan Memorial Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Lukong Town, Changhua Shien (China); Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Science, Taichung (China); China Medical University, Department of Biomedical Imaging and Radiological Science, Taichung (China)

    2014-12-15

    Conventional dual-head single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CT systems capable of fast dynamic SPECT (DySPECT) imaging have a potential for flow quantitation. This study introduced a new method to quantify myocardial blood flow (MBF) and myocardial flow reserve (MFR) with DySPECT scan and evaluated the diagnostic performance of detecting coronary artery disease (CAD) compared with perfusion using invasive coronary angiography (CAG) as the reference standard. This study included 21 patients with suspected or known CAD who had received DySPECT, ECG-gated SPECT (GSPECT), and CAG (13 with ≥50 % stenosis in any vessel; non-CAD group: 8 with patent arteries or <50 % stenosis). DySPECT and GSPECT scans were performed on a widely used dual-head SPECT/CT scanner. The DySPECT imaging protocol utilized 12-min multiple back-and-forth gantry rotations during injections of {sup 99m}Tc-sestamibi (MIBI) tracer at rest or dipyridamole-stress stages. DySPECT images were reconstructed with full physical corrections and converted to the physical unit of becquerels per milliliter. Stress MBF (SMBF), rest MBF (RMBF), and MFR were quantified by a one-tissue compartment flow model using time-activity curves derived from DySPECT images. Perfusion images were processed for GSPECT scan and interpreted to obtain summed stress score (SSS) and summed difference score (SDS). Receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) analyses were conducted to evaluate the diagnostic performance of flow and perfusion. Using the criteria of ≥50 % stenosis as positive CAD, areas under the ROC curve (AUCs) of flow assessment were overall significantly greater than those of perfusion. For patient-based analysis, AUCs for MFR, SMBF, SSS, and SDS were 0.91 ± 0.07, 0.86 ± 0.09, 0.64 ± 0.12, and 0.59 ± 0.13. For vessel-based analysis, AUCs for MFR, SMBF, SSS, and SDS were 0.81 ± 0.05, 0.76 ± 0.06, 0.62 ± 0.07, and 0.56 ± 0.08, respectively. The preliminary data suggest that MBF quantitation with a

  11. Tl-201 myocardial SPECT in patients with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy: A long-term follow-up

    Tl-201 SPECT was used to evaluate myocardial involvement in 13 patients with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy. Serial studies of 9 patients were done at two-year intervals. The hypoperfused areas of the left ventricle became more prominent with age and severity

  12. Development of a New Cardiac and Torso Phantom for Verifying the Accuracy of Myocardial Perfusion SPECT

    Corrections of attenuation, scatter and resolution are important in order to improve the accuracy of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) image reconstruction. Especially, the heart movement by respiration and beating cause the errors in the corrections. Myocardial phantom is used to verify the correction methods, but there are many different parts in the current phantoms in actual human body. Therefore the results using a phantom are often considered apart from the clinical data. We developed a new phantom that implements the human body structure around the thorax more faithfully. The new phantom has the small mediastinum which can simulate the structure in which the lung adjoins anterior, lateral and apex of myocardium. The container was made of acrylic and water-equivalent material was used for mediastinum. In addition, solidified polyurethane foam in epoxy resin was used for lung. Five different sizes of myocardium were developed for the quantitative gated SPECT (QGS). The septa of all different cardiac phantoms were designed so that they can be located at the same position. The proposed phantom was attached with liver and gallbladder, the adjustment was respectively possible for the height of them. The volumes of five cardiac ventricles were 150.0, 137.3, 83.1, 42.7 and 38.6 ml respectively. The SPECT were performed for the new phantom, and the differences between the images were examined after the correction methods were applied. The three-dimensional tomography of myocardium was well reconstructed, and the subjective evaluations were done to show the difference among the various corrections. We developed the new cardiac and torso phantom, and the difference of various corrections was shown on SPECT images and QGS results.

  13. New reconstruction algorithm allows shortened acquisition time for myocardial perfusion SPECT

    Shortening scan time and/or reducing radiation dose at maintained image quality are the main issues of the current research in radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). We aimed to validate a new iterative reconstruction (IR) algorithm for SPECT MPI allowing shortened acquisition time (HALF time) while maintaining image quality vs. standard full time acquisition (FULL time). In this study, 50 patients, referred for evaluation of known or suspected coronary artery disease by SPECT MPI using 99mTc-Tetrofosmin, underwent 1-day adenosine stress 300 MBq/rest 900 MBq protocol with standard (stress 15 min/rest 15 min FULL time) immediately followed by short emission scan (stress 9 min/rest 7 min HALF time) on a Ventri SPECT camera (GE Healthcare). FULL time scans were processed with IR, short scans were additionally processed with a recently developed software algorithm for HALF time emission scans. All reconstructions were subsequently analyzed using commercially available software (QPS/QGS, Cedars Medical Sinai) with/without X-ray based attenuation correction (AC). Uptake values (percent of maximum) were compared by regression and Bland-Altman (BA) analysis in a 20-segment model. HALF scans yielded a 96% readout and 100% clinical diagnosis concordance compared to FULL. Correlation for uptake in each segment (n = 1,000) was r = 0.87at stress (p < 0.001) and r = 0.89 at rest (p < 0.001) with respective BA limits of agreement of -11% to 10% and -12% to 11%. After AC similar correlation (r = 0.82, rest; r = 0.80, stress, both p < 0.001) and BA limits were found (-12% to 10%; -13% to 12%). With the new IR algorithm, SPECT MPI can be acquired at half of the scan time without compromising image quality, resulting in an excellent agreement with FULL time scans regarding to uptake and clinical conclusion. (orig.)

  14. Impact of attenuation correction and gated acquisition in SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging: results of the multicentre SPAG (SPECT Attenuation Correction vs Gated) study

    In clinical myocardial single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), attenuation artefacts may cause a loss of specificity in the identification of diseased vessels that can be corrected by means of gated SPECT (GSPECT) acquisition or CT attenuation correction (AC). The purpose of this multicentre study was to assess the impact of GSPECT and AC on the diagnostic performance of myocardial scintigraphy, according to patient's sex, body mass index (BMI) and site of coronary artery disease (CAD). We studied a group of 104 patients who underwent coronary angiography within 1 month before or after the SPECT study. Patients with a BMI > 27 were considered ''overweight''. Attenuation-corrected and standard GSPECT early images were randomly interpreted by three readers blinded to the clinical data. In the whole group, GSPECT and AC showed a diagnostic accuracy of 86.5% (sensitivity 82%, specificity 93%) and 77% (sensitivity 75.4%, specificity 81.4%), respectively (p < 0.05). In women, when anterior ischaemia was matched with CAD, AC failed to show any increase in specificity (AC 63.6% vs GSPECT 63.6%) with evident loss of sensitivity (AC 72.7% vs GSPECT 90.9%). AC significantly improved SPECT specificity in the identification of right CAD in overweight men (AC 100% vs GSPECT 66.7%, p <0.05). AC improved specificity in the evaluation of right CAD in overweight men. In the other evaluable subgroups specificity was not significantly affected while sensitivity was frequently reduced. (orig.)

  15. Assessment of myocardial perfusion and function in victims of scorpion envenomation using gated-SPECT

    Figueiredo, Alexandre Baldini de; Cupo, Palmira; Pintya, Antonio O.; Caligaris, Fabio; Marin-Neto, Jose A; Hering, Sylvia E.; Simoes, Marcus Vinicius, E-mail: simoesmv@yahoo.co [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Hospital das Clinicas

    2010-04-15

    Background: cardiogenic shock and acute pulmonary edema are the major causes of death of patients with scorpion envenomation, whose pathophysiological mechanism remains controversial. Objective: to investigate the correlation between myocardial perfusion abnormalities and left ventricular contractile function in victims of scorpion envenomation. Methods: fifteen patients underwent ECG-gated myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (gated SPECT) within 72 hours of, and 15 days after scorpion envenomation. Images were analyzed by means of a semi-quantitative visual perfusion score (0 = normal, 4 = absent) and motion score (0 = normal, 4 akinesia), using the 17-segment model. Summed perfusion (SPS) and summed motion (SMS) scores were calculated for each patient. Ejection fraction (LVEF) was calculated by a commercially available software. Results: at baseline, 12 out of the 15 patients presented abnormal myocardial perfusion and contractility. Mean values of SPS, SMS and LVEF were 12.5 +- 7.3, 17.0 +- 12.8, and 44.6 +- 16.0%, respectively. A positive correlation between SPS and SMS (r = 0.68; p = 0.005) and negative correlation between SPS and LVEF (r -0.75; p = 0.0021) were found. The follow-up studies showed recovery of global contractility (LVEF of 68.9 +- 9.5, p = 0.0002), segmental contractility (SMS of 2.6 +- 3.1, p = 0.0009) and perfusion (SPS of 3.7 +- 3.3, p = 0.0003). Improvement of LVEF correlated positively with improvement of SPS (r = 0.72; p = 0.0035). Conclusions: myocardial perfusion abnormalities are common in scorpion envenomation and correlate topographically with the contractile dysfunction. Recovery of contractility correlates with reversibility of perfusion defects. These findings suggest the participation of myocardial perfusion abnormalities in the pathophysiology of this form of acute ventricular failure. (author)

  16. Assessment of myocardial perfusion and function in victims of scorpion envenomation using gated-SPECT

    Background: cardiogenic shock and acute pulmonary edema are the major causes of death of patients with scorpion envenomation, whose pathophysiological mechanism remains controversial. Objective: to investigate the correlation between myocardial perfusion abnormalities and left ventricular contractile function in victims of scorpion envenomation. Methods: fifteen patients underwent ECG-gated myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (gated SPECT) within 72 hours of, and 15 days after scorpion envenomation. Images were analyzed by means of a semi-quantitative visual perfusion score (0 = normal, 4 = absent) and motion score (0 = normal, 4 akinesia), using the 17-segment model. Summed perfusion (SPS) and summed motion (SMS) scores were calculated for each patient. Ejection fraction (LVEF) was calculated by a commercially available software. Results: at baseline, 12 out of the 15 patients presented abnormal myocardial perfusion and contractility. Mean values of SPS, SMS and LVEF were 12.5 ± 7.3, 17.0 ± 12.8, and 44.6 ± 16.0%, respectively. A positive correlation between SPS and SMS (r = 0.68; p = 0.005) and negative correlation between SPS and LVEF (r -0.75; p = 0.0021) were found. The follow-up studies showed recovery of global contractility (LVEF of 68.9 ± 9.5, p = 0.0002), segmental contractility (SMS of 2.6 ± 3.1, p = 0.0009) and perfusion (SPS of 3.7 ± 3.3, p = 0.0003). Improvement of LVEF correlated positively with improvement of SPS (r = 0.72; p = 0.0035). Conclusions: myocardial perfusion abnormalities are common in scorpion envenomation and correlate topographically with the contractile dysfunction. Recovery of contractility correlates with reversibility of perfusion defects. These findings suggest the participation of myocardial perfusion abnormalities in the pathophysiology of this form of acute ventricular failure. (author)

  17. Prognostic value of normal exercise 99mTc-MIBI myocardial perfusion SPECT: comparison with exercise electrocardiography and coronary angiography

    Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy is a useful technique to diagnose and to predict prognosis in patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease. The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the prognostic value of normal exercise 99mTc-MIBI myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and to analyze results with regard to those of exercise electrocardiography or coronary angiography. We evaluated 301 patients (mean age 52±10 years, 166 males and 135 females) with normal exercise 99mTc-MIBI myocardial perfusion SPECT performed for suspected coronary artery disease. Subjects were evaluated for cardiac events and followed for 8-55 months (mean 19±10 months) after imaging. During the follow-up period, there was no cardiac death but only one non-fatal myocardial infarction (event rate 0.21% per year). In addition, only one patient underwent coronary revascularization. There was no significant difference in cardiac event rate between patinets with positive (n=3D27) and negative (n=3D235) exercise electrocardiography (p:NS). There was no cardiac event in 17 patients who underwent coronary angiography (4 patients with >50% luminal narrowing, 2 patients with vasospasm and 11 patients with no significant lesion). Patients with normal exercise 99mTc-MIBI myocardial perfusion SPECT has a very low risk for cardiac events regardless of exercise electrocardiographic and coronary angiographic findings.=20

  18. Evaluation of mechanical dyssynchrony and myocardial perfusion using phase analysis of gated SPECT imaging in patients with left ventricular dysfunction

    Trimble, Mark A.; Borges-Neto, Salvador; Honeycutt, Emily F.; Shaw, Linda K.; Pagnanelli, Robert; Chen, Ji; Iskandrian, Ami E.; Garcia, Ernest V.; Velazquez, Eric J.

    2010-01-01

    Background Using phase analysis of gated single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging, we examined the relation between myocardial perfusion, degree of electrical dyssynchrony, and degree of SPECT-derived mechanical dyssynchrony in patients with left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. Methods and Results We retrospectively examined 125 patients with LV dysfunction and ejection fraction of 35% or lower. Fourier analysis converts regional myocardial counts into a continuous thickening function, allowing resolution of phase of onset of myocardial thickening. The SD of LV phase distribution (phase SD) and histogram bandwidth describe LV phase dispersion as a measure of dyssynchrony. Heart failure (HF) patients with perfusion abnormalities ities have higher degrees of dyssynchrony measured by median phase SD (45.5° vs 27.7°, P 43°) was 43.2%. Conclusions HF patients with perfusion abnormalities or prolonged QRS durations QRS durations have higher degrees of mechanical dyssynchrony. Gated SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging can quantify myocardial function, perfusion, and dyssynchrony and may help in evaluating patients for cardiac resynchronization therapy. PMID:18761269

  19. The interpolated projection data estimation method improves the image quality of myocardial perfusion SPECT with a short acquisition time

    The interpolated projection data estimation processing (IPDE) method increases the amount of projection data by interpolation of the projection data. We examined the usefulness of the IPDE method for 201Tl myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with a short acquisition time. Forty patients with suspected ischemic heart disease underwent stress 201Tl-MPI SPECT. Both stress and delayed images were acquired with 4 cycles of 360 deg continuous rotation with a 90-direction setting for 14 min. The projection data used for reconstruction were all cycle data (Tl-90-14 min), 2 cycles of data (Tl-90-7 min), and 2 cycles of data processed using the IPDE method (Tl-180IPDE-7 min). This study compared the detection of the perfusion defect by the uptake score and the image quality of 201Tl-MPI SPECT using the normalized mean square error (NMSE). The uptake score of Tl-180IPDE-7 min was significantly more concordant with Tl-90-14 min in comparison to the Tl-90-7 min (p201Tl-MPI SPECT than for the stress 201Tl-MPI SPECT (p201Tl-MPI SPECT for a short acquisition time. Furthermore, the IPDE method is a simple software program that does not require any expensive equipment or use advanced algorithms. These results suggest that the IPDE method may be useful as an adjunctive method for shortening the acquisition time of 201Tl-MPI SPECT. (author)

  20. Myocardial viability assessed by Tl-201 SPECT. Redistribution versus reinjection; Estudo da viabilidade miocardica atraves do SPECT-talio-201. Redistribuicao convencional versus reinjecao

    Chalela, William Azem; Pimentel, Flavio Ferrarini de Oliveira; Uchida, Augusto Hiroshi; Bottega, Augusto; Ramires, Jose Antonio Franchine; Izaki, Marisa; Moraes, Aguinaldo Pereira; Soares Junior, Jose; Giorgi, Maria C. Pinto; Moffa, Paulo Jorge; Bellotti, Giovanni; Giovanni Guido Cerri; Meneghetti, Jose Claudio [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Instituto do Coracao

    1994-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to verify if a third series of images acquired by reinjection thallium-201, 24 h after conventional myocardial perfusion with the radioisotope, improves the identification of myocardial viability segments. The methods: we studied 30 patients, mean age 57.7 {+-}9.4 years, with old myocardial infarction using thallium (Tl)-201 SPECT, and we obtained three series of images (stress, redistribution after 4 h and reinjection after 24 h). Cardiac images were divided in 5 segments (apical, lateral, anterior, septal and inferior) and each one received a value by a score system according to the Tl-201 myocardial uptake (0=normal uptake; 1=mild hypoperfusion; 2=moderate hypoperfusion; 3=severe hypoperfusion or no myocardial uptake). We considered viable myocardium when the uptake of Tl-201 in the segment related to the myocardial infarction increases at least 1 point in two different axis of Tl-201 SPECT. The results: seven (23,3%) patients demonstrated increase of Tl-201 uptake only at reinjection images, showing a high efficacy of the method. Nine (30%) patients showed persistent hypoperfusion at all series of images suggesting only fibrosis in the are related to the infarction. Fourteen (46,7%) patients showed increase of Tl-201 concentration at redistribution images; among these patients, six showed improvement of myocardial uptake at reinjection. This condition was interpreted as regional chronic ischemic process: hibernating myocardium. The conclusion was that Tl-201 hypoperfusion at redistribution images without significant changes in relation to the stress images do not represent fibrosis at all. The reinjection technic was better than conventional redistribution in the detection of viable myocardium. This data allows a better therapeutic orientation. (author)

  1. Measurement of left ventricular chamber and myocardial volume in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy patients by ECG-gated myocardial perfusion SPECT. Application of a newly developed edge-detection algorithm

    Quantitative gated SPECT (QGS) software has been reported to demonstrate inaccurate edge detection in the left ventricular chamber in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy patients. In this study we developed a method to calculate left ventricular volume (LVV) and left myocardial volume (LMV) from gated SPECT data using a newly developed edge-detection algorithm, and we compared it with the QGS method of calculating LVV and LMV in a phantom study. Our method gave more accurate measurements LVV and LMV whereas the QGS method underestimated LMV. Compared with QGS LVV and LMV, our method yielded better results in the phantom study. (author)

  2. Transplantation of progenitor cells after reperfused acute myocardial infarction: evaluation of perfusion and myocardial viability with FDG-PET and thallium SPECT

    Doebert, Natascha; Berner, Uwe; Menzel, Christian; Hamscho, Nadja; Gruenwald, Frank [Department of Nuclear Medicine, University of Frankfurt (Germany); Britten, Martina; Assmus, Birgit; Lehmann, Ralf; Schaechinger, Volker; Zeiher, Andreas M. [Department of Cardiology, University of Frankfurt (Germany); Dimmeler, Stefanie [Department of Molecular Cardiology, University of Frankfurt (Germany)

    2004-08-01

    Clinical outcome after myocardial infarction depends on the extent of irreversibly damaged myocardium. Implantation of bone marrow-/circulating blood-derived progenitor cells has been shown to improve contractile cardiac function after myocardial infarction in both experimental and initial clinical studies. In the present study, first observations of the effect of local intracoronary progenitor cell infusion on the regeneration of infarcted cardiac tissue after acute myocardial infarction was evaluated by means of {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (PET) and {sup 201}Tl single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). Twenty-six patients underwent intracoronary infusion of bone marrow-derived (BMCs) (15 patients) or circulating blood-derived endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) (11 patients) 4{+-}2 days after acute myocardial infarction. Based on a left ventricular segmentation model (17 segments), mean signal intensities as a parameter of viability and perfusion in the infarct zone and non-infarct areas were calculated quantitatively by PET and SPECT at baseline and at 4 months of follow-up. Transplantation of progenitor cells was associated with a significant increase in the mean signal intensity (MSI) in the infarct zone from 54.5% (25th and 75th percentiles: 47.7%, 60.0%) to 58.0% (52.7%, 66.7%) on PET (P=0.013) and from 58.0% (49.5%, 63.0%) to 61.5% (52.5%, 70.2%) on SPECT (P=0.005). Global left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) increased from 53.5% (42.6%, 60.0%) to 58.0% (53.0%, 65.8%) (P<0.001). In the five patients without an increase in MSI on PET, LVEF changed from 60.0% (50.0%, 64.0%) to 72.0% (64.0%, 75.5%) at follow-up. PET and SPECT did not show any significant changes in MSI in the non-infarct areas [from 73% (68.5%, 76.2%) to 73% (69.7%, 78.0%) for PET and from 72.0% (66.5%, 77.6%) to 73.0% (67.5%, 78.2%) for SPECT]. There were no significant differences in myocardial viability and perfusion between BMC and EPC infusion

  3. Assessment of myocardial perfusion and cardiac sympathetic nerve dysfunction in patients with sick sinus syndrome. Evaluation of coronary hemodynamics and 201TlCl/123I-MIBG myocardial SPECT

    To clarify the coronary hemodynamics, myocardial perfusion and cardiac sympathetic nerve function in patients with sick sinus syndrome (SSS), we performed left coronary digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in 41 patients, exercise 201TlCl-myocardial scintigraphy (planar and SPECT) in 69 patients, and 201TlCl/123I-MIBG myocardial dual SPECT in 13 patients without significant organic coronary stenosis. Coronary artery spasm was documented on coronary angiography in 25/43 (58%) patients with SSS by ergonovine provocation test. Compared with normals, patients with SSS demonstrated prolongation of left coronary circulation time (CCT) on own heart beats and right atrial pacing. We suspected that prolonged CCT may be induced by increased peripheral coronary vascular resistance and impaired coronary micro-circulation in patients with SSS. Forty-two patients (60.9%) developed exercise-induced 201Tl-myocardial perfusion defect on SPECT images. On myocardial dual SPECT images, 11/13 (85%) patients showed localized myocardial low uptake in 123I-MIBG-SPECT images. In eight patients with normal findings on 201Tl-SPECT, six patients showed abnormality on 123I-MIBG-SPECT. We suspected that coronary vasospasm, impaired coronary micro-circulation and cardiac sympathetic nerve dysfunction are taken a part of pathophysiology in SSS (decreased β-adrenergic receptor of peripheral coronary arteries?). (author)

  4. 18F-FDG SPECT myocardial imaging of right ventricle in patients with idiopathic pulmonary hypertension

    Objective: To investigate the value of 18F-FDG SPECT myocardial imaging in evaluating haemodynamic change, treatment outcome and prognosis for idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH). Methods: All 24 patients with IPAH underwent 18F-FDG SPECT myocardial imaging. Right ventricle/left ventricle (RV/LV)-FDG uptake was calculated by ROI method drawing over the central areas of left and right ventricular free walls. All patients underwent right heart catheterization within 3 days after imaging studies. Mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP) and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) were recorded. After six month pharmaceutical treatment, 15 IPAH patients were re-examined with 18F-FDG SPECT myocardial imaging followed by repeated right heart catheterization within 3 days. Plasma N-terminal pro-brain naturetic peptide (NT-proBNP) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) were measured in 17 patients using electrochemiluminescent immunoassay and enzyme immunoassay respectively. All patients were followed up for 12 months at least. Correlations between RV/LV-FDG uptake and mPAP and PVR were determined by simple linear regression analysis. Change of RV/LV-FDG before and after treatment was calculated using Student's t-test. Survival in groups with RV/LV FDG uptake ≥ 1.15 and RV/LV-FDG uptake<1.15 were compared using Log-rank test. Results: Significant correlations were found between RV/LV-FDG uptake and mPAP (r=0.562, P<0.01), and between RV/LV-FDG uptake and PVR (r=0.574, P<0.01). There were no significant correlation between RV/LV-FDG uptake and NT-proBNP (r=0.181, P>0.05), but a significant correlation between RV/LV-FDG and ET-1 was observed (r=0.669, P<0.01). The RV/LV-FDG uptake in patients with positive treatment outcome (n=6) decreased from 1.38 ± 0.52 to 0.92 ±0.26 (t=4.018, P<0.05) after 6 months treatment. In contrast, no significant change of RV/LV-FDG uptake was seen in those patients (n=9) with negative treatment outcome (t=1.861, P>0.05). The mean follow-up time

  5. Thallium gated SPECT myocardial imaging: Detection of post stress transient ischemic stunning

    Introduction: Stunned myocardium refers to the state of persistent regional dysfunction after a transient period of ischemia that has been followed by reperfusion. The exact duration of this myocardial dysfunction varies. It is known that gated SPECT using Tc99m-tracers show post-ischemic stunning. However, earlier post-stress images (within 6 minutes) using Tl-201 rather than later images (30-60 minutes) using the Tc99m based tracers are expected to yield better assessment of this phenomenon. Materials and methods: Twenty-five patients (23 Males, 2 Females), mean age 57 ±10 years (36-75 years) with no previous history of myocardial infarction and with angiographically proven coronary artery disease were taken up for the study (7 SVD, 2 DVD, 13 TVD). Twenty-one patients underwent treadmill exercise and 4 underwent dobutamine stress. Stress gated images were acquired immediately post injection of 111MBq of Tl-201, and rest redistribution gated images were acquired 3-4 hours later. Myocardial perfusion and wall motion were assessed visually, while wall thickening and perfusion defect and reversibility were assessed quantitatively using an automated polar plot display, in 20 myocardial segments. Results: The stress images in 25 patient (25x20=500 segments) showed 225 segments with stress induced ischemia. Of these, 214 segments were dysfunctional. Wall motion abnormalities (WMA) was detected in 81 segments, wall-thickening abnormality (WTA) in 44 segments While 89 had both WMA and WTA. Rest redistribution images showed 89 persistently dysfunctional and 125 improved segments. Of the 89 dysfunctional segments, 41 had WMA, 28 had WTA and 20 had both WMA and WTA. These 89 segments wherein persistence of dysfunction was noted in spite of normal or improved perfusion were identified as stunned segments. However this study also showed up 125 additional segments, which were dysfunctional in stress images and were normal in rest images. Conclusion: Gated SPECT Tl-201 imaging

  6. Optimisation of protocol for low dose CT-derived attenuation correction in myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging

    In clinical routine, attenuation correction (AC) using X-ray CT is a relatively new method for reducing attenuation artefacts. We evaluated the quality of attenuation maps generated with very low tube current to minimise exposure due to transmission scanning. SPECT/CT acquisitions were performed with a Millenium VG3 gamma camera with the Hawkeye CT device (GE Medical Systems). In phantom studies, determination of linear absorption coefficients (μ) for air, water and Teflon was carried out. The attenuation maps in both stress and resting studies from 62 patients (21 females and 41 males, age 63.7 ± 11.0 years, BMI 30.0 ± 5.7 kg/m2) were compared. All patients underwent exercise or pharmacologic stress testing and a resting study for comparison using Tc-99m MIBI or Tc-99m Tetrofosmin. AC in stress studies was performed using 2.5 mA tube current (set as default), whereas 1.0 mA was used in resting studies. In both phantom and patient studies, differences of linear absorption coefficients were not significant (p > 0.05). Effective dose decreased from 0.90 mSv down to 0.36 mSv, respectively. Our results indicate that reliable attenuation maps (μ-maps) of the thorax can be obtained even with the use of very low tube current. In our study, radiation exposure in CT-based AC for myocardial perfusion SPECT was substantially lowered (60% reduction). This is of particular importance in high-risk patients who may have to undergo follow-up scans and in research studies on volunteers. The procedure introduced is relatively simple and can be transferred to other SPECT/CT devices, which allow adjustment of tube current. (orig.)

  7. Optimisation of protocol for low dose CT-derived attenuation correction in myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging

    Preuss, Rainer [Ruhr-University Bochum, Institute of Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, and Molecular Imaging; Heart and Diabetes Centre North Rhine-Westphalia, Bad Oeynhausen (Germany); Herz- und Diabeteszentrum NRW, Bad Oeynhausen (Germany); Weise, Reiner; Lindner, Oliver; Fricke, Eva; Fricke, Harald; Burchert, Wolfgang [Ruhr-University Bochum, Institute of Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, and Molecular Imaging; Heart and Diabetes Centre North Rhine-Westphalia, Bad Oeynhausen (Germany)

    2008-06-15

    In clinical routine, attenuation correction (AC) using X-ray CT is a relatively new method for reducing attenuation artefacts. We evaluated the quality of attenuation maps generated with very low tube current to minimise exposure due to transmission scanning. SPECT/CT acquisitions were performed with a Millenium VG3 gamma camera with the Hawkeye CT device (GE Medical Systems). In phantom studies, determination of linear absorption coefficients ({mu}) for air, water and Teflon was carried out. The attenuation maps in both stress and resting studies from 62 patients (21 females and 41 males, age 63.7 {+-} 11.0 years, BMI 30.0 {+-} 5.7 kg/m{sup 2}) were compared. All patients underwent exercise or pharmacologic stress testing and a resting study for comparison using Tc-99m MIBI or Tc-99m Tetrofosmin. AC in stress studies was performed using 2.5 mA tube current (set as default), whereas 1.0 mA was used in resting studies. In both phantom and patient studies, differences of linear absorption coefficients were not significant (p > 0.05). Effective dose decreased from 0.90 mSv down to 0.36 mSv, respectively. Our results indicate that reliable attenuation maps ({mu}-maps) of the thorax can be obtained even with the use of very low tube current. In our study, radiation exposure in CT-based AC for myocardial perfusion SPECT was substantially lowered (60% reduction). This is of particular importance in high-risk patients who may have to undergo follow-up scans and in research studies on volunteers. The procedure introduced is relatively simple and can be transferred to other SPECT/CT devices, which allow adjustment of tube current. (orig.)

  8. The accuracy and reverse effects of thallium myocardial SPECT using adenosine triphosphate loading in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease. Comparison with other loading methods semiquantitatively

    The adverse effects and diagnostic accuracy of thallium-201 myocardial SPECT after intravenous infusion of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) were studied and compared with SPECT examinations with other type of loading. The subjects of the study were 147 patients with or without coronary artery disease, who underwent some type of loading SPECT and coronary arteriography (CAG) within 30 days. Myocardial ischemia was evaluated qualitatively in SPECT and was compared with CAG for the diagnostic accuracy of coronary artery disease. The degree of myocardial uptake defect was also calculated semiquantitatively using visual scoring method and compared with coronary artery severity score. The adverse effects occurred in 46.7% of ATP loading SPECT which was more frequent that DIP loading SPECT, but all of them were transient and mild. As for the diagnostic ability the ATP loading SPECT was as effective as other type of loading in qualitative interpretation, and the perfusion defect scores showed a good correlation with coronary artery stenosis grade. The myocardial SPECT using ATP is safe and useful for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease especially in patients who cannot exercise. (author)

  9. Evaluation of the therapeutic effect of hyperbaric oxygenation and erythropoietin in the treatment of chronic heart failure using myocardial perfusion scintigraphy G-SPECT

    Baškot Branislav; Živković Miodrag; Tepić Sandra; Obradović Slobodan

    2009-01-01

    Background. The most important predictors of longterm survival in patients with cardiac ischemic disease are left ventricular ejection fraction, left ventricular volumes, infarction size, presence and extent of residual myocardial ischemia. One of the most important recent developments in single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging is the ability to acquire these studies in conjunction with electrocardiogram (ECG) gating (G-SPECT). The ability to asses radi...

  10. SPECT myocardial perfusion versus fractional flow reserve for evaluation of functional ischemia: A meta analysis

    Purpose: The present meta-analysis illustrates the accuracy of myocardial perfusion SPECT (MPS) to diagnose functional stenotic coronary artery disease (CAD) with fractional flow reserve (FFR) as standard reference. Methods: All investigators screened and selected studies that compared MPS with FFR in symptomatic patients with suspected CAD. Patients and study characteristics were independently extracted by two investigators; differences were resolved by consensus. Results: 13 articles, including 1,017 patients, 699 vessels were included in the study. No significant publication bias was detected (P = 0.65). At the patient level, the summary sensitivity and specificity were 77% (95% confidence interval [CI], 70–83%) and 77% (95%CI, 67–84%) for MPS. Vessel-level pooled sensitivity was 66% (95%CI, 57–74%) and specificity was 81% (95%CI, 70–89%). The overall diagnostic performance of MPS was moderate. [The area under the summary receiver operating characteristic (sROC) curve was 0.83]. No study influenced the pooled results larger than 0.03. Conclusions: The accuracy between FFR and MPS SPECT was moderate

  11. Chocolate intake may reduce liver count in 99m-Tc-tetrofosmin myocardial SPECT

    The accumulation of 99m-Tc-Tetrofosmin (TF) in the liver and intestine may often interfere the image quality of myocardial TF SPECT. Although milk intake before acquisition is recommended to reduce its accumulation by enhancing biliary excretion of TF, some patients cannot accept milk. To elucidate the efficacy of chocolate intake as a substitute for milk, we investigated 72 patients with coronary heart disease who underwent TF SPECT (stress imaging; n=36, rest imaging; n=36). Following injection of TF, the patients were randomly treated either with milk (n=24), or chocolate (n=24). The images were acquired before treatment, at 15 min, at 30 min, and 45 min after treatment. The ratio of liver to heart count (LHR) was calculated and was compared between the two groups. LHR in the stress imaging was not significantly different between the milk-treated and chocolate-treated groups: 1.86 vs 1.87 before treatment, 1.39 vs 1.39 at 30 min, and 1.02 vs 1.03 at 45 min. LHR in the rest imaging was also the same between the two groups: 1.43 vs 1.42 before treatment, 1.22 vs 1.21 at 15 min, and 0.95 vs. 0.95 at 30 min. Chocolate intake may be equally effective to milk intake in reducing the liver accumulation of TF. (author)

  12. Gated myocardial perfusion SPECT assists in identifying artifacts in patients with LBBB

    Full text: Purpose: To evaluate the incremental value of gating of SPECT acquisition for enhancing accuracy and to standardize the protocol for reporting MPS in LBBB patients Methods: Resting gated SPECT MPS was performed in 10 normal and 50 subjects with LBBB (with low probability of CAD). ROIs were drawn on the lateral wall and septum on gated study and time bin with peak myocardial thickening were noted. Quantitative and visual analyses were done on non-gated (NG), end diastolic (ED), end systolic (ES) images. Results: Peak myocardial thickening occur earlier than the time bin representing systole. Contraction of all other walls in LBBB group and in control was in phase with systole. On NG images of LBBB group, SLR was lower than in controls further worsening was observed in ES which markedly improved in ED to approach the value in controls. MT at ES for septum was markedly lower in LBBB group than in controls. Lateral wall in LBBB group demonstrated values of MT similar to those in controls. In control subjects, frames showing peak lateral and peak septal wall counts were the same as their respective ES frame. However time bin showing peak septal wall counts were different from ES frame in LBBB subjects, peak SLR is significantly higher than that observed in ES frame, higher than that in NG study but still lower than that of controls. MT at ES, equal to peak MT for lateral wall and IVS. Significantly higher value of septal MT at peak level than end systole was observed. Visual analysis showed septal hypoperfusion in 38 (76%) patients on NG images and in 46 (92%) patients on ES images, whereas only 2 (4%) patients showed abnormalities on ED images. Conclusion: In LBBB patients without coronary artery disease, reduced septal thickening is the major contributing factor for production of these septal perfusion artifacts. Conducting gated MPS in LBBB patients, and reporting perfusion status on end diastolic frames can eliminate these artifacts. (author)

  13. Radioimmunoassay of myosin heavy beta chains in human serum for the evaluation of the size of myocardial infarction: correlation with myocardial Tl-201 SPECT and cardiac angioscintigraphy

    To determine the relationship between serum levels of myosin heavy beta chains assessed by an IRMA technique and other radionuclide and enzymatic parameters in the evaluation of the size of myocardial infarction, we studied 22 patients with acute myocardial infarction. Blood samples taken daily between 1st to 13th day of evolution allow the determination of peak and integral of myosine release that showed a good correlation (p<0.01) with myocardial underperfusion score in T1-201 SPECT, left ventricular ejection fractions at 1st day and at the pre-discharge study, just as CPK peak. This new assay is an interesting mean to evaluate the size of myocardial infarction

  14. Assessment of the efficiency of ECG-Gated99mTc-MIBI SPECT for the evaluation of myocardial viability

    In the field of nuclear cardiology, various methods have been employed to evaluate myocardial viability. It is more challenging when one wants to evaluate viability in the hibernating myocardium. Electrocardiographic (ECG)-gated Tc-MIBI SPECT has the unique capability of evaluating both perfusion and ventricular function (wall motion and thickness), simultaneously. We studied forty patients with coronary artery disease who had positive previous history of myocardial infraction. They all underwent ECG-gated99mTc-MIBI SPECT before and 2-3 months after coronary artery bypass rafting (CAB G). Global ejection fraction, segmental myocardial perfusion and ventricular wall motion were compared before and after operation. Assessment of perfusion, alone, in some myocardial segments such as apical, mid and basal segments of septum-demonstrated no statistical meaningful difference. There was no significant changes in septal wall motion. The pre and post operative mean ventricular ejection (E F) were 51.35% and 51%, respectively. (p=0/85). Regarding the severity of perfusion defeat as the only criterion for viability, a number of the myocardial segments were preoperatively evaluated as non-viable, that was not in agreement with the post-operative results, (in other words the myocardial viability was underestimated). Based on dual criteria (perfusion and wall motion) all the myocardial walls were viable on both pre and post operative scintigrams. We concluded that severity of myocardial perfusion defect was not a perfectly accurate rit erion for myocardial viability. Also ejection fraction was not appropriate for the evaluation of ventricular functional improvement after CAB G

  15. Evaluating image denoising methods in myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging

    The statistical nature of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging, due to the Poisson noise effect, results in the degradation of image quality, especially in the case of lesions of low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). A variety of well-established single-scale denoising methods applied on projection raw images have been incorporated in SPECT imaging applications, while multi-scale denoising methods with promising performance have been proposed. In this paper, a comparative evaluation study is performed between a multi-scale platelet denoising method and the well-established Butterworth filter applied as a pre- and post-processing step on images reconstructed without and/or with attenuation correction. Quantitative evaluation was carried out employing (i) a cardiac phantom containing two different size cold defects, utilized in two experiments conducted to simulate conditions without and with photon attenuation from myocardial surrounding tissue and (ii) a pilot-verified clinical dataset of 15 patients with ischemic defects. Image noise, defect contrast, SNR and defect contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) metrics were computed for both phantom and patient defects. In addition, an observer preference study was carried out for the clinical dataset, based on rankings from two nuclear medicine clinicians. Without photon attenuation conditions, denoising by platelet and Butterworth post-processing methods outperformed Butterworth pre-processing for large size defects, while for small size defects, as well as with photon attenuation conditions, all methods have demonstrated similar denoising performance. Under both attenuation conditions, the platelet method showed improved performance with respect to defect contrast, SNR and defect CNR in the case of images reconstructed without attenuation correction, however not statistically significant (p > 0.05). Quantitative as well as preference results obtained from clinical data showed similar performance of the

  16. Assessment of myocardial damage and metabolic disorder in the left ventricle in patients with mitral stenosis using 201Tl and 123I-BMIPP myocardial SPECT

    This study was designed to evaluate the myocardial damage and metabolic disorder of the left ventricle in patients with mitral stenosis. We studied 15 patients with mitral stenosis. Their grade of chronic heart failure using New York Heart Association classification were class I: 5 patients, class II: 5, class III: 3, class IV: 2, respectively. The severely stenotic group (valve area 2) included 6 patients, mildly stenostic group (1.5 cm2≤ valve area 2) included 9. A 111 MBq of 123I-BMIPP was intravenously injected at rest, SPECT images were obtained at 15 min and 3 hours after injection. A 111 MBq of 201Tl was intravenously injected at rest, and SPECT images were obtained at 15 min after injection. Washout rate (WR) of 123I-BMIPP from the whole left ventricle was obtained using polar maps. The concentration of norepinephrine (NE: pg/ml) in the blood at rest was measured. The mean values of pulmonary artery pressure was measured in ten patients using Swan-Ganz catheter. 123I-BMIPP myocardial SPECT and measurement of NE were reexamined in 5 patients after mitral valvuloplasty. NE values were 476±72 and 793±286 in classes I+II and III+IV, respectively. NE values was increased in the severe heart failure group (p201Tl and 123I-BMIPP myocardial SPECT. Three patients showed slightly reduced uptake on both 201Tl and 123I-BMIPP myocardial SPECT. WR was 27.2±4.8% and 44.3±6.7% in class I+II and class III+IV, respectively. WR was increased in severe heart failure group (p<0.05). WR was 27.8±6.0% and 41.3±9.4% in the mildly and severely stenotic group, respectively. WR was increased in the severely stenotic group (p<0.05). NE was correlated with WR (p<0.001). In patients with mitral valvuloplasty, WR was 44.3±6.7% and 31.4±4.7% before and after mitral valvuloplasty, respectively. NE values were 857±266 and 574±165, respectively. Both WR and NE were decreased after mitral valvuloplasty (p<0.01). In patients with mitral stenosis, WR was increased in the severe

  17. Utility of the combination of DAT SPECT and MIBG myocardial scintigraphy in differentiating dementia with Lewy bodies from Alzheimer's disease

    Shimizu, Soichiro; Hirao, Kentaro; Kanetaka, Hidekazu; Namioka, Nayuta; Hatanaka, Hirokuni; Hirose, Daisuke; Fukasawa, Raita; Umahara, Takahiko; Sakurai, Hirohumi; Hanyu, Haruo [Tokyo Medical University, Department of Geriatric Medicine, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Japan)

    2016-01-15

    {sup 123}I-2β-Carbomethoxy-3β-(4-iodophenyl)-N-(3-fluoropropyl) nortropane ({sup 123}I-FP-CIT) dopamine transporter single photon emission computed tomography (DAT SPECT) and {sup 123}I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) myocardial scintigraphy can be used to assist in the diagnosis of patients with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). We compared the diagnostic value of these two methods in differentiating DLB from Alzheimer's disease (AD). Furthermore, we evaluated whether a combination of DAT SPECT and MIBG myocardial scintigraphy would provide a more useful means of differentiating between DLB and AD. Patients with AD (n = 57) and patients with DLB (n = 76) who underwent both DAT SPECT and MIBG myocardial scintigraphy were enrolled. The sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of both methods as well as their combination for differentiating DLB from AD were calculated. Moreover, we examined whether symptoms of the patients with DLB were associated with the patterns of the abnormalities displayed on DAT SPECT and MIBG myocardial scintigraphy. The sensitivity and specificity of differentiating DLB from AD were 72.4 and 94.4 % by the heart to mediastinum ratio of MIBG uptake, 88.2 and 88.9 % by the specific binding ratio on DAT SPECT, and 96.1 and 90.7 % by their combination, respectively. The combined use of DAT SPECT and MIBG myocardial scintigraphy enabled more accurate differentiation between DLB and AD compared with either DAT SPECT or MIBG myocardial scintigraphy alone. There was a significantly higher frequency of parkinsonism in the abnormal DAT SPECT group than the normal DAT SPECT group. On the other hand, there was a higher frequency of the appearance of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder in the abnormal MIBG uptake group than the normal MIBG uptake group. These results suggested that using a combination of these scintigraphic methods is a useful and practical approach to differentiate DLB from AD. (orig.)

  18. Quantitation of myocardial blood flow and myocardial flow reserve with 99mTc-sestamibi dynamic SPECT/CT to enhance detection of coronary artery disease

    Conventional dual-head single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CT systems capable of fast dynamic SPECT (DySPECT) imaging have a potential for flow quantitation. This study introduced a new method to quantify myocardial blood flow (MBF) and myocardial flow reserve (MFR) with DySPECT scan and evaluated the diagnostic performance of detecting coronary artery disease (CAD) compared with perfusion using invasive coronary angiography (CAG) as the reference standard. This study included 21 patients with suspected or known CAD who had received DySPECT, ECG-gated SPECT (GSPECT), and CAG (13 with ≥50 % stenosis in any vessel; non-CAD group: 8 with patent arteries or 99mTc-sestamibi (MIBI) tracer at rest or dipyridamole-stress stages. DySPECT images were reconstructed with full physical corrections and converted to the physical unit of becquerels per milliliter. Stress MBF (SMBF), rest MBF (RMBF), and MFR were quantified by a one-tissue compartment flow model using time-activity curves derived from DySPECT images. Perfusion images were processed for GSPECT scan and interpreted to obtain summed stress score (SSS) and summed difference score (SDS). Receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) analyses were conducted to evaluate the diagnostic performance of flow and perfusion. Using the criteria of ≥50 % stenosis as positive CAD, areas under the ROC curve (AUCs) of flow assessment were overall significantly greater than those of perfusion. For patient-based analysis, AUCs for MFR, SMBF, SSS, and SDS were 0.91 ± 0.07, 0.86 ± 0.09, 0.64 ± 0.12, and 0.59 ± 0.13. For vessel-based analysis, AUCs for MFR, SMBF, SSS, and SDS were 0.81 ± 0.05, 0.76 ± 0.06, 0.62 ± 0.07, and 0.56 ± 0.08, respectively. The preliminary data suggest that MBF quantitation with a conventional SPECT/CT system and the flow quantitation method is a clinically effective approach to enhance CAD detection. (orig.)

  19. [Preliminary evaluation of the effect of an attenuation correction method in myocardial perfusion SPECT].

    Cortés-Blanco, A; Fujii, C; Goris, M L

    1999-12-01

    We propose a method to assess an attenuation correction method in myocardial perfusion SPECT. Three types of images are obtained: one resulting from a classic acquisition and filtered back-projection (classic), and those resulting from acquisition with a transmission source and an iterative reconstruction, with (music) or without (hybrid) the attenuation correction factored in to compare the three types of images and classify them as normal or abnormal, a three dimensional inter-patient quantitative comparison method was used. Differences were computed as fractions of the myocardial volume in which density differences are significant by population standards. In 7 cases the cumulative difference between prone and supine in hybrid images was 124 and 45 in music images. In 10 cases the cumulative difference between classic vs music images was 279, and between classic and hybrid 86. The AC changed 4/12 cases from abnormal to normal. The attenuation correction effect was concentrated on the septal and inferior walls, but neither exclusively nor evenly among patients. The attenuation correction effectively minimizes attenuation effects by a factor of 2.7, due to a correction of at least 69%. The correction has a small but substantial effect on the results. PMID:10611567

  20. Myocardial Perfusion SPECT Imaging in Dextrocardia with Situs Inversus: A Case Report.

    Ayeni, Olusegun Akinwale; Malan, Nico; Hammond, Emmanuel Niiboye; Vangu, Mboyo-Di-Tamba Heben

    2016-01-01

    Dextrocardia is a cardiac positional anomaly in which the heart is located in the right hemithorax with its base-to-apex axis directed to the right and caudad. Situs inversus is an autosomal recessive disorder that causes organs in the chest and abdomen to be positioned in a mirror image from their normal position. Dextrocardia may occur in isolation or as part of situs inversus. Similarly, situs inversus may occur with or without dextrocardia. Situs inversus accompanied with dextrocardia (situs inversus totalis) is a rare congenital abnormality occurring in 0.01% of live births. Herein, we present the case of a 35-year-old man with previously diagnosed situs inversus totalis with mirror-image dextrocardia, referred to our facility for diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD). The incidence and presentation of CAD in patients with dextrocardia are similar to the normal population. However, considerable attention should be paid to the acquisition of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy and data processing/analysis in this group of patients. The present case highlights the distinctive applications and potential pitfalls of myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging in patients with dextrocardia. PMID:27408900

  1. The effect of image translation table on diagnostic efficacy of myocardial perfusion SPECT studies

    Background: The aim of this study was to determine which of the most popular colour scales used in the Xeleris processing system (GE) should preferably be used during a clinical interpretation of myocardial perfusion images, and to find out whether a colour scale saturation level affects the diagnostic efficacy of the study. Material And Methods: From among 100 patients in whom a myocardial perfusion scintigraphy had been performed, a subgroup of people referred for coronary angiography, with neither prior history nor ECG signs of a myocardial infarction has been selected retrospectively. This group consisted of 41 patients (14 females) in the age group 46 to 76 years. All patients underwent two-day myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging using 99mTc-MIBI as a radiopharmaceutical. Reconstructed slices were interpreted in 3 colour scales: white-red-yellow-green-blue-black with computer-assigned thresholds (French 100%), the same French scale but without a white colour (image maximum set manually to a border value between red and white - French w.w.), and a white-yellow-violet-pink-blue-black scale (GEcolor), by consensus of two experienced nuclear medicine specialists. A semiquantitative method for evaluation of perfusion images was applied, based on myocardium segmentation. Perfusion in each segment was scored using a five-point system. Study interpretation (normal/abnormal perfusion) was based on summed stress scores (SSS), being equal/above or below a given threshold value. The choice of optimal SSS threshold value was based on sensitivity and specificity of the study in detection of perfusion defects resulting from critical stenoses of main coronary arteries. Results: SSS values differed among colour scales (p < 0.00001). The lowest values were obtained for a French 100% scale (mean value = 5.0, SD = 8.0), the highest for French w.w. (mean values = 8.1, SD = 8.7), and for GE colour scale - mean value - 5.6, SD - 7.9. A French 100% scale gave high sensitivity (88

  2. Identification of myocardial stunning by means of gated perfusion SPECT in patients undergoing ischaemic stress myocardial tests

    Myocardial stunning or post-ischaemic dysfunction is defined as a contractile alteration that follows an ischaemic insult, persisting for some time after restoration of adequate blood flow. Interest in myocardial stunning has been growing after the recognition that it represents a common phenomenon in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). We investigated the difference in left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) measured by gated SPECT (GSPECT) in the post-stress and rest periods, and compared the results with the perfusion patterns found in the conventional non-gated tomograms in order to evaluate post-stress myocardial stunning. One hundred and seventy one consecutive patients were studied with post stress and rest GSPECT using a two-day protocol. Stress tests consisted of dynamic exercise (74%) or pharmacologic intervention with dipyridamole (26%). Studies were started 45 to 60 min after the injection of 920 MBq of Tc-99m sestamibi. Quantitation of GSPECT was performed with the method previously described by Germano et al. and changes in LVEF from rest to post-stress (D) were measured. According to the perfusion patterns found when interpreting the conventional tomograms, patients were divided into 4 groups: Group-I = no perfusion defects (n =67); Group-II = fixed perfusion defects (n = 20); Group-III = reversible defects (n = 44); Group-IV = partially reversible perfusion defects (n = 40). LVEF as measured by GSPECT decreased slightly but significantly in the post-stress period when an ischemic insult was present (groups I and II), while it remained unchanged with a mild tendency to increase when ischemia was absent (groups III and IV). Values of 'D' were +0.04 ± 0.15, +0.06 ± 0.13, -0.05 ± 0.10 and -0.07 ± 0.18 for groups I, II, III and IV respectively. Not only exercise stress but also dipyridamole caused a transient decrease in LVEF, confirming that this drug is not a mere producer of flow heterogeneity. It was concluded that both post-stress and

  3. Comparison of multi-slice CT (MSCT) and TI-201 myocardial SPECT in detection of coronary artery disease: relation to coronary arteriography

    To evaluate the diagnostic potentials of MSCT and TI-201 SPECT in the assessment of coronary artery disease. Twenty-four patients (15 men, 9 women, 42-79 years) with clinically suspected coronary artery disease were studied by TI-201 myocardial SPECT and MSCT. MSCT data were obtained with 12 x 0.75 mm, 420ms rotation, multi-slice CT scanner (SOMATOM Sensation, Siemens) using non-ionic contrast, 80ml, 4ml/sec. Multiplanar reconstruction techniques were used for evaluation of coronary arteries. TI-201 myocardial SPECT were performed at stress with adenosine and at rest. Data from MSCT and TI-201 SPECT were compared territory by territory (divided into two segments; LAD and RCA/LCx) and related to coronary arteriography, in which more than 60% stenoses are regarded as significant. MSCT and TI-201 SPECT showed agreement in 37 out of 48 segments (77.1%). Out of 11 disagreed segments (22.9), TI-201 SPECT was superior in 6 segments and MSCT was superior in 5 segments. Sensitivities and specificities of MSCT and TI-201 SPECT by coronary arteriography are 81.8%, 69.2% and 86.3%, 76.9%, respectively. Agreed 4 segments between MSCT and TI-201 SPECT exhibited results that differ from the results of coronary arteriography. Myocardial bridge in two cases were detected as significant stenoses by MSCT but showed normal perfusion in TI-201 SPECT. Agreement between MSCT and TI-201 SPECT in the assessment of coronary artery disease was good but TI-201 SPECT has higher sensitivity and specificity for the detection of jeopardized myocardium than MSCT. MSCT and TI-201 SPECT provide complementary information in the assessment of coronary artery disease and could help reduce probable mistake in the interpretation of hemo dynamically insignificant lesion in coronary arteriography

  4. Serial assessment of left ventricular function in various patient groups with Tl-201 gated myocardial perfusion SPECT

    The present study was performed to assess stress-related left ventricular (LV) function variations in various patient groups and to determine if they were affected by sex or the type of stress experienced. We used thallium (Tl)-201 gated myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) for the analysis. A total of 270 patients were examined by electrocardiography-gated myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging to assess LV function. After injection of Tl-201 at a dose of 111 MBq at peak stress, SPECT scans were acquired at 10 min (after stress) and 3 h (rest) after injection on a three-headed camera. In the normal perfusion group, the mean LV ejection fraction (LVEF) was significantly higher, and both the end-diastolic volume index (EDVI) and end-systolic volume index (ESVI) were significantly lower in women than in men (P<0.05). Poststress stunning occurred in 29 of 98 patients (30.0%) in the ischemia group and in 42 of 90 patients (46.7%) in the fixed group. There was a significant difference in poststress stunning between bicycle ergometer stress and dipyridamole stress (P<0.05). In patients with normal perfusion, LVEF, EDVI, and ESVI determined by gated Tl-201 SPECT should be corrected for sex. In addition, the influence of the type of stress should be considered when assessing stress-related LV function variations. (author)

  5. SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging. Long-term prognostic value in diabetic patients with and without coronary artery disease

    Aim: To determine the long-term prognostic value of SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) for the occurrence of cardiovascular events in diabetic patients. Patients, methods: SPECT MPI of 210 consecutive Caucasian diabetic patients were analysed using Kaplan-Meier event-free survival curve and independent predictors were determined by Cox multivariate analyses. Results: Follow-up was complete in 200 (95%) patients with a median period of 3.0 years (0.8-5.0). The population was composed of 114 (57%) men, age 65 ± 10 years, 181 (90.5%) type 2 diabetes mellitus, 50 (25%) with a history of coronary artery disease (CAD) and 98 (49%) presenting chest pain prior to MPI. The prevalence of abnormal MPI was 58%. Patients with a normal MPI had neither cardiac death, nor myocardial infarction, independently of a history of coronary artery disease or chest pain. Among the independent predictors of cardiac death and myocardial infarction, the strongest was abnormal MPI (p 5-fold increase in cardiovascular events. This emphasizes the value of SPECT MPI in predicting and risk-stratifying cardiovascular events in diabetic patients. (orig.)

  6. The effect of viable myocardium on left ventricular function after elective revascularization in patients with myocardial infarction by dual-isotope simultaneous acquisition myocardial perfusion-metabolic imaging

    Objective: To evaluate the effect of myocardial viability on left ventricular function after elective revascularization in patients with myocardial infarction by 99Tcm-MIBI and 18F-FDG dual-isotope simultaneous acquisition (DISA) myocardial perfusion-metabolic imaging. Methods: Ninety-one patients clinically confirmed of myocardial infarction underwent DISA imaging. Based on the results of echocardiography, the patients were divided into heart failure group (group A) and normal cardiac function group (group B). After PCI, left ventricular function was measured by echocardiography in 1, 3 and 6 months. The t-test and χ2-test were used to compare the difference between the two groups using SPSS 13.0. Results: The average number of diseased segments by myocardial perfusion imaging was 9.8±3.5 and 5.4±2.6 in groups A and B, respectively (t=6.87, P2=40.61, P<0.001). The summed perfusion score (SPS), summed metabolism score (SMS) and summed difference score (SDS=SMS-SPS) were 28.43±11.86 vs 21.36±9.54, 20.17±8.52 vs 15.19±5.74 and 0.39±3.17 vs -12.72±4.55, respectively in groups A and B (t=3.15, P<0.01; t=3.32, P<0.01; t=15.59, P<0.01). The mean change of LVEF (ΔLVEF) and the mean change of left ventricular end-diastole dimension (ΔLVEDd) of the patients with more than 4 viable myocardial segments in group A were significantly more than those in group B((12.81±2.62)% vs (5.90±1.91)%, t=16.33, P<0.001; (-13.13±4.20) mm vs (-7.75±2.31) mm, t=6.86, P<0.001). However, the ΔLVEF and ΔLVEDd of the patients with less than 4 viable myocardial segments in group A were significantly less than those in group B (t=3.25, P<0.01; t=4.92, P<0.001). Conclusion: The amount of viable myocardium in infarct myocardium is an important factor for left ventricular function recovery after elective revascularization. (authors)

  7. Characteristic findings of exercise ECG test, perfusion SPECT and coronary angiography in patients with exercise induced myocardial stunning

    Transient wall motion abnormality and contractile dysfunction of the left ventricle (LV) can be observed in patients with coronary artery disease due to post-stress myocardial stunning. To understand clinical characteristics of stress induced LV dysfunction, we have compared the findings of exercise stress test, myocardial perfusion SPECT and coronary angiography between subjects with and without post-stress LV dysfunction. Among subjects who underwent exercise stress test, myocardial perfusion SPECT and coronary angiography within a month of interval, we enrolled 36 patients with post-stress LV ejection fraction (LVEF) was ≥5% lower than rest (stunning group) and 16 patients with difference of post-stress and rest LVEF was lesser than 1% (non-stunning group) for this study. Treadmill exercise stress gated myocardial perfusion SPECT was performed with dual head SPECT camera using 740 MBq Tc-99m MIBI and coronary angiography was also performed by conventional Judkins method. Stunning group had a significantly higher incidence of hypercholesterolemia than non-stunning group(45.5 vs 7.1%, p=0.01). Stunning group also had higher incidence of diabetes mellitus and lower incidence of hypertension, but these were not statistically significant. Stunning group had larger and more severe perfusion defect in stress perfusion myocardial SPECT than non-stunning group(extent 18.2 vs 9.2%, p=0.029; severity 13.5 vs 6.9, p=0.040). Stunning group also had higher degree of reversibility of perfusion defect, higher incidence of positive exercise stress test and higher incidence of having severe stenosis(80∼99%) in coronary angiography than non-stunning group, but these were not statistically significant. In stunning group, all of 4 patients without perfusion defect had significant coronary artery stenosis and had received revascularization treatment. Patients with post-stress LV dysfunction had larger and more severe perfusion defect and severe coronary artery stenosis than

  8. Characteristic findings of exercise ECG test, perfusion SPECT and coronary angiography in patients with exercise induced myocardial stunning

    Ahn, Byeong Cheol; Seo, Ji Hyoung; Bae, Jin Ho; Jeong, Shin Young; Park, Hun Sik; Lee, Jae Tae; Chae, Shung Chull; Lee, Kyu Bo [School of Medicine, Kyungpook National Univ., Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2004-06-01

    Transient wall motion abnormality and contractile dysfunction of the left ventricle (LV) can be observed in patients with coronary artery disease due to post-stress myocardial stunning. To understand clinical characteristics of stress induced LV dysfunction, we have compared the findings of exercise stress test, myocardial perfusion SPECT and coronary angiography between subjects with and without post-stress LV dysfunction. Among subjects who underwent exercise stress test, myocardial perfusion SPECT and coronary angiography within a month of interval, we enrolled 36 patients with post-stress LV ejection fraction (LVEF) was {>=}5% lower than rest (stunning group) and 16 patients with difference of post-stress and rest LVEF was lesser than 1% (non-stunning group) for this study. Treadmill exercise stress gated myocardial perfusion SPECT was performed with dual head SPECT camera using 740 MBq Tc-99m MIBI and coronary angiography was also performed by conventional Judkins method. Stunning group had a significantly higher incidence of hypercholesterolemia than non-stunning group(45.5 vs 7.1%, p=0.01). Stunning group also had higher incidence of diabetes mellitus and lower incidence of hypertension, but these were not statistically significant. Stunning group had larger and more severe perfusion defect in stress perfusion myocardial SPECT than non-stunning group(extent 18.2 vs 9.2%, p=0.029; severity 13.5 vs 6.9, p=0.040). Stunning group also had higher degree of reversibility of perfusion defect, higher incidence of positive exercise stress test and higher incidence of having severe stenosis(80{approx}99%) in coronary angiography than non-stunning group, but these were not statistically significant. In stunning group, all of 4 patients without perfusion defect had significant coronary artery stenosis and had received revascularization treatment. Patients with post-stress LV dysfunction had larger and more severe perfusion defect and severe coronary artery stenosis than

  9. Quantitative analysis of SPECT imaging parameters in patients with resting perfusion defects on myocardial perfusion scintigraphy

    Functional status/contractile behaviour of hibernating myocardium was analyzed objectively by analyzing the available quantitative parameters obtained on gated SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) using Emory cardiac toolbox (ECTB) software. Materials and Methods: In this retrospective study, 70 patients with perfusion defects on 99Tc-Sestamibi MPI (12 females, 58 males) who also underwent 18F-FDG Cardiac PET study for assessment of hibernating myocardium were included for analysis. Patients were divided in three categories based on summed rest score (SRS) obtained from ECTB software, depicting the extent of perfusion defects. In a study population matched for extent of perfusion defects, quantitative parameters obtained from ECTB software such as left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), left ventricular end diastolic volume (EDV), left ventricular end systolic volume (ESV) and left ventricular stroke volume (SV) were compared between patients showing evidence of hibernating myocardium and patients showing no evidence of hibernating myocardium. Student 't' test was applied on the given observations and a P-value <0.05 was considered as a significant difference between the means in two categories. Results: There was no significant difference in LVEF, EDV, ESV and SV measurements between those who demonstrate hibernating myocardium and those who show no evidence of hibernating myocardium across all the categories of patients. Few trends were evident in the present study in LVEF, EDV and ESV measurements i.e., fall in mean LVEF with increasing SRS and rise in mean EDV and ESV with increasing SRS. Conclusions: The findings were consistent with the nature of hibernating myocardium i.e., non-contractile and dysfunctional. The fall in the LVEF was suggestive of deteriorating myocardial function with increasing extent of perfusion defects. The increasing left ventricular EDV and ESV with increasing extent of perfusion defects was suggestive of rising incidence of

  10. Prevalence and predictors of mechanical dyssynchrony as defined by phase analysis in patients with left ventricular dysfunction undergoing gated SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging

    Samad, Zainab; Atchley, Allen E.; Trimble, Mark A.; Sun, Jie-Lena; Shaw, Linda K.; Pagnanelli, Robert; Chen, Ji; Garcia, Ernest V.; Iskandrian, Ami E.; Velazquez, Eric J.; Borges-Neto, Salvador

    2011-01-01

    Background A novel method to quantify dyssynchrony using phase analysis of single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging has been developed. We sought to determine the prevalence of SPECT-derived mechanical dyssynchrony, and we report clinical variables which predict mechanical dyssynchrony in patients with left ventricular dysfunction. Methods We used a count-based Fourier analysis method to convert the regional myocardial counts from discrete frames per cardiac cycle into a continuous thickening function which allows resolution of the phase of the onset of myocardial contraction. The standard deviation of left ventricular phases (Phase SD) describes the regional phase dispersion as a measure of dyssynchrony. Significant dyssynchrony was defined as Phase SD ≥ 43°. 260 patients with left ventricular ejection fraction ≤35% were examined. Results The prevalence of mechanical dyssynchrony in the entire cohort of patients studied was 52%. Univariate predictors of Phase SD were age (P = .03), black race (P = .0005), QRS duration, EF, EDV, summed stress score (SSS), and summed rest score (SRS) (all P = <.0001). Black race, male gender, QRS EF, and SRS were independent predictors of SPECT-based mechanical dyssynchrony. Conclusions Significant SPECT-based mechanical dyssynchrony is relatively common among patients with left ventricular dysfunction. In a population of patients with predominantly ischemic heart disease referred for SPECT, a reduced EF, increasing QRS duration, severity and extent of myocardial scar on SPECT imaging are independent predictors of mechanical dyssynchrony and may serve to identify patients for dyssynchrony screening. PMID:21082299

  11. 82Rb PET myocardial perfusion imaging is superior to 99mTc-labelled agent SPECT in patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease

    We compared the quality, interpretive confidence and interreader agreement between SPECT and PET myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in the same group of patients. The study group comprised 27 patients (age 55 ± 8.5 years, 12 men) with known or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) who had undergone gated rest/stress MPI with 99mTc-labelled agent SPECT (with and without attenuation correction, AC), and subsequent clinical confirmation with 82Rb PET. Three experienced readers blinded to the clinical information interpreted all MPI studies. Interreader agreement was significantly superior for PET studies than for SPECT studies. Following consensus interpretation, the quality of 22 % of the non-AC SPECT studies, 33 % of the AC SPECT studies and 63 % of the PET studies was assessed as excellent or good (p = 0.016). Interpretations were definitely normal or abnormal in 7 % of non-AC SPECT studies, 30 % of AC SPECT studies and 85 % of PET studies (p = 0.046). In 13 patients who had received either invasive coronary angiography or CT angiography with no significant CAD, the true-positive rate for significant CAD was higher for PET, and the true-negative rate was equal for PET and AC SPECT, and lower for non-AC SPECT. 82Rb PET MPI, used as a confirmatory test after SPECT, offers improved image quality, interpretive confidence and interreader agreement. (orig.)

  12. Diagnosis of coronary artery disease using myocardial perfusion SPECT in patients with diabetes mellitus: analysis of risk factors

    Diabetes mellitus is a critical disease with higher rates of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality due to myocardial ischemia and infarction. There is growing interest in how to determine high-risk patients who are candidates for screening testing. This study was performed to evaluate the incidence of coronary artery disease (CAD) in diabetic patients detected by Tc-99m MIBI myocardial perfusion SPECT (MPS) and to assess risk factors of CAD and cardiac hard events. 203 diabetic patients (64 male, mean age 64.1 ± 9.0 years) who underwent MPS were included between Jan 2000 and July 2004. Cardiac death and nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI) were considered as hard events, and coronary angioplasty and bypass surgery >60 days after testing were considered as soft events. The mean follow-up period was 36 ± 18 months. Patients underwent exercise (n=6) or adenosine stress (n=197) myocardial perfusion SPECT. Perfusion defects on MPS were detected in 28.6% (58/203) of the patients. There was no cardiac death but 11 hard events were observed. The annual cardiac hard event rate was 1.1%. In univariate analysis of clinical factors, typical anginal pain, peripheral vascular disease, peripheral polyneuropathy, and resting ECG abnormality were significantly associated with the occurrence of hard events. Anginal pain, peripheral vascular disease, and resting ECG abnormality remained independent predictors of nonfatal MIs with multivariate analysis. Abnormal SPECT results were significantly associated with high prevalence of hard events but not independent predictors on uni- and multivariate analyses. patients who were male, had longer diabetes duration (especially over 20 years), peripheral vascular disease, peripheral polyneuropathy, or resting ECG abnormality had higher incidence of CAD. Among clinical factors in diabetic patients, typical angina, peripheral vascular disease, peripheral polyneuropathy, and resting ECG abnormality were strong predictors of hard events

  13. Diagnosis of coronary artery disease using myocardial perfusion SPECT in patients with diabetes mellitus: analysis of risk factors

    Seo, Ji Hyoung; Kang, Seong Min; Bae, Jin Ho; Jeong, Shin Young; Lee, Sang Woo; Yoo, Jeong Soo; Ahn, Byeong Cheol; Lee, Jae Tae [Kyungpook National University, Daegu, (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-06-15

    Diabetes mellitus is a critical disease with higher rates of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality due to myocardial ischemia and infarction. There is growing interest in how to determine high-risk patients who are candidates for screening testing. This study was performed to evaluate the incidence of coronary artery disease (CAD) in diabetic patients detected by Tc-99m MIBI myocardial perfusion SPECT (MPS) and to assess risk factors of CAD and cardiac hard events. 203 diabetic patients (64 male, mean age 64.1 {+-} 9.0 years) who underwent MPS were included between Jan 2000 and July 2004. Cardiac death and nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI) were considered as hard events, and coronary angioplasty and bypass surgery >60 days after testing were considered as soft events. The mean follow-up period was 36 {+-} 18 months. Patients underwent exercise (n=6) or adenosine stress (n=197) myocardial perfusion SPECT. Perfusion defects on MPS were detected in 28.6% (58/203) of the patients. There was no cardiac death but 11 hard events were observed. The annual cardiac hard event rate was 1.1%. In univariate analysis of clinical factors, typical anginal pain, peripheral vascular disease, peripheral polyneuropathy, and resting ECG abnormality were significantly associated with the occurrence of hard events. Anginal pain, peripheral vascular disease, and resting ECG abnormality remained independent predictors of nonfatal MIs with multivariate analysis. Abnormal SPECT results were significantly associated with high prevalence of hard events but not independent predictors on uni- and multivariate analyses. patients who were male, had longer diabetes duration (especially over 20 years), peripheral vascular disease, peripheral polyneuropathy, or resting ECG abnormality had higher incidence of CAD. Among clinical factors in diabetic patients, typical angina, peripheral vascular disease, peripheral polyneuropathy, and resting ECG abnormality were strong predictors of hard events.

  14. Transient ischemic dilation ratio (TID) correlates with HbA1c in patients with diabetes type 2 with proven myocardial ischemia according to exercise myocardial SPECT

    Abnormal values of the transient ischemic dilation ratio (TID) according to an exercise myocardial single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) are linked to severe coronary artery disease. The authors investigated the relationship between TID and the levels of vascular cell adhesion molecule (VCAM), intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM), E-selectin, microalbuminuria, intimamedia thickness and HbA1c of diabetic subjects. We observed 38 subjects with diabetes type 2 (10 women, 28 men), of average age 56.08±8.24 years, with no past history of cardiovascular disease. All subjects were examined using an exercise myocardial SPECT. Transient ischemic dilation, summed stress score (SSS), summed rest score (SRS) and stress total severity score (STSS) were determined to quantify myocardial ischemia. The average IMT value was 1.05±0.31 mm. The TID value was 1.02±0.154, VCAM 795.24±163.25 mg/l, ICAM 516.55±164.07, E-selectin 63.82±38.89, HbA1c 7.09±1.68%, microalbuminuria 68.01±55.21 mg/l. When ascertaining the relation of TID to the other factors we used Pearson's correlation at the level of significance p1c (p=0.035); the other factors did not show any significant correlation. Diabetes and its long term unsatisfactory compensation can be one of the factors which affect left ventricular transient ischemic dilation. (author)

  15. Comparison of automatic quantification software for the measurement of ventricular volume and ejection fraction in gated myocardial perfusion SPECT

    Full text: Introduction: Gated myocardial perfusion SPECT has been used to calculate left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and left ventricular end-diastolic volume (LVEDV) and has correlated well with conventional methods. However, the comparative accuracy of and correlations across various types of gated SPECT software are not well understood. Materials and methods: Twelve patients participated in a radionuclide gated blood-pool (GBP) study in addition to undergoing 99mTc-sestamibi gated SPECT. Three different software algorithms, Quantitative Gated SPECT (QGS) from Cedars-Sinai, MultiDim from Stanford University Medical School and GQUANT from Alfa Nuclear were used to compute LVEF and LVEDV. These software algorithms operate in 3-dimensional space, two dependent on surface detection and the other on statistical parameters. The LVEF as calculated from gated SPECT myocardial perfusion images were compared with LVEF calculated from the GBP studies in the same patients to assess accuracy of the three software algorithms. Results: The software success-rate was 92% (11/12 pts) for MultiDim and 100% for the QGS and GQUANT. Agreement between LVEF measured with MultiDim and QGS, MultiDim and GQUANT and QGS and GQUANT were excellent (LVEF-MuItidim 0.80 LVEF QGS +5.02, r = 0.93, LVEF GQUANT = 1.10 LVEF MuItidim -1.33, r 0.90 and LVEF GQUANT = 1.02 LVEF QGS -1.40, r = 0.96). The correlation coefficient for LVEF between gated SPECT and the GBP study was 0.95, 0.95 and 0.97, for MultiDim, GQUANT and QGS, respectively. Conclusion: All 3 software programs showed good correlation between LVEF for gated SPECT and the GBP study. Good agreement for LVEF was observed also between the three software algorithms. However, because each method has unique characteristics that depend on its specific algorithm and thus behaves differently in the various patients, the methods should not be used interchangeably. (author)

  16. Is the cardiac function improvement after PTCA predictable by the quantitative indices from exercise stress 201Tl myocardial SPECT, in patients with old myocardial infarction?

    We examined whether the improvement of left ventricular function after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) in patients with one diseased vessel can be predicted by the quantitative indices from exercise stress 201Tl single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and radionuclide angiography (RNA) before PTCA. Exercise stress 201Tl myocardial SPECT and RNA were performed before and after PTCA in 28 patients with old myocardial infarction (OMI). The patients were divided into two groups according to the results of coronary angiogram performed at 3 to 6 months after PTCA; patency was confirmed in 22 patients (Group P) and restenosis was observed in the remaining 6 patients (Group S). In Group P, the count ratios defined as 201Tl uptake in the PTCA region divided by the uptake in the normal region were significantly improved at 1 week and 3 to 6 months after PTCA in the initial image. 201Tl washout rates in the normal regions were significantly increased at 1 week after PTCA in Group S, and these rates in the PTCA regions were significantly increased at 1 week after PTCA in Group P. Left ventricular ejection fractions (LVEF) obtained from RNA were significantly improved 1 week and 3 to 6 months after PTCA in Group P. The changes of LVEF between pre-PTCA and 3 to 6 months after PTCA (ΔLVEF) were significantly correlated with the count ratios of both initial and delayed SPECT images in Group P (r=0.652; p<0.01, r=0.645; p<0.01 respectively). From the multiple regression analysis using stepwise methods, the count ratio in delayed image and the LVEF before PTCA were selected as independent predictive variables for ΔLVEF (multiple correlation coefficient=0.776). Thus, the improvement of LVEF after PTCA may be predictable by the count ratio in the delayed SPECT image and LVEF before PTCA when the treated vessel is persistently patent. (author)

  17. Prognostic Value of Normal Perfusion but Impaired Left Ventricular Function in the Diabetic Heart on Quantitative Gated Myocardial Perfusion SPECT

    Jeong, Hwanjeong; Choi, Sehun; Han, Yeonhee [Research Institute of Chonbuk National Univ. Medical School and Hospitial, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Dong Soo; Lee, Hoyoung; Chung, Junekey [Seoul National Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-09-15

    This study aimed at identifying the predictive parameters on quantitative gated myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (QG-SPECT) in diabetic patients with normal perfusion but impaired function. Methods Among the 533 consecutive diabetic patients, 379 patients with normal perfusion on rest Tl-201/dipyridamole-stress Tc-{sup 99m} sestamibi Gated SPECT were enrolled. Patients were grouped into those with normal post-stress left ventricular function (Group I) and those with impaired function (EF <50 or impaired regional wall motion, Group II). We investigated cardiac events and cause of death by chart review and telephone interview. Survival analysis and Cox proportional hazard model analysis were performed. Between the Group I and II, cardiac events as well as chest pain symptoms, smoking, diabetic complications were significantly different (P<0.05). On survival analysis, event free survival rate in Group II was significantly lower than in Group I (P=0.016). In univariate Cox proportional hazard analysis on overall cardiac event, Group (II over I), diabetic nephropathy, summed motion score (SMS), summed systolic thickening score (STS), numbers of abnormal segmental wall motion and systolic thickening predicted more cardiac events (P<0.05). Multivariate analysis showed that STS was the only independent predictor cardiac event. The functional parameter, especially summed systolic thickening score on QG-SPECT had prognostic values, despite normal perfusion, in predicting cardiac events in diabetic patients, and QG-SPECT provides clinically useful risk stratification in diabetic patients with normal perfusion.

  18. Prognostic Value of Normal Perfusion but Impaired Left Ventricular Function in the Diabetic Heart on Quantitative Gated Myocardial Perfusion SPECT

    This study aimed at identifying the predictive parameters on quantitative gated myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (QG-SPECT) in diabetic patients with normal perfusion but impaired function. Methods Among the 533 consecutive diabetic patients, 379 patients with normal perfusion on rest Tl-201/dipyridamole-stress Tc-99m sestamibi Gated SPECT were enrolled. Patients were grouped into those with normal post-stress left ventricular function (Group I) and those with impaired function (EF <50 or impaired regional wall motion, Group II). We investigated cardiac events and cause of death by chart review and telephone interview. Survival analysis and Cox proportional hazard model analysis were performed. Between the Group I and II, cardiac events as well as chest pain symptoms, smoking, diabetic complications were significantly different (P<0.05). On survival analysis, event free survival rate in Group II was significantly lower than in Group I (P=0.016). In univariate Cox proportional hazard analysis on overall cardiac event, Group (II over I), diabetic nephropathy, summed motion score (SMS), summed systolic thickening score (STS), numbers of abnormal segmental wall motion and systolic thickening predicted more cardiac events (P<0.05). Multivariate analysis showed that STS was the only independent predictor cardiac event. The functional parameter, especially summed systolic thickening score on QG-SPECT had prognostic values, despite normal perfusion, in predicting cardiac events in diabetic patients, and QG-SPECT provides clinically useful risk stratification in diabetic patients with normal perfusion

  19. Effect of maintenance oral theophylline on dipyridamole-thallium-201 myocardial imaging using SPECT and dipyridamole-induced hemodynamic changes

    To evaluate the effect of maintenance oral theophylline therapy on the diagnostic efficacy of dipyridamole-thallium-201 single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging for coronary artery disease, dipyridamole-thallium-201 SPECT imaging was performed in eight men with documented coronary artery disease before initiation of theophylline treatment and repeated while these patients were receiving therapeutic doses of oral theophylline. Before theophylline treatment, intravenous dipyridamole caused a significant increase in heart rate, decrease in blood pressure, angina in seven of eight patients, and ST segment depression in four of eight patients. While they were being treated with theophylline, none of the patients had angina or ST segment depression, and there were no hemodynamic changes with intravenous dipyridamole. Before theophylline treatment, dipyridamole-thallium-201 SPECT imaging showed reversible perfusion defects in myocardial segments supplied by stenotic coronary arteries. With theophylline treatment, dipyridamole-thallium-201 SPECT showed total absence of reversible perfusion defects. Treatment with theophylline markedly reduced the diagnostic accuracy of dipyridamole-thallium-201 imaging for coronary artery disease

  20. Stress-redistribution-reinjection Tl-201 gated SPECT in patients with myocardial infarct: relationship with myocardial ischemia and ventricular volume, infarction area size and Tl-201 pulmonary capitation

    Gated perfusion myocardial SPECT provides a number of quantitative data which are useful in diagnostic, stratification and prognosis of coronary patients.The aim of this study was to correlate each other some of these quantitative data and to evaluate its relationship with myocardial ischemia in patients with myocardial infarct. Materials and methods. Forty nine stress-redistribution-reinjection Tl-201 gated SPECT studies referred because of myocardial infarction asking for viability were revised, calculating and recording for both stress and reinjection (Ri) studies the following data: left ventricular (L V) ejection fraction (E F), stroke L V volume (S V) and end-diastolic L V volume (EDV). Lung/myocardial ratio of Tl-201 in stress (L/M) and residual non-infarcted myocardium surface (RNS) in reinjection images (perfusion > -2.5 S D of control data base) were calculated. These data were correlated one each other, and using some of them the 'myocardial preservation' index (M PI) was calculated. The parameters considered in the equation were taken from Ri image, except for L/M.Studies were classified according to original reports as with or without residual peri-infarct ischemia, comparing quantitative parameters between both groups of patients. Results. There was significant correlation among all the quantitative parameters studied. Only RNS showed a slightly association with presence of ischemia, having the patients with RNS = 50% higher frequency of defect reversibility (p:0.025). By other hand, the patients with ischemia had M PI values significantly higher (p<0.05) than those without ischemia (median: 5.98, range:0.63-8.16 vs median: 2.24, range:0.83-6.63, respectively). The best M PI cut-off value to separate patients with and without myocardial ischemia was 3.2, allowing to distinguish two groups with different frequency of myocardial ischemia (p:0.008), yielding a positive predictive value of 87.5% (sensitivity: 63.6%, specificity: 81.3%). Conclusion. 1

  1. 冠状动脉成像与核素心肌显像评价功能相关性冠状动脉病变的对比研究%Comparison of coronary angiography with myocardial perfusion imaging in assessment of functionally relevant coronary artery lesion

    彭泽华; 黄际远; 蒲红; 白林; 陈加源; 李刚; 黄劲

    2010-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the accuracy of dual-source CT coronary angiography (DSCTCA) for the depiction of functionally relevant coronary artery lesion ( FRCAL) , by using myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with single photon emission computed tomography(SPECT). Methods DSCTCA,99Tcm-MIBI SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) and conventional coronary angiography (CCA) were performed in 59 patients with clinical suspected CAD . Coronary artery diameter narrowing of 50% or greater at DSCTCA was defined as stenosis and was compared with MPI findings. CCA was served as a reference standard for DSCTCA. Results (1) Agreement between DSCTCA and CCA was good (kapaa = 0.93 for patient-based analysis, Kappa = 0. 88 for vessel-based analysis) . (2) DSCTCA revealed stenoses in 86 segments corresponding to 60 arteries in 34 patients. (3) MPI revealed 19 reversible,21 partially reversible, and 5 fixed defects in 25 patients. (4) About 65.0% (39/60) of all the narrowed coronary arteries were determined to be FRCAL Sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predictive values and negative predictive values, respectively, of DSCTCA in the detection of all MPI defects were 92.0%, 67.6%, 78.0%, 67. 6% and 92. 0% on a per-patient basis and 86. 7% , 89. 0% , 88. 6% , 65. 0% and 96. 6% on a perartery basis. (5) ROC analysis showed that predictive value of DSCTCA in FRCAL was similar with those of CCA (AUCs = 0. 80, 0. 82). Conclusions DSCTCA can evaluate FRCAL indirectly. When DSCTCA results are negative,it can help ruled out patients with FRCAL The positive DSCTCA results should combin MPI in predictor of myocardial ischemia.%目的 以单光子发射计算机断层(SPECT)心肌灌注显像(MPI)为参考标准,采用双源CT冠状动脉成像(DSCTCA)评价功能相关性冠状动脉病变(FRCAL)的准确性.方法 59例临床疑诊冠心病的患者,行DSCTCA、99Tcm-甲氧异丁基异腈(MIBI)SPECT心肌灌注显像及冠状动脉造影(CCA)检查,

  2. Simultaneous Tc-99m/I-123 Dual Radionuclide Myocardial Perfusion/Innervation Imaging Using Siemens IQ-SPECT with SMARTZOOM Collimator

    Du, Yong; Bhattacharya, Manojeet; Frey, Eric C.

    2014-01-01

    Simultaneous dual-radionuclide myocardial perfusion/innervation SPECT imaging can provide important information about mismatch between scar tissue and denervated regions. The Siemens IQ-SPECT system developed for cardiac imaging uses a multifocal SMARTZOOM collimator to achieve a four-fold sensitivity for the cardiac region compared to a typical parallel-hole low-energy high-resolution collimator but without the data truncation that can result with conventional converging-beam collimators. Th...

  3. Non invasive evaluation of the coronary atherosclerosis illness in patients with silent ischemia: utility of the SPECT of myocardial perfusion. Electric, angiographic and image correlation; Valoracion no invasiva de la enfermedad ateroesclerosa coronaria en pacientes con isquemia silente: utilidad del SPECT de perfusion miocardica. Correlacion electrica, angiografica y de imagen

    Puente B, A.; Roffe G, F.; Aceves C, J.; Gomez A, E. [Hospital Centro Medico Nacional 20 de Noviembre, ISSSTE, Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2005-07-01

    The objective of the work was to determine the utility of the SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography) of myocardial perfusion for the ischemia detection in asymptomatic patients with Coronary Atherosclerosis Illness. It was concluded that the SPECT of myocardial perfusion has a high sensitivity (97%) for the silent ischemia diagnosis.

  4. An Optimized Metz Restoration Filtering In Routine Use For Thallium-201 Myocardial Perfusion SPECT

    for SPECT studies. A significant improvement in myocardial SPECT perfusion images quality was observed in images filtered with this optimized Metz filter, compared with unprocessed images and those filtered by the smoothing filters (Butter worth and Handing). For quantitative analysis, this filter appears to offer improved accuracy. In addition, this filter was shown to be used in clinical routine and to be adapted to the visual preferences of the individual reader. It could also serves as a useful teaching tool on the effects of filtering. (Authors)

  5. The relationship between stress-induced myocardial ischemia and coronary artery atherosclerosis measured by hybrid SPECT/CT camera

    The coronary artery calcium (CAC) score and myocardial perfusion imaging can now be detected simultaneously using a hybrid single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CT camera. However, there has been little evaluation on the relationship between stress-induced ischemia and coronary artery calcification in a Japanese population. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between these parameters and to elucidate the diagnostic value of the CAC score as an adjunct to myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) for the assessment of coronary artery disease (CAD) in an intermediate-risk population. We retrospectively analyzed 105 patients (63% men, mean age 71 years) with CAD or suspected CAD who underwent MPI using SPECT/CT. CAC scanning was performed using a SPECT/CT camera. There was a significant difference in the CAC score between patients with ischemia (n=42) and those without ischemia (n=63) (1353±1524 vs. 332±554, p1000; 3.0±2.0). Higher age is related roughly with higher CAC score with no statistical significance (r2=0.1) (80 years old; 1258±1546, ns). The location of calcification was not related to the ischemic area. In a population with a predominately intermediate likelihood of CAD, a calcium score of zero has a possibility of excluding inducible ischemia on MPI. In part, ischemic MPI is associated with a high likelihood of subclinical atherosclerosis as detected by CAC. Hybrid SPECT/CT might be useful for diagnostic assessment and coronary artery with known or suspected CAD. (author)

  6. SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging. Long-term prognostic value in diabetic patients with and without coronary artery disease

    Koehli, M. [Dept. of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Metabolism, Univ. Hospital Lausanne (Switzerland); Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, Univ. Hospital Lausanne (Switzerland); Monbaron, D.; Gaillard, R.C.; Ruiz, J. [Dept. of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Metabolism, Univ. Hospital Lausanne (Switzerland); Prior, J.O.; Bischof Delaloye, A. [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, Univ. Hospital Lausanne (Switzerland); Calcagni, M.L. [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, Univ. Hospital Lausanne (Switzerland); Dept. of Cardiology, Univ. Hospital Lausanne (Switzerland); Fivaz-Arbane, M.; Stauffer, J.C. [Inst. of Nuclear Medicine, Univ. Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Roma (Italy)

    2006-07-01

    Aim: To determine the long-term prognostic value of SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) for the occurrence of cardiovascular events in diabetic patients. Patients, methods: SPECT MPI of 210 consecutive Caucasian diabetic patients were analysed using Kaplan-Meier event-free survival curve and independent predictors were determined by Cox multivariate analyses. Results: Follow-up was complete in 200 (95%) patients with a median period of 3.0 years (0.8-5.0). The population was composed of 114 (57%) men, age 65 {+-} 10 years, 181 (90.5%) type 2 diabetes mellitus, 50 (25%) with a history of coronary artery disease (CAD) and 98 (49%) presenting chest pain prior to MPI. The prevalence of abnormal MPI was 58%. Patients with a normal MPI had neither cardiac death, nor myocardial infarction, independently of a history of coronary artery disease or chest pain. Among the independent predictors of cardiac death and myocardial infarction, the strongest was abnormal MPI (p < 0.0001), followed by history of CAD (Hazard Ratio (HR) = 15.9; p = 0.0001), diabetic retinopathy (HR = 10.0; p = 0.001) and inability to exercise (HR = 7.7; p = 0.02). Patients with normal MPI had a low revascularisation rate of 2.4% during the follow-up period. Compared to normal MPI, cardiovascular events increased 5.2 fold for reversible defects, 8.5 fold for fixed defects and 20.1 fold for the association of both defects. Conclusion: Diabetic patients with normal MPI had on excellent prognosis independently of history of CAD. On the opposite, an abnormal MPI led to a > 5-fold increase in cardiovascular events. This emphasizes the value of SPECT MPI in predicting and risk-stratifying cardiovascular events in diabetic patients. (orig.)

  7. Efficacy of the direct myocardial revascularization performed on the beating heart or performed with the use of extra corporal circulation - comparison by means of myocardial perfusion SPECT

    Introduction. In the recent years, new techniques of direct myocardial revascularization: OPCAB - off pump coronary artery bypass and MIDCAB - minimal invasive coronary artery bypass were developed. Aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of these methods with that of CABG performed with the use of extracorporal circulation. Material and methods. 20 patients operated on the beating heart (group 1; 16 men and 4 women; aged 40 to 65 years; mean 53,0 ±8,6 years) and 36 patients operated in the extracorporal circulation (group 2; 33 men and 3 women; aged 34 to 69 years, mean 52,5 ±8,6 years). In all the patients myocardial SPECT using 99mTc-MIBI at rest and after stimulation with dipyridamole (0,56 mg/kg) was performed twice: before and 4-7 months after revascularization. Myocardial perfusion was evaluated in 9 segments using following scale: from 1 (normal) to 5 points (no uptake). The average score in all nine segments constituted a perfusion index (PI). The differences of PI before and after operation, both at rest and after dipyridamole were compared. Results. In none of the patients of group 1 a perioperational ischemia was found by ECG or enzymatic (CK-MB) measurements. In a part of group 2 signs of transient ischemia were found. Global evaluation of perfusion in SPECT is presented. PI were similar in both groups, both at rest and after dipyridamole. Conclusion: Efficacy of the direct myocardial revascularization performed on the beating heart is similar to that of the CABG operations performed with the use of extracorporal circulation. The OPCAB and MIDCAM operations are less traumatizing

  8. Clinical implications of diffuse slow washout of thallium-201 in exercise stress myocardial SPECT

    Clinical implications of diffuse slow washout of thallium-201 (DSWO) in exercise-redistribution myocardial SPECT were studied. Thallium-201 washout rate was calculated by Bull's-eye method. DSWO was defined as having abnormal thallium-201 washout rate (<30% per 3 hours) in more than two thirds of each coronary artery (CA) area. Of 974 patients whose exercise heart rate exceeded 120/min, 51 (5.2%) showed DSWO and coronary angiography was performed in 43. Twenty-three patients (53%) showed triple vessel disease (3VD), 8 (19%) showed single or double vessel disease (1VD/2VD) and 12 (28%) showed normal CA. Patients with normal CA consisted of 6 patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), 5 with hypertension (HT) and one with electrocardiographic abnormality only. The cause of DSWO were assessed from the history of effort angina (EA) and congestive heart failure (CHF), delayed fill-in of the perfusion defect and the ratio of lung to heart thallium-201 activity (L/M) at exercise as an indicator of the left ventricular (LV) function. High prevalence of EA (74%), high incidence of scintigraphic delayed fill-in (83%) and normal L/M suggested diffuse LV ischemia as the cause of DSWO in 3VD. On the other hand in patients with 1VD/2VD, LV dysfunction at exercise was considered as the cause of DSWO because of low prevalence of EA (13%) and scintigraphic delayed fill-in (13%)(p<0.01, p<0.005 each vs 3VD), and high L/M (p<0.001 vs 3VD) and high prevalence of CHF (38%, NS). In patients with HCM LV ischemia at small vessel levels was assumed as the cause of DSWO from the high incidence of EA (83%) and delayed fill-in (50%), low L/M and normal CA. In cases of HTLV dysfunction and/or LV ischemia at the small vessel levels were considered as the cause of DSWO. Thus, it was concluded that DSWO is a noteworthy finding in exercise stress myocardial imaging. (author)

  9. Prognosis of patients with positive exercise test and normal myocardial perfusion SPECT

    Seo, J. H.; Jeong, S. Y.; Bae, J. H.; Ahn, B. C.; Lee, J.; Lee, K. B [College of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2004-07-01

    Exercise SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging(Ex-MPI) is regarded as a predictive technique particularly in patients with coronary artery disease(CAD) capable of performing exercise testing. In clinical practice, we encounter equivocal situations of discordant findings between exercise ECG and MPI. We evaluated the prognosis of subjects with positive ECG and normal MPI findings, and predictive factors for cardiac events. 2571 Ex-MPI studies were reviewed over a period of 3 years. Subjects were followed for more than 2 years(24-56 months, mean 35{+-}10months) for cardiac events after study. The cardiac events were defined as hard events(cardiac death and nonfatal myocardial infarction(MI)) and soft events(aggravation of CAD necessitating revascularization, congestive heart failure necessitating hospital admission). We evaluated age, sex, typical angina pain, rest ECG, hypertension, diabetes mellitus(DM), serum levels of cholesterol and LDL, smoking history, history of cerebrovascular disease(CVD) and peripheral artery disease(PAD), and rest left ventricular ejection fraction(LVEF) as clinical variables. Of 83 subjects with positive ECG and normal MPS findings, 6 were considered as false negative results confirmed with coronary angiography. There were 77 patients (mean age 52{+-}10 years, 39 males) with positive ECG and normal MPI results. During the follow-up period, of 77 there were 3 cardiac events (annual rate 1.9%), no cardiac death, 2 nonfatal MIs (annual rate 1.3%) and 1 soft event (annual rate 0.6%). 2/39 males(5.1%), and 1/38 females(2.6%) had cardiac events. All cardiac events were observed within 2 years. 1-year cardiac event rate was 0.6% and 2-year cardiac event rate was 1.9%. Among clinical factors, male sex, typical chest pain and smoking history at the time of MPI were predictive of cardiac events. Patients with positive ECG and negative EX-MPI results have low risk for cardiac events. Nevertheless, the cardiac events cannot be excluded totally in some

  10. Prognosis of patients with positive exercise test and normal myocardial perfusion SPECT

    Exercise SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging(Ex-MPI) is regarded as a predictive technique particularly in patients with coronary artery disease(CAD) capable of performing exercise testing. In clinical practice, we encounter equivocal situations of discordant findings between exercise ECG and MPI. We evaluated the prognosis of subjects with positive ECG and normal MPI findings, and predictive factors for cardiac events. 2571 Ex-MPI studies were reviewed over a period of 3 years. Subjects were followed for more than 2 years(24-56 months, mean 35±10months) for cardiac events after study. The cardiac events were defined as hard events(cardiac death and nonfatal myocardial infarction(MI)) and soft events(aggravation of CAD necessitating revascularization, congestive heart failure necessitating hospital admission). We evaluated age, sex, typical angina pain, rest ECG, hypertension, diabetes mellitus(DM), serum levels of cholesterol and LDL, smoking history, history of cerebrovascular disease(CVD) and peripheral artery disease(PAD), and rest left ventricular ejection fraction(LVEF) as clinical variables. Of 83 subjects with positive ECG and normal MPS findings, 6 were considered as false negative results confirmed with coronary angiography. There were 77 patients (mean age 52±10 years, 39 males) with positive ECG and normal MPI results. During the follow-up period, of 77 there were 3 cardiac events (annual rate 1.9%), no cardiac death, 2 nonfatal MIs (annual rate 1.3%) and 1 soft event (annual rate 0.6%). 2/39 males(5.1%), and 1/38 females(2.6%) had cardiac events. All cardiac events were observed within 2 years. 1-year cardiac event rate was 0.6% and 2-year cardiac event rate was 1.9%. Among clinical factors, male sex, typical chest pain and smoking history at the time of MPI were predictive of cardiac events. Patients with positive ECG and negative EX-MPI results have low risk for cardiac events. Nevertheless, the cardiac events cannot be excluded totally in some

  11. Applying the J-optimal channelized quadratic observer to SPECT myocardial perfusion defect detection

    Kupinski, Meredith K.; Clarkson, Eric; Ghaly, Michael; Frey, Eric C.

    2016-03-01

    To evaluate performance on a perfusion defect detection task from 540 image pairs of myocardial perfusion SPECT image data we apply the J-optimal channelized quadratic observer (J-CQO). We compare AUC values of the linear Hotelling observer and J-CQO when the defect location is fixed and when it occurs in one of two locations. As expected, when the location is fixed a single channels maximizes AUC; location variability requires multiple channels to maximize the AUC. The AUC is estimated from both the projection data and reconstructed images. J-CQO is quadratic since it uses the first- and second- order statistics of the image data from both classes. The linear data reduction by the channels is described by an L x M channel matrix and in prior work we introduced an iterative gradient-based method for calculating the channel matrix. The dimensionality reduction from M measurements to L channels yields better estimates of these sample statistics from smaller sample sizes, and since the channelized covariance matrix is L x L instead of M x M, the matrix inverse is easier to compute. The novelty of our approach is the use of Jeffrey's divergence (J) as the figure of merit (FOM) for optimizing the channel matrix. We previously showed that the J-optimal channels are also the optimum channels for the AUC and the Bhattacharyya distance when the channel outputs are Gaussian distributed with equal means. This work evaluates the use of J as a surrogate FOM (SFOM) for AUC when these statistical conditions are not satisfied.

  12. Effect of different image reconstruction algorithms on phase analysis of gated myocardial perfusion SPECT studies

    Objective: To evaluate the effect of various iterative reconstruction methods on phase analysis of gated myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). Methods: Thirty consecutive patients scanned by the Philips CardioMD system were recruited into this study. The gated SPECT (GSPECT) data were reconstructed with filtered backprojection (FBP), maximum likelihood expectation maximization (MLEM), three-dimensional (3D) resolution recovery MLEM (AST), attenuation corrected (AC) MLEM, AC and 3D Monte Carlo scatter corrected (ACSC) MLEM methods. Parameters of left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony (phase standard deviation and histogram bandwidth) were measured using the software SyncTool. Paired t-test was used to compare the differences of the LV dyssynchrony indices between FBP and MLEM, AC MLEM, ACSC MLEM, AST respectively. Results: The phase standard deviations of stress GSPECT MPI for FBP, MLEM, AC MLEM, ACSC MLEM, and AST were 11.6 degree, 10.9 degree, 11.2 degree, 11.6 degree, 11.4 degree respectively;while the histogram bandwidths were 35.7 degree, 34.3 degree, 35.1 degree, 36.9 degree, 35.1 degree respectively. The phase standard deviations of rest GSPECT MPI for FBP, MLEM, AC MLEM, ACSC MLEM and AST were 15.2 degree, 14.5 degree, 15.4 degree, 15.4 degree, 14.8 degree respectively; while the histogram bandwidths were 47.3 degree, 46.4 degree, 46.4 degree, 47.9 degree, 46.1 degree respectively. No statistical significance was observed between the FBP and various iterative reconstruction methods for both the stress and rest GSPECT MPI study (t:-1.179 to 1.554, P>0.05 for all). Conclusion: The standard FBP reconstruction method is accurate enough for the measurement of LV dyssynchrony indices using the widely used clinical software SyncTool. (authors)

  13. Design of a digital phantom population for myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging research

    Digital phantoms and Monte Carlo (MC) simulations have become important tools for optimizing and evaluating instrumentation, acquisition and processing methods for myocardial perfusion SPECT (MPS). In this work, we designed a new adult digital phantom population and generated corresponding Tc-99m and Tl-201 projections for use in MPS research. The population is based on the three-dimensional XCAT phantom with organ parameters sampled from the Emory PET Torso Model Database. Phantoms included three variations each in body size, heart size, and subcutaneous adipose tissue level, for a total of 27 phantoms of each gender. The SimSET MC code and angular response functions were used to model interactions in the body and the collimator-detector system, respectively. We divided each phantom into seven organs, each simulated separately, allowing use of post-simulation summing to efficiently model uptake variations. Also, we adapted and used a criterion based on the relative Poisson effective count level to determine the required number of simulated photons for each simulated organ. This technique provided a quantitative estimate of the true noise in the simulated projection data, including residual MC simulation noise. Projections were generated in 1 keV wide energy windows from 48–184 keV assuming perfect energy resolution to permit study of the effects of window width, energy resolution, and crosstalk in the context of dual isotope MPS. We have developed a comprehensive method for efficiently simulating realistic projections for a realistic population of phantoms in the context of MPS imaging. The new phantom population and realistic database of simulated projections will be useful in performing mathematical and human observer studies to evaluate various acquisition and processing methods such as optimizing the energy window width, investigating the effect of energy resolution on image quality and evaluating compensation methods for degrading factors such as

  14. Design of a digital phantom population for myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging research

    Ghaly, Michael; Du, Yong; Fung, George S. K.; Tsui, Benjamin M. W.; Links, Jonathan M.; Frey, Eric

    2014-06-01

    Digital phantoms and Monte Carlo (MC) simulations have become important tools for optimizing and evaluating instrumentation, acquisition and processing methods for myocardial perfusion SPECT (MPS). In this work, we designed a new adult digital phantom population and generated corresponding Tc-99m and Tl-201 projections for use in MPS research. The population is based on the three-dimensional XCAT phantom with organ parameters sampled from the Emory PET Torso Model Database. Phantoms included three variations each in body size, heart size, and subcutaneous adipose tissue level, for a total of 27 phantoms of each gender. The SimSET MC code and angular response functions were used to model interactions in the body and the collimator-detector system, respectively. We divided each phantom into seven organs, each simulated separately, allowing use of post-simulation summing to efficiently model uptake variations. Also, we adapted and used a criterion based on the relative Poisson effective count level to determine the required number of simulated photons for each simulated organ. This technique provided a quantitative estimate of the true noise in the simulated projection data, including residual MC simulation noise. Projections were generated in 1 keV wide energy windows from 48-184 keV assuming perfect energy resolution to permit study of the effects of window width, energy resolution, and crosstalk in the context of dual isotope MPS. We have developed a comprehensive method for efficiently simulating realistic projections for a realistic population of phantoms in the context of MPS imaging. The new phantom population and realistic database of simulated projections will be useful in performing mathematical and human observer studies to evaluate various acquisition and processing methods such as optimizing the energy window width, investigating the effect of energy resolution on image quality and evaluating compensation methods for degrading factors such as crosstalk in

  15. ROC evaluation of SPECT myocardial lesion detectability with and without single iteration non-uniform Chang attenuation compensation using an anthropomorphic female phantom

    The purpose of this work was to evaluate lesion detectability with and without nonuniform attenuation compensation (AC) in myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging in women using an anthropomorphic phantom and receiver operating characteristics (ROC) methodology. Breast attenuation causes artifacts in reconstructed images and may increase the difficulty of diagnosis of myocardial perfusion imaging in women. The null hypothesis tested using the ROC study was that nonuniform AC does not change the lesion detectability in myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging in women. The authors used a filtered backprojection (FBP) reconstruction algorithm and Chang's single iteration method for AC. In conclusion, with the proposed myocardial defect model nuclear medicine physicians demonstrated no significant difference for the detection of the anterior wall defect; however, a greater accuracy for the detection of the inferior wall defect was observed without nonuniform AC than with it. Medical physicists did not demonstrate any statistically significant difference in defect detection accuracy with or without nonuniform AC in the female phantom

  16. Evaluation of exercise-induced myocardial stunning by means of immediate post-exercise Tc-99m sestamibi gated SPECT

    Aim: Repeated episodes of myocardial stunning may lead to chronic ventricular dysfunction. We attempted to assess the parameters related to post-exercise stunning in patients undergoing gated SPECT. Methods: Six hundred patients undergoing a one-day stress/rest 99mTc-sestamibi gated SPECT were studied. Stress imaging was acquired within 15 minutes after injection. Summed perfusion scores (S.S.S., S.R.S. and S.D.S.) were calculated using Q.P.S., and L.V. function assessed using Q.G.S.. Stunning was defined as the association of ischemia (S.S.S. = 4 and SDS > 0) and a minimum of 5% decrease in post-stress E.F.. Results: Ischemia was found in 225 (37.5%) patients. Among these, 67 (30%) showed myocardial stunning. Patients with stunning had a lower rest E.S.V. (47 ± 24 ml vs 65 ± 52 ml, p < 0.0003) and E.D.V. (108± 35 ml vs 122 ± 66 ml, p 0.03), an increased rest L.V.E.F. (58 ± 10% vs 52 ± 13%, p < 0.0001) and a decreased post-stress L.V.E.F. (49 ± 10% vs 53 ± 13%, p < 0.02) compared to patients with no stunning. The number of myocardial segments showing reversible perfusion defects was increased in patients with stunning (2.7 ± 2.6 vs 1.7 ± 2.1, p < 0.02). On logistic regression, an extent of ischemia greater than two segments and a rest E.F. greater than 45% were independent predictors of the occurrence of myocardial stunning in patients with ischemia. Conclusions: In patients with ischemia, exercise-induced stunning was associated with an increased extent of ischemia but also preserved rest ventricular function. (authors)

  17. Microvascular obstruction on delayed enhancement cardiac magnetic resonance imaging after acute myocardial infarction, compared with myocardial {sup 201}Tl and {sup 123}I-BMIPP dual SPECT findings

    Mori, Hiroaki [Department of Cardiology, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya (Japan); Department of Cardiology, Kainan Hospital, Yatomi (Japan); Isobe, Satoshi, E-mail: sisobe@med.nagoya-u.ac.jp [Department of Cardiology, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya (Japan); Sakai, Shinichi [Department of Cardiology, Kainan Hospital, Yatomi (Japan); Yamada, Takashi [Department of Cardiology, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya (Japan); Watanabe, Naoki; Miura, Manabu [Department of Cardiology, Kainan Hospital, Yatomi (Japan); Uchida, Yasuhiro; Kanashiro, Masaaki; Ichimiya, Satoshi [Department of Cardiology, Yokkaichi Municipal Hospital, Yokkaichi (Japan); Okumura, Takahiro; Murohara, Toyoaki [Department of Cardiology, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya (Japan)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • The percentage infarct size (%IS) was significantly greater in the microvascular obstruction (MO) group than in the non-MO group. • The percentage mismatch score (%MMS) on dual scintigraphy significantly correlated with the %IS and the percentage MO. • The %MMS was significantly greater in the non-MO group than in the MO group, and was an independent predictor for MO. - Abstract: Background: The hypo-enhanced regions within the hyper-enhanced infarct areas detected by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging reflect microvascular obstruction (MO) after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The combined myocardial thallium-201 ({sup 201}Tl)/iodine-123-15-(p-iodophenyl)-3-(R,S)-methylpentadecanoic acid ({sup 123}I-BMIPP) dual single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is a useful tool for detecting myocardial reversibility after AMI. We evaluated whether MO could be an early predictor of irreversible myocardial damage in comparison with {sup 201}Tl and {sup 123}I-BMIPP dual SPECT findings in AMI patients. Methods: Sixty-two patients with initial AMI who successfully underwent coronary revascularization were enrolled. MO was defined by CMR imaging. Patients were divided into 2 groups as follows: MO group (n = 32) and non-MO group (n = 30). Scintigraphic defect scores were calculated using a 17-segment model with a 5-point scoring system. The mismatch score (MMS) was calculated as follows: the total sum of (Σ) {sup 123}I-BMIPP defect score minus Σ{sup 201}Tl defect score. The percentage mismatch score (%MMS) was calculated as follows: MMS/(Σ{sup 123}I-BMIPP score) × 100 (%). Results: The percentage infarct size (%IS) was significantly greater in the MO group than in the non-MO group (32.2 ± 13.8% vs. 18.3 ± 12.1%, p < 0.001). The %MMS significantly correlated with the %IS and the percentage MO (r = −0.26, p = 0.03; r = −0.45, p < 0.001, respectively). The %MMS was significantly greater in the non-MO group than in the MO group (45.4

  18. Disappearance of myocardial perfusion defects on prone SPECT imaging: Comparison with cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in patients without established coronary artery disease

    Hedén Bo

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background It is of great clinical importance to exclude myocardial infarction in patients with suspected coronary artery disease who do not have stress-induced ischemia. The diagnostic use of myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT in this situation is sometimes complicated by attenuation artifacts that mimic myocardial infarction. Imaging in the prone position has been suggested as a method to overcome this problem. Methods In this study, 52 patients without known prior infarction and no stress-induced ischemia on SPECT imaging were examined in both supine and prone position. The results were compared with cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR with delayed-enhancement technique to confirm or exclude myocardial infarction. Results There were 63 defects in supine-position images, 37 of which disappeared in the prone position. None of the 37 defects were associated with myocardial infarction by CMR, indicating that all of them represented attenuation artifacts. Of the remaining 26 defects that did not disappear on prone imaging, myocardial infarction was confirmed by CMR in 2; the remaining 24 had no sign of ischemic infarction but 2 had other kinds of myocardial injuries. In 3 patients, SPECT failed to detect small scars identified by CMR. Conclusion Perfusion defects in the supine position that disappeared in the prone position were caused by attenuation, not myocardial infarction. Hence, imaging in the prone position can help to rule out ischemic heart disease for some patients admitted for SPECT with suspected but not documented ischemic heart disease. This would indicate a better prognosis and prevent unnecessary further investigations and treatment.

  19. Validation of a new cardiac image fusion software for three-dimensional integration of myocardial perfusion SPECT and stand-alone 64-slice CT angiography

    Combining the functional information of SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (SPECT-MPI) and the morphological information of coronary CT angiography (CTA) may allow easier evaluation of the spatial relationship between coronary stenoses and perfusion defects. The aim of the present study was the validation of a novel software solution for three-dimensional (3D) image fusion of SPECT-MPI and CTA. SPECT-MPI with adenosine stress/rest 99mTc-tetrofosmin was fused with 64-slice CTA in 15 consecutive patients with a single perfusion defect and a single significant coronary artery stenosis (≥50% diameter stenosis). 3D fused SPECT/CT images were analysed by two independent observers with regard to superposition of the stenosed vessel onto the myocardial perfusion defect. Interobserver variability was assessed by recording the X, Y, Z coordinates for the origin of the stenosed coronary artery and the centre of the perfusion defect and measuring the distance between the two landmarks. SPECT-MPI revealed a fixed defect in seven patients, a reversible defect in five patients and a mixed defect in three patients and CTA documented a significant stenosis in the respective subtending coronary artery. 3D fused SPECT/CT images showed a match of coronary lesion and perfusion defect in each patient and the fusion process took less than 15 min. Interobserver variability was excellent for landmark detection (r = 1.00 and r = 0.99, p < 0.0001) and very good for the 3D distance between the two landmarks (r = 0.94, p < 0.001). 3D SPECT/CT image fusion is feasible, reproducible and allows correct superposition of SPECT segments onto cardiac CT anatomy. (orig.)

  20. Reference values of functional parameters in gated myocardial perfusion SPECT: comparison with QGS and 4DM program

    The objectives of this study were-First, to determine the normal range of left ventricular end diastolic volume (EDV), end systolic volume (ESV) and ejection fraction (EF) from gated myocardial perfusion SPECT for Quantitative Gated SPECT (QGS) and 4D-MSPECT (4DM), respectively. Second, to evaluate the relationships between values produced by both software packages. Tc-99m MIBI gated myocardial perfusion SPECT were performed for 77 patients (mean age: 49.6 ± 13.7y, n=37(M), 40(F)) with a low likelihood (0.05). In 4DM, the mean EDV, ESV and EF for all patients were 89.1 ± 26.4ml, 29.1 ± 12.8ml and 68.5 ± 6.7% at stress test. Most cases in 4DM, there was no significant difference statistically between stress and rest test (ρ >0.05). But statistically significant difference was found in EF (68.5 ± 6.7% at stress vs 70.9 ± 8.0% at rest, ρ <0.05). Correlation coefficients between the methods for EDV, ESV and EF were comparatively high (0.95, 0.93, 0.71 at stress test and 0.95, 0.90, 0.69 at rest test, respectively). However, Bland-Altman plots showed a large range of the limit value of agreement for EDV, ESV and EF between both methods (-30ml ∼ 10ml, -12ml ∼ 8ml, -14% ∼ 11% at stress test and -32ml ∼ 5ml, -13ml ∼ 13ml, -18% ∼ 12% at rest test). We found the normal ranges of EDV, ESV and EF for patients with a low likelihood of CAD in both methods. We expect these values will be a good reference to interpret gated myocardial perfusion SPECT. Although good correlation was observed between both methods, they should not be used interchangeably. Therefore, when both programs are used at the same site, it will be important to apply normal limits specific to each method

  1. Comparison of diagnostic value of coronary artery disease between ATP-stress and exercise-stress thallium myocardial SPECT images

    A study was made between adenosine triphosphate disodium (ATP)-stress thallium myocardial scintigrams and exercise-stress scintigrams to compare their respective extents and degree of defects. The subjects of the study were 33 ischemic heart disease patients, who received ATP stress and treadmill exercise stress with a mean interval of 25 days. ATP was infused for 5 minutes with an infusion rate of 0.16 or 0.18 mg per kg of body weight per minute. Thallium was injected three minutes after infusion. The percent-defect index (percentage of the extent and degree of the defects for all 33 patients), was calculated with visual scoring using a five-zone myocardial division method and semi-quantitative four-grade representation method for both the ATP and exercise SPECT images. The extent of the defects in ATP- and exercise-stress images was 51.5% and 44.2%, and that in redistribution images was 36.4% and 33.9%, respectively. The degree of defects in ATP- and exercise-stress images was 35.8% and 32.3%, while that in redistribution images was 20.8% and 17.2%, respectively (p=NS in all cases). In conclusion, the image quality of thallium SPECT with ATP stress was equivalent that of exercise stress, indicating identical diagnostic values for coronary lesions. (author)

  2. Semiquantitative SPECT myocardial perfusion with dipyridamole in patients unable to exercise. Event rate during 4 years of follow up

    The increasingly numbers of patients (P) that can't reach an adequate level of exercise in order to evaluate CAD, lead us to use pharmacological and technical tools available for this subgroup of P. Aim: evaluate the prognostic significance of myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging with pharmacological stress in P without LBBB, unable to exercise. Material and Methods: 209 P were included. Mean age: 65 years old (39-88), male 66%. Clinical: Pre test likelihood 8: 28%; SDS 0 and SRS 0: 31.7%; SDS 0 + SRS >=1: 21%; SDS >=1: 47.3%. III) Follow up: 13 patients were early re-vascularized induced by SPECT study results, 10 patients get lost and 186 were follow up by a mean 1086 days. Cumulative events rate: 1st year SCE 9.7%, HCE 1.6%; 2nd year SCE 14%, HCE 4.3%; 3rd year SCE 17.7%, HCE 5.4%; 4th year SCE 21%, HCE 5,4%. Scintigraphic indices and events rate relationship are presented. Conclusion: There was a relationship between scintigraphic indices and hard cardiac events. The semiquantitative myocardial perfusion with dipyridamole stress was a safe test and useful to discriminate groups of P with different risk of events

  3. Comparative value of brain perfusion SPECT and [123I]MIBG myocardial scintigraphy in distinguishing between dementia with Lewy bodies and Alzheimer's disease

    Both decreased occipital perfusion on brain single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and reduction in cardiac 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) uptake are characteristic features of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), and potentially support the clinical diagnosis of DLB. The aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic value of these two methods for differentiation of DLB from Alzheimer's disease (AD). The study population comprised 19 patients with probable DLB and 39 patients with probable AD who underwent both SPECT with N-isopropyl-p-[123I]iodoamphetamine and MIBG myocardial scintigraphy. Objective and quantitative measurement of perfusion in the medial occipital lobe, including the cuneus and lingual gyrus, was performed by the use of three-dimensional stereotactic surface projections. Medial occipital perfusion was significantly decreased in the DLB group compared with the AD group. The mean heart/mediastinum ratios of MIBG uptake were significantly lower in the DLB group than in the AD group. Although SPECT failed to demonstrate significant hypoperfusion in the medial occipital lobe in five patients with DLB, marked reduction of MIBG uptake was found in all patients with DLB. Receiver operating characteristic analysis revealed that MIBG myocardial scintigraphy enabled more accurate discrimination between DLB and AD than was possible with perfusion SPECT. MIBG myocardial scintigraphy may improve the sensitivity in the detection of DLB. In particular, this method may provide a powerful differential diagnostic tool when it is difficult to distinguish cases of DLB from AD using brain perfusion SPECT. (orig.)

  4. Impact of right-ventricular apical pacing on the optimal left-ventricular lead positions measured by phase analysis of SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging

    Hung, Guang-Uei [Chang Bing Show Chwan Memorial Hospital, Changhua (China); China Medical University, Department of Biomedical Imaging and Radiological Science, Taichung (China); Huang, Jin-Long [Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Cardiovascular Center, Taichung (China); School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Institute of Clinical Medicine, and Cardiovascular Research Institute, Department of Medicine, Taipei (China); Chung-Shan Medical University, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Taichung (China); Lin, Wan-Yu; Tsai, Shih-Chung [Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Taichung (China); Wang, Kuo-Yang [Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Cardiovascular Center, Taichung (China); Chung-Shan Medical University, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Taichung (China); Chen, Shih-Ann [School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Institute of Clinical Medicine, and Cardiovascular Research Institute, Department of Medicine, Taipei (China); Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Taipei (China); Lloyd, Michael S.; Chen, Ji [Emory University, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Atlanta, GA (United States)

    2014-06-15

    The use of SPECT phase analysis to optimize left-ventricular (LV) lead positions for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) was performed at baseline, but CRT works as simultaneous right ventricular (RV) and LV pacing. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of RV apical (RVA) pacing on optimal LV lead positions measured by SPECT phase analysis. This study prospectively enrolled 46 patients. Two SPECT myocardial perfusion scans were acquired under sinus rhythm with complete left bundle branch block and RVA pacing, respectively, following a single injection of {sup 99m}Tc-sestamibi. LV dyssynchrony parameters and optimal LV lead positions were measured by the phase analysis technique and then compared between the two scans. The LV dyssynchrony parameters were significantly larger with RVA pacing than with sinus rhythm (p ∝0.01). In 39 of the 46 patients, the optimal LV lead positions were the same between RVA pacing and sinus rhythm (kappa = 0.861). In 6 of the remaining 7 patients, the optimal LV lead positions were along the same radial direction, but RVA pacing shifted the optimal LV lead positions toward the base. The optimal LV lead positions measured by SPECT phase analysis were consistent, no matter whether the SPECT images were acquired under sinus rhythm or RVA pacing. In some patients, RVA pacing shifted the optimal LV lead positions toward the base. This study supports the use of baseline SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging to optimize LV lead positions to increase CRT efficacy. (orig.)

  5. The Association between Left Verticle Diastolic Dysfunction and Endothelial Dysfunction and the Result of Stress Myocardial SPECT in Asymptomatic Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

    Charvát, J.; Michalová, K.; Chlumský, J.; Valenta, Zdeněk; Kvapil, M.

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 33, - (2005), s. 473-482. ISSN 0300-0605 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10300504 Keywords : coronary heart disease * type 2 diabetes mellitus * left ventricular diastolic dysfunction * left ventricular hyperthropy * stress myocardial SPECT Subject RIV: FA - Cardiovascular Diseases incl. Cardiotharic Surgery Impact factor: 0.653, year: 2005

  6. Clinical application of stress/rest myocardial perfusion imaging in the patients with 50%-75% coronary stenosis

    Objective: To evaluate the clinical application of stress/rest Mpi in the patients with 50%-75% coronary artery stenosis. Methods: The criteria for patient selection were that the patients should have at least one main coronary artery with stenosis more than 50%, and the maximal stenosis should be less than 75% according to Cage. The stress/rest Mpi was performed in 2 weeks before or after CAG. A total of 244 patients (178 males, 66 females) with mean age (57 ± 10) years were included in this study. Symptom restriction stress test was used and stress MPI was performed 1-1.5 h after 99Tcm-MIBI (925 MBq) injection at the exercise peak. Rest MPI was performed within 48-72 h after stress MPI.Myocardial ischemia was diagnosed when there was a reduced uptake or even a defect in 2 different tomographic sections or in the same part of a myocardium in the continuous 2 slices. When there was an irreversible reduced uptake or defect, myocardial infarction was given as the final diagnosis. No reduced uptake or defect in all slices was shown as normal. The impact of MPI images on the selection for optimal clinical therapy plans was also discussed. χ2 test was used for statistical analysis. Results: A total of 340 coronary arteries with stenosis 50%-75% were found by CAG. According to stress/rest MPI results, 207 patients (84.8%)presented normal, 33 had myocardial ischemia, 3 had myocardial infarction, and 1 had both myocardial infarction and ischemia. In abnormal MPI images, there were 61 ischemic segments and 9 infarct segments,which were associated with 43 stenotic arteries (23 LAD, 10 LCX, and 10 RCA). Patients were divided into 2 groups according to the results of MPI: Group 1 with normal MPI (207/244, 84.8%) and Group 2 with abnormal MPI (37/244, 15.2%). In Group 1, 9 patients underwent coronary artery revascularization (PTCA or CABG), and the others had medical treatment. Eight patients had PTCA and 29 patients had medical treatment in Group 2. There was a statistically

  7. Use of coronary calcium score scans from stand-alone multislice computed tomography for attenuation correction of myocardial perfusion SPECT

    To evaluate the use of CT attenuation maps, generated from coronary calcium scoring (CCS) scans at in- and expiration with a 64-slice CT scanner, for attenuation correction (AC) of myocardial perfusion SPECT images. Thirty-two consecutive patients underwent99mTc-tetrofosmin gated adenosine stress/rest SPECT scan on an Infinia Hawkeye SPECT-CT device (GE Medical Systems) followed by CCS and CT angiography on a 64-slice CT. AC of the iteratively reconstructed images was performed with AC maps obtained: (a) from the ''Hawkeye'' low-resolution X-ray CT facility attached to the Infinia camera (IRAC); (b) from the CCS scan acquired on a 64-slice CT scanner during maximal inspiration (ACINSP) and (c) during normal expiration (ACEXP). Automatically determined uptake values of stress scans (QPS, Cedars Medical Sinai) from ACINSP and ACEXP were compared with IRAC. Agatston score (AS) values using ACINSPversus ACEXP were also compared. ACINSP and ACEXP resulted in identical findings versus IRAC by visual analysis. A good correlation for uptake values between IRAC and ACINSP was found (apex, r=0.92; anterior, r=0.85; septal, r=0.91; lateral, r=0.86; inferior, r=0.90; all pEXP (apex, r=0.97; anterior, r=0.91; septal, r=0.94; lateral, r=0.92; inferior, r=0.97; all pEXP proved superior to ACINSP, suggesting that in hybrid scans CCS may be performed during normal expiration to allow its additional use for AC of SPECT MPI. (orig.)

  8. Effects of scatter correction on the assessment of myocardial perfusion and left ventricular function by gated Tc-99m myocardial SPECT

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of scatter correction on the assessment of myocardial perfusion and left ventricular function by gated Tc-99m myocardial SPECT. Subjects were 11 normal volunteers, 20 patients with non-cardiac chest pain and 13 patients with coronary artery diseases. We classified above 3 groups into normal and diseased groups. Scatter correction was done using dual-energy-window scatter correction method (DEW-SC). We compared acquired counts, image contrast, corrected maximum relative counts, indices of left ventricular function, extent and severity of perfusion defects calculated by 'CEqual program' between scatter non-corrected and corrected images. Scatter corrected studies was lower in counts by 18 ± 3% than uncorrected studies, but image contrast were improved in all cases. Scatter correction using DEW-SC took 3 minutes to complete, and 512 kB memory to store. There were no significant difference among indices of left ventricular function between scatter non-corrected and corrected images. Although extents of perfusion defects were not significantly different, severity was severer in scatter corrected images. Scatter correction using DEW-SC is simple to do, 3nd improve image contrast without changing other indices of myocardial perfusion and function

  9. A quantitative assessment of heart phantom motion and its effect on myocardial perfusion SPECT images

    In order to study the image characteristics of motion artifacts and to determine the relations of motion artifacts with varied motion types, and the imaging timings, frames, distances and directions during SPECT acquisition, a myocardial phantom filled with pertechnetate solution was used to simulate the patient motion. In non-returning pattern, the simulation motion was timed at the 0 degree, -45 degree and -90 degree positions during the rotation of the detector over a 180 degree arc from +45 degree right anterior oblique to -135 degree left posterior oblique. Simulation motion was performed by moving the phantom +-5 mm, +-10 mm and +- 20 mm along X- (from left to right), Y- (from head to caudal) and Z-axis (from back to ventral) respectively. In returning pattern the acquired 30 projections were divided into three equal parts. The simulation motion was timed at the middle 1-7 projections of each part and performed by moving the phantom +-5, +-10, +-15, +-20, +-25, +-30 and +-50 mm along X-, Y- and Z-axis respectively. Each image was compared with normal image and assessed by three experienced observers without knowledge of the phantom motion. Logistic regression analysis was used to determine the relationship of motion artifacts with the affecting factors. No significant artifacts can be found when the phantom was moved slightly, no matter which motion pattern, direction and timing were taken. The characteristics of motion artifacts showed a radioactive marker dot in inferior wall firstly when the phantom was moved along X-axis. Septal and lateral wall became 'hot' symmetrically when the phantom was moved along Y-axis. And nodular hot could be found in anterior wall when the phantom was moved along Z-axis. At last the 'lumpy' and 'defect' areas existed alternately and formed a triangle respectively. The presence of motion artifacts was related to motion directions, distance and affected frames, but was independent of motion timing. The characteristics of motion

  10. Optimization and comparison of simultaneous and separate acquisition protocols for dual isotope myocardial perfusion SPECT

    Dual-isotope simultaneous-acquisition (DISA) rest-stress myocardial perfusion SPECT (MPS) protocols offer a number of advantages over separate acquisition. However, crosstalk contamination due to scatter in the patient and interactions in the collimator degrade image quality. Compensation can reduce the effects of crosstalk, but does not entirely eliminate image degradations. Optimizing acquisition parameters could further reduce the impact of crosstalk. In this paper we investigate the optimization of the rest Tl-201 energy window width and relative injected activities using the ideal observer (IO), a realistic digital phantom population and Monte Carlo (MC) simulated Tc-99m and Tl-201 projections as a means to improve image quality. We compared performance on a perfusion defect detection task for Tl-201 acquisition energy window widths varying from 4 to 40 keV centered at 72 keV for a camera with a 9% energy resolution. We also investigated 7 different relative injected activities, defined as the ratio of Tc-99m and Tl-201 activities, while keeping the total effective dose constant at 13.5 mSv. For each energy window and relative injected activity, we computed the IO test statistics using a Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) method for an ensemble of 1,620 triplets of fixed and reversible defect-present, and defect-absent noisy images modeling realistic background variations. The volume under the 3-class receiver operating characteristic (ROC) surface (VUS) was estimated and served as the figure of merit. For simultaneous acquisition, the IO suggested that relative Tc-to-Tl injected activity ratios of 2.6–5 and acquisition energy window widths of 16–22% were optimal. For separate acquisition, we observed a broad range of optimal relative injected activities from 2.6 to 12.1 and acquisition energy window of widths 16–22%. A negative correlation between Tl-201 injected activity and the width of the Tl-201 energy window was observed in these ranges. The