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  1. Myocardial perfusion abnormalities in asymptomatic patients with systemic lupus erythematosus

    Accelerated coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction in young patients with systemic lupus erythematosus is well documented; however, the prevalence of coronary involvement is unknown. Accordingly, 26 patients with systemic lupus were selected irrespective of previous cardiac history to undergo exercise thallium-201 cardiac scintigraphy. Segmental perfusion abnormalities were present in 10 of the 26 studies (38.5 percent). Five patients had reversible defects suggesting ischemia, four patients had persistent defects consistent with scar, and one patient had both reversible and persistent defects in two areas. There was no correlation between positive thallium results and duration of disease, amount of corticosteroid treatment, major organ system involvement or age. Only a history of pericarditis appeared to be associated with positive thallium-201 results (p less than 0.05). It is concluded that segmental myocardial perfusion abnormalities are common in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Whether this reflects large-vessel coronary disease or small-vessel abnormalities remains to be determined

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Rest perfusion abnormalities in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: correlation with myocardial fibrosis and risk factors for sudden cardiac death

    Aim: To measure the prevalence of abnormal rest perfusion in a population of consecutive patients with known hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) referred for cardiovascular MRI (CMR), and to assess any associations between abnormal rest perfusion and the presence, pattern, and severity of myocardial scar and the presence of risk factors for sudden death. Materials and methods: Eighty consecutive patients with known HCM referred for CMR underwent functional imaging, rest first-pass perfusion, and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE). Results: Thirty percent of the patients had abnormal rest perfusion, all of them corresponding to areas of mid-myocardial LGE and to a higher degree of segmental hypertrophy. Rest perfusion abnormalities correlated with more extensive and confluent LGE. The subgroup of patients with myocardial fibrosis and rest perfusion abnormalities (fibrosis+/perfusion+) had more than twice the incidence of episodes of non-sustained ventricular tachycardia on Holter monitoring in comparison to patients with myocardial fibrosis and normal rest perfusion (fibrosis+/perfusion–) and patients with no fibrosis and normal rest perfusion (fibrosis–/perfusion–). Conclusions: First-pass perfusion CMR identifies abnormal rest perfusion in a significant proportion of patients with HCM. These abnormalities are associated with the presence and distribution of myocardial scar and the degree of hypertrophy. Rest perfusion abnormalities identify patients with increased incidence of episodes of non-sustained ventricular tachycardia on Holter monitoring, independently from the presence of myocardial fibrosis. - Highlights: • 30% of patients with HCM have perfusion abnormalities related to scar. • No rest perfusion abnormalities were observed in areas of viable myocardium. • Scar-related perfusion abnormalities were associated with the incidence of NSVT

  6. A higher prevalence of abnormal regional cerebral blood flow in patients with syndrome X and abnormal myocardial perfusion

    To test the hypothesis that syndrome X is a systemic vascular disorder, technetium-99m ethyl cysteinate dimer (Tc-99m ECD) brain single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) was used to detect abnormal regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in 30 patients with syndrome X. These patients were separated into group 1, 20 patients with definite myocardial perfusion defects diagnosed by thallium-201 (Tl-201) myocardial perfusion SPECT; and group 2, 10 patients without any myocardial perfusion defects. Tc-99m ECD brain SPECT demonstrated hypoperfusion brain lesions in 95% (19/20) and 20% (2/10) of patients in groups 1 and 2, respectively. This difference in the cidence between the two groups was significant. In group 1 and 2 patients, parietal lobes were the most common hypoperfusion areas, while the cerebellum was the least common hypoperfusion area of the brain. Syndrome X is a systemic vascular disorder with a high incidence of hypoperfusion lesions of the brain based on the findings of Tc-99m ECD brain SPECT, and is usually coincident with myocardial defects based on the Tl-201 myocardial perfusion SPECT findings. (author)

  7. 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.)

  8. Radiation-induced myocardial perfusion abnormalities in breast cancer patients following external beam radiation therapy

    Mohammad Eftekhari

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective(s: Radiation therapy for breast cancer can induce myocardial capillary injury and increase cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. A prospective cohort was conducted to study the prevalence of myocardial perfusion abnormalities following radiation therapy of left-sided breast cancer patients as compared to those with right–sided cancer. Methods: To minimize potential confounding factors, only those patients with low 10-year risk of coronary artery disease (based on Framingham risk scoring were included. All patients were initially treated by modified radical mastectomy and then were managed by postoperative 3D Conformal Radiation Therapy (CRT to the surgical bed with an additional 1-cm margin, delivered by 46-50 Gy (in 2 Gy daily fractions over a 5-week course. The same dose-adjusted chemotherapy regimen (including anthracyclines, cyclophosphamide and taxol was given to all patients. Six months after radiation therapy, all patients underwent cardiac SPECT for the evaluation of myocardial perfusion. Results: A total of 71 patients with a mean age of 45.3±7.2 years [35 patients with leftsided breast cancer (exposed and 36 patients with right-sided cancer (controls] were enrolled. Dose-volume histogram (DVH [showing the percentage of the heart exposed to >50% of radiation] was significantly higher in patients with left-sided breast cancer. Visual interpretation detected perfusion abnormalities in 42.9% of cases and 16.7% of controls (P=0.02, Odds ratio=1.46. In semiquantitative segmental analysis, only apical (28.6% versus 8.3%, P=0.03 and anterolateral (17.1% versus 2.8%, P=0.049 walls showed significantly reduced myocardial perfusion in the exposed group. Summed Stress Score (SSS of>3 was observed in twelve cases (34.3%, while in five of the controls (13.9%,(Odds ratio=1.3. There was no significant difference between the groups regarding left ventricular ejection fraction. Conclusion: The risk of radiation induced myocardial

  9. Prevalence and predictors of an abnormal stress myocardial perfusion study in asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus

    Scholte, Arthur J.H.A.; Schuijf, Joanne D.; Wall, Ernst E. van der; Bax, Jeroen J. [Leiden University Medical Center, Department of Cardiology, Albinusdreef 2, PO Box 9600, Leiden (Netherlands); Kharagjitsingh, Antje V. [Medisch Centrum Haaglanden, Department of Internal Medicine, The Hague (Netherlands); Dibbets-Schneider, Petra; Stokkel, Marcel P. [Leiden University Medical Center, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Leiden (Netherlands)

    2009-04-15

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of an abnormal stress myocardial perfusion study in a cohort of truly asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus using myocardial perfusion imaging by means of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). Secondly, we determined which clinical characteristics may predict an abnormal stress myocardial perfusion study in this population. A total of 120 asymptomatic patients (mean age 53{+-}10 years) with type 2 diabetes mellitus and one or more risk factors for coronary artery disease were prospectively recruited from an outpatient diabetes clinic. All patients underwent myocardial perfusion imaging by means of adenosine {sup 99m}Tc sestamibi SPECT. Images were evaluated for the presence of perfusion abnormalities as well as other nonperfusion abnormalities that may indicate extensive ischaemia, including left ventricular dysfunction (defined as a left ventricular ejection fraction <45%), transient ischaemic dilatation and adenosine-induced ST segment depression. Multivariable analysis was performed using a backward selection strategy to identify potential predictors for an abnormal stress myocardial perfusion study. Finally, all patients were followed up for 12 months to determine the occurrence of cardiovascular events: (1) cardiac death, (2) nonfatal myocardial infarction, (3) unstable angina requiring hospitalization, (4) revascularization, or (5) stroke. Of the 120 patients, 40 (33%) had an abnormal stress study, including myocardial perfusion abnormalities in 30 patients (25%). In 10 patients (8%), indicators of extensive (possibly balanced ischaemia) were observed in the absence of abnormal perfusion. The multivariable analysis identified current smoking, duration of diabetes and the cholesterol/high-density lipoprotein (HDL) ratio as independent predictors of an abnormal stress study. During a follow-up period of 12 months six patients (5%) had a cardiovascular event. The current study

  10. Prevalence and predictors of an abnormal stress myocardial perfusion study in asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of an abnormal stress myocardial perfusion study in a cohort of truly asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus using myocardial perfusion imaging by means of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). Secondly, we determined which clinical characteristics may predict an abnormal stress myocardial perfusion study in this population. A total of 120 asymptomatic patients (mean age 53±10 years) with type 2 diabetes mellitus and one or more risk factors for coronary artery disease were prospectively recruited from an outpatient diabetes clinic. All patients underwent myocardial perfusion imaging by means of adenosine 99mTc sestamibi SPECT. Images were evaluated for the presence of perfusion abnormalities as well as other nonperfusion abnormalities that may indicate extensive ischaemia, including left ventricular dysfunction (defined as a left ventricular ejection fraction <45%), transient ischaemic dilatation and adenosine-induced ST segment depression. Multivariable analysis was performed using a backward selection strategy to identify potential predictors for an abnormal stress myocardial perfusion study. Finally, all patients were followed up for 12 months to determine the occurrence of cardiovascular events: (1) cardiac death, (2) nonfatal myocardial infarction, (3) unstable angina requiring hospitalization, (4) revascularization, or (5) stroke. Of the 120 patients, 40 (33%) had an abnormal stress study, including myocardial perfusion abnormalities in 30 patients (25%). In 10 patients (8%), indicators of extensive (possibly balanced ischaemia) were observed in the absence of abnormal perfusion. The multivariable analysis identified current smoking, duration of diabetes and the cholesterol/high-density lipoprotein (HDL) ratio as independent predictors of an abnormal stress study. During a follow-up period of 12 months six patients (5%) had a cardiovascular event. The current study revealed

  11. Frequency and severity of myocardial perfusion abnormalities using Tc-99m MIBI SPECT in cardiac syndrome X

    Cardiac syndrome X is defined by a typical angina pectoris with normal or near normal (stenosis <40%) coronary angiogram with or without electrocardiogram (ECG) change or atypical angina pectoris with normal or near normal coronary angiogram plus a positive none-invasive test (exercise tolerance test or myocardial perfusion scan) with or without ECG change. Studies with myocardial perfusion imaging on this syndrome have indicated some abnormal perfusion scan. We evaluated the role of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) and also the severity and extent of perfusion abnormality using Tc-99m MIBI Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) in these patients. The study group consisted of 36 patients with cardiac syndrome X. The semiquantitative perfusion analysis was performed using exercise Tc-99m MIBI SPECT. The MPI results were analyzed by the number, location and severity of perfusion defects. Abnormal perfusion defects were detected in 13 (36.10%) cases, while the remaining 23 (63.90%) had normal cardiac imaging. Five of 13 (38.4%) abnormal studies showed multiple perfusion defects. The defects were localized in the apex in 3, apical segments in 4, midventricular segments in 12 and basal segments in 6 cases. Fourteen (56%) of all abnormal segments revealed mild, 7(28%) moderate and 4 (16%) severe reduction of tracer uptake. No fixed defects were identified. The vessel territories were approximately the same in all subjects. The Exercise treadmill test (ETT) was positive in 25(69%) and negative in 11(30%) patients. There was no consistent pattern as related to the extent of MPI defects or exercise test results. Our study suggests that multiple perfusion abnormalities with different levels of severity are common in cardiac syndrome X, with more than 30 % of these patients having at least one abnormal perfusion segment. Our findings suggest that in these patients microvascular angina is probably more common than is generally believed

  12. Aid in the detection of myocardial perfusion abnormality utilizing SPECT atlas and images registration: preliminary results

    Padua, Rodrigo Donizete Santana de [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Div. de Cardiologia]. E-mail: rodrigo_dsp@hcrp.fmrp.usp.br; Oliveira, Lucas Ferrari de [Universidade Federal de Pelotas (UFPel), RS (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica e Matematica. Dept. de Tecnologia da Informacao; Marques, Paulo Mazzoncini de Azevedo [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Centro de Ciencias das Imagens e Fisica Medica; Groote, Jean-Jacques Georges Soares de [Instituto de Ensino Superior COC, Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Lab. of Artifical Intelligence and Applications; Castro, Adelson Antonio de [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP, (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina; Ana, Lauro Wichert [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Centro de Ciencias das Imagens e Fisica Medica; Simoes, Marcus Vinicius [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP, (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Divisao de Cardiologia

    2008-11-15

    To develop an atlas of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy and evaluating its applicability in computer-aided detection of myocardial perfusion defects in patients with ischemic heart disease. The atlas was created with rest-stress myocardial perfusion scintigraphic images of 20 patients of both genders with low probability of coronary artery disease and considered as normal by two experienced observers. Techniques of image registration and mathematical operations on images were utilized for obtaining template images depicting mean myocardial uptake and standard deviation for each gender and physiological condition. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy images of one male and one female patient were aligned with the corresponding atlas template image, and voxels with myocardial uptake rates two standard deviations below the mean voxel value of the respective region in the atlas template image were highlighted on the tomographic sections and confirmed as perfusion defects by both observe. The present study demonstrated the creation of an atlas of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy with promising results of this tool as an aid in the detection of myocardial perfusion defects. However, further prospective validation with a more representative sample is recommended. (author)

  13. Aid in the detection of myocardial perfusion abnormality utilizing SPECT atlas and images registration: preliminary results

    To develop an atlas of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy and evaluating its applicability in computer-aided detection of myocardial perfusion defects in patients with ischemic heart disease. The atlas was created with rest-stress myocardial perfusion scintigraphic images of 20 patients of both genders with low probability of coronary artery disease and considered as normal by two experienced observers. Techniques of image registration and mathematical operations on images were utilized for obtaining template images depicting mean myocardial uptake and standard deviation for each gender and physiological condition. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy images of one male and one female patient were aligned with the corresponding atlas template image, and voxels with myocardial uptake rates two standard deviations below the mean voxel value of the respective region in the atlas template image were highlighted on the tomographic sections and confirmed as perfusion defects by both observe. The present study demonstrated the creation of an atlas of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy with promising results of this tool as an aid in the detection of myocardial perfusion defects. However, further prospective validation with a more representative sample is recommended. (author)

  14. Measuring myocardial perfusion

    Qayyum, A A; Kastrup, J

    2015-01-01

    . Myocardial perfusion abnormalities are the first sign of the ischaemic cascade in the development of coronary artery disease (CAD). PET is considered the non-invasive clinical reference standard for absolute quantification of myocardial perfusion. The diagnostic and prognostic value of PET is well-known and......-pass of non-ionic and ionic contrast agents, respectively. Absolute quantification with CMR has yet to be established in routine clinical practice, while CT has yet to prove its diagnostic and prognostic value. The upcoming years may change the way we diagnose and treat patients suspected of having CAD...

  15. Prevalence of myocardial perfusion abnormalities in end-stage liver disease

    The prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD) in end-stage liver disease (ESLD) being evaluated for orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) is unclear based on variable definition used for CAD. The aim of this study to investigate the prevalence of abnormal stress myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (MPS) imaging, as a marker for CAD, among patients with ESLD who were referred for stress MPS imaging as a routine work up before OLT. This was a single-center, retrospective study. We reviewed data on 167 patients who were referred for MPS as a routine work up before OLT over the last 2 years. All patients underwent evaluation for CAD risk factors [age, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes mellitus (DM), hypertension (HTN), and smoking], and stress MPS as per standard protocol. The total number of patients referred for stress MPS was 167. Seven patients (4% of total study population) were excluded from the study due to poor and/or nondiagnostic studies. 147 patients (92%) had normal, but only 13 patients (8%) had abnormal MPS scans. DM and male gender were the most independent risk factors for abnormal MPS with P value of 0.046, and 0.26, respectively. There was no significant association between the abnormal MPS result and HTN, hypercholesterolemia, smoking, age or etiology of the liver disease. Based on our data, the prevalence of abnormal MPS and left ventricular ejection fraction in patients with ESLD was found to be 8%. DM and male gender were the most independent predictor factors for abnormal MPS. True prevalence of CAD and usefulness of MPS in patients with ESLD can only be studied using a very large and randomized prospective study

  16. Technetium-99m sestamibi single-photon emission tomography detects subclinical myocardial perfusion abnormalities in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus

    Schillaci, O. [Nuclear Medicine, University of l`Aquila (Italy); Lagana, B.; Gentile, R.; Tubani, L.; Baratta, L. [Department of Clinical Medicine, University ``La Sapienza``, Rome (Italy); Danieli, R.; Scopinaro, F. [Section of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Experimental Medicine and Pathology, University ``La Sapienza``, Rome (Italy)

    1999-07-01

    In patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, involvement of the cardiovascular system is the third leading cause of death. However, although autopsy studies have demonstrated a high incidence of abnormalities in both the myocardium and coronary vessels, clinical manifestations have been reported in only a small percentage of cases. The aim of this study was to evaluate myocardial perfusion in asymptomatic lupus patients using technetium-99m sestamibi single-photon emission tomography (SPET). Twenty-eight patients without overt cardiac involvement and risk factors were studied with {sup 99m}Tc-sestamibi SPET at rest and after dipyridamole infusion. Perfusion abnormalities were detected in 18 cases: six had persistent defects, three had reversible defects, seven had both persistent and reversible defects, and two showed rest defects which normalized on dipyridamole images (``reverse redistribution pattern``). Coronary angiography was performed in eight patients with positive {sup 99m}Tc-sestamibi SPET, and showed normal epicardial vessels in all the cases. These results indicate that {sup 99m}Tc-sestamibi SPET reveals a high prevalence (18 out of 28 patients in this study, i.e. 64%) of myocardial perfusion abnormalities in asymptomatic lupus patients, probably due to the primary immunological damage of this autoimmune disease. In conclusion, rest/dipyridamole {sup 99m}Tc-sestamibi SPET can be a useful non-invasive method to identify subclinical myocardial involvement in systemic lupus erythematosus, and patients potentially at risk of later cardiac events. (orig.) With 2 figs., 2 tabs., 21 refs.

  17. Technetium-99m sestamibi single-photon emission tomography detects subclinical myocardial perfusion abnormalities in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus

    In patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, involvement of the cardiovascular system is the third leading cause of death. However, although autopsy studies have demonstrated a high incidence of abnormalities in both the myocardium and coronary vessels, clinical manifestations have been reported in only a small percentage of cases. The aim of this study was to evaluate myocardial perfusion in asymptomatic lupus patients using technetium-99m sestamibi single-photon emission tomography (SPET). Twenty-eight patients without overt cardiac involvement and risk factors were studied with 99mTc-sestamibi SPET at rest and after dipyridamole infusion. Perfusion abnormalities were detected in 18 cases: six had persistent defects, three had reversible defects, seven had both persistent and reversible defects, and two showed rest defects which normalized on dipyridamole images (''reverse redistribution pattern''). Coronary angiography was performed in eight patients with positive 99mTc-sestamibi SPET, and showed normal epicardial vessels in all the cases. These results indicate that 99mTc-sestamibi SPET reveals a high prevalence (18 out of 28 patients in this study, i.e. 64%) of myocardial perfusion abnormalities in asymptomatic lupus patients, probably due to the primary immunological damage of this autoimmune disease. In conclusion, rest/dipyridamole 99mTc-sestamibi SPET can be a useful non-invasive method to identify subclinical myocardial involvement in systemic lupus erythematosus, and patients potentially at risk of later cardiac events. (orig.)

  18. Influence of extracardiac activity and perfusion abnormalities on the results of myocardial gated SPECT with commercial software

    Isotopic myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) studies, gated with electrocardiogram signal, are currently used to assess coronary artery disease (CAD) patients. The excellent sensitivity of the technique for detecting ischemia or necrotic areas depends on different clinical and technical parameters, mainly, from strict quality control of the acquisition and processing. Extracardiac activity of the radiotracer (commonly in intestinal loops or liver) overlapping or adjacent to myocardium can affect the interpretation. Available software for gamma cameras includes automatic myocardial edging programs that allow manual intervention. Our interest was to assess the impact of the manual or automatic method in common clinical conditions observed using current myocardial perfusion protocols. The main hypotheses were: a) adjacent extracardiac activity affects significantly automatic edging, furthermore if perfusion abnormalities co-exist, b) interoperator reproducibility of the semiautomatic processing is also affected by these events. Methods. From 350 myocardial SPECT perfusion tests performed in the last semester, we selected 100, (47 females, age: 63±14 years), 50 with and 50 without extracardiac activity. Each sub-group included 25 cases with perfusion abnormalities and 25 without them. Patients that moved during the test, miscorrected by motion-correction software were excluded. 99mTc-Sestamibi was used in 77 cases (gated in both phases) and 201Thallium (gated only at rest) in 23 patients. Dipyridamol stress protocol was used in 82 cases, exercise stress in 13, and 1 case with viability protocol. A Dual Head Siemens ECAM 180 was used and an acquisition protocol was included: orbit 180 deg., collimators in 45 deg., gated: 8 frames. The post stress acquisition was performed within the hour post-injection. All cases were processed automatically and by four independent operators (physicians with different level of training in nuclear

  19. 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)

  20. CAD of myocardial perfusion

    Storm, Corstiaan J.; Slump, Cornelis H.

    2007-03-01

    Our purpose is in the automated evaluation of the physiological relevance of lesions in coronary angiograms. We aim to extract as much as possible quantitative information about the physiological condition of the heart from standard angiographic image sequences. Coronary angiography is still the gold standard for evaluating and diagnosing coronary abnormalities as it is able to locate precisely the coronary artery lesions. The dimensions of the stenosis can be assessed nowadays successfully with image processing based Quantitative Coronary Angiography (QCA) techniques. Our purpose is to assess the clinical relevance of the pertinent stenosis. We therefore analyze the myocardial perfusion as revealed in standard angiographic image sequences. In a Region-of-Interest (ROI) on the angiogram (without an overlaying major blood vessel) the contrast is measured as a function of time (the so-called time-density curve). The required hyperemic state of exercise is induced artificially by the injection of a vasodilator drug e.g. papaverine. In order to minimize motion artifacts we select based on the recorded ECG signal end-diastolic images in both a basal and a hyperemic run in the same projection to position the ROI. We present the development of the algorithms together with results of a small study of 20 patients which have been catheterized following the standard protocol.

  1. Prognostic value of myocardial perfusion abnormalities for long-term prognosis in patients after coronary artery bypass grafting

    The objective was to evaluate the prognostic value of exercise myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) in patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). A retrospective, one-center study of 361 patients with multivessel coronary artery disease was carried out. All the patients underwent MPS after CABG due to worsened health status. MPS was performed at 4.5 years standard deviation (SD: 0.2), based on symptoms. MPS was carried out using Tc-99m methoxy isobutyl isonitrile and following a 1-day protocol (stress-rest). The end points were analyzed at 6.5 years (SD: 3.3) after MPS, on the average. SPSS software for Windows, version 13.0. The t-test or the χ2-test was used. Survival times were calculated. A multivariate Cox proportional hazards model was developed. During the follow-up, death occurred in 54 patients, and 37 patients experienced major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE). In the multivariate analysis, advanced age hazard ratio (HR: 1.45; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.4–2.02; P = 0.027), previous myocardial infarction (HR: 3.17; 95% CI: 1.22–8.2; P = 0.018), left ventricular ejection fraction of <40% (HR: 2.16; 95% CI: 1.2–3.89; P = 0.01), and the summed stress score (SSS) of ≥4 (HR: 1.87; 95% CI: 1.02–3.41; P = 0.04) were independent predictors of all-cause death. The summed difference score (SDS) was the only independent predictor of MACE (HR: 1.26; 95% CI: 1.06–1.48; P = 0.034). The parameters of MPS were found to have prognostic value in the long-term period after CABG. Advanced age, previous myocardial infarction, decreased left ventricular ejection fraction, and the abnormal SSS were associated with an increased risk of all-cause death. The SDS was found to be the only significant risk factor for MACE

  2. Myocardial perfusion modeling using MRI

    Larsson, H B; Fritz-Hansen, T; Rostrup, Egill;

    1996-01-01

    In the present study, it is shown that it is possible to quantify myocardial perfusion using magnetic resonance imaging in combination with gadolinium diethylenetriaminopentaacetic acid (Gd-DTPA). Previously, a simple model and method for measuring myocardial perfusion using an inversion recovery...

  3. Brain Natriuretic Peptide, Atrial Natriuretic Peptide and Endothelin-1 response to peak exercise in patients with coronary artery disease and correlation with myocardial perfusion scintigraphy abnormalities

    Aim: Plasma Brain Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) has been known as a promising marker of ventricular dysfunction in cardiac patients. There are conflicting reports about its response to exercise testing. Therefore, this study was performed to investigate the exercise induced changes in BNP, Atrial Natriuretic Peptide (ANP) and Endothelin-1 (E) levels and their correlation with perfusion abnormalities on myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS). Materials and Methods: Study group consisted of 35 patients (mean age=53.9+11.8) who underwent MPS with suspicion or diagnosis of coronary artery disease. Plasma levels of BNP, ANP, and E were measured at rest and after symptom-limited ergometry. Patients were divided into two groups according to the presence of perfusion abnormality (i.e. ischemia or infarction) on MPS. Results: BNP, ANP and E levels did not change significantly with exercise, however baseline levels of BNP, ANP levels and peak-exercise level of BNP in patients with perfusion abnormalities were significantly higher. Hypertensive patients with or without perfusion abnormalities had higher baseline BNP, ANP levels, and peak-exercise BNP levels compared to normotensives. BNP levels at rest and after exercise had a significant correlation with age (r=0.57, p=0.04; r=0.58, p=0.04), as well as baseline ANP values (r=0.37, p=0.033). Highest baseline BNP, ANP and exercise BNP levels were observed in patients with infarction. Conclusion: Exercise-testing did not induce significant changes in plasma levels of BNP, ANP and E. Higher BNP levels had correlation with the presence of ischemia, infarction and hypertension, as well as, increasing age

  4. Significance of reverse redistribution perfusion abnormality using a standard Tl-201 rest/Tc-99m MIBI stress myocardial perfusion study protocol - correlation with angiographic findings and review of the literature

    Full text: 'Reverse redistribution' (RR) refers to worsening of a perfusion abnormality or the appearance of a new perfusion defect on rest imaging when compared to stress. Opinion remains conjectural regarding the patho-physiological mechanism of this phenomenon and its clinical and prognostic implications. Of the current data, most studies employ a standard one-day thallium stress/ redistribution protocol with no literature available regarding the significance of RR in dual isotope imaging, using the commonly employed one-day Tl-201 rest/ Tc-99m MIBI stress protocol. We reviewed retrospectively all cases of RR reported at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital from January 1997 to January 2002, using such a protocol in patients who underwent both myocardial perfusion imaging and coronary angiography within a six-month time frame. Semi-quantitative evaluation was performed on the myocardial perfusion studies using a twenty segment, five-grade model, with RR defined as a reduction in perfusion on the rest images by at least one grade relative to the stress image. In total, twelve patients were found, with RR observed in 88 segments. We correlated the scintigraphic findings of these twelve patients to their angiographic results to determine the relationship of RR to angiographically proven coronary stenoses. Comparison of our findings to historical series using single isotope (thallium or MIBI) studies has been made and the findings are similar. This suggests a common underlying patho-physiological mechanism for this phenomenon in both single and dual isotope studies. RR in dual isotope studies has not been previously reported to our knowledge and the available literature is reviewed. Copyright (2002) The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine Inc

  5. Assessment of myocardial perfusion abnormality and hibernating myocardium by gated blood pool and exercise-stress thallium tomographies after successful coronary angioplasty

    Cardiac function and myocardial perfusion were assessed by exercise-stress thallium SPECT and resting gated blood pool SPECT techniques before and after 47 successful coronary angioplasties. Thallium perfusion was analyzed visually and quantitatively in stress and resting studies. Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and peak filling rate (PFR) were calculated and regional wall motion was scored by amplitude and phase images in radionuclide planar and tomographic imagings. The thallium redistribution in delayed or resting SPECTs was more sensitive (87%) for detecting myocardial ischemia compared to symptoms (36%) and ECG changes (60%). An exercise capacity, LVEF, PFR, and the scores of perfusion and regional wall motion were improved significantly after coronary angioplasty. Stress thallium and gated blood pool SPECTs showed the improvements of myocardial perfusion in 159 (79%) of 201 segments and regional wall motion in 47 (51%) of 92 segments, respectively. These results suggest that the combined use of stress thallium SPECT, gated blood pool planar and SPECT techniques can contribute not only to the assessment of the efficacy of coronary angioplasty but also to detecting the mismatching of myocardial perfusion and contraction ('myocardial hibernation') in infarct-related myocardial lesions. (author)

  6. Dosimetry in myocardial perfusion imaging

    Toledo, Janine M.; Trindade, Bruno; Ribeiro, Tarcisio P.C. [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (DEN/UFMG), Belo Horizonte (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Nuclear. Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Ciencias e Tecnicas Nucleares

    2011-07-01

    This paper conducts a dosimetric investigation on the myocardial perfusion image protocol, together with a literature reviewing, motivated by the significant statistic increasing on mortality, morbidity and disability associated with cardiovascular disease, surpassing infectious diseases. Nuclear Cardiology plays a role n the diagnostic functional evaluation of the heart and in the prognostic of patients with suspected or known cardiac ischemia. In the context of unstable myocardial ischemic syndrome, myocardial perfusion scintigraphy is a non-invasive procedure performed by administering a radiopharmaceutical targeted to the heart. As tool for this study are that the images obtained by thoracic angiotomography and abdominal aorta as a anatomic and functional information for model reproduction in SISCODES - System of Codes for Absorbed Dose Calculations based on Stochastic Methods. Data were manipulated in order to create a voxel computational model of the heart to be running in MCNP - Monte Carlo Neutron Particle Code. . It was assumed a homogeneous distribution of Tl-201 in cardiac muscle. Simulations of the transport of particles through the voxel and the interaction with the heart tissue were performed. As a result, the isodose curves in the heart model are displayed as well as the dose versus volume histogram of the heart muscle. We conclude that the present computational tools can generate doses distributed in myocardial perfusion. (author)

  7. Dosimetry in myocardial perfusion imaging

    This paper conducts a dosimetric investigation on the myocardial perfusion image protocol, together with a literature reviewing, motivated by the significant statistic increasing on mortality, morbidity and disability associated with cardiovascular disease, surpassing infectious diseases. Nuclear Cardiology plays a role n the diagnostic functional evaluation of the heart and in the prognostic of patients with suspected or known cardiac ischemia. In the context of unstable myocardial ischemic syndrome, myocardial perfusion scintigraphy is a non-invasive procedure performed by administering a radiopharmaceutical targeted to the heart. As tool for this study are that the images obtained by thoracic angiotomography and abdominal aorta as a anatomic and functional information for model reproduction in SISCODES - System of Codes for Absorbed Dose Calculations based on Stochastic Methods. Data were manipulated in order to create a voxel computational model of the heart to be running in MCNP - Monte Carlo Neutron Particle Code. . It was assumed a homogeneous distribution of Tl-201 in cardiac muscle. Simulations of the transport of particles through the voxel and the interaction with the heart tissue were performed. As a result, the isodose curves in the heart model are displayed as well as the dose versus volume histogram of the heart muscle. We conclude that the present computational tools can generate doses distributed in myocardial perfusion. (author)

  8. Evaluation of myocardial involvement in Duchenne's progressive muscular dystrophy with thallium-201 myocardial perfusion imaging

    Myocardial involvement in progressive muscular dystrophy of the Duchenne type was evaluated in 19 patients using thallium-201 myocardial perfusion imaging. A qualitative analysis was performed from five projection images by three experienced physicians. Distinct perfusion defects were shown in 13 patients, especially in the LV posterolateral or posterior wall (11 patients). There was no significant relationship between the presence of perfusion defects and the skeletal muscle involvements or thoracic deformities assessed by transmission computed tomography. Extensive perfusion defects were shown in 2 patients who died of congestive heart failure 1 to 2 years after the scintigraphic study. Progression of the myocardial scintigraphic abnormalities were considered to be minimal in 7 of 9 patients who underwent two serial scintigraphic studies over 2 to 3 years. It was concluded that thallium myocardial perfusion imaging is a useful clinical technique to assess myocardial involvement in Duchenne's progressive muscular dystrophy. (author)

  9. 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

  10. Role of myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography in pediatric cardiology practice

    Sundaram P

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Diagnostic and prognostic power of myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with coronary artery disease has been demonstrated with planar imaging which was further improvised with addition of gated SPECT and newer Technetium labeled myocardial perfusion tracers like SestaMIBI, Tetrofosmin. Myocardial perfusion abnormalities at rest and after stress are considered to be the best predictors of cardiac event-free survival in adults with ischemic heart disease. This article highlights various myocardial perfusion imaging (MPIradiopharmaceuticals, exercise procedures, pharmacological stress protocols, indications for MPI and myocardial perfusion patterns in children with some of the common congenital and acquired heart diseases.

  11. Role of myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography in pediatric cardiology practice

    Diagnostic and prognostic power of myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with coronary artery disease has been demonstrated with planar imaging which was further improvised with addition of gated SPECT and newer Technetium labeled myocardial perfusion tracers like SestaMIBI, Tetrofosmin. Myocardial perfusion abnormalities at rest and after stress are considered to be the best predictors of cardiac event–free survival in adults with ischemic heart disease. This article highlights various myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) radiopharmaceuticals, exercise procedures, pharmacological stress protocols, indications for MPI and myocardial perfusion patterns in children with some of the common congenital and acquired heart diseases

  12. Sequential thallium-201 myocardial perfusion studies after successful percutaneous transluminal coronary artery angioplasty: delayed resolution of exercise-induced scintigraphic abnormalities

    To characterize the sequential changes of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) after complete revascularization, 43 patients underwent exercise thallium-201 (201Tl) myocardial perfusion scintigraphy before and at 9 +/- 5 days, 3.3 +/- 0.6, and 6.8 +/- 1.2 months after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). Only patients with single-vessel CAD, without previous myocardial infarction, and without evidence of restenosis at 6 to 9 months after PTCA were included. Perfusion scans were analyzed blindly with the use of a new quantitative method to define regional myocardial perfusion in the topographic distribution of each coronary artery, which was shown to be reproducible (r = .94 or higher and SEE of 7% or less, between repeated measures by one and two operators). At 4 to 18 days after PTCA, the mean treadmill walking time increased by 123 +/- 42 sec, mean exercise-induced ST segment depression decreased by 0.6 +/- 0.3 mm, group maximal heart rate increased by 20 +/- 9 beats/min, and group systolic blood pressure at peak exercise increased by 24 +/- 10 mm Hg, compared with pre-PTCA values (p less than .001). However, no group differences were noted in these variables between the three post-PTCA stages. Myocardial perfusion in the distribution of the affected (dilated) coronary artery, on the other hand, improved progressively. In the 45 degree left anterior oblique view for instance, myocardial perfusion increased at 9 days after PTCA (from 68 +/- 24% before PTCA to 91 +/- 9%, p less than .001) and at 3.3 months after PTCA (101 +/- 8%, p less than .05 vs 9 days after PTCA), but no further significant changes were seen at 6.8 months after PTCA (102 +/- 8%). Similar changes were noted in the other two views. No relationship between minor complications during PTCA and delayed improvement on the 201Tl was observed

  13. Transient ischemic stunning of the myocardium in stress thallium-201 gated SPET myocardial perfusion imaging: segmental analysis of myocardial perfusion, wall motion and wall thickening changes

    Prolonged and persistent myocardial stunning has recently been demonstrated using technetium-99m sestamibi gated single-photon emission tomography (SPET) myocardial perfusion imaging post exercise or pharmacological stress test. In this study, we investigated the early postischemic transient myocardial stunning on early and delayed poststress thallium-201 gated SPET myocardial perfusion imaging using segmental wall motion (WM) and wall thickening (WT) analysis. A total of 1,680 segments from 84 patients' studies (53 men and 31 women, mean age 60 years) were evaluated on both early and delayed thallium-201 gated SPET treadmill exercise (59) or dobutamine stress (25) myocardial perfusion imaging. Semiquantitative analysis of perfusion, WM and WT in all segments was performed by two observers. Segments were classified according to changes in WM and WT between early and delayed images into normal, fixed abnormality, or improved abnormality (transient stunning), and were further classified according to changes in perfusion into normal, fixed defects, or ischemic. There were significant correlations between perfusion and WM, perfusion and WT, and WM and WT segmental scores on both early and delayed images. Transient stunning was seen significantly (P201Tl myocardial perfusion imaging using WM and WT was comparable, and results correlated well with the myocardial perfusion assessment. Early transient myocardial stunning was frequently observed in ischemic segments and was related to the severity of myocardial ischemia. (orig.)

  14. Nifedipine and thallium-201 myocardial perfusion in progressive systemic sclerosis

    Kahan, A.; Devaux, J.Y.; Amor, B.; Menkes, C.J.; Weber, S.; Nitenberg, A.; Venot, A.; Guerin, F.; Degeorges, M.; Roucayrol, J.C.

    1986-05-29

    Heart disease in patients with progressive systemic sclerosis may be due in part to myocardial ischemia caused by a disturbance of the coronary microcirculation. To determine whether abnormalities of myocardial perfusion in this disorder are potentially reversible, we evaluated the effect of the coronary vasodilator nifedipine on myocardial perfusion assessed by thallium-201 scanning in 20 patients. Thallium-201 single-photon-emission computerized tomography was performed under control conditions and 90 minutes after 20 mg of oral nifedipine. The mean (+/- SD) number of left ventricular segments with perfusion defects decreased from 5.3 +/- 2.0 to 3.3 +/- 2.2 after nifedipine (P = 0.0003). Perfusion abnormalities were quantified by a perfusion score (0 to 2.0) assigned to each left ventricular segment and by a global perfusion score (0 to 18) for the entire left ventricle. The mean perfusion score in segments with resting defects increased from 0.97 +/- 0.24 to 1.26 +/- 0.44 after nifedipine (P less than 0.00001). The mean global perfusion score increased from 11.2 +/- 1.7 to 12.8 +/- 2.4 after nifedipine (P = 0.003). The global perfusion score increased by at least 2.0 in 10 patients and decreased by at least 2.0 in only 1. These observations reveal short-term improvement in thallium-201 myocardial perfusion with nifedipine in patients with progressive systemic sclerosis. The results are consistent with a potentially reversible abnormality of coronary vasomotion in this disorder, but the long-term therapeutic effects of nifedipine remain to be determined.

  15. Myocardial perfusion in relation with low left ventricular ejection fraction

    Full text: Aim: Assessment of myocardial perfusion in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients with low left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). Material and Methods: 27 patients were included in the study. All patients underwent radionuclide ventriculography with Tc99m human serum albuminum and myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) with Tc99m SESTAMIBI according to standard two days protocol. All examinations were performed on the SPECT E.CAM Siemens. Results: All patients have been divided into two groups according to the LVEF. 1st group consisted of 16 patients with LVEF from 30% to 50% and the second one - 11 patients with LVEF lower than 30%. MPS revealed 68 segments of reversible perfusion defects and 9 segments of fixed defects (ischemic and post myocardial infarction respectively) in the 1st group. The second group of patients had 41 segments of reversible perfusion defects and 7 segments of fixed ones. The quantity of segments with perfusion defects per one patient in both groups were relatively equivalent: 4,36 and 4,66 respectively. However the analysis shows that perfusion defects of anterior wall of left ventricle were found in 10 of 11 patients (90%) in the 2nd group and in 7 of 16 patients (44%) in the first one. Conclusion: Perfusion abnormalities in the area of anterior wall significantly decrease left ventricular ejection fraction and patients with such kind of localization of perfusion defects have bad prognosis for survival and should be the candidates for myocardial revascularisation in the first turn

  16. Improved exercise myocardial perfusion during lidoflazine therapy

    Lidoflazine is a synthetic drug with calcium-channel blocking effects. In a study of 6 patients with severe classic angina pectoris, single-blind administration of lidoflazine was associated with improved myocardial perfusion during exercise as determined by thallium-201 stress scintigraphy. These studies demonstrate that lidoflazine therapy is associated with relief of angina, an increased physical work capacity, and improved regional myocardial perfusion during exercise

  17. 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

  18. Myocardial perfusion in women with systemic lupus erythematosus and no symptoms of coronary artery disease

    The aim of the study was to assess myocardial perfusion in women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and no symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD). Twenty two women with SLE of mean age 40.5 ± 7.2 were enrolled in the study. The average duration time of the disease was from 2 to 19 years, mean 8 ± 4.6 years. The inclusion criterion was the absence of stenocardial symptoms. The myocardial perfusion was studied by using Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography (SPECT) utilising 99mTc-MIBI ands a triple-head gamma-camera. We also analyzed risk factors of heart ischemic disease in our group. Myocardial perfusion stress scanning showed abnormal perfusion in 12 patients, 54.5% of the whole group, mostly in the anterior wall. At rest hypoperfusion abnormalities were found in 7 individuals. In patients with positive myocardial perfusion, out scanning, risk factors of CAD were more pronounced than in a sub-group with a negative result of myocardial perfusion scanning. In young women with SLE and no symptoms of coronary artery disease, myocardial perfusion defects may be detected by means of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy. Exercise and resting electrocardiography tests could be not sufficient for CAD diagnosis in women with SLE. The presence of coronary artery disease risk factors in women with SLE could be an indication to perform myocardial perfusion SPECT scanning. (author)

  19. 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

  20. Detection of myocardial perfusion defect with 320-row volume CT myocardial perfusion imaging

    Objective: To evaluate the feasibility of 320-row volume CT myocardial perfusion imaging (CT-MPI) in detecting myocardial perfusion defect. Methods: Fourteen patients with positive single-positron emission computed tomography myocardial perfusion imaging (SPECT-MPI) findings underwent both rest and adenosine stress 320-row volume CT-MPI. Rest and stress CT perfusion images were analyzed by employing dedicated software in 320-row CT workstation. Both SPECT-MPI and CT-MPI were evaluated for fixed and reversible perfusion defects using a 16-segment model (apex was excluded). The sensitivity, specificity of 320-row volume CT-MPI in detecting myocardial perfusion defect were evaluated by taking SPECT-MPI as a reference standard. Results: Both rest and stress 320-row volume CT-MPI were successfully performed in all patients. Thirty nine segments with fixed or reversible perfusion defects in all patients were depicted by SPECT-MPI, while 34 perfusion defects in 12 patients were identified by CT-MPI. The sensitivity, specificity of 320-row volume CT-MPI for detection of perfusion defects were 87.2%(34/39), 91.4% (169/185), respectively. Conclusion: 320-row volume CT-MPI has high sensitivity and specificity for detection of myocardial perfusion defects. (authors)

  1. Nonrigid registration of myocardial perfusion MRI

    Ólafsdóttir, Hildur

    2005-01-01

    This paper describes a fully automatic registration of 10 multi-slice myocardial perfusion magnetic resonance image sequences. The registration of these sequences is crucial for the clinical interpretation, which currently is subjected to manual labour. The approach used in this study is a nonrigid...... registration algorithm based on free-form deformations due to Rueckert et al. Inspection of difference images from the wash-out part of the perfusion sequences indicates that a good registration accuracy is obtained....

  2. Nonrigid registration of myocardial perfusion MRI

    Ólafsdóttir, Hildur

    2005-01-01

    This paper describes a fully automatic registration of 10 multi-slice myocardial perfusion magnetic resonance image sequences. The registration of these sequences is crucial for the clinical interpretation, which currently is subjected to manual labour. The approach used in this study is a nonrigid registration algorithm based on free-form deformations due to Rueckert et al. Inspection of difference images from the wash-out part of the perfusion sequences indicates that a good registration ac...

  3. Measurement of myocardial perfusion using magnetic resonance

    Fritz-Hansen, T.; Jensen, L.T.; Larsson, H.B.;

    2008-01-01

    Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has evolved rapidly. Recent developments have made non-invasive quantitative myocardial perfusion measurements possible. MRI is particularly attractive due to its high spatial resolution and because it does not involve ionising radiation. This paper reviews...

  4. 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

  5. Perfusion vector - a new method to quantify myocardial perfusion scintigraphy images: a simulation study with validation in patients

    Minarik, David; Senneby, Martin; Wollmer, Per;

    2015-01-01

    for further assisting the visual interpretation and to test the concept using simulated MPS images as well as patients. Methods The perfusion vector is based on calculating the difference between the anatomical centroid and the perfusion center of gravity of the left ventricle. Simulated MPS images were...... obtained using the SIMIND Monte Carlo program together with XCAT phantom. Four different-sized anterior and four lateral defects were simulated, and perfusion vector components x-, y-, and z-axes were calculated. For the patient study, 40 normal and 80 abnormal studies were included. Perfusion vectors were......Background The interpretation of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) largely relies on visual assessment by the physician of the localization and extent of a perfusion defect. The aim of this study was to introduce the concept of the perfusion vector as a new objective quantitative method...

  6. Myocardial perfusion studies in coronary diseases

    For detecting in precocious form a coronary disease is necessary to apply a diagnostic techniques. The main considerations to be indicated in the present work are: physiological considerations, myocardial perfusion studies with radiotracers such as Talio 201, 99mTc, MIBI, 99mTc-Teboroxima, 99mTc-Fosfinas, instrumentation for obtain good images,proceedings protocols, studies interpretation, standards, SPECT, anomalies standards, coronary diseases

  7. Abnormal myocardial capillary density in apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can be assessed by myocardial contrast echocardiography

    Myocardial ischemia and dysfunction can occur in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) because of the high muscle-to-blood ratio, even without significant coronary artery disease. Microbubbles reside only in the intravascular space and myocardial video-intensity during systole results mostly from microbubbles within capillaries. The hypothesis explored in the present study was that an abnormal capillary density in apical HCM (ApHCM) can be demonstrated using myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE). The 56 patients were investigated (31 males, age 58±9 years; 33 ApHCM, 9 hypertensive left ventricular hypertrophy [LVH], 14 controls). MCE was performed with low-mechanical-index power modulation imaging. Tissue Doppler imaging to assess myocardial contractile function was obtained at the mitral annulus (S'), and 99mTc-MIBI single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) was also performed. All ApHCM patients exhibited perfusion defects at the hypertrophied segments in the systolic phase during MCE, whereas SPECT showed normal or rather increased perfusion at those sites. The cyclic variation of video-intensity was exaggerated in ApHCM when compared with the LVH or control group (% of [systolic video-intensity]/[diastolic video-intensity]: 33.0±12.3%, 88.3±19.2% and 79.4±13.9%, respectively [P<0.05]). Concurrently, MCE cyclic variation and perfusion defect size were related to decreased S' (P<0.05 for all). A perfusion defect at the hypertrophied segment, representing abnormal myocardial capillary density, was observed in ApHCM patients during MCE. The extent of MCE cyclic variation and the perfusion defect size both correlate with decreased myocardial contractile property in ApHCM. (author)

  8. Tomographic scintigraphy of regional myocardial perfusion

    Estimation of the extent of regional ischemia by scintigraphic methods has been hampered by the geometric constraints of two-dimensional imaging. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy was performed using the Fresnel zone-plate tomographic camera after the injection of Tc-99m microspheres (20 to 40 μ) into a coronary artery. Coronary artery occlusion was performed in six dogs by embolization via a catheter guidewire system. Twenty millicuries of Tc-99m microspheres were injected into the left main coronary artery of the six occluded and three unoccluded dogs. Scintigraphy was performed in multiple projections in the living animal. Optical reconstruction of the holographic image provided tomographic gamma images of the heat. Scintigraphy was also performed with an Anger camera for comparison. The extent of the perfusion defect was measured by planimetry and expressed as a percentage of the ventricular area in that projection. The average of the right and left anterior oblique projections provided the most accurate estimate of the size of the perfusion defect (average error: 13.6 percent; range: 0 to 38.2 percent). Fresnel zone-plate imaging provided an accurate in vivo assessment of the extent of altered myocardial perfusion

  9. Value of multidetector computed tomography evaluation of myocardial perfusion in the assessment of ischemic heart disease: comparison with nuclear perfusion imaging

    Kachenoura, Nadjia; Lodato, Joseph A.; Bardo, Dianna M.E.; Newby, Barbara; Lang, Roberto M.; Mor-Avi, Victor [University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL (United States); Gaspar, Tamar; Gips, Sarah; Peled, Nathan [Lady Davis Carmel Medical Center, Haifa (Israel)

    2009-08-15

    MDCT-derived myocardial perfusion has not yet been validated against accepted standards. We developed a technique for quantification of myocardial perfusion from MDCT images and studied its diagnostic value against SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). Ninety-eight patients were studied. Abnormal perfusion was detected by comparing normalized segmental x-ray attenuation against values obtained in 20 control subjects. Disagreement with resting MPI was investigated in relationship to MDCT image quality, severity of MPI abnormalities, and stress MPI findings. Resting MPI detected mild or worse abnormalities in 20/78 patients. MDCT detected abnormalities in 15/20 patients (sensitivity of 0.75). Most abnormalities missed by MDCT analysis were graded as mild on MPI. Additional abnormalities found in 16/78 patients were not confirmed on resting MPI (specificity of 0.72). However, 8 of these 16 apparently false positive MDCT perfusion tests had abnormal stress MPI; of these 8 patients, 7 had optimal MDCT image quality, while in 6/8 remaining patients, image quality was suboptimal. When compared with resting MPI, MDCT detected perfusion abnormalities with high accuracy. Moreover, half of MDCT perfusion abnormalities not confirmed by resting MPI were associated with abnormal stress MPI. Importantly, this information can be obtained without additional radiation dose or contrast agent. (orig.)

  10. Perfusion scintigraphy in acute myocardial infarction

    The Tc-99m sestamibi perfusion SPECT scintigraphy in acute myocardial infarction is a feasible method to assess the size of area at risk and the residual blood flow to this area as the most important determinants of final infarct size without any delay in treatment. In combination with a follow-up study final infarct size as well as myocardial salvage can be quantified. Clinical indications for the use of Tc-99m sestamibi scintigraphy are the noninvasive identification of arterial occlusion in patients suspected to acute myocardial infarction without electrocardiographic ST-elevation and the assessment of reperfusion success. In clinical trials Tc-99m sestamibi scintigraphy has proven to be a useful method to assess the impact of varying reperfusion therapies. The present review article discusses the indication, the study protocol, the interpretation of results and the clinical and scientifically importance of this method. (orig.)

  11. 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.)

  12. 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.)

  13. 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.

  14. Myocardial perfusion image with attentuation correction by X-ray in detection of CAD

    Purpose: Attenuation correction by transmission image has been demonstrated to be a good method to improve the image quality and the diagnostic accuracy of myocardial perfusion. The purpose of this research is to evaluate the myocardial peffusion image with attenuation correction by X-ray. Methods: Twenty-six patients suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) underwent stress-rest 99mTc-MIBI myocardial perfusion image (MPI) with and without X-ray transmission image by an SPECT/CT system, and coronary angiography (CAG). The MPIs were reconstructed into two types: with and without X-ray attenuation correction (AC) and analyzed by nuclear physician. Results: There were 12 patients and 14 patients with and without CAD, respectively. Image quality of MPI with AC is much better than that of MPI without AC. The sensitivity MPI with and without AC in detection of CAD were 83.3% and 91.7%, respectively, p value is 0.537. Both specificities of MPI with and without AC in excluding to CAD were 100%. However, MPI with AC overestimate myocardial perfusion abnormality in anterior wall of let ventricle and underestimate that in posterior wall, compared with MPI without AC. Conclusion: X-ray attenuation correction can obviously improve the image quality of myocardial perfusion image. Myocardial perfusion image with X-ray attenuation correction has comparable diagnostic accuracy to that myocardial perfusion image without attenuation correction. However, its clinical value in detection of coronary artery disease is needed more researches. (authors)

  15. 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

  16. 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)

  17. 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)

  18. Patterns of disturbed myocardial perfusion in patients with coronary artery disease. Regional myocardial perfusion in angina pectoris

    Fifty patients who presented with angina pectoris were studied to examine the disturbances of regional myocardial perfusion during stress. Each patient underwent 16-point precordial mapping of the ECG during an exercise test, and coronary and left ventricular angiography. Regional myocardial perfusion was assessed using an atrial pacing test and a short-lived radionuclide, krypton-81m. Eleven patients had negative exercise tests and uniform increases in myocardial activity of krypton-81m of 98 +/- 18.0% during pacing. Ten patients performed 30,000-43,000 J in positive exercise tests. These patients showed abnormal coronary anatomy and increases in myocardial activity of krypton-81m to remote and jeopardized myocardium at the onset of pacing. However, further pacing produced a decrease in activity in the affected segment of 68.0 +/- 9.0% accompanied by ST-segment depression and angina. Twelve patients achieved 26,000-32,000 J in positive exercise tests and had significant coronary artery disease. Atrial pacing produced increased activity of krypton-81m to remote myocardium. The jeopardized segment at first showed no change and then a decrease in regional activity of krypton-81m (89.0 +/- 17%) accompanied by ST-segment depression and chest pain. Seventeen patients achieved only 7000-22,000 J in positive exercise tests. These patients showed abnormal coronary anatomy and developed decreases in regional activity of krypton-81m to the affected segment of myocardium starting at the onset of atrial pacing and decreasing by 88 +/- 0 7.0% below control. We conclude that different patterns of disturbed myocardial distribution of krypton-81m are present during stress-induced ischemia in patients with coronary artery disease. There was a close temporal relationship between these disturbances and ST-segment depression

  19. 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

  20. Myocardial performance and perfusion during exercise in patients with coronary artery disease caused by Kawasaki disease

    For a study of the natural history of coronary artery lesions after Kawasaki disease and their effect on myocardial blood flow reserve with exercise, five such patients underwent exercise testing on a bicycle. Oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide production, minute ventilation, and electrocardiograms were monitored continuously. Thallium-201 scintigraphy was performed for all patients. One patient stopped exercise before exhaustion of cardiovascular reserve but had no evidence of myocardial perfusion abnormalities. Four patients terminated exercise because of exhaustion of cardiovascular reserve; one had normal cardiovascular reserve and thallium scintiscans, but the remaining patients had diminished cardiovascular reserve. Thallium scintigrams showed myocardial ischemia in two and infarction in one. No patient had exercise-induced electrocardiographic changes. These results indicate that patients with residual coronary artery lesions after Kawasaki disease frequently have reduced cardiovascular reserve during exercise. The addition of thallium scintigraphy and metabolic measurements to exercise testing improved the detection of exercise-induced abnormalities of myocardial perfusion

  1. Impairment of myocardial perfusion in children with sickle cell disease

    While brain, bone and spleen strokes are well documented in children with sickle cell disease (SCD), impairment of myocardial perfusion is an unknown complication. Non invasive techniques such as exercise testing and echocardiography have a low sensitivity to detect myocardial ischemia in patients with SCD. We have prospectively assessed myocardial perfusion with Tl-201 SPECT in 23 patients with SCD (10 female, 13 male, mean age 12 ± 5 years). Myocardial SPECT was performed after stress and 3 hours later after reinjection on a single head gamma camera equipped with a LEAP collimator (64 x 64 matrix size format, 30 projections over 180 deg C, 30 seconds per step). Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) was assessed by equilibrium radionuclide angiography at rest on the same day. Myocardial perfusion was impaired in 14/23 patients: 9 reversible defects and 5 fixed defects. The left ventricular cavity was dilated in 14/23 patients. The mean LVEF was 63 ± 9%. There was no relationship between myocardial perfusion and left ventricular dilation or function. The frequent impairment of myocardial perfusion in children with SCD could lead to suggest a treatment with hydroxyurea, an improvement of perfusion can be noted with hydroxyurea. (author)

  2. Effect of beam hardening on transmural myocardial perfusion quantification in myocardial CT imaging

    Fahmi, Rachid; Eck, Brendan L.; Levi, Jacob; Fares, Anas; Wu, Hao; Vembar, Mani; Dhanantwari, Amar; Bezerra, Hiram G.; Wilson, David L.

    2016-03-01

    The detection of subendocardial ischemia exhibiting an abnormal transmural perfusion gradient (TPG) may help identify ischemic conditions due to micro-vascular dysfunction. We evaluated the effect of beam hardening (BH) artifacts on TPG quantification using myocardial CT perfusion (CTP). We used a prototype spectral detector CT scanner (Philips Healthcare) to acquire dynamic myocardial CTP scans in a porcine ischemia model with partial occlusion of the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery guided by pressure wire-derived fractional flow reserve (FFR) measurements. Conventional 120 kVp and 70 keV projection-based mono-energetic images were reconstructed from the same projection data and used to compute myocardial blood flow (MBF) using the Johnson-Wilson model. Under moderate LAD occlusion (FFR~0.7), we used three 5 mm short axis slices and divided the myocardium into three LAD segments and three remote segments. For each slice and each segment, we characterized TPG as the mean "endo-to-epi" transmural flow ratio (TFR). BH-induced hypoenhancement on the ischemic anterior wall at 120 kVp resulted in significantly lower mean TFR value as compared to the 70 keV TFR value (0.29+/-0.01 vs. 0.55+/-0.01 pimages resulted in falsely reduced MBF measurements even under non-ischemic conditions.

  3. 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

  4. 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)

  5. Measurement of myocardial perfusion and infarction size using computer-aided diagnosis system for myocardial contrast echocardiography.

    Du, Guo-Qing; Xue, Jing-Yi; Guo, Yanhui; Chen, Shuang; Du, Pei; Wu, Yan; Wang, Yu-Hang; Zong, Li-Qiu; Tian, Jia-Wei

    2015-09-01

    Proper evaluation of myocardial microvascular perfusion and assessment of infarct size is critical for clinicians. We have developed a novel computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) approach for myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) to measure myocardial perfusion and infarct size. Rabbits underwent 15 min of coronary occlusion followed by reperfusion (group I, n = 15) or 60 min of coronary occlusion followed by reperfusion (group II, n = 15). Myocardial contrast echocardiography was performed before and 7 d after ischemia/reperfusion, and images were analyzed with the CAD system on the basis of eliminating particle swarm optimization clustering analysis. The myocardium was quickly and accurately detected using contrast-enhanced images, myocardial perfusion was quantitatively calibrated and a color-coded map calibrated by contrast intensity and automatically produced by the CAD system was used to outline the infarction region. Calibrated contrast intensity was significantly lower in infarct regions than in non-infarct regions, allowing differentiation of abnormal and normal myocardial perfusion. Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis documented that -54-pixel contrast intensity was an optimal cutoff point for the identification of infarcted myocardium with a sensitivity of 95.45% and specificity of 87.50%. Infarct sizes obtained using myocardial perfusion defect analysis of original contrast images and the contrast intensity-based color-coded map in computerized images were compared with infarct sizes measured using triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining. Use of the proposed CAD approach provided observers with more information. The infarct sizes obtained with myocardial perfusion defect analysis, the contrast intensity-based color-coded map and triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining were 23.72 ± 8.41%, 21.77 ± 7.8% and 18.21 ± 4.40% (% left ventricle) respectively (p > 0.05), indicating that computerized myocardial contrast echocardiography can

  6. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in the detection of silent ischemia in asymptomatic diabetic patients

    Oki, Glaucia Celeste Rossatto [Clinica Diagnoson and Hospital Aristides Maltez, Salvador, BA (Brazil). Servicos de Medicina Nuclear; Pavin, Elizabeth Joao; Parisi, Maria Candida R. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), Campinas, SP (Brazil). Department of Internal Medicine. Service of Endocrinology; Coelho, Otavio Rizzi; Almeida, Raitany C. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), Campinas, SP (Brazil). Department of Internal Medicine. Service of Cardiology; Etchebehere, Elba Cristina Sa de Camargo; Ramos, Celso Dario, E-mail: cdramos@unicamp.br [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), Campinas, SP (Brazil). Department of Radiology. Service of Nuclear Medicine; Camargo, Edwaldo Eduardo [Hospital Sirio-Libanes, Campinas, SP (Brazil). Service of Nuclear Medicine

    2013-01-15

    Objective: This study was aimed to evaluate myocardial perfusion in asymptomatic patients with type 1 (DM1) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) without previous diagnoses of coronary artery disease (CAD) or cerebral infarction. Materials and Methods: Fifty-nine consecutive asymptomatic patients (16 DM1, 43 DM2) underwent myocardial perfusion scintigraphy with {sup 99m}Tc-sestamibi (MPS). They were evaluated for body mass index, metabolic control of DM, type of therapy, systemic arterial hypertension, dyslipidemia, nephropathy, retinopathy, peripheral neuropathy, smoking, and familial history of CAD. Results: MPS was abnormal in 15 patients (25.4%): 12 (20.3%) with perfusion abnormalities, and 3 with isolated left ventricular dysfunction. The strongest predictors for abnormal myocardial perfusion were: age 60 years and above (p = 0.017; odds ratio [OR] = 6.0), peripheral neuropathy (p = 0.028; OR = 6.1), nephropathy (p = 0.031; OR = 5.6), and stress ECG positive for ischemia (p = 0.049; OR = 4.08). Conclusion: Silent myocardial ischemia occurs in more than one in five asymptomatic diabetic patients. The strongest predictors of ischemia in this study were: patient age, peripheral neuropathy, nephropathy, retinopathy and a stress ECG positive for ischemia. (author)

  7. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in the detection of silent ischemia in asymptomatic diabetic patients

    Objective: This study was aimed to evaluate myocardial perfusion in asymptomatic patients with type 1 (DM1) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) without previous diagnoses of coronary artery disease (CAD) or cerebral infarction. Materials and Methods: Fifty-nine consecutive asymptomatic patients (16 DM1, 43 DM2) underwent myocardial perfusion scintigraphy with 99mTc-sestamibi (MPS). They were evaluated for body mass index, metabolic control of DM, type of therapy, systemic arterial hypertension, dyslipidemia, nephropathy, retinopathy, peripheral neuropathy, smoking, and familial history of CAD. Results: MPS was abnormal in 15 patients (25.4%): 12 (20.3%) with perfusion abnormalities, and 3 with isolated left ventricular dysfunction. The strongest predictors for abnormal myocardial perfusion were: age 60 years and above (p = 0.017; odds ratio [OR] = 6.0), peripheral neuropathy (p = 0.028; OR = 6.1), nephropathy (p = 0.031; OR = 5.6), and stress ECG positive for ischemia (p = 0.049; OR = 4.08). Conclusion: Silent myocardial ischemia occurs in more than one in five asymptomatic diabetic patients. The strongest predictors of ischemia in this study were: patient age, peripheral neuropathy, nephropathy, retinopathy and a stress ECG positive for ischemia. (author)

  8. Myocardial perfusion detected using digital subtraction angiography as compared with X-ray CT and Tl-201 myocardial imaging

    Forty-two patients who underwent aorto-coronary bypass surgery were examined with intraaortic digital subtraction angiography (IADSA) to detect abnormalities of myocardial blood perfusion. Tl-201 myocardial imaging and cardiac X-ray CT were performed nearly simultaneously about one month postoperatively. Cardiac imaging using IADSA was performed at a rate of 30 frames/sec with matrix size of 512 x 256. Time density curves of each pixel in the region of the myocardium of the left ventricle were post-processed to obtain functional images. The maximal concentration (Cmax), integration of the time-density curve (Cinteg), mean transit time (MTT), Cmax/MTT and Cinteg/MTT were computed for each pixel. Cmax and Cinteg are parameters related to the volume of the coronary vascular bed. Cmax/MTT and Cinteg/MTT are parameters related to the regional myocardial blood flow. These functional images showed hypoperfusion areas in 35 of 37 ischemic segments confirmed by wall motion in digital subtraction left ventriculography, Tl-201 myocardial imaging and ECG. Normal perfusion areas of the functional images were observed in 18 of 54 infarcted segments. These results show the complexities of myocardial perfusion in old myocardial infarction. (author)

  9. Comparison of dobutamine stress echocardiography with exercise reinjection thallium myocardial perfusion scan to detect myocardial cell viability

    A comparison of dobutamine stress echocardiography with exercise reinjection thallium myocardial perfusion scan on known coronary artery disease patients for detection of myocardial cell viability is given

  10. 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

  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. 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.

  13. Pitfalls and Artifacts in Myocardial Perfusion Imaging

    Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is an important modality in the management of patients with cardiovascular disease. It is useful for the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, prognosis and evaluating viability. Although MPI is a valuable diagnostic modality, it is subject to several potential problems. These problems are the technical factors that alter the representation of the structures or displace it in the field of view. Technologists must be conscious of these pitfalls and artifacts as successful image interpretations depend on the prevention, recognition and correction of these problems. These technical issues are patient, equipment QC and processing related. Physiological patient related artifacts can be seen in cases of left bundle branch block, left ventricular hypertrophy, dextrocardia and heart valve disorders. Also incidental findings such as malignant tumor and pericardial effusion must be considered. Inappropriate patient preparation regarding fasting status, medications and adequacy of exercise are very critical in this imaging process. The attenuating structures between the heart and the detector cause apparent artifacts and this maybe the result of breast tissue or prosthesis, diaphragm, arm and adipose of the lateral chest wall. Patient motion is the most common artifacts leading to false positive readings and can be classified into vertical, horizontal and rotational movements. Generation of sinogram and linogram helps in the detection of movements. The presence of splanchnic activity as a normal excretory route for perfusion radiopharmaceuticals may lead to two problems: it obscures any defect in the inferior wall as a result of scatter and it may causes reduction in the activity in adjacent cardiac segments. An adequate amount of time between injection of the radiopharmaceutical and imaging is required to allow the clearance of this activity. Perfusion defects can also be artifactually created because of poor counting statistics as a result

  14. Serial changes in myocardial perfusion and function after successful percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, examined by stress thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphic and stress radionuclide ventriculographic studies

    In order to study the early and late effects of percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), 201Tl myocardial perfusion scintigraphy and exercise 99mTc ventriculography were performed in 25 patients who successfully received PTCA. Before PTCA, reduced myocardial perfusion on stress 201Tl image was observed in all 25 patients, while abnormal regional wall motion during exercise was seen in 22 cases. On stress 201Tl images, reduced myocardial perfusion was demonstrated in 11 cases at 3-7 days after PTCA, but in none at 3 months after the procedure. On the other hand, abnormal exercise regional wall motion was not observed in any case after successful PTCA even in the early phase. When the patients were divided into two groups according to the presence or absence of perfusion abnormalities on stress 201Tl images in the early post-PTCA phase, no difference was seen in clinical and coronary angiographic findings, exercise tolerance, 201Tl uptake score, wall motion score or left ventricular ejection fraction before the procedure. Thus, abnormal myocardial perfusion without impairment of regional left ventricular wall motion is frequently seen in the early post-PTCA phase. But this finding does not necessarily indicate associated myocardial ischemia. (author)

  15. Scatter and attenuation correction changes interpretation of gated myocardial perfusion imaging

    Johansen, Allan; Grupe, Peter; Veje, Annegrete;

    2004-01-01

    Attenuation correction may improve the diagnostic accuracy of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). However, few studies have dealt with the clinical consequences for reporting. We compared routine reports based on scatter-corrected MPI (MPI-routine) with consensus readings of scatter-corrected (MPI......-scatter) and scatter plus attenuation-corrected studies (MPI-attenuation) to investigate the impact of attenuation correction on reporting. One hundred consecutive stable angina patients (including 55 men) were investigated in a 99mTc-sestamibi 2-day gated protocol with scatter and attenuation correction. With...... MPI-routine, 53 patients had normal perfusion and 47 abnormal perfusion, compared to 62 and 38 with MPI-attenuation, and 54 and 46, respectively, with MPI-scatter. Agreement between MPI-routine and MPI-attenuation with respect to overall diagnosis (normal/abnormal perfusion) was 89% (kappa=0...

  16. The effect of captopril on thallium 201 myocardial perfusion in systemic sclerosis

    Kahan, A.; Devaux, J.Y.; Amor, B.; Menkes, C.J.; Weber, S.; Venot, A.; Strauch, G. (Rene Descartes Univ., Paris (France))

    1990-04-01

    In systemic sclerosis, abnormalities of myocardial perfusion are common and may be caused by a disturbance of the coronary microcirculation. We evaluated the long-term effect of captopril (75 to 150 mg per day) on thallium 201 myocardial perfusion in 12 normotensive patients with systemic sclerosis. Captopril significantly decreased the mean (+/- SD) number of segments with thallium 201 myocardial perfusion defects (6.5 +/- 1.9 at baseline and 4.4 +/- 2.7 after 1 year of treatment with captopril; p less than 0.02) and increased the mean global thallium score (9.6 +/- 1.7 at baseline and 11.4 +/- 2.1 after captopril; p less than 0.05). In a control group of eight normotensive patients with systemic sclerosis who did not receive captopril, no significant modification in thallium results occurred. Side effects with captopril included hypotension (six patients), taste disturbances (one patient), and skin rash (one patient). These side effects subsided when the dosage was reduced. These findings demonstrate that captopril improves thallium 201 myocardial perfusion in patients with systemic sclerosis and may therefore have a beneficial effect on scleroderma myocardial disease.

  17. 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.

  18. Myocardial perfusion and left ventricular function early after successful PTCA in 1-vessel coronary artery diseases

    Myocardial perfusion (201Tl-ECT) and contractile function (99mTc-ventriculography) were studied during exercise and rest 3 to 6 days after PTCA in 20 patients (11 with stable and 9 with unstable angina pectoris). All patients had single vessel disease and no previous myocardial infarction. During exercise after PTCA the ejection fraction increased for 3 to 5% and no regional wall motion abnormalities, ST-segment depression or perfusion defects occurred (with exception in one patient with very early restenosis). Therefore, perfusion and wall motion were completely normalized at test and during exercise within days after technically successful PTCA even in patients with previously unstable angina pectoris. Pathological stress test results after this time should thus be attributed to other causes e.g. early restenosis, multivessel disease, false positive tests) and are not due to the specific situation early after PTCA. (orig.)

  19. Adenosine stress protocols for myocardial perfusion imaging

    Baškot Branislav

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Treadmill test combined with myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS is a commonly used technique in the assessment of coronary artery disease. There are many patients, however, who may not be able to undergo treadmill test. Such patients would benefit from pharmacological stress procedures combined with MPS. The most commonly used pharmacological agents for cardiac stress are coronary vasodilatators (adenosine, dipyridamol and catecholamines. Concomitant low-level treadmill exercise with adenosine pharmacologic stress (AdenoEX during MPS has become commonly used in recent years. A number of studies have demonstrated a beneficial impact of AdenoEX protocol. The aim of the study was, besides introducing into practice the two types of protocols of pharmatological stress test with adenosine, as a preparation for MPS, to compare and monitor the frequency of their side effects to quality, acquisition, as well as to standardize the onset time of acquisition (diagnostic imaging for both protocols. Methods. A total of 130 patients underwent pharmacological stress test with adenosine (vasodilatator. In 108 of the patients we performed concomitant exercise (AdenoEX of low level (50W by a bicycle ergometar. In 28 of the patients we performed Adenosine abbreviated protocol (AdenoSCAN. Side effects of adenosine were followed and compared between the two kinds of protocols AdenoEX and AdenoSCAN. Also compared were image quality and suggested time of acquisition after the stress test. Results. Numerous side effects were found, but being short-lived they did not require any active interventions. The benefit of AdenoEX versus AdenoSCAN included decreased side effects (62% vs 87%, improved safety and patients tolerance, improved target-to-background ratios because of less subdiaphragmatic activity, earlier acquisition, and improved sensitivity. Conclusion. The safety and efficacy of adenosine pharmacological stress is even better with concomitant

  20. CT angiography and perfusion imaging in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage: correlation of vasospasm to perfusion abnormality

    We retrospectively evaluated computed tomography angiography (CTA) and perfusion imaging (CTP) of patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) for any correlation between degree of vasospasm and perfusion deficit. Sequentially performed CTP and CTA of 41 patients at least at the third day of postbleeding were reviewed for vasospasm and perfusion deficit throughout the anterior and middle cerebral arteries and corresponding territories. Vasospasm was noted comparing the contralateral normal ones or extradural components of the vessel itself and graded to negative, mild, moderate, and severe as luminal narrowing none, <25%, between 25% and 50%, and ≥50%, respectively. CTP abnormality was noted using cerebral blood flow and volume and mean transit time maps. Of 41 patients, 20 had no vasospasm; 15 had mild to moderate and six had severe vasospasm. Three of 20 patients with no vasospasm (15%), four of 15 patients with mild to moderate vasospasm (26%), and five of six patients with severe vasospasm (83%) had perfusion abnormality. Perfusion abnormalities noted were ischemia, infarction, and hyperperfusion. Perfusion abnormality without vasospasm was observed in the watershed areas and adjacent to sulcal clots. In SAH patients, if there is a macrovascular vasospasm with luminal narrowing ≥50%, there is a high likelihood (83%) of perfusion abnormality in the territory of the vasospastic vessel. There may also be perfusion abnormality without macrovascular vasospasm in the watershed areas or in the vicinity of sulcal clots. (orig.)

  1. Dilated cardiomyopathy - approach made simplified with myocardial perfusion scintigraphy and cardiac viability studies

    Full text: To differentiate the ischemic vs nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy and to assess myocardial viability in the ischemic cardiomyopathy. Materials and Methods: 34 patients (24 males and 10 females) with dilated cardiomyopathy diagnosed on echocardiography with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction and global hypokinesia were included between the period of Jan 2009 and July 2010. All the patients underwent rest myocardial perfusion scintigraphy first; 45 minutes after intravenous injection of 7 mCi of 99mTc MIBI. The stress myocardial perfusion imaging (after physical stress or gm/kg/min; 6 min infusion) was pharmacological stress with adenosine; 140 performed in the patients with normal perfusion at rest. The 18F FDG (5 mCi) cardiac viability studies were performed in patient with abnormal rest myocardial perfusion. The images were acquired on GE Infinia systems and processed on Emory toolbox (ECT) to study the ischemia and viability. Results: The mean left ventricular ejection fraction was found to be 27.38% at rest. The stress and rest perfusion scintigraphy was carried out in 20/34(58%) patients in whom 9(45%) patients underwent pharmacological stress with Inj adenosine and 11(55%) patients underwent physical stress. The stress induced ischemia was diagnosed in 12(60%) patients and infarct in 2(10%) patients with mixed ischemia and infarct pattern in 2(10%) patients. The nonischemic cause was diagnosed in 4 patients. The cardiac viability study was carried out in 14/34 (42%) patients with 6(42%) viable, 5(35%) nonviable and 3(21%) mixed viable and nonviable patterns were identified. Conclusion: The myocardial perfusion scintigraphy was the simplified approach for differentiating ischemic verses nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy with addition of cardiac viability study (18FDG) made it one stop shop for the complete work-up of patients for further management

  2. False positive defects on exercise myocardial perfusion tomography in patients with a right ventricular pacemaker

    It is known that the specificity of exercise perfusion scintigraphy is decrease in patients with a left bundle block. Patients with a permanent ventricular pacemaker have a similar conduction abnormality that may also potentially result in similar false positive perfusion defects. Aim: To identify the presence or absence of abnormalities on myocardial perfusion in patients with permanent ventricular pacemaker during the exercise and without coronary artery disease. Material and Methods: We include twelve patients (mean age +/- SD: 73 +/- 12 year) in prospective form with ventricular pacemaker indication. All had a narrow QRS on the rest electrocardiogram and none had history of typical chest pain or myocardial infarction. All the patients had an exercise myocardial perfusion tomography with technetium 99m methoxyisonitrile, before the pacemaker placing. Ten with normal stress perfusion were subject to another exercise SPECT after a week, at least. They had the same load and heart rate up to the maximum exercise as in the previous study, but with pacemaker rhythm during the maximum exercise, The different studies before and after pacemaker placing were compared by semiquantitative analysis. Results: Seven out of ten normal patients before pacemaker placing had perfusion defects (70%) on the second study after pacemaker placing. The location of the defects were: two apical (28%), one inferior (14%), and four apical and inferior (57%). Conclusion: In patients without coronary artery disease the continuous pacemaker during the exercise has a high incidence of false positive perfusion defects in single photon emission computed tomography. Most of false positive defects were localized to the apical and inferior territories

  3. Automatic Characterization of Myocardial Perfusion in Contrast Enhanced MRI

    Vincenzo Positano

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available The use of contrast medium in cardiac MRI allows joining the high-resolution anatomical information provided by standard magnetic resonance with functional information obtained by means of the perfusion of contrast agent in myocardial tissues. The current approach to perfusion MRI characterization is the qualitative one, based on visual inspection of images. Moving to quantitative analysis requires extraction of numerical indices of myocardium perfusion by analysis of time/intensity curves related to the area of interest. The main problem in quantitative image sequence analysis is the heart movement, mainly due to patient respiration. We propose an automatic procedure based on image registration, segmentation of the myocardium, and extraction and analysis of time/intensity curves. The procedure requires a minimal user interaction, is robust with respect to the user input, and allows effective characterization of myocardial perfusion. The algorithm was tested on cardiac MR images acquired from voluntaries and in clinical routine.

  4. Direct myocardial perfusion imaging in valvular heart disease

    Soto, R.C.; Durante, M.L.; Villacorta, E.V.; Torres, J.F.; Monzon, O.P.

    1981-02-01

    Twenty two patients with rheumatic valvular heart disease - 21 having a history of heart failure - were studied using direct coronary injection of /sup 99m/Tc labelled MAA particles during the course of hemodynamic and arteriographic studies. Myocardial perfusion deficit patterns have been shown to be consistent or indicative of either patchy, regional or gross ischemia. In patients with history of documented heart failure 90% (18 cases) had ischemic perfusion deficit in the involved ventricle. We conclude that diminished myocardial blood flow is an important mechanism contributing to the development of heart failure.

  5. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy with exercise and pharmacological stress

    Cardiac studies including myocardial perfusion scintigraphy was begun in the Singapore General Hospital, nuclear medicine department in 1983. From a few patients per year using planar imaging, we have in 1994 studied 1500 patients for myocardial perfusion, using mainly SPECT (single-photon emission computerised tomography) and radionuclides such as Thallium-201, Technetium-99m sestamibi and Tc-99m tetrofosmin. Patients have been stressed using treadmill exercise or pharmacological agents; we have used dipyridamole, and dobutamine for pharmacological stress but have no experience with intravenous adenosine

  6. Relationship of regional myocardial perfusion to segmental wall motion. A physiologic basis for understanding the presence and reversibility of asynergy

    Experimental work has shown that even small reductions in muocardial perfusion impair contractile performance. We, therefore, studied the relationship between regional perfusion, assessed by thallium-201 scintigraphy and segmental wall motion, quantitated on biplane contrast ventriculograms, in patients with coronary artery disease. We evaluated 270 segments in 54 patients, including 27 without evidence of myocardial infarction. Most normally perfused regions (125 of 140) contracted normally, whereas those with scintigraphic defects at rest were usually asynergic (42 of 46). Surprisingly, 57% (48 of 84) of regions with exercise-induced perfusion defects were also asynergic, including 48% (25 of 52) of those in patients without myocardial infarction. In 22 patients who had intervention ventriculograms, improvement of perfusion abnormalities at rest correlated closely with reversibility of asynergy. Although there was an association between the location and severity of coronary artery stenosis and segmental wall motion, myocardial perfusion during exercise was a significantly better predictor of asynergy. These findings suggest that resting asynergy may occur even in patients without previous infarction, predominantly in regions with jeopardized perfusion. Asynergy in regions with exercise-induced perfusion abnormalities may, therefore, be an indicator of resting ischemia and may be reversible by coronary artery revascularization

  7. Quantification of myocardial perfusion by cardiovascular magnetic resonance

    Jerosch-Herold Michael

    2010-01-01

    Abstract The potential of contrast-enhanced cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) for a quantitative assessment of myocardial perfusion has been explored for more than a decade now, with encouraging results from comparisons with accepted "gold standards", such as microspheres used in the physiology laboratory. This has generated an increasing interest in the requirements and methodological approaches for the non-invasive quantification of myocardial blood flow by CMR. This review provides a...

  8. Left ventricular systolic wall motion after exercise stress and myocardial perfusion in patients with ischemic heart disease. Investigation by ECG gated myocardial tomography

    To investigate regional left ventricular (LV) wall motion (WM) after recovery from myocardial ischemia, we performed ECG-gated myocardial perfusion tomography with 99mTc-MIBI (G-SPECT) in patients with ischemic heart disease (IHD). In addition, we compared the left ventricular (LV) systolic function obtained by G-SPECT at rest with that obtained by contrast left ventriculography (LVG). We performed G-SPECT at 30 minutes after exercise stress (Ex-30) and 3 hours after exercise (rest). LVWM and LV ejection fractions (EF) were analyzed by the QGS (quantitative gated SPECT) program. The LV was divided into 9 segments and regional WM (RWM) was analyzed quantitatively. In addition, myocardial perfusion was assessed quantitatively. In 64 patients with several different types of heart disease, EF obtained by G-SPECT correlated well with LVG-EF (r=0.907, p<0.001), and RWM of G-SPECT coincided well with that of LVG (κ value 0.67, p<0.01). Eighty patients with suspected IHD were divided according to Ex-Rest myocardial perfusion. In 83% of patients with Ex-induced perfusion abnormalities disappeared completely at rest, and in 58% of patients with Ex-induced abnormalities disappeared incompletely, RWM abnormalities which were observed at Ex-30 improved at rest and as did EF. In 79% of patients with a fixed defect (FD), RWM abnormalities and EF at Ex-30 did not differ with those at rest, but in 12% of the patients, the RWM abnormality of Ex-30 improved at rest. In most myocardial segments that had recovered from transient ischemia, RWM abnormalities persisted at least 30 minutes after Ex (stunning). In a small portion of the myocardial segments regarded as having myocardial necrosis because of a fixed perfusion abnormality, RWM abnormalities at Ex-30 improved at rest. These segments were supposed to contain viable myocardium. In conclusion, G-SPECT is a powerful method for clarifying the relation between the regional systolic function and myocardial perfusion. (author)

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Non-invasive imaging in detecting myocardial viability: Myocardial function versus perfusion

    Iqbal A. Elfigih

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Coronary artery disease (CAD is the most prevalent and single most common cause of morbidity and mortality [1] with the resulting left ventricular (LV dysfunction an important complication. The distinction between viable and non-viable myocardium in patients with LV dysfunction is a clinically important issue among possible candidates for myocardial revascularization. Several available non-invasive techniques are used to detect and assess ischemia and myocardial viability. These techniques include echocardiography, radionuclide images, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and recently myocardial computed tomography perfusion imaging. This review aims to distinguish between the available non-invasive imaging techniques in detecting signs of functional and perfusion viability and identify those which have the most clinical relevance in detecting myocardial viability in patients with CAD and chronic ischemic LV dysfunction. The most current available studies showed that both myocardial perfusion and function based on non-invasive imaging have high sensitivity with however wide range of specificity for detecting myocardial viability. Both perfusion and function imaging modalities provide complementary information about myocardial viability and no optimum single imaging technique exists that can provide very accurate diagnostic and prognostic viability assessment. The weight of the body of evidence suggested that non-invasive imaging can help in guiding therapeutic decision making in patients with LV dysfunction.

  12. 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

  13. Machine learning improves the accuracy of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy results

    Objective: Machine learning (ML) an artificial intelligence method has in last decade proved to be an useful tool in many fields of decision making, also in some fields of medicine. By reports, its decision accuracy usually exceeds the human one. Aim: To assess applicability of ML in interpretation of the stress myocardial perfusion scintigraphy results in coronary artery disease diagnostic process. Patients and methods: The 327 patient's data of planar stress myocardial perfusion scintigraphy were reevaluated in usual way. Comparing them with the results of coronary angiography the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of the investigation were computed. The data were digitized and the decision procedure repeated by ML program 'Naive Bayesian classifier'. As the ML is able to simultaneously manipulate with whatever number of data, all reachable disease connected data (regarding history, habitus, risk factors, stress results) were added. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of scintigraphy were expressed in this way. The results of both decision procedures were compared. Conclusion: Using ML method, 19 more patients out of 327 (5.8%) were correctly diagnosed by stress myocardial perfusion scintigraphy. In this way ML could be an important tool for myocardial perfusion scintigraphy decision making

  14. Myocardial perfusion as assessed by thallium-201 scintigraphy during the discontinuation of mechanical ventilation in ventilator-dependent patients

    Patients who cannot be separated from mechanical ventilation (MV) after an episode of acute respiratory failure often have coexisting coronary artery disease. The authors hypothesized that increased left ventricular (LV) wall stress during periods of spontaneous ventilation (SV) could alter myocardial perfusion in these patients. Using thallium-201 (201TI) myocardial scintigraphy, the authors studied the occurrence of myocardial perfusion abnormalities during periods of SV in 15 MV-dependent patients (nine women, six men; aged 71 ± 7 yr, mean ± SD). Fourteen of these patients were studied once with 201TI myocardial scintigraphy during intermittent mechanical ventilation (IMV) and again on another day, after at least 10 min of SV through a T-piece. One patient was studied during SV only. Thirteen of 14 of the patients (93%) studied during MV had abnormal patterns of initial myocardial 201TI uptake, but only 1 patient demonstrated redistribution of 201TI on delayed images. The remainder of the abnormalities observed during MV were fixed defects. SV produced significant alterations of myocardial 201TI distribution or transient LV dilation, or both, in 7 of the 15 patients (47%). Four patients demonstrated new regional decreases of LV myocardial thallium concentration with redistribution of the isotope on delayed images. The patient studied only during SV also had myocardial 201TI defects with redistribution. Five patients (3 also having areas of 201TI redistribution) had transient LV dilation during SV

  15. Evaluation of myocardial perfusion using Tc-99m MIBI

    Tc-99m MIBI (methoxy isobutyl isonitrile) is newly introduced cationic myocardial perfusion agent. For its favorable dosimetry, upto 30 mCi of Tc-99m MIBI can be used in a patient. Therefore, unlike T1-201, first-pass ejection fraction, ventricular wall motion, and SPECT studies are readily evaluated using Tc-99m MIBI on patients who are undergoing myocardial perfusion study. Nineteen individuals entered into this study and 9 of 19 had T1-201 myocardial scintiscan. For the detection of myocardial ischemia, an IV dipyridamole with hand-grip or bicycle exercise was used. Tc-99m MIBI scintigraphic findings are compared to patients 'EKG' T1-201 scans and coronary angiograms. The result were summerized as follows; 1. In 9 cases, Tc-99m MIBI studies were comparable to T1-201 scintiscans. 2. In the remaining 10 cases, Tc-99m MIBI images were correlated well with clinical pictures, EKG, and angiographic findings. 3. Using Tc-99m MIBI, one can easily obtain fist-pass ejection fraction, ventricular wall motion and SPECT studies. It was concluded that Tc-99m MIBI seems to be an excellent agent for myocardial perfusion study. Tc-99m MIBI images are superior in quality than T1-201 images mainly due to high photon yield and ideal energy of Tc-99m MIBI

  16. 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

  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. Value of cardiac 320-multidetector computed tomography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging for assessment of myocardial perfusion defects in patients with known chronic ischemic heart disease

    Qayyum, Abbas Ali; Kühl, Jørgen T; Mathiasen, Anders B;

    2013-01-01

    The challenge for therapies targeting perfusion abnormalities is to identify and evaluate the region of interest. The aim of this study was to compare rest and stress myocardial perfusion measured by cardiac multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging in...

  19. Abnormal ventricular repolarisation in association with myocardial bridging.

    J.W. DEAN; Mills, P G

    1994-01-01

    Myocardial bridging causing systolic compression of epicardial coronary arteries may be an incidental finding at coronary arteriography. Bridging rarely causes myocardial ischaemia. A young man presented with chest pain and striking abnormalities of ventricular repolarisation that initially were treated as myocardial infarction. At cardiac catheterisation the coronary arteries were normal apart from the presence of a myocardial bridge affecting a major diagonal branch of the left anterior des...

  20. Pediatric hemiplegic migraine: susceptibility weighted and MR perfusion imaging abnormality

    Altinok, Deniz; Agarwal, Ajay [Children' s Hospital of Michigan, Department of Radiology, Detroit, MI (United States); Ascadi, Gyula; Luat, Aimee; Tapos, Daniela [Children' s Hospital of Michigan, Department of Neurology, Detroit, MI (United States)

    2010-12-15

    We report on an 11-year-old girl suffering from a typical attack of hemiplegic migraine with characteristic abnormalities in perfusion MR and susceptibility-weighted MR imaging findings. The imaging abnormalities were resolved 48 h after the attack. Susceptibility-weighted MR imaging findings correlated well with the MR perfusion, thus it can be used along with conventional MRI for evaluation of children with complex migraine attacks. Susceptibility-weighted MR imaging might have a diagnostic role in assessing the vascular events in hemiplegic migraine. (orig.)

  1. Pediatric hemiplegic migraine: susceptibility weighted and MR perfusion imaging abnormality

    We report on an 11-year-old girl suffering from a typical attack of hemiplegic migraine with characteristic abnormalities in perfusion MR and susceptibility-weighted MR imaging findings. The imaging abnormalities were resolved 48 h after the attack. Susceptibility-weighted MR imaging findings correlated well with the MR perfusion, thus it can be used along with conventional MRI for evaluation of children with complex migraine attacks. Susceptibility-weighted MR imaging might have a diagnostic role in assessing the vascular events in hemiplegic migraine. (orig.)

  2. Variation in heart rate influences the assessment of transient ischemic dilation in myocardial perfusion scintigraphy

    Transient arrhythmias can affect transient ischemic dilation (TID) ratios. This study was initiated to evaluate the frequency and effect of normal heart rate change on TID measures in routine clinical practice. Consecutive patients undergoing stress/rest sestamibi gated myocardial perfusion scintigraphy were studied (N = 407). Heart rate at the time of stress and rest imaging were recorded. TID ratios were analyzed in relation to absolute change in heart rate (stress minus rest) for subjects with normal perfusion and systolic function (Group 1, N = 169) and those with abnormalities in perfusion and/or function (Group 2, N = 238). In Group 1, mean TID ratio was inversely correlated with the change in heart rate (r = -0.47, P < 0.0001). For every increase of 10 BPM in heart rate change, the TID ratio decreased by approximately 0.06 (95% confidence interval 0.04–0.07). In Group 2, multiple linear regression demonstrated that the change in heart rate (beta = -0.25, P < 0.0001) and the summed difference score (beta = 0.36, P < 0.0001) were independent predictors of the TID ratio. Normal variation in heart rate between the stress and rest components of myocardial perfusion scans is common and can influence TID ratios in patients with normal and abnormal cardiac scans

  3. Accumulation of fluorodeoxyglucose in ischemic myocardium, 2. Comparison with myocardial perfusion and regional wall motion

    Tamaki, Nagara; Yonekura, Yoshiharu; Senda, Michio

    1987-10-01

    Positron emission tomography (PET) using /sup 13/N-ammonia and /sup 18/F-fluorodeoxyglucose (/sup 18/FDG) was performed in 33 patients with myocardial infarction to assess myocardial viability of ECG determined infarct segments. /sup 18/FDG uptake in infarct segments was compared with myocardial perfusion by /sup 13/N-ammonia, coronary stenosis and regional wall motion by contrast ventriculography. Increased /sup 18/FDG uptake was more often seen in patients with recent myocardial infarction (RMI) than those with old infarction (p < 0.001). /sup 18/FDG uptake was more increased in those with mild hypoperfusion (p < 0.01) and those supplied by recanalized coronary arteries (p < 0.05), suggesting that residual flow to the infarct zone may be crucial to maintain myocardial viability. In RMI, an increase in /sup 18/FDG uptake was more often observed in infarct segments with stress induced hypoperfusion (p < 0.02). Furthermore, /sup 18/FDG uptake was more increased in those with milder wall motion abnormalities (p < 0.02). However, /sup 18/FDG uptake was also observed in 31 % of those with dyskinesis. These data suggest that an increase in /sup 18/FDG uptake in infarct segments was observed in area with less severe hypoperfusion and milder regional wall motion abnormalities, indicating /sup 18/FDG uptake as a useful predictor of myocardial viability in infarct segments

  4. Assessment of coronary hemodynamics and myocardial perfusion in patients with syndrome X by digital subtraction angiography and 201Tl-myocardial scintigraphy

    To evaluate coronary hemodynamics and myocardial perfusion, left coronary digital subtraction angiography (DSA) and Tl-201 myocardial scintigraphy were performed in patients with syndrome X. The coronary circulation time (CCT) was significantly prolonged after the injection of isosorbide dinitrate and contrast medium i.c. Apical T1/2 was also prolonged on ergonovine malate provocation test. We suspected that the vascular response of the coronary peripheral artery was impaired, and microvascular spasm probably existed in patients with syndrome X. The prevalence of abnormal myocardial perfusion defect on exercise Tl-201 SPECT in syndrome X was very high, and coronary hemodynamics was significantly disturbed in the group of syndrome X with abnormal Tl-201 SPECT. Tl-201 lung/heart count ratio significantly increased in syndrome X on treadmill test. Because of this, exercise induced left ventricular dysfunction was suspected. We concluded that the main pathophysiological finding of impaired coronary circulation in syndrome X was microvascular spasm. (author)

  5. Adenosine stress myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in pediatric patients after arterial switch operation

    Arterial switch operation (ASO) has become the established treatment for correction of transposition of great arteries (TGA). Despite the immediate correction of abnormal hemodynamics, acute and delayed complications related to the coronaries may cause morbidity and mortality. We evaluated the incidence of perfusion abnormalities and safety of adenosine by stress–rest myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) [myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS)] using Tc-99m Sestamibi (MIBI) in asymptomatic children post-ASO. Prospective study. We conducted a prospective, single-institutional study where stress–rest MPS was performed on 10 children of age between 1.25 and 6 years. Two of the patients had additional ventricular septal defect, one patient had left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, and another had Taussig–Bing anomaly. All the patients underwent corrective surgery as a single-stage procedure at the age of 176 ± 212 days (range 9-560 days). Adenosine was administered at a rate of 140 μg/kg/min intravenously as continuous infusion for duration of 6 min. All the continuous variables were summarized as mean ± standard deviation, or range and median. Mann–Whitney test for unpaired data and Wilcoxon Rank test for paired samples were used. The average increase in heart rate over the basal heart rate after adenosine stress was 59.7 ± 17.0%. No acute or remote complications were observed in any case. None of the patients demonstrated myocardial perfusion defects, either at rest or after adenosine stress. MPS post-adenosine induced vasodilatation is safe and feasible in patients of ASO for transposition of great arteries. One-stage repair, implantation of excised coronary buttons within neo-aortic sinus, and minimal or no mobilization of proximal coronaries may eliminate the occurrence of perfusion defects in patients of corrected TGA

  6. The Role of Rest Image in patients Showing Normal Stress Image on Tc-99m Myocardial Perfusion Scan

    Tc-99m myocardial perfusion agents such as Tc-99m sestamibi or Tc-99m tetrofosmin has advantages over T1-201 for myocardial perfusion scan such as low attenuation and easy availability. However, Tc-99m agents do not redistribute so they need to 13 be given 2 times, namely after stress and at rest. To evaluate whether rest image is needed in patients showing normal stress images, 43 patients who underwent both myocardial perfusion scan and coronary angiography and showed normal stress images were evaluated. Findings of rest images of them were evaluated whether they change the diagnosis or treatment plans. Among 43 patients who showed normal stress myocardial perfusion imaging, 31 (72.1%) showed no additional information. However, among 5 patients with vasospastic angina 4(80%) showed abnormal rest images in spite of normal stress images. So, when vasospastic angina is suspected clinically, rest image could be helpful identifying patients with coronary vasospasm. In conclusion, rest myocardial perfusion images were not helpful in 72.1 % of patients with angina when stress images were normal. In only exception was those with vasospastic angina.

  7. Delayed heart rate recovery after treadmill test: comparison with clinical, exercise and myocardial perfusion parameters

    Imbalance autonomic nervous tone are fundamental risk factors for cardiac death. Recent studies reported abnormal heart rate recovery(HRR) after the treadmill exercise test is a powerful predictor of significant excess mortality. To evaluate HRR as an index of coronary artery disease(CAD). we have compared perfusion defect. 252 patients(147 men) underwent exercise myocardial perfusion imaging were included. The value for HRR was defined as the decrease in heart rate from peak exercise to 1 minute after termination of exercise. Myocardial perfusion imaging was acquired at 1 hour after 740MBq 99mTc-MIBI injection using dual head gamma camera(Vertex Plus, ADAC, USA). Summed stress score(SSS) and stress ejection fraction(sEF) were obtained from AutoQUANT program. 23 beats/min was defined as the lowest normal value for HRR. Patients were divided two groups: abnormal HRR(abHRR) and normal HRR(nHRR). We compared clinical(age, sex, pervious CAD history, DM, HTN), exercise test(exercise capacity, duration) and myocardial perfusion parameters(SSS, sEF) between two groups. Mean value of HRR was 50.814.2 beat/min. There were 25 patients(9.9%) with an abHRR. Patient with abHRR were generally in older age(61.59.2 vs 54.48.9yr), were more likely men(72 vs 56.8%), had a higher frequency of DM(16.7 vs 9%), HTN(52 vs 27.6%) and CAD history (28 vs 7%) compared to nHRR. In exercise and myocardial perfusion parameters, abHRR were showed more positive result(60 vs 30%), had short exercise duration(7.0±3.0 vs 9.1±2.7min) and small exercise capacity(7.2±2.3 vs 10.0±2.7Mets) compared to nHRR, had a higher frequency of CAD(76 vs 41.4%) and multivessel disease(25 vs 6.5%), had larger SSS(8.1±8.8 vs 3.7±6.3) and had smaller sEF(47.7±14.3 vs 57.9±10.3%) compared to nHRR. AbHRR was frequently found in patients with CAD, large myocardial perfusion defect and decreased LV function. It seems that the HRR may be considered a reliable index of the severity of CAD

  8. Quantification of MRI measured myocardial perfusion reserve in healthy humans: a comparison with positron emission tomography

    Fritz-Hansen, Thomas; Hove, Jens D; Kofoed, Klaus F;

    2008-01-01

    during stress induced by dipyridamole in order to determine the myocardial perfusion reserve. Myocardial and blood time concentration curves obtained by Gd-DTPA-enhanced MRI and (13)N-ammonia PET were fitted by a two-compartment perfusion model. RESULTS: Mean perfusion values (+/-SD) derived from the MRI...

  9. Evaluation of myocardial involvement in Duchenne progressive muscular dystrophy with thallium-201 myocardial perfusion imaging

    Myocardial involvement in progressive muscular dystrophy of the Duchenne type was evaluated in 19 patients using thallium-201 myocardial perfusion imaging. The qualitative analysis was performed in anterior, 3 left anterior oblique and left lateral projection images by three experienced physicians. Distinct perfusion defects were shown in 13 patients, especially in LV posterolateral or posterior walls (11 patients). There was no significant relationship between the presence of perfusion defects and the skeletal muscle changes or thoracic deformities assessed by transmission computed tomography. Slightly increased thallium-201 activity in RV free wall and lungs was shown in nine and one patient, respectively. The extensive perfusion defects were shown in 2 patients who died of congestive heart failure 1 to 2 years after the scintigraphic study. The myocardial scintigraphic changes were considered to be minimal in 7 of 9 patients who underwent two serial scintigraphic studies in 2 to 3 years. It was concluded that the thallium myocardial perfusion imaging was a useful clinical technique to evaluate the cardiomyopathy in Duchenne progressive muscular dystrophy. (author)

  10. Evaluation of myocardial involvement in Duchenne progressive muscular dystrophy with thallium-201 myocardial perfusion imaging

    Kawai, Naoki; Yamamoto, Shuhei; Okada, Mitsuhiro (Nagoya Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Medicine)

    1983-12-01

    Myocardial involvement in progressive muscular dystrophy of the Duchenne type was evaluated in 19 patients using thallium-201 myocardial perfusion imaging. The qualitative analysis was performed in anterior, 3 left anterior oblique and left lateral projection images by three experienced physicians. Distinct perfusion defects were shown in 13 patients, especially in LV posterolateral or posterior walls (11 patients). There was no significant relationship between the presence of perfusion defects and the skeletal muscle changes or thoracic deformities assessed by transmission computed tomography. Slightly increased thallium-201 activity in RV free wall and lungs was shown in nine and one patient, respectively. The extensive perfusion defects were shown in 2 patients who died of congestive heart failure 1 to 2 years after the scintigraphic study. The myocardial scintigraphic changes were considered to be minimal in 7 of 9 patients who underwent two serial scintigraphic studies in 2 to 3 years. It was concluded that the thallium myocardial perfusion imaging was a useful clinical technique to evaluate the cardiomyopathy in Duchenne progressive muscular dystrophy.

  11. Inducible myocardial ischaemia diagnosed using computed tomography dipyridamole stress myocardial perfusion technique

    Improved multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) temporal and spatial resolution allows for the assessment of coronary artery disease, left ventricular systolic function and resting myocardial perfusion defects with high sensitivity and specificity. Here we present a case using a novel combination technique of cardiac computed tomography scanning with dipyridamole stress for the detection of functionally significant coronary disease, and demonstrate that dipyridamole-induced myocardial ischaemia is both detectable and quantifiable by cardiac MDCT.

  12. Altered myocardial perfusion during dobutamine stress testing in silent versus symptomatic myocardial ischaemia assessed by quantitative MIBI SPET imaging

    Elhendy, A. [Thoraxcenter, Univ. Hospital, Rotterdam-Dijkzigt (Netherlands); Geleijnse, M.L. [Thoraxcenter, Univ. Hospital, Rotterdam-Dijkzigt (Netherlands); Roelandt, J.R.T.C. [Thoraxcenter, Univ. Hospital, Rotterdam-Dijkzigt (Netherlands); Cornel, J.H. [Thoraxcenter, Univ. Hospital, Rotterdam-Dijkzigt (Netherlands); Domburg, R.T van [Thoraxcenter, Univ. Hospital, Rotterdam-Dijkzigt (Netherlands); Reijs, A.E.M. [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, Univ. Hospital, Rotterdam-Dijkzigt (Netherlands); Nierop, P.R. [Thoraxcenter, Univ. Hospital, Rotterdam-Dijkzigt (Netherlands); Fioretti, P.M. [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, Univ. Hospital, Rotterdam-Dijkzigt (Netherlands)

    1996-10-01

    The aim of the study was to compare the extent and severity of reversible underperfusion in silent versus painful myocardial ischaemia during the dobutamine stress test. A consecutive series of 85 patients with significant coronary artery disease and reversible perfusion defects on technetium-99m methoxyisobutylisonitrile single-photon emission tomography performed at rest and during high-dose dobutamine stress (up to 40 {mu}g kg{sup -1} min{sup -1}) were studied. The left ventricle was divided into six segments. An ischaemic perfusion score was derived quantitatively by subtracting the rest from the stress defect score. Patients with multivessel disease had a higher ischaemic score (610{+-}762 vs 310{+-}411, P<0.05) and a higher number of reversible perfusion defects (2.1{+-}1.2 vs 1.1{+-}0.8, P<0.01) than patients with single-vessel disease. Typical angina occurred in 37 patients (44%) during the test. There was no significant difference between patients with and patients without angina with respecft to age, gender, peak rate-pressure product, prevalence of previous myocardial infarction, diabetes mellitus, multivessel disease or number of stenotic coronary arteries. Stress, rest and ischaemic scores as well as the number and distribution of reversible defects were not different in patients with and patients without angina. Patients with angina more frequently had a history of typical angina before the test (43% vs 17%, P<0.01) and ST-segment depression during the test (54% vs 25%, P<0.01). It is concluded that in patients with coronary artery disease and ischaemia detected by dobutamine scintigraphy, the extent and severity of coronary artery disease and myocardial perfusion abnormalities are similar with or without angina during stess testing. (orig.)

  13. The clinical value of planar thallium-201 myocardial perfusion scintigraphy

    The clinical value of planar thalium-201 myocardial perfusion scintigraphy was examined, using visual and quantitative analysis, for the detection of presence, localization and extent of coronary disease, using coronary arteriography as gold standard. The indremental diagnostic yield of different noninvasive tests for the diagnosis and the severity of coronary artery disease was quantified by using multivariate discriminant analysis. (author). 284 refs.; 14 figs.; 37 tabs

  14. Myocardial perfusion with multi-detector computed tomography: quantitative evaluation

    The objective of this work is to evaluate the skill of multidetector computer tomography, to quantify the different patterns of intensification during the evaluation of the myocardial perfusion. 45 patients were studied with suspicion of cardiovascular disease. Multi-detector computed tomography was utilized on patients at rest and in effort with pharmacological stress, after the administration of dipyridamole. Also they were evaluated using nuclear medicine

  15. 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 ...

  16. Machine Learning Algorithms at Myocardial Perfusion Imaging - a Preliminary Study

    Vieira, Domingos, frei; Silva, Emanuel; Machado, Maria; Cunha, Lídia; Metello, Luís F.

    2010-01-01

    Introduction: A major focus of data mining process - especially machine learning researches - is to automatically learn to recognize complex patterns and help to take the adequate decisions strictly based on the acquired data. Since imaging techniques like MPI – Myocardial Perfusion Imaging on Nuclear Cardiology, can implicate a huge part of the daily workflow and generate gigabytes of data, there could be advantages on Computerized Analysis of data over Human Analysis: shorter time, homogene...

  17. The prognostic value of non-perfusion variables obtained during vasodilator stress myocardial perfusion imaging.

    Bajaj, Navkaranbir S; Singh, Siddharth; Farag, Ayman; El-Hajj, Stephanie; Heo, Jack; Iskandrian, Ami E; Hage, Fadi G

    2016-06-01

    Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is an established diagnostic test that provides useful prognostic data in patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease. In more than half of the patients referred for stress testing, vasodilator stress is used in lieu of exercise. Unlike exercise, vasodilator stress does not provide information on exercise and functional capacity, heart rate recovery, and chronotropy, and ECG changes are less frequent. These non-perfusion data provide important prognostic and patient management information. Further, event rates in patients undergoing vasodilator MPI are higher than in those undergoing exercise MPI and even in those with normal images probably due to higher pretest risk. However, there are a number of non-perfusion variables that are obtained during vasodilator stress testing, which have prognostic relevance but their use has not been well emphasized. The purpose of this review is to summarize the prognostic values of these non-perfusion data obtained during vasodilator MPI. PMID:26940574

  18. 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)

  19. Automated myocardial perfusion from coronary x-ray angiography

    Storm, Corstiaan J.; Slump, Cornelis H.

    2010-03-01

    The purpose of our study is the evaluation of an algorithm to determine the physiological relevance of a coronary lesion as seen in a coronary angiogram. The aim is to extract as much as possible information from a standard coronary angiogram to decide if an abnormality, percentage of stenosis, as seen in the angiogram, results in physiological impairment of the blood supply of the region nourished by the coronary artery. Coronary angiography, still the golden standard, is used to determine the cause of angina pectoris based on the demonstration of an important stenose in a coronary artery. Dimensions of a lesion such as length and percentage of narrowing can at present easily be calculated by using an automatic computer algorithm such as Quantitative Coronary Angiography (QCA) techniques resulting in just anatomical information ignoring the physiological relevance of the lesion. In our study we analyze myocardial perfusion images in standard coronary angiograms in rest and in artificial hyperemic phases, using a drug e.g. papaverine intracoronary. Setting a Region of Interest (ROI) in the angiogram without overlying major vessels makes it possible to calculate contrast differences as a function of time, so called time-density curves, in the basal and hyperemic phases. In minimizing motion artifacts, end diastolic images are selected ECG based in basal and hyperemic phase in an identical ROI in the same angiographic projection. The development of new algorithms for calculating differences in blood supply in the region as set are presented together with the results of a small clinical case study using the standard angiographic procedure.

  20. Myocardial Perfusion and Function Are Distinctly Altered by Sevoflurane Anesthesia in Diet-Induced Prediabetic Rats.

    van den Brom, Charissa E; Boly, Chantal A; Bulte, Carolien S E; van den Akker, Rob F P; Kwekkeboom, Rick F J; Loer, Stephan A; Boer, Christa; Bouwman, R Arthur

    2016-01-01

    Preservation of myocardial perfusion during surgery is particularly important in patients with increased risk for perioperative complications, such as diabetes. Volatile anesthetics, like sevoflurane, have cardiodepressive effects and may aggravate cardiovascular complications. We investigated the effect of sevoflurane on myocardial perfusion and function in prediabetic rats. Rats were fed a western diet (WD; n = 18) or control diet (CD; n = 18) for 8 weeks and underwent (contrast) echocardiography to determine perfusion and function during baseline and sevoflurane exposure. Myocardial perfusion was estimated based on the product of microvascular filling velocity and blood volume. WD-feeding resulted in a prediabetic phenotype characterized by obesity, hyperinsulinemia, hyperlipidemia, glucose intolerance, and hyperglycemia. At baseline, WD-feeding impaired myocardial perfusion and systolic function compared to CD-feeding. Exposure of healthy rats to sevoflurane increased the microvascular filling velocity without altering myocardial perfusion but impaired systolic function. In prediabetic rats, sevoflurane did also not affect myocardial perfusion; however, it further impaired systolic function. Diet-induced prediabetes is associated with impaired myocardial perfusion and function in rats. While sevoflurane further impaired systolic function, it did not affect myocardial perfusion in prediabetic rats. Our findings suggest that sevoflurane anesthesia leads to uncoupling of myocardial perfusion and function, irrespective of the metabolic state. PMID:26824042

  1. The value of semi-quantitative myocardial metabolic-perfusion scores in coronary artery bypasses grafting

    Objective: Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is the preferred method of coronary revascularization in the coronary artery disease (CAD) patients with multi-vessel involvement. The study was aimed to evaluate the role of semi-quantitative assessment of myocardial viability scores using PET in CABG. Methods: Twenty-one consecutive patients with multi-vessel CAD were recruited from the department of cardiac/thoracic surgery. All patients underwent gated myocardial perfusion imaging (G-MPI) and 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) myocardial PET imaging to assess the extent and severity of ischemia as well as the myocardial viability. The images were interpreted according to the semi-quantitative method issued by American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) imaging guidelines using a 20-segment nomenclature. Summed rest score (SRS) and summed difference score (SDS) were calculated accordingly. All patients were scheduled for CABG within 2 weeks after the radionuclide myocardial imaging. The follow-up G-MPI was performed in all patients in the 3rd month after the surgery. Results: Out of the total 420 segments, 164 segments had abnormal myocardial perfusion by preoperative G-MPI. Among them, 93 segments were identified as non-viable (with difference score≥0) and the remaining 71 viable (with difference score <0). Based on their SDS, the patients were divided into 3 groups: group A (SDS≥0, n=5), group B (-5≤SDS<0, n8) and group C (SDS < -5, n=8). The mean change of global left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) after CABG in the three groups were -3.6%, 3.38% and 6.88% respectively. Conclusion: Assessment of myocardial viability by PET imaging is valuable in predicting whether the CAD patients may benefit from CABG. (authors)

  2. Thallium-201 scintigraphy perfusion defect with dipyridamole in a patient with a myocardial bridge

    A patient with myocardial bridging and a thallium-201 scintigraphy perfusion defect after the administration of intravenous dipyridamole is presented. The same patient had a normal perfusion study on exercise stress testing. The effects of coronary vasodilators and dipyridamole on coronary artery flow patterns in patients with myocardial bridging are discussed. We suggest that coronary vasodilators may induce perfusion defects in patients with myocardial bridging and should be avoided in such patients

  3. Paradoxical hypotension during dobutamine infusion for myocardial perfusion scintigraphy

    Dobutamine as a predominant beta-1 agonist increases heart rate and myocardial contractility and at sufficient high doses, it also increases systolic blood pressure. This study was undertaken to describe instances of paradoxical hypotension during dobutamine infusion for Tl-201 myocardial perfusion SPECT study and the relationship between scintigraphic findings and hypotension occurred during dobutamine infusion. Methods: In 201 consecutive patients unable to perform adequate exercise, dobutamine Tl-201 myocardial SPECT was performed. Dobutamine was infused starting from 10 μg/kg/min increasing to 40 μ/kg/min. Paradoxical hypotension was defined as a decrease in systolic blood pressure ≥ 20 mmHg compared with baseline study. Paradoxical hypotension was observed in 40 patients (Group A) out of 201 (19.9%) while no significant change in systolic blood pressure was detected in the remaining 161 patients (Group B). Mean maximum fall in systolic blood pressure was 39±18 mmHg (range: 20-90). In 33 of 40 patients (83%) with paradoxical hypotension, scintigraphy was normal compared to 131 (81%) of the remaining 161 patients. In patients of Group A, angiography, echocardiography and tilt table tests were performed in 13, 11 and 6 patients respectively. Nine of 13 angiographic evaluations (69%), 10 of 11 echocardiographic evaluations (91%), all of the tilt table tests were normal. Additionally, all of the patients of Group A were clinically followed up at least 6 months after the myocardial perfusion scintigraphy. None of the patients had a cardiac event except one patient during the follow-up period. Conclusion: Paradoxical hypotension during dobutamine infusion for myocardial scintigraphy is not an uncommon finding and up to 19.9% patients may develop such hypotension. To maximize test safety, precautions should be taken during dobutamine myocardial stress test, since remarkable decrease in systolic blood pressure may occur. Unlike hypotension occurring with exercise

  4. Stress myocardial perfusion imaging versus echocardiography for the diagnosis and risk stratification of patients with CAD

    Stress myocardial perfusion imaging and stress echocardiography are both noninvasive diagnostic techniques. Both techniques are very valuable for assessment of diagnosis and risk stratification of patients with coronary artery disease, while both have their advantages and disadvantages. The overall sensitivity for diagnosis of coronary artery disease is higher by stress myocardial perfusion imaging than by stress echocardiography, whereas the specificity is slightly higher by the later. With regard to risk stratification of patients with coronary artery disease, stress myocardial perfusion imaging is more valuable than stress echocardiography. A normal stress myocardial perfusion imaging result indicate an exceedingly low risk even in patients with angiographic coronary artery disease

  5. 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

  6. 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)

  7. Evaluation of myocardial blood supply using adenosine stress myocardial perfusion imaging

    Objective: To retrospectively evaluate the value and accuracy of adenosine stress and rest SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging. Methods: A total of 1858 patients who were suspected or known for coronary artery disease (CAD) underwent 99Tcm-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) myocardial perfusion SPECT with adenosine infusion using the standard 2-day protocol. Images were interpreted by two or more experienced nuclear medicine physicians. Coronary angiography was carried out in all patients within one month. Kappa test was used to analyze the correlation between the two imaging studies. Results: By coronary angiography, there were 957 patients diagnosed of CAD (one-, two-, three-vessel disease: 506, 256, 195, respectively) and 901 normal. Stenosis was found in 1603 vessels, including left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD): 765, left circumflex coronary artery (LCX): 399 and right coronary artery (RCA): 439. By adenosine induced stress myocardial perfusion imaging, 876 patients were diagnosed of myocardial ischemia (sensitivity: 876/957, 91.54%) and 651 patients had negative findings (specificity: 651/901,72.25 %). The positive and negative predictive values were 77.80% (876/1126) and 88.93% (651/732), respectively. The correlation coefficient between the two imaging studies was 0.641. The vessel-based sensitivity was 81.31% (622/765) for LAD, 56.64% (226/399) for LCX and 70.62% (310/439) for RCA, respectively. The sensitivity for detection of one-, two-, three-vessel stenosis was 87.55% (443/506), 94.92% (243/256) and 97.44% (190/195), respectively. The side-effects was mild and transient with an incidence rate of 84.12% (1563/1858), without major cardiac events. Conclusion: Stress myocardial perfusion imaging induced by adenosine is reliable for the evaluation of myocardial blood supply in CAD patients. (authors)

  8. Impact of myocardial perfusion imaging on in-hospital coronary angiography and revascularization of patients with suspected coronary artery disease

    HAN Ping-ping; HE Zuo-xiang; TIAN Yue-qin; FANG Wei; YANG Min-fu; ZHANG Xiao-li; SHEN Rui; SUN Xiao-xin; QIAO Shu-bin; YANG Yue-jin

    2011-01-01

    Background Noninvasive cardiac imaging is now central to the diagnosis and management of patients with moderate probability for coronary artery disease. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of stress myocardial perfusion single photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) on in-hospital coronary angiography and revascularization for such patients.Methods Between January 2005 and June 2007, 1053 consecutive in-hospital patients (423 women, the average age of (57.2±11.2) years) with suspected coronary artery disease but without any prior interventional treatment were retrospectively analyzed. All patients underwent a 2-day stress/rest 99m Tc-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) myocardial perfusion SPECT, including 984 exercise test and 69 adenosine test.Results Overall, stress/rest myocardial perfusion SPECT was normal in 973 patients (92.4%) and abnormal in 80 patients (7.6%). A total of 190 patients underwent coronary angiography, 46 underwent percutaneous coronary intervention and 10 coronary artery bypass grafting during hospitalization. From the whole perspective, only 14.7% of patients with normal SPECT underwent coronary angiography, so did 58.8% of patients with abnormal SPECT (x2=97.0,P<0.001); furthermore, the rates of revascularization in patients with normal and abnormal SPECT were 2.8% and 36.3%,respectively (27 out of 973 vs. 29 out of 80, x2=157.9, P<0.001). The extent and severity of ischemia did not add more predictive value for subsequent coronary angiography, but did have impact on revascularization. Multivariate analysis showed that reversible perfusion defect was the most predictive variable for referral rate to coronary angiography (odds ratio=7.5, P<0.001).Conclusions Abnormal myocardial perfusion SPECT is a powerful referral for in-hospital coronary angiography and revascularization during the same hospitalization. Thus, stress/rest SPECT is an effective gatekeeper for early coronary angiography and invasive treatment for

  9. Myocardial perfusion imaging study of CO(2)-induced panic attack.

    Soares-Filho, Gastão L F; Machado, Sergio; Arias-Carrión, Oscar; Santulli, Gaetano; Mesquita, Claudio T; Cosci, Fiammetta; Silva, Adriana C; Nardi, Antonio E

    2014-01-15

    Chest pain is often seen alongside with panic attacks. Moreover, panic disorder has been suggested as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and even a trigger for acute coronary syndrome. Patients with coronary artery disease may have myocardial ischemia in response to mental stress, in which panic attack is a strong component, by an increase in coronary vasomotor tone or sympathetic hyperactivity setting off an increase in myocardial oxygen consumption. Indeed, coronary artery spasm was presumed to be present in cases of cardiac ischemia linked to panic disorder. These findings correlating panic disorder with coronary artery disease lead us to raise questions about the favorable prognosis of chest pain in panic attack. To investigate whether myocardial ischemia is the genesis of chest pain in panic attacks, we developed a myocardial perfusion study through research by myocardial scintigraphy in patients with panic attacks induced in the laboratory by inhalation of 35% carbon dioxide. In conclusion, from the data obtained, some hypotheses are discussed from the viewpoint of endothelial dysfunction and microvascular disease present in mental stress response. PMID:24188891

  10. Role of myocardial perfusion imaging in acute coronary syndrome

    Full text: In the cardiac emergency department, a number of patients present with acute chest pain. In case of non diagnostic ECG and enzymes, accurately categorizing the patient in high and low probability is difficult. Aim of study was to evaluate the role of resting myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and then to compare the results with subsequent stress imaging. Material and Methods. A total of 34 patients were selected for the study, which were divided into three groups on the basis of respective probabilities of having ACS. This probability was decided on the basis of nature of chest pain, ECG findings, enzymes levels, and age and sex. Arbitrary score was given to patient's condition. This score ranged from 1 to 14. Patients with score between 1-6 were assigned low probability, from 7-10 were assigned intermediate probability and patients having score greater than 11 were placed in high probability groups. Patients in the low and intermediate probability groups were injected with Tc99m- MIBI within 6 hours of onset of chest pain and were undergone resting myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) 3 to five hours after injection.. Imaging in high probability group was performed at discharge. Four weeks after the acute event all the patients underwent stress myocardial perfusion imaging. Results: All patients (100%) with low probability of ACS (n=10) showed negative resting scans. On stress MPI two patients (20%) showed new defects. Patient with high probability of ACS (n=12), all were positive 100% on resting MPI. On stress MPI, three showed (25%) no change from rest MPI, while nine patients (75%) showed augmentation of defects and four out of these nine patients (33%) also showed new perfusion defects. Patients with intermediate probability of ACS (n=12), three showed positive rest MPI (25%). On stress MPI out of these three cases, one showed (8%) no change from rest MPI and two showed (17%) augmentation of defect shown

  11. Quantification of MRI measured myocardial perfusion reserve in healthy humans: A comparison with positron emission tomography

    Fritz-Hansen, T.; Hove, J.D.; Kofoed, K.F.;

    2008-01-01

    during stress induced by dipyridamole in order to determine the myocardial perfusion reserve. Myocardial and blood time concentration curves obtained by Gd-DTPA-enhanced MRI and N-13-ammonia PET were fitted by a two-compartment perfusion model. Results: Mean perfusion values (+/- SD) derived from the MRI......Purpose: To validate a noninvasive quantitative MRI technique, the K-i perfusion method, for myocardial perfusion in humans using N-13-ammonia PET as a reference method. Materials and Methods: Ten healthy males (64 +/- 8 years) were examined with combined PET and MRI perfusion imaging at rest and...... method at rest and at hyperemia were 80 +/- 20 and 183 +/- 56 mL/min/100 g, respectively. The same data for PET were 71 +/- 16 and 203 +/- 67 mL/min/100 g. A linear relationship was observed between MRI and PET-derived myocardial perfusion reserve for regional and global data. Linear regression for the...

  12. Tc99m-sestamibi dosimetry in myocardial perfusion imaging

    This paper addressed myocardial perfusion imaging providing a spatial dosimetric investigation of the 99mTc-radiopharmaceutical dose distribution at the myocardium. Radiological data manipulation was performed in order to create a computational voxel model of the heart. A set of images obtained by thoracic angiotomography and abdominal aorta was set up providing anatomic and functional information for heart modeling in SISCODES code. A homogeneous distribution of 99mTc was assumed into the cardiac muscle. Simulations of the transport of particles through the voxel and the interaction with the heart tissues were performed on the MCNP - Monte Carlo Code. The spatial dose distribution in the heart model is displayed as well as the dose versus volume histogram of the heart muscle. The present computational tools can generate spatial doses distribution in myocardial perfusion imaging. Specially, the dosimetry performed elucidates imparted dose distribution in the myocardial muscle per unit of injected 99m Tc activity, which can contribute to future deterministic effect investigations. (author)

  13. Occlusive myocardial infarction: cardiac CT perfusion in a rat model

    Oh, Hyung Woo; Kim, Dong Hun; Byun, Joo Nam; Kim, Young Sook [Chosun University Hospital, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-03-15

    To test whether cardiac multidetector CT (MDCT) perfusion imaging can accurately delineate an irreversibly damaged myocardium in animals with an occlusive myocardial infarction. In 16 rats, the left anterior descending coronary arteries were ligated distal to its first diagonal artery after a thoracotomy. Thirty minutes after the procedure, 16-slice MDCT (Sensation 16, Siemens, Erlangen, Germany) was performed and delayed images were obtained up to 5 minutes after injecting the contrast agent (0.2 mL/100g, 0.5 mL/sec). The rats were re-examined one week later. After CT scanning, the rats were sacrificed and their hearts were extirpated for 2, 3, 5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC) histochemical staining. The stained slices were compared with the CT images. The CT number (HU) of the infarct and non-infarct areas were estimated from the contrast ratio (CR). The CT attenuation in the infarct area was significantly lower than that in the normal myocardium. Quantitative analysis of the CT attenuation revealed a significant difference in the CR and CT attenuation of the infarct and reference areas (0.48 {+-} 0.12 vs 0.64 {+-} 0.13, {rho} < 0.05, 163 {+-} 46 HU vs 216 {+-} 56 HU, {rho} < 0.05). However, there were no significant differences in the CT numbers between the infarct and non-infarct areas on the one-week follow-up. A perfusion defect on MDCT indicates the myocardial damage in an animal model with occlusive myocardial infarction.

  14. 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

  15. QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT OF MYOCARDIAL PERFUSION DEFECTS WITH REAL-TIME THREE-DIMENSIONAL MYOCARDIAL CONTRAST ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

    Lei Zhuang; Ming-xing Xie; Wei-juan Wang; Xiang-xin Yang; Tao Liu

    2006-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the feasibility and accuracy of measurement of myocardial perfusion defects with intravenous contrast-enhanced real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (CE-RT3 DE).Methods RT3DE was performed in 21 open-chest mongrel dogs undergoing acute ligation of the left anterior descending artery (LAD,n=14) or distal branch of the left circumflex artery (LCX,n=7).A perfluorocarbon microbubble contrast agent was injected intravenously to assess the resulting myocardial perfusion defects with Philips Sonos7500 ultrasound system. Evans blue dye was injected into the occluded coronary artery for subsequent anatomic identification of underperfused myocardium. In vitro anatomic measurement of myocardial mass after removal of the animal's heart was regarded as the control. Blinded off-line calculation of left ventricular mass and perfusion defect mass from RT3DE images were performed using an interactive aided-manual tracing technique.Results Total left ventricular (LV) myocardial mass ranged from 38. 9 to78.5 (mean±SD: 60.0±10.1)g. The mass of perfusion defect ranged from 0 to 21.4 (mean±SD: 12.0±5.0) g or 0 to 27% of total LV mass (mean±SD: 19%±6%). The RT3DE estimation of total LV mass (mean±SD: 59.8±9.9 g) strongly correlated with the anatomic measurement (r=0.98; y=2.01+0.96x). The CE-RT3DE calculation of the mass of underperfused myocardium (mean±SD: 12.3±5.3 g) also strongly correlated with the anatomic measurement (r=0.96; y=0.10+1.04x) and when expressed as percentage of total LV mass (r=0.95; y=-0.20+1.04x).Conclusions RT3DE with myocardial contrast opacification could accurately estimate underperfused myocardial mass in dogs of acute coronary occlusion and would play an important role in quantitative assessment of myocardial perfusion defects in patients with coronary artery disease.

  16. Parallel imaging for first-pass myocardial perfusion.

    Irwan, Roy; Lubbers, Daniël D; van der Vleuten, Pieter A; Kappert, Peter; Götte, Marco J W; Sijens, Paul E

    2007-06-01

    Two parallel imaging methods used for first-pass myocardial perfusion imaging were compared in terms of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) and image artifacts. One used adaptive Time-adaptive SENSitivity Encoding (TSENSE) and the other used GeneRalized Autocalibrating Partially Parallel Acquisition (GRAPPA), which are both applied to a gradient-echo sequence. Both methods were tested on 12 patients with coronary artery disease. The order of perfusion sequences was inverted in every other patient. Image acquisition was started during the administration of a contrast bolus followed by a 20-ml saline flush (3 ml/s), and the next perfusion was started at least 15 min thereafter using an identical bolus. An acceleration rate of 2 was used in both methods, and acquisition was performed during breath-holding. Significantly higher SNR, CNR and image quality were obtained with GRAPPA images than with TSENSE images. GRAPPA, however, did not yield a higher CNR when applied after the second bolus. GRAPPA perfusion imaging produced larger differences between subjects than did TSENSE. Compared to TSENSE, GRAPPA produced significantly better CNR on the first bolus. More consistent SNR and CNR were obtained from TSENSE images than from GRAPPA images, indicating that the diagnostic value of TSENSE may be better. PMID:17540280

  17. Hypertension impairs myocardial blood perfusion reserve in subjects without regional myocardial ischemia

    Quantitative analysis of myocardial perfusion MRI can provide noninvasive assessments of myocardial perfusion reserve (MPR), which is associated with endothelial function. Endothelial function is influenced by various factors, including hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, renal dysfunction and anemia. The purpose of this study was to evaluate which risk factor is the strongest effector of MPR in subjects without regional myocardial ischemia. We studied 110 patients (66 years ±10, male 68%, hypertension 76%, diabetes mellitus (DM) 40% and dyslipidemia 65%) without regional myocardial ischemia. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) stress and rest first-pass perfusion magnetic resonance (MR) images were acquired with a 1.5-T MR system, and MPR was calculated as the ratio of stress to rest myocardial blood flow (MBF). Average rest MBF in 110 patients was 1.07±0.62 ml min-1 g-1, whereas stress MBF was 3.15±1.93 ml min-1 g-1 and the MPR was 3.33±1.82. Rest MBF correlated significantly with hematocrit, whereas stress MBF showed a strong correlation with estimated glomerular filtration rate (e-GFR). MPR was associated with hypertension, age, e-GFR, hematocrit and left ventricular mass index (LVMI). In multiple regression analysis, hypertension (P=0.003, β=-0.274) showed the strongest correlation with MPR among other risk factors, such as diabetes (P=ns), dyslipidemia (P=ns), e-GFR (P=ns), LVMI (P=0.007, β=-0.248) and hematocrit (P=ns) after adjusting age and gender. Hypertension is the most important effector of MPR in subjects without myocardial ischemia. (author)

  18. Magnetic resonance imaging in familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy associated with abnormal thallium perfusion and cardiac enzymes

    Gated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed in 6 patients with familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy associated with abnormal thallium perfusion, and 12 patients with ordinary hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The patients with ordinary hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and abnormal thickening of the septal wall and normal left ventricular dimensions, while the patients with familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy had focal wall thinning (usually involving the apical-septal wall) and dilated left ventricle in addition to hypertrophied heart. The quantitative measurement for cardiac dimensions using MRI was similar to that found on echocardiography in all cases. In addition, inhomogeneous signal intensities at left ventricular wall were observed in 3 cases of familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which may suggest the existence of myocardial fibrosis. Gated MRI should be performed for early detection and follow-up of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, since some patients will progress from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy to dilated cardiomyopathy. (author)

  19. Magnetic resonance imaging in familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy associated with abnormal thallium perfusion and cardiac enzymes

    Nishimura, Tsunehiko; Nagata, Seiki; Sakakibara, Hiroshi

    1988-05-01

    Gated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed in 6 patients with familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy associated with abnormal thallium perfusion, and 12 patients with ordinary hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The patients with ordinary hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and abnormal thickening of the septal wall and normal left ventricular dimensions, while the patients with familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy had focal wall thinning (usually involving the apical-septal wall) and dilated left ventricle in addition to hypertrophied heart. The quantitative measurement for cardiac dimensions using MRI was similar to that found on echocardiography in all cases. In addition, inhomogeneous signal intensities at left ventricular wall were observed in 3 cases of familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which may suggest the existence of myocardial fibrosis. Gated MRI should be performed for early detection and follow-up of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, since some patients will progress from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy to dilated cardiomyopathy.

  20. Applications of radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging in acute coronary syndrome

    In recent years, acute coronary syndrome(ACS) has been getting more and more attentions. Radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) can make a quick accurate diagnosis for patients with acute chest pain who cann't be diagnosed by conventional methods. The sensitivity and negative predictive value of MPI are relatively high. Besides, MPI can be applicated in the detection of ischemic and infarct size and degree, the risk stratification and the assessment of prognosis of the patients with ACS, and the appraisal of the effect of strategies. (authors)

  1. Quantification analysis in Tc-99m MIBI myocardial perfusion scintigraphy

    Aims: Technetium-99-MIBI myocardial perfusion scintigraphy is a routinely employed nuclear medicine procedure. This study was carried out to get additional information in terms of Lung-heart ratio (LHR), Right ventricular index (RVI) by computer assisted quantification analysis of this procedure. Material and Methods: Fifty diagnosed cases of coronary artery disease (CAD) underwent 99mTc-MIBI planar studies at stress and rest. A group of 15 subjects with low pre-test likelihood of CAD and normal exercise and rest 99mTc-MIBI images was used as control. LHR was calculated from the static images in the anterior view. A circular region of interest (ROI) of about 8 pixel in diameter was selected in left lung area at maximal count density as assessed visually. Similar ROI was drawn on left ventricular wall at maximal count density area, as assessed visually. Ratio of the counts in the lung ROI to the counts in the myocardial ROI was expressed as Lung Heart ratio or 'lung index. LHR = Average counts in Lung ROI/Average counts in Left Myocardial ROI. Right ventricular index (RVI) was determined from the static images in LAO 450 views. ROIs were drawn on the right ventricle (RV) with maximal counts and on the left ventricle (LV) with maximal counts as assessed visually. The ratio of the counts in the two ROIs gave the right ventricular index. RVI = Average counts in RV ROI/ Average counts in LV ROI. Results: A close correlation was noted in the findings of three independent observers. In patients or coronary artery disease group (CAD Group), stress was induced by treadmill exercise or dipyridamole infusion. The CAD Group showed higher LHR at stress and at rest than controls. Student's t-test comparison of patients versus controls. p99mTc-MIBI myocardial perfusion images provides reproducible and clinically useful information regarding left ventricular function in CAD patients

  2. Simultaneous cardiac output and regional myocardial perfusion determination with PET and nitrogen 13 ammonia

    Hove, Jens D; Kofoed, Klaus F; Wu, Hsiao M;

    2003-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the possibility of measuring cardiac output during positron emission tomography (PET) examination of myocardial perfusion with nitrogen 13 ammonia.......The purpose of this study was to evaluate the possibility of measuring cardiac output during positron emission tomography (PET) examination of myocardial perfusion with nitrogen 13 ammonia....

  3. Myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with a recent, normal exercise test

    Bovin, Ann; Klausen, Ib Christian; Petersen, Lars Jelstrup

    2013-01-01

    To investigate the added value of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy imaging (MPI) in consecutive patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) and a recent, normal exercise electrocardiography (ECG).......To investigate the added value of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy imaging (MPI) in consecutive patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) and a recent, normal exercise electrocardiography (ECG)....

  4. 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)

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Evaluation the role of myocardial perfusion of MRI and MR cine in acute coronary syndrome

    Objective: To evaluate the role of comprehensive cardiac MRI (CMRI) in diagnosis of patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Methods; 55 patients with acute coronary syndrome underwent MR imaging 3-6 months after the reperfusion therapy. Short-axis images acquired by cine FIESTA sequence were used to analyze the motion of the different anatomy regions. Used the FGRE ET sequence to detect the patterns of the first-pass perfusion after injection of 0.2 mmol·kg-1 Gd-DTPA at a flow of 3 ml·s-1. 7-12 min later, MDE pulse sequence used to recognize the high signal in the myocardium. Results: At study entry, 38 subjects had the defect in the first-pass perfusion. The signal in the defect was significantly lower than that in the normal regions, which always in the sub-endocardium. 51 subjects had delayed enhancement regions in the myocardium at different degree and different range. The mean intensity of hyper-enhanced regions was 4.36 times higher compared with that of the regions without hyper-enhancement. the difference between the 2 regions had statistical significance. The extent of hyper-enhancement was significantly related to the abnormality of wall motion. The range of delayed enhancement was bigger than that of the first-perfusion defect. Conclusion: Comprehensive evidence of delayed hyper-enhancement, dysfunction of myocardium, and the defect of first-pass perfusion can be used to predict myocardial infarction

  8. Assessment of cardiac function using myocardial perfusion imaging technique on SPECT with 99mTc sestamibi

    Gani, M. R. A.; Nazir, F.; Pawiro, S. A.; Soejoko, D. S.

    2016-03-01

    Suspicion on coronary heart disease can be confirmed by observing the function of left ventricle cardiac muscle with Myocardial Perfusion Imaging techniques. The function perfusion itself is indicated by the uptake of radiopharmaceutical tracer. The 31 patients were studied undergoing the MPI examination on Gatot Soebroto Hospital using 99mTc-sestamibi radiopharmaceutical with stress and rest conditions. Stress was stimulated by physical exercise or pharmacological agent. After two hours, the patient did rest condition on the same day. The difference of uptake percentage between stress and rest conditions will be used to determine the malfunction of perfusion due to ischemic or infarct. Degradation of cardiac function was determined based on the image-based assessment of five segments of left ventricle cardiac. As a result, 8 (25.8%) patients had normal myocardial perfusion and 11 (35.5%) patients suspected for having partial ischemia. Total ischemia occurred to 8 (25.8%) patients with reversible and irreversible ischemia and the remaining 4 (12.9%) patients for partial infarct with characteristic the percentage of perfusion ≤50%. It is concluded that MPI technique of image-based assessment on uptake percentage difference between stress and rest conditions can be employed to predict abnormal perfusion as complementary information to diagnose the cardiac function.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. Factors of Transient Ischemic Dilation on Gated Myocardial Perfusion Imaging

    That transient ischemic dilation (TID) of the left ventricle on SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is the marker of severe and extensive coronary artery disease (CAD). But other clinic factors influencing TID is less certain. The object of this study was to investigate that of the factors,as left ventricle hypertrophy (LVH) and diabetes (DM). MPI 87 patients who undertaken coronary angiography and transthoracic echocardiography within 1 month of stress electrocardiography-gated MPI were retrospectively analyzed. TID was assessed quantitatively using a soft program.A ratio cutoff of ≥1.22 was to represent TID. Summed stress score and summed different score (ischemia score) were determined using 20-segment 5-point scoring system to quantify myocardial ischemia. LVH was defined as a left ventricular wall thickness of >11 mm on M-mode echocardiography. Severe CAD was defined as severe stenosis (≥90%) of either the left anterior descending artery or both the right coronary and lateral circumflex arteries. All of the 87 patients, 13 of them had TID, 9 of them TID had LVH, and 10 of the TID had severe CAD. A high percentage had DM (84%). Severe CAD,diabetes and LVH were independent predictors of TID, the effect of LVH on the incidence of TID was additive increasing the incidence from without LVH 10% to with LVH 55% (P<0.01). Likewise, with severe CAD, the incidence of TID rose from in patient without diabetes 4% to in those with diabetes 86% (P<0.01). Transient ischemic dilation of the left ventricle on Gated SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging is associated with the severe CAD, but this association is modified by LVH and DM. (authors)

  12. Distribution of Pulmonary Perfusion After Myocardial Infarction and its Relationship to Arterial Hypoxaemia

    Regional distribution of pulmonary blood flow and ventilation was determined at the bedside in the sitting position in patients within five days after myocardial infarction, following hospitalization because of severe angina and myocardial ischaemia and three months after recovery from infarction. A number of patients had several studies in the acute phase of their infarction. Regional distribution studies were initially performed with 133Xe and more recently with 15O-labelled O2 and CO2. Activity distributions in three to five regions of the lung were recorded with a variety of Nal scintillation detection arrays. Positron annihilation coincidence detection as well as gamma-ray collimation was employed in the measurements with 15O-labelled gases. In addition measurements of cardiac output, arterial blood gases and pulmonary gas exchange were carried out in some of the subjects. All subjects were free of cardiorespiratory symptoms at the time of study and none showed any evidence of congestive failure on clinical examination and on chest X-ray. Marked hypoperfusion of the lung base was found in patients by the isotope techniques following acute myocardial infarction. This abnormality, reverted towards normal in the follow-up period, although it never became entirely normal. The patients with myocardial ischaemia showed only very minimal basal hypoperfusion. Cardiac output was normal in all subjects when measured. Arterial hypoxaemia was present in all subjects. The alveolar-arterial O2 difference, while breathing pure O2, was increased after infarction, indicating increased venous admixture (right to left shunting). The hypoxaemia and increased gradient were more marked in those subjects who had greater hypoperfusion of lung base and improved with redistribution of pulmonary perfusion towards normal. The results of these studies suggest that after uncomplicated myocardial infarction there is some element of occult left ventricular failure, which can be detected by

  13. Myocardial Perfusion: Characteristics of Distal Intramyocardial Arteriolar Trees.

    Zamir, Mair; Vercnocke, Andrew J; Edwards, Phillip K; Anderson, Jill L; Jorgensen, Steven M; Ritman, Erik L

    2015-11-01

    A combination of experimental, theoretical, and imaging methodologies is used to examine the hierarchical structure and function of intramyocardial arteriolar trees in porcine hearts to provide a window onto a region of myocardial microvasculature which has been difficult to fully explore so far. A total of 66 microvascular trees from 6 isolated myocardial specimens were analyzed, with a cumulative number of 2438 arteriolar branches greater than or equal to 40 μm lumen diameter. The distribution of flow rates within each tree was derived from an assumed power law relationship for that tree between the diameter of vessel segments and flow rates that are consistent with that power law and subject to conservation of mass along hierarchical structure of the tree. The results indicate that the power law index increases at levels of arteriolar vasculature closer to the capillary level, consistent with a concomitant decrease in shear stress acting on endothelial tissue. These results resolve a long standing predicament which could not be resolved previously because of lack of data about the 3D, interconnected, arterioles. In the context of myocardial perfusion, the results indicate that the coefficient of variation of flow rate in pre-capillary distal arterioles is high, suggesting that heterogeneity of flow rate in these arterioles is not entirely random but may be due at least in part to active control. PMID:25952363

  14. Noninvasive assessment of changes in myocardial perfusion and ventricular performance following exercise training

    Seventeen coronary patients (CAD) underwent 201Tl treadmill and radionuclide (RNV) ejection fraction supine bicycle testing before and after 5.6 +/- 1.6 (mean +/- SD) months of an exercise program. Thallium data were assessed both using analog images and a computerized circumferential profile technique. Patients exercised on the treadmill to a higher workload after the exercise program, but achieved a similar pressure-rate product. When interpreting the analog thallium images, only 50% agreement was obtained for the assessment of changes in myocardial perfusion (pre/post-training). The computer technique, however, had low inter-intraobserver variability (6%) and better agreement (90.5%). Using the circumferential profile method, five patients improved (a total of 11 regions) and one patient worsened (with two regions). Before the exercise program, the ejection fraction (EF) response to supine bike exercise was normal (an increase greater than 11%) in four, flat in seven, and severely abnormal (a decrease of more than 4%) in six patients. After the exercise program, even though achieving similar or higher pressure-rate products, six patients improved their EF response, nine did not change, and two worsened. Of the five patients who improved their thallium images, one improved his EF response, two remained normal, and two did not change. One patient worsened both his thallium study and the EF response after the exercise program. Changes in thallium exercise images and the EF response to supine exercise occurred in our patients after an exercise program, but were not always concordant. Indeed, of five patients with exercise-induced ischemic ST changes before and after training, the EF response improved in three whereas myocardial perfusion was unchanged. Reasons for this lack of agreement are discussed, and have been considered in the planning of a randomized trial of the effects of an exercise program on myocardial perfusion and function

  15. Prognostic Utility of Calcium Scoring as an Adjunct to Stress Myocardial Perfusion Scintigraphy in End-Stage Renal Disease.

    Moody, William E; Lin, Erica L S; Stoodley, Matthew; McNulty, David; Thomson, Louise E; Berman, Daniel S; Edwards, Nicola C; Holloway, Benjamin; Ferro, Charles J; Townend, Jonathan N; Steeds, Richard P

    2016-05-01

    Coronary artery calcium score (CACS) is a strong predictor of adverse cardiovascular events in the general population. Recent data confirm the prognostic utility of single-photon emission computed tomographic (SPECT) imaging in end-stage renal disease, but whether performing CACS as part of hybrid imaging improves risk prediction in this population is unclear. Consecutive patients (n = 284) were identified after referral to a university hospital for cardiovascular risk stratification in assessment for renal transplantation. Participants underwent technetium-99m SPECT imaging after exercise or standard adenosine stress in those unable to achieve 85% maximal heart rate; multislice CACS was also performed (Siemens Symbia T16, Siemens, Erlangen, Germany). Subjects with known coronary artery disease (n = 88) and those who underwent early revascularization (n = 2) were excluded. The primary outcome was a composite of death or first myocardial infarction. An abnormal SPECT perfusion result was seen in 22% (43 of 194) of subjects, whereas 45% (87 of 194) had at least moderate CACS (>100 U). The frequency of abnormal perfusion (summed stress score ≥4) increased with increasing CACS severity (p = 0.049). There were a total of 15 events (8 deaths, and 7 myocardial infarctions) after a median duration of 18 months (maximum follow-up 3.4 years). Univariate analysis showed diabetes mellitus (Hazard ratio [HR] 3.30, 95% CI 1.14 to 9.54; p = 0.028), abnormal perfusion on SPECT (HR 5.32, 95% CI 1.84 to 15.35; p = 0.002), and moderate-to-severe CACS (HR 3.55, 95% CI 1.11 to 11.35; p = 0.032) were all associated with the primary outcome. In a multivariate model, abnormal perfusion on SPECT (HR 4.18, 95% CI 1.43 to 12.27; p = 0.009), but not moderate-to-severe CACS (HR 2.50, 95% CI 0.76 to 8.20; p = 0.130), independently predicted all-cause death or myocardial infarction. The prognostic value of CACS was not incremental to clinical and SPECT perfusion data (global chi

  16. Pretest clinical diagnosis of coronary artery disease and stress myocardial perfusion scintigram

    To assess the probability of perfusion defects at exercise stress myocardial perfusion SPECT scintigraphy from pretest clinical diagnosis (medical personal history, previous ergometric investigation). To determine the value of clinical factors for probability of scintigraphic defects with respect to avoiding unnecessary investigation in subjects with low probability of abnormal scintigrams. 2143 subjects (1235 men, 908 women) were investigated by SPECT perfusion scintigraphy at stepwise increasing exercise stress. They were divided into three groups with regard to their medical history and exercise test at scintigraphy: subjects without any signs of coronary artery disease (CAD), patients with high likelihood of CAD (i.e., typical anginal pain, in particular at stress, positive stress ECG changes, angiographically documented important CAD) and patients after myocardial infarction (MI). Important risk factors (hypertension, diabetes, age and sex), as well as the role of revascularisation procedures, were taken into account for multiple logistic regression in order to express their importance for the odds of scintigraphic defect visualisation. Perfusion scintigraphic defects (PSD) were found in 5.2% of subjects without signs of CAD, in contrast to patients with manifest CAD (68.8% with PSD) and in those after MI (90.2% with PSD). There were other important factors corroborating the likelihood of PSD (in decreasing order of importance): diabetes, male, ECG changes at stress, increasing age. Successful revascularisation improved scintigraphic images. The examination of CAD symptom-free subjects, in particular with atypical chest discomfort, is useless. SMPS in patients after documented MI is to be carried out for other intended purposes, not for CAD diagnosis only. SMPS is highly recommended in patients with CAD symptoms and high CAD probability in order to decide further treatment and prognosis. (author)

  17. Factors in myocardial "perfusion" imaging with ultrafast MRI and Gd-DTPA administration.

    Burstein, D; Taratuta, E; Manning, W J

    1991-08-01

    Ultrafast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and first pass observation of an interstitial contrast agent are currently being used to study myocardial perfusion. Image intensity, however, is a function of several parameters, including the delivery of the contrast agent to the interstitium (coronary flow rate and diffusion into the interstitium) and the relaxation properties of the tissue (contrast agent concentration, proton exchange rates, and relative intra- and extracellular volume fractions). In this study, image intensity during gadopentetate dimeglumine (Gd-DTPA) administration with T1-weighted ultrafast MR imaging was assessed in an isolated heart preparation. With increasing Gd-DTPA concentration, the steady-state myocardial image intensity increased but the time to reach steady state remained unchanged, resulting in an increased slope of image intensity change. A range of physiologic perfusion pressures (and resulting coronary flow rates) had insignificant effects on kinetics of Gd-DTPA wash-in or steady-state image intensity, suggesting that diffusion of Gd-DTPA into the interstitium is the rate limiting step in image intensity change with this preparation. Following global ischemia and reperfusion, transmural differences in the slope of image intensity change were apparent. However, the altered steady-state image intensity (due to postischemic edema) makes interpretation of this finding difficult. The studies described here demonstrate that although Gd-DTPA administration combined with ultrafast imaging may be a sensitive indicator of perfusion abnormalities, factors other than perfusion will affect image intensity. Extensive studies will be required before image intensity with this protocol is fully understood. PMID:1775055

  18. Patterns of myocardial perfusion in humans evaluated with contrast-enhanced 320 multidetector computed tomography

    Kühl, J Tobias; Linde, Jesper J; Fuchs, Andreas;

    2012-01-01

    intravenous adenosine infusion on regional myocardial perfusion. To evaluate myocardial perfusion patterns at rest, we scanned 14 healthy subjects with PET and 14 age and gender matched subjects with 320 MDCT. To evaluate the effect of adenosine stress on relative perfusion patterns 14 subjects with near......Left ventricular (LV) myocardial contrast enhancement can be recorded using 320 multi detector computed tomography (MDCT). We aimed to (1) assess patterns of regional myocardial perfusion at rest and compare them with NH(3) positron emission tomography (PET) (2) and to assess the effect of......-normal epicardial coronary arteries were studied at rest and during adenosine stress. Relative perfusion was assessed as attenuation density (AD) in 16 segments of the LV, and each segment was divided into 3 layers: endo-, mid- and epi-cardial. During rest the relative AD by MDCT was lower in the lateral wall...

  19. 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

  20. 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

  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. Prospective evaluation of stress myocardial perfusion imaging for pre-operative cardiac risk assessment

    Full text: A prospective evaluation of patients who underwent stress myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) to assess preoperative cardiac risk was undertaken. At the time of the scan patients were classified into 4 Clinical Risk groups (CR) based on known clinical data. On completion of the scan, the patient was then categorised into 4 Scan based Risk groups (SR), incorporating size of perfusion deficit, single versus multi-vessel disease and ejection fraction. Surgery at Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre within 6 months of scan and complications were identified using the hospital medical database. Major early cardiac events coded were death (cardiac related), myocardial infarction, unstable angina, acute pulmonary oedema, cardiac arrest, and urgent revascularisation. 208 patients have reached 6 months post-MPI scan. Of these 119 (57%) were identified as having surgery. Of the Scan Risk groups, 63% of normal, 57% of increased, and 47% of high and very high groups have had surgery. An abnormal scan is associated with a three-fold risk of cardiac complication (3.5% vs 11.3%). This is lower than most previous reports and may be due to higher representation of low risk surgical procedures (14% in this series), improved peri-operative care and/or the test result influence on management (suggested by decreasing surgical rate as SR estimate rose). Copyright (2002) The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine Inc

  3. 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

  4. Myocardial perfusion imaging for the detection of coronary heart disease

    A method of myocardial perfusion imaging using 201Tl is described. Thallium is able to substitute for potassium in biological systems including transport by the sodium--potassium ATP-ase system. The high extraction efficiency of the heart for 201Tl offers a method whereby a tracer may be administered intravenously and is concentrated to a significant degree by the heart. However, only about 3 to 4 percent of the dose administered lodges in the myocardium. Experiments with dogs indicated that the regional distribution of Tl in the heart reflects the regional distribution of blood flow. The goal is to develop a procedure that can detect those patients with significant disease prior to the onset of a catastrophic event and studies are being undertaken to improve the sensitivity of the method for the detection of smaller lesions in the myocardium

  5. Real-time three-dimensional myocardial contrast echocardiography in assessment of myocardial perfusion defects

    CHEN Li-xin 陈立新; YANG Ying 杨颖; FEI Hong-wen 费洪文; WANG Liang-yu 王良玉; WANG Xin-fang 王新房; Navin C Nanda; Andrew P Miller; XIE Ming-xing 谢明星; ZHUANG Lei 庄磊; YANG Ya 杨娅; WANG Jing 王静; HUANG Run-qing 黄润青

    2004-01-01

    Background Both real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) and myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) are novel imaging techniques. The purpose of this study was to confirm the feasibility and accuracy of RT3DE combined with MCE for quantitative evaluation of myocardial perfusion defects.Methods Thirteen dogs underwent ligation of the left anterior descending artery (LAD, n=6) or distal branch of the left circumflex artery (LCX, n=7) under general anaesthesia. Three to four ml of a perfluoropropane (C3F8) microbubble contrast agent was injected intravenously to assess the resulting myocardial perfusion defects with a commercially available Philips SONOS-7500 ultrasound system. After removal of the dog hearts, Evans blue dye was injected via the left and right coronary arteries to stain the myocardium at risk. In vitro anatomic measurements of myocardial mass after removal of the animals' hearts were used as controls.Results Left ventricular (LV) mass determined by RT3DE ranged 36.7-68.9 g [mean, (54.6±9.6) g] before coronary artery ligation, and correlated highly (r=0.99) with in vitro measurement of LV mass [range, 38.9-71.1 g; mean, (55.6±9.3) g]. There was no significant difference between RT3DE and in vitro measurements of LV mass [range, 36.7-68.9 g; mean, (51.3±12.5) g. Or range, 38.9-71.1 g; mean, (53.7±12.3) g, respectively] and under-perfused mass [range, 0-21.4 g; mean, (12.0±6.9) g. Or range, 0-19.8 g; mean, (10.8±6.3) g, respectively] after the LAD ligation (P>0.05). Likewise, no significant difference was present between RT3DE and in vitro measurements of LV mass [range, 50.1-65.4 g; mean, (57.5±5.9) g. Or range, 51.5-65.8 g; mean, (57.3±6.4) g, respectively] and under-perfused mass [range, 0-25.6 g; mean, (13.3±9.6) g. Or range, 0-22.7 g; mean, (12.8±8.1) g, respectively] after the LCX ligation (P>0.05). For all the animals with coronary ligation, LV mass measured by RT3DE ranged 35.9-68.6 g [mean, (54.8±10.0) g] and there was

  6. Myocardial perfusion assessed by dynamic computed tomography before and after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty

    Mori, Takao; Takeuchi, Motoshi; Igarashi, Yuichiro and others

    1987-12-01

    A method for quantitatively and visually assessing myocardial perfusion using a new transmission computed tomography scanner and contrast media injection was devised. Myocardial perfusion was assessed before and after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). Six patients with left anterior descending coronary artery stenosis undergoing PTCA were successfully studied. Cardiac outputs calculated from the ventricular curves of the ROIs in the left ventricular cavity correlated well with the thermodilution measurements using Swan-Ganz catheters (r = 0.90, p < 0.01). The ratios of myocardial blood flow (F) to the tissue element volume (V) were calculated (F/V) from the myocardial curves of the ROIs in the myocardium as parameters of myocardial perfusion, according to the Zierler's principle. The F/Vs in the myocardium perfused by the left anterior descending coronary artery before PTCA were significantly less than those of the control subjects (4.4 x 10/sup -2/ +- 1.2 x 10/sup -2/ vs 8.1 x 10/sup -2/ +- 2.9 x 10/sup -2/: p < 0.05). After PTCA, the F/Vs improved significantly (7.7 x 10/sup -2/ +- 2.0 x 10/sup -2/), but even after PTCA, the F/Vs in three patients with old myocardial infarction were lower than those of three without myocardial infarction (9.1 x 10/sup -2/ +- 1.3 x 10/sup -2/ vs 6.4 x 10/sup -2/ +- 1.6 x 10/sup -2/), suggesting that myocardial infarction may have a decreased vascular bed. For visual assessment, functional images were synthesized by deriving a functional parameter for blood flow (PH/M1E) from the gammavariate fitted time density curves for each pixel. In all patients, before PTCA, decreased myocardial perfusion was imaged as dark pixels. After PTCA, myocardial perfusion improved in all patients, but decreased perfusion was still observed in some. (J.P.N.).

  7. Affective psychosis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, and brain perfusion abnormalities: case report

    Loviselli Andrea

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background It has recently become evident that circulating thyroid antibodies are found in excess among patients suffering from mood disorders. Moreover, a manic episode associated with Hashimoto's thyroiditis has recently been reported as the first case of bipolar disorder due to Hashimoto's encephalopathy. We report a case in which Hashimoto's thyroiditis was suspected to be involved in the deteriorating course of mood disorder and discuss potential pathogenic mechanisms linking thyroid autoimmunity with psychopathology. Case presentation A 43-year-old woman, with a history of recurrent depression since the age of 31, developed manic, psychotic, and soft neurological symptoms across the last three years in concomitance with her first diagnosis of Hashimoto's thyroiditis. The patient underwent a thorough medical and neurological workup. Circulating thyroperoxidase antibodies were highly elevated but thyroid function was adequately maintained with L-thyroxine substitution. EEG was normal and no other signs of current CNS inflammation were evidenced. However, brain magnetic resonance imaging evidenced several non-active lesions in the white matter from both hemispheres, suggestive of a non-specific past vasculitis. Brain single-photon emission computed tomography showed cortical perfusion asymmetry particularly between frontal lobes. Conclusion We hypothesize that abnormalities in cortical perfusion might represent a pathogenic link between thyroid autoimmunity and mood disorders, and that the rare cases of severe Hashimoto's encephalopathy presenting with mood disorder might be only the tip of an iceberg.

  8. 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

  9. An attempt of thallium-201 myocardial perfusion imaging during transient coronary arterial occlusion by PTCA

    To evaluate the myocardial perfusion during transient coronary occlusion, we attempted to obtain the myocardial scintigraphy during percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). Tl-201 was injected at the last inflation of angioplastic balloon and occlusion was kept on for 60 sec. Planar images or SPECT were obtained immediately after PTCA. With this protocol, myocardial perfusion defects were observed during PTCA and fully redistributed 3 hours after Tl injection. Extent of ischemic lesions were almost same as that observed during exercise in two cases without collateral vessels. In a case with well visualized collateral vessels, perfusion defect was smaller in PTCA images than that in exercise stressed images. We conclude that intravenous injection of Tl-201 during PTCA is useful to assess the alteration of myocardial perfusion due to transient coronary occlusion without increasing the risk of angioplastic procedure. (author)

  10. Application of myocardial perfusion quantitative imaging for the evaluation of therapeutic effect in canine with myocardial infarction

    Myocardial blood perfusion (MBP) ECT and quantitative analysis were performed in 10 canines with experimental acute myocardial infarct (AMI). The accuracy of main myocardial quantitative index, including defect volume (DV) and defect fraction (DF), was estimated and correlated with histochemical staining (HS) of infarcted area. Other 21/AMI canines were divided into Nd:YAG laser trans-myocardial revascularization treated group LTMR and control group. All canines were performed MBP ECT after experimental AMI. Results found that the infarcted volume (IV) measured by HS has well correlated (r 0.88) with DV estimated by myocardial quantitative analysis. But the DF values calculated by both methods was not significantly different (t = 1.28 P > 0.05). In LTMR group 27.5% +- 3.9%, the DF is smaller than control group 32.1% +- 4.6% (t = 2.49 P 99mTc-MIBI myocardial perfusion SPECT and quantitative study can accurately predict the myocardial blood flow and magnitude of injured myocardium. Nd:YAG LTMR could improve myocardial blood perfusion of ischemic myocardium and decrease effectively the infarct areas

  11. Cardiac function and myocardial perfusion immediately following maximal treadmill exercise inside the MRI room

    Ballinger Michelle R

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Treadmill exercise stress testing is an essential tool in the prevention, detection, and treatment of a broad spectrum of cardiovascular disease. After maximal exercise, cardiac images at peak stress are typically acquired using nuclear scintigraphy or echocardiography, both of which have inherent limitations. Although CMR offers superior image quality, the lack of MRI-compatible exercise and monitoring equipment has prevented the realization of treadmill exercise CMR. It is critical to commence imaging as quickly as possible after exercise to capture exercise-induced cardiac wall motion abnormalities. We modified a commercial treadmill such that it could be safely positioned inside the MRI room to minimize the distance between the treadmill and the scan table. We optimized the treadmill exercise CMR protocol in 20 healthy volunteers and successfully imaged cardiac function and myocardial perfusion at peak stress, followed by viability imaging at rest. Imaging commenced an average of 30 seconds after maximal exercise. Real-time cine of seven slices with no breath-hold and no ECG-gating was completed within 45 seconds of exercise, immediately followed by stress perfusion imaging of three short-axis slices which showed an average time to peak enhancement within 57 seconds of exercise. We observed a 3.1-fold increase in cardiac output and a myocardial perfusion reserve index of 1.9, which agree with reported values for healthy subjects at peak stress. This study successfully demonstrates in-room treadmill exercise CMR in healthy volunteers, but confirmation of feasibility in patients with heart disease is still needed.

  12. A Unifying model of perfusion and motion applied to reconstruction of sparsely sampled free-breathing myocardial perfusion MRI

    Pedersen, Henrik; Ólafsdóttir, Hildur; Larsen, Rasmus; Larsson, Henrik B. W.

    The clinical potential of dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) is currently limited by respiratory induced motion of the heart. This paper presents a unifying model of perfusion and motion in which respiratory motion becomes an integral part of myocardial perfusion...... on the underlying theory of the proposed framework, but shows in vivo results of respiratory motion correction and simulation results of reconstructing sparsely sampled data....

  13. [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

  14. Incidentally detected diaphragmatic hernia mimicking angina pectoris with Tc-99m MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging

    In recent years 99mTechnetium methoxy-isobutyl-isonitrile (99mTc MIBI) is widely used in the evaluation of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). In this imaging protocol besides the cardiac evaluation, numerous other organs are included in the field of view. 99mTechnetium MIBI is taken up in all metabolically active tissue in the body except for the brain. Extracardiac uptake patterns as benign or serious conditions can be revealed during the MPI. In the imaging protocol, we should be aware of distribution of this radiotracer in order to recognize the abnormal uptake. Here in, we present a large diaphragmatic hernia, seemed as a mirror vision of myocardium that was determined incidentally during the MPI with 99mTc MIBI

  15. Incidentally detected diaphragmatic hernia mimicking angina pectoris with Tc-99m MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging

    Cınar, Alev; Sadıc, Murat; Demırel, Koray; Korkmaz, Meliha

    2013-01-01

    In recent years 99mTechnetium methoxy-isobutyl-isonitrile (99mTc MIBI) is widely used in the evaluation of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). In this imaging protocol besides the cardiac evaluation, numerous other organs are included in the field of view. 99mTechnetium MIBI is taken up in all metabolically active tissue in the body except for the brain. Extracardiac uptake patterns as benign or serious conditions can be revealed during the MPI. In the imaging protocol, we should be aware of distribution of this radiotracer in order to recognize the abnormal uptake. Here in, we present a large diaphragmatic hernia, seemed as a mirror vision of myocardium that was determined incidentally during the MPI with 99mTc MIBI. PMID:24379540

  16. Diagnostic accuracy of combined coronary angiography and adenosine stress myocardial perfusion imaging using 320-detector computed tomography: pilot study

    Nasis, Arthur; Ko, Brian S.; Leung, Michael C.; Antonis, Paul R.; Wong, Dennis T.; Kyi, Leo; Cameron, James D.; Meredith, Ian T.; Seneviratne, Sujith K. [Southern Health and Monash University, Monash Cardiovascular Research Centre, Monash Heart, Department of Medicine Monash Medical Centre (MMC), Melbourne (Australia); Nandurkar, Dee; Troupis, John M. [MMC, Southern Health, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Melbourne (Australia)

    2013-07-15

    To determine the diagnostic accuracy of combined 320-detector row computed tomography coronary angiography (CTA) and adenosine stress CT myocardial perfusion imaging (CTP) in detecting perfusion abnormalities caused by obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). Twenty patients with suspected CAD who underwent initial investigation with single-photon-emission computed tomography myocardial perfusion imaging (SPECT-MPI) were recruited and underwent prospectively-gated 320-detector CTA/CTP and invasive angiography. Two blinded cardiologists evaluated invasive angiography images quantitatively (QCA). A blinded nuclear physician analysed SPECT-MPI images for fixed and reversible perfusion defects. Two blinded cardiologists assessed CTA/CTP studies qualitatively. Vessels/territories with both >50 % stenosis on QCA and corresponding perfusion defect on SPECT-MPI were defined as ischaemic and formed the reference standard. All patients completed the CTA/CTP protocol with diagnostic image quality. Of 60 vessels/territories, 17 (28 %) were ischaemic according to QCA/SPECT-MPI criteria. Sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV and area under the ROC curve for CTA/CTP was 94 %, 98 %, 94 %, 98 % and 0.96 (P < 0.001) on a per-vessel/territory basis. Mean CTA/CTP radiation dose was 9.2 {+-} 7.4 mSv compared with 13.2 {+-} 2.2 mSv for SPECT-MPI (P < 0.001). Combined 320-detector CTA/CTP is accurate in identifying obstructive CAD causing perfusion abnormalities compared with combined QCA/SPECT-MPI, achieved with lower radiation dose than SPECT-MPI. (orig.)

  17. Diagnostic accuracy of combined coronary angiography and adenosine stress myocardial perfusion imaging using 320-detector computed tomography: pilot study

    To determine the diagnostic accuracy of combined 320-detector row computed tomography coronary angiography (CTA) and adenosine stress CT myocardial perfusion imaging (CTP) in detecting perfusion abnormalities caused by obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). Twenty patients with suspected CAD who underwent initial investigation with single-photon-emission computed tomography myocardial perfusion imaging (SPECT-MPI) were recruited and underwent prospectively-gated 320-detector CTA/CTP and invasive angiography. Two blinded cardiologists evaluated invasive angiography images quantitatively (QCA). A blinded nuclear physician analysed SPECT-MPI images for fixed and reversible perfusion defects. Two blinded cardiologists assessed CTA/CTP studies qualitatively. Vessels/territories with both >50 % stenosis on QCA and corresponding perfusion defect on SPECT-MPI were defined as ischaemic and formed the reference standard. All patients completed the CTA/CTP protocol with diagnostic image quality. Of 60 vessels/territories, 17 (28 %) were ischaemic according to QCA/SPECT-MPI criteria. Sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV and area under the ROC curve for CTA/CTP was 94 %, 98 %, 94 %, 98 % and 0.96 (P < 0.001) on a per-vessel/territory basis. Mean CTA/CTP radiation dose was 9.2 ± 7.4 mSv compared with 13.2 ± 2.2 mSv for SPECT-MPI (P < 0.001). Combined 320-detector CTA/CTP is accurate in identifying obstructive CAD causing perfusion abnormalities compared with combined QCA/SPECT-MPI, achieved with lower radiation dose than SPECT-MPI. (orig.)

  18. Up to date examination protocols for myocardial perfusion scintigraphy; Aktuelle Untersuchungsprotokolle der Myokardperfusionsszintigrafie

    Kammeier, Annett; Lindner, O.; Burchert, W. [Inst. fuer Radiologie, Nuklearmedizin und Molekulare Bildgebung, Herz- und Diabeteszentrum NRW, Univ. der Ruhr-Univ. Bochum (Germany)

    2010-06-15

    Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy is a noninvasive imaging procedure for diagnosis and risk stratification of patients with coronary artery disease therapeutic decisions. In the last decades advances in technology, radiopharmaceuticals, pharmacologic stress testing and acquisition protocols have led to further improvement of diagnostic accuracy. This paper provides an overview of radiopharmaceuticals, stress testing protocols, acquisition strategies and recommendations for the preparation of patients for myocardial perfusion SPECT. (orig.)

  19. A decision support system for stress only myocardial perfusion scintigraphy may save unnecessary rest studies

    Tägil, K; Jakobsson, D; Lomsky, M;

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of a computer-based decision support system (DSS) on performance and inter-observer variability of interpretations regarding ischaemia and infarction in myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS).......The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of a computer-based decision support system (DSS) on performance and inter-observer variability of interpretations regarding ischaemia and infarction in myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS)....

  20. Myocardial Perfusion and Function Are Distinctly Altered by Sevoflurane Anesthesia in Diet-Induced Prediabetic Rats

    van den Brom, Charissa E.; Boly, Chantal A.; Carolien S. E. Bulte; van den Akker, Rob F. P.; Rick F. J. Kwekkeboom; Loer, Stephan A; Christa Boer; R. Arthur Bouwman

    2016-01-01

    Preservation of myocardial perfusion during surgery is particularly important in patients with increased risk for perioperative complications, such as diabetes. Volatile anesthetics, like sevoflurane, have cardiodepressive effects and may aggravate cardiovascular complications. We investigated the effect of sevoflurane on myocardial perfusion and function in prediabetic rats. Rats were fed a western diet (WD; n = 18) or control diet (CD; n = 18) for 8 weeks and underwent (contrast) echocardio...

  1. 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)

  2. Prognostic value of normal myocardial perfusion images using technetium-99m based compounds

    Full text: The prognostic value of 201Tl myocardial perfusion imaging is well established. The purpose of this study was to describe the clinical outcome of patients with known or suspected ischemic heart disease and a normal myocardial perfusion scan using 99mTc labelled agents (Sestamibi/Tetrofosmin). Fifty-three patients (29 males, 24 females, mean age 51.58 years) with known or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) were stressed (3 with dipyridamole and 50 with bicycle ergometer) and gated SPECT myocardial perfusion scan obtained with triple head gamma camera. All patients had normal myocardial perfusion and wall motion. Patients were followed up for 21-24 months and follow up data was obtained from telephone interview. Cardiac events were defined as, hard events (myocardial infarct, unstable angina, death) or soft events (angioplasty or other revascularization). ST segment depression occurred in 11 (20.75%), 6 (11.32%) had pre-test angiographically significant CAD, 4 (7.55%) were studied post CABG and 3 (5.6%) patients had a normal post scan angiography. Cardiac events occurred in none of the patients. Our study confirms the benign outcome of patients with normal myocardial perfusion scan using 99mTc labelled agents, even in patients with angiographically significant CAD, consistent with prior observation for 201Tl cardiac imaging. The lesser number of patients who underwent coronary angiography following a normal perfusion scan shows the determination by treating physicians, that no further evaluation was necessary

  3. 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)

  4. Evaluation of myocardial perfusion and ventricular shape in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy using 99mTc-tetrofosmin scintigraphy

    Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is known to have the impairment of myocardial perfusion as well as irregularly hypertrophic myocardium. To evaluate myocardial perfusion and ventricular shape in HCM, 99mTc-Tetrofosmin scintigraphy was performed after exercise (Ex) and at resting state (Re) in 10 patients with HCM and was compared with early image (Ea) and delayed image (De) of 201Tl scintigraphy performed after exercise. SPECT images of both 99mTc-Tetrofosmin and 201Tl scintigraphy were analyzed with five scaled visual scores set in 18 segments. The complete concordance ratio between 99mTc-Tetrofosmin (Ex and Re) and 201Tl(Ea and De) images in segmental analysis was 75%. Image quality of 99mTc-Tetrofosmin was seemed to be superior to that of 201Tl scintigraphy. In 9 patients with HCM, 99mTc-Tetrofosmin scintigraphy was performed under the ECG gating and the thickness of septal and free wall was measured. Good correlation was observed with the data by ultrasound cardiography (r=0.79, p99mTc-Tetrofosmin scintigraphy is useful for the evaluation of myocardial morphology as well as perfusion abnormality. (author)

  5. Ecg changes after dipyridamole infusion in patients undergoing myocardial perfusion imaging

    Dipyridamole is used as the main pharmacological stress agent in patient referred for myocardial perfusion imaging. This vasodilator agent makes difference between normal and abnormal coronary perfusion. Some authors believe that post-Dipyridamole Ecg changes have low sensitivity and relatively high specificity for ischemic detection. This study tries to evaluate this issue. All patients who referred to nuclear medicine department for Myocardial Perfusion Imaging and were not suitable for treadmill E T T, and had no L BBB pattern in basal Ecg were included in the study. Basal and post Dipyridamole Ecg were interpreted with a cardiologist after infusion of 142 u g/kg/min of Dipyridamole and all changes as well as basal Ecg abnormalities were recorded. Also Q Tc were calculated in all Ecg records: M P Is were interpreted by a nuclear medicine specialist and summed stress and rest scores were determined. Two hundred patients including 89 female (44.5%) and 111 male (55.5%) with a mean age of 55.2 years and age range of 30-85 years were studied. Mean basal and post Dipyridamole heart rates were 72.2/min and 84.8/min and mean basal and post Dipyridamole Qt Cs were 419.6 msec and 435.7 msec respectively. New Ecg changes were noted in 22.5% of cases and consisted of 1% T-wave flattening, 1% T-wave inversion, 16.5% St depression and 4% Pseudo normalization. Horizontal pattern was the main type of St segment depression (83.%) among new S T changes. Mean St depression severity was 0.8 mm with a range of 0.5-2 mm. New St depression was noted in lateral leads (Excluding high lateral) in 62.5% of new S T changes. M P I was interpreted normal in 4% of cases and showed some degrees of ischemia in 42% of the cases. The mean post Dipyridamole heart rate increment, was 11.2/ min patients with abnormal scintigraphy (infarct and/or ischemia) compared to 14.5/ min in normal cases. (P=0.009). Also Qt c increment in patients with ischemia was significantly more than patients with simple

  6. Evaluation of myocardial abnormalities in collagen diseases by thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy

    Yamano, Shigeru; Kagoshima, Tadashi; Sugihara, Kiyotaka (Nara Medical Univ., Kashihara (Japan)) (and others)

    1993-12-01

    This study was performed to evaluate myocardial abnormalities in patients with collagen diseases by exercise and rest thallium-201 myocardial scintigrams. A total of 65 patients without ischemic ECG changes, consisting of 18 with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 18 with polymyositis (PM), 8 with progressive systemic sclerosis (PSS), and 21 with Sjoegren's syndrome (SjS), was enrolled in this study. Reversible exercise-induced defects scintigraphically suggesting myocardial ischemia were noted in 8 cases of SLE, 4 cases of PM, 4 cases of PSS, and 3 cases of SjS. Nineteen patients had exercise-induced defects and underwent cardiac catheterization, 8 of whom had normal coronary angiograms. Fixed hypoperfusion areas were observed in one case of SLE, 6 cases of PM and 3 cases of SjS. Rest thallium-201 myocardial scintigram disclosed hypoperfusion areas which were not induced by exercise in 2 cases of SLE, 3 cases of PM, one case of PSS and 5 cases of SjS. Echocardiogram showed no significant differences in ejection fraction and % fractional shortening between the disease groups and healthy control group. These findings suggest that patients with collagen diseases have abnormalities of coronary circulation at the level of the intramural vasculature before cardiac function impairment, myocardial fibrosis and functional abnormalities at the cell membrane. (author).

  7. Development of an Ex Vivo, Beating Heart Model for CT Myocardial Perfusion

    Gert Jan Pelgrim

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. To test the feasibility of a CT-compatible, ex vivo, perfused porcine heart model for myocardial perfusion CT imaging. Methods. One porcine heart was perfused according to Langendorff. Dynamic perfusion scanning was performed with a second-generation dual source CT scanner. Circulatory parameters like blood flow, aortic pressure, and heart rate were monitored throughout the experiment. Stenosis was induced in the circumflex artery, controlled by a fractional flow reserve (FFR pressure wire. CT-derived myocardial perfusion parameters were analysed at FFR of 1 to 0.10/0.0. Results. CT images did not show major artefacts due to interference of the model setup. The pacemaker-induced heart rhythm was generally stable at 70 beats per minute. During most of the experiment, blood flow was 0.9–1.0 L/min, and arterial pressure varied between 80 and 95 mm/Hg. Blood flow decreased and arterial pressure increased by approximately 10% after inducing a stenosis with FFR ≤ 0.50. Dynamic perfusion scanning was possible across the range of stenosis grades. Perfusion parameters of circumflex-perfused myocardial segments were affected at increasing stenosis grades. Conclusion. An adapted Langendorff porcine heart model is feasible in a CT environment. This model provides control over physiological parameters and may allow in-depth validation of quantitative CT perfusion techniques.

  8. Applicability of the Appropriate use Criteria for Myocardial Perfusion Scintigraphy

    Oliveira, Anderson de [Universidade Federal Fluminense - UFF, Niterói, RJ (Brazil); Comissão Nacional de Energia Nuclear - CNEN (Brazil); Rezende, Maria Fernanda [Universidade Federal Fluminense - UFF, Niterói, RJ (Brazil); Hospital Pró-Cardíaco, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Corrêa, Renato; Mousinho, Rodrigo [Hospital Pró-Cardíaco, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Azevedo, Jader Cunha [Universidade Federal Fluminense - UFF, Niterói, RJ (Brazil); Hospital Pró-Cardíaco, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Miranda, Sandra Marina; Oliveira, Aline Ribeiro [Universidade Federal Fluminense - UFF, Niterói, RJ (Brazil); Gutterres, Ricardo Fraga [Comissão Nacional de Energia Nuclear - CNEN (Brazil); Mesquita, Evandro Tinoco; Mesquita, Cláudio Tinoco [Universidade Federal Fluminense - UFF, Niterói, RJ (Brazil); Hospital Pró-Cardíaco, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2014-11-15

    Appropriateness Criteria for nuclear imaging exams were created by American College of Cardiology (ACC) e American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) to allow the rational use of tests. Little is known whether these criteria have been followed in clinical practice. To evaluate whether the medical applications of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) in a private nuclear medicine service of a tertiary cardiology hospital were suitable to the criteria of indications proposed by the American medical societies in 2005 and 2009 and compare the level of indication of both. We included records of 383 patients that underwent MPS, November 2008 up to February 2009. Demographic characteristics, patient's origin, coronary risk factors, time of medical graduation and appropriateness criteria of medical applications were studied. The criteria were evaluated by two independent physicians and, in doubtful cases, defined by a medical expert in MPS. Mean age was 65 ± 12 years. Of the 367 records reviewed, 236 (64.3%) studies were performed in men and 75 (20.4%) were internee. To ACC 2005, 255 (69.5%) were considered appropriate indication and 13 (3.5%) inappropriate. With ACC 2009, 249 (67.8%) were considered appropriate indications and 13 (5.2%) inappropriate. We observed a high rate of adequacy of medical indications for MPS. Compared to the 2005 version, 2009 did not change the results.

  9. MR contrast media for myocardial viability, microvascular integrity and perfusion

    Cardiovascular imaging requires an appreciation of rapidly evolving MR imaging sequences as well as careful utilization of intravascular, extracellular and intracellular MR contrast media. At the present time, clinical studies are restricted to the use of extracellular MR contrast media. MR imaging has the potential to noninvasively measure multiple parameters of the cardiovascular system in a single imaging session. Recent advances in fast and ultrafast MR imaging have considerably enhanced the capability of this technique, beyond the assessment of left ventricular wall motion and morphology into visualization of the coronary arteries and measurement of blood flow. During the course of the last several years, multiple strategies for imaging viable myocardium have been developed and validated using MR contrast media. Contrast enhanced dynamic MR imaging provides information regarding microvascular integrity and perfusion. Because these information can be provided noninvasively by MR imaging, repeated measurements can be performed in longitudinal studies to monitor the progression or regression of myocardial injury. Similar studies are needed to examine the effects of newly developed cardioprotective therapeutics. Development of suitable intravascular MR contrast medium may be essential for visualization of the coronary arteries and interventional therapies. MR imaging may emerge as one-stop-shop for evaluating the heart and coronary system. This capability will make MR imaging cost-effective in the first decade of this millennium

  10. Repair of abnormal perfusion foci in idiopathic epilepsy patients under long-term antiepileptic treatment

    Weimin Wang; Siyu Zhao; Yaqing Liu

    2011-01-01

    Epileptic seizure control and the disappearance of epileptiform discharge are not indicative of the absence of abnormal perfusion foci.Perfusion abnormalities are a major cause of epileptic discharge, and the existence of abnormal perfusion foci implies possible relapse.Very little is known about perfusion abnormality repair in epilepsy.The present study selected 43 cases of idiopathic epilepsy under antiepileptic drug control for an average of 24 months.Comparisons between interictal single-photon emission CT (SPECT)images and long-term electroencephalogram (EEG) pre- and post-treatment showed that cases of normal SPECT increased by 48% (12/25) following treatment, with a total number of 15 reduced foci (36%, 15/41).Perfusion foci, i.e., region of interest, were altered following treatment.These changes included:normal to abnormal in 3 cases (7%, 3/43; 2 hyperperfusion and 1 hypoperfusion); abnormal to normal in 14 cases (32%, 14/43; 10 pre-treatment hypoperfusion and 4 hyperperfusion); abnormal to abnormal in 7 cases (16%, 7/43; hyperperfusion to hypoperfusion in 5 cases, hypoperfusion to hyperperfusion in 2 cases).Long-term EEG revealed in an increase in the number of normal cases by 20 (40%, 20/39), and there were 25 fewer cases with epileptiform discharges (66%, 25/38).These findings demonstrate that long-term control of anti-epileptic drugs partially repaired cerebral perfusion abnormalities and reduced epileptiform discharges in idiopathic epilepsy.

  11. Role of Perfusion at Rest in the Diagnosis of Myocardial Infarction Using Vasodilator Stress Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.

    Patel, Mita B; Mor-Avi, Victor; Kawaji, Keigo; Nathan, Sandeep; Kramer, Christopher M; Lang, Roberto M; Patel, Amit R

    2016-04-01

    In clinical practice, perfusion at rest in vasodilator stress single-photon emission computed tomography is commonly used to confirm myocardial infarction (MI) and ischemia and to rule out artifacts. It is unclear whether perfusion at rest carries similar information in cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR). We sought to determine whether chronic MI is associated with abnormal perfusion at rest on CMR. We compared areas of infarct and remote myocardium in 31 patients who underwent vasodilator stress CMR (1.5 T), had MI confirmed by late gadolinium enhancement (LGE scar), and coronary angiography within 6 months. Stress perfusion imaging during gadolinium first pass was followed by reversal with aminophylline (75 to 125 mg), rest perfusion, and LGE imaging. Resting and peak-stress time-intensity curves were used to obtain maximal upslopes (normalized by blood pool upslopes), which were compared between infarcted and remote myocardial regions of interest. At rest, there was no significant difference between the slopes in the regions of interest supplied by arteries with and without stenosis >70% (0.31 ± 0.16 vs 0.26 ± 0.15 1/s), irrespective of LGE scar. However, at peak stress, we found significant differences (0.20 ± 0.11 vs 0.30 ± 0.22 1/s; p <0.05), reflecting the expected stress-induced ischemia. Similarly, at rest, there was no difference between infarcted and remote myocardium (0.27 ± 0.14 vs 0.30 ± 0.17 1/s), irrespective of stenosis, but significant differences were seen during stress (0.21 ± 0.16 vs 0.28 ± 0.18 1/s; p <0.001), reflecting inducible ischemia. In conclusion, abnormalities in myocardial perfusion at rest associated with chronic MI are not reliably detectable on CMR images. Accordingly, unlike single-photon emission computed tomography, normal CMR perfusion at rest should not be used to rule out chronic MI. PMID:26830261

  12. Reversed abnormal ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy in endobronchial squamous cell carcinoma

    Preoperative ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy of a 71-year-old man with right endobronchial (main bronchus) squamous cell carcinoma revealed less pulmonary perfusion than ventilation on the affected side. This is in contrast to a patient with a hilar mass whose ventilation-perfusion scan demonstrated normal ventilation with a much decreased, or even entirely absent, perfusion. It is hypothesized that, in a case of bronchogenic carcinoma, when ventilation and perfusion abnormalities are equally affected or ventilation is slightly more affected in P-V scan, it is likely that the tumor lesion is located in the lumen of the corresponding main bronchus. (orig.)

  13. Evaluation of regional myocardial perfusion in patients with cardiomyopathy using dipyridamole thallium-201 emission computed tomography

    Myocardial emission computed tomography with thallium-201 was performed immediately and at 3 hr after iv infusion of dipyridamole in 20 patients with nonobstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HNCM) and 20 patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The results were compared with findings of two-dimensional echocardiography and pathological findings. In the HNCM group, early Tl-201 imaging did not show perfusion defects in 9 patients (Group I), but showed them in 11 patients (Group II). Redistribution (Rd) was seen on delayed Tl-201 images in all of the HNCM group. Although percent fractional shortening of the septal and posterior walls was significantly reduced in Group II when compared with Group I, there was no difference in echocardiographic findings between the Groups. Percent fibrosis was significantly higher in Group II than Group I. All patients of the DCM group showed Tl-201 perfusion defects on early images, 9 of whom had Rd on delayed images. Percent fractional shortening was significantly elevated in patients with Rd than those without Rd. Ventricular wall motion abnormality was slight in the area with Rd, as compared with that without Rd. Percent fibrosis of the septal wall was higher in the presence of Rd than in the absence of Rd. The results indicate reduced coronary flow reverse in some of the cardiomyopathy patients. The reduced coronary reverse may be attributable to the mechanism involved in the fibrosis and be related to pathophysiologic progression. (Namekawa, K.)

  14. Thallium-201 myocardial perfusion imaging during transient coronary occlusion at the time of PTCA

    To evaluate myocardial perfusion during transient coronary arterial occlusion, thallium-201 was administered intravenously during percutaneous transluminall coronary angioplasty (PTCA) in 12 patients with effort angina, and the resulting perfusion images were compared with those of exercise stress obtained before PTCA. Thallium-201 was injected at the last inflation of an angioplastic baloon and occlusion was maintained for 60 to 90 sec. Three projections of planar images were obtained immediately after PTCA, using a portable gamma camera in an angiography room. These perfusion images obtained during PTCA and exercise were visually interpreted and compared. Myocardial perfusion defects due to the responsible vessel occlusion were observed at early imaging after PTCA, and were fully redistributed three hrs post injection. In 10 patients without angiographically imaged collateral vessels, there were no significatn differences in perfusion between images during PTCA and during exercise. Two patients whose collaterals were observed during coronary angiography before PTCA had higher perfusion scores during PTCA than during exercise. We concluded that intravenous injection of thallium-201 during PTCA is a useful means for assessing alteration of myocardial perfusion due to transient coronary occlusion without increasing the risk of angioplastic procedures, and that it provides more precise information about the jeopardized myocardium, perfused by antegrade blood flow. (author)

  15. 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)

  16. Reversible ventilation and perfusion abnormalities in unilateral obstructed lung

    An intraluminal carcinoid tumor obstructing the left mainstem bronchus produced hypoxemia through alteration in ventilation/perfusion matching. Studies of regional lung function using 133-xenon (/sup 133/Xe) and a multiprobe computerized instrumentation system documented a reduction of perfusion to 22 percent and ventilation to 6 percent of the total. There was negligible washout of intravenously injected /sup 133/Xe from the left lung consistent with air trapping. Four days after left mainstem bronchial sleeve resection, perfusion, ventilation and washout of injected xenon had significantly improved and by four months postresection, all measurements were virtually normal, although complete restoration of perfusion in relation to ventilation was delayed. Regional lung function studied with a multiprobe system in this patient provided a clinical model for the study of ventilation and perfusion inter-relationships in large airway obstruction and demonstrated that a prolonged time may be required for return of perfusion to normal

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Prevalence of symptomatic and silent stress-induced perfusion defects in diabetic patients with suspected coronary artery disease referred for myocardial perfusion scintigraphy

    Prior, John O.; Calcagni, Maria-Lucia; Bischof Delaloye, Angelika [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV University Hospital), Division of Nuclear Medicine, Lausanne (Switzerland); Monbaron, David; Ruiz, Juan [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV University Hospital), Division of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Metabolism, Lausanne (Switzerland); Koehli, Melanie [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV University Hospital), Division of Nuclear Medicine, Lausanne (Switzerland); Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV University Hospital), Division of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Metabolism, Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2005-01-01

    Silent myocardial ischaemia - as evaluated by stress-induced perfusion defects on myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) in patients without a history of chest pain - is frequent in diabetes and is associated with increased rates of cardiovascular events. Its prevalence has been determined in asymptomatic diabetic patients, but remains largely unknown in diabetic patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) in the clinical setting. In this study we therefore sought (a) to determine the prevalence of symptomatic and silent perfusion defects in diabetic patients with suspected CAD and (b) to characterise the eventual predictors of abnormal perfusion. The patient population comprised 133 consecutive diabetic patients with suspected CAD who had been referred for MPS. Studies were performed with exercise (41%) or pharmacological stress testing (1-day protocol, {sup 99m}Tc-sestamibi, {sup 201}Tl or both). We used semi-quantitative analysis (20-segment polar maps) to derive the summed stress score (SSS) and the summed difference score (SDS). Abnormal MPS (SSS{>=}4) was observed in 49 (37%) patients (SSS=4.9{+-}8.4, SDS=2.4{+-}4.7), reversible perfusion defects (SDS{>=}2) in 40 (30%) patients [SSS=13.3{+-}10.9; SDS=8.0{+-}5.6; 20% moderate to severe (SDS>4), 7% multivessel] and fixed defects in 21 (16%) patients. Results were comparable between patients with and patients without a history of chest pain. Of 75 patients without a history of chest pain, 23 (31%, 95% CI=21-42%) presented reversible defects (SSS=13.9{+-}11.3; SDS=7.4{+-}1.2), indicative of silent ischaemia. Reversible defects were associated with inducible ST segment depression during MPS stress (odds ratio (OR)=3.2, p<0.01). Fixed defects were associated with erectile dysfunction in males (OR=3.7, p=0.02) and lower aspirin use (OR=0.25, p=0.02). Silent stress-induced perfusion defects occurred in 31% of the patients, a rate similar to that in patients with a history of chest pain. MPS could identify

  20. Perfusion abnormalities in congenital and neoplastic pulmonary disease: comparison of MR perfusion and multislice CT imaging

    The aim of this work was to assess magnetic resonance (MR) perfusion patterns of chronic, nonembolic pulmonary diseases of congenital and neoplastic origin and to compare the findings with results obtained with pulmonary, contrast-enhanced multislice computed tomography (CT) imaging to prove that congenital and neoplastic pulmonary conditions require MR imaging over the pulmonary perfusion cycle to successfully and directly detect changes in lung perfusion patterns. Twenty-five patients underwent concurrent CT and MR evaluation of chronic pulmonary diseases of congenital (n=15) or neoplastic (n=10) origin. Analysis of MR perfusion and contrast-enhanced CT datasets was realized by defining pulmonary and vascular regions of interest in corresponding positions. MR perfusion calculated time-to-peak enhancement, maximal enhancement and the area under the perfusion curve. CT datasets provided pulmonary signal-to-noise ratio measurements. Vessel centerlines of bronchial arteries were determined. Underlying perfusion type, such as pulmonary arterial or systemic arterial supply, as well as regions with significant variations in perfusion were determined statistically. Analysis of the pulmonary perfusion pattern detected pulmonary arterial supply in 19 patients; six patients showed systemic arterial supply. In pulmonary arterial perfusion, MR and multislice CT imaging consistently detected the perfusion type and regions with altered perfusion patterns. In bronchial arterial supply, MR perfusion and CT imaging showed significant perfusion differences. Patients with bronchial arterial supply had bronchial arteries ranging from 2.0 to 3.6 mm compared with submillimeter diameters in pulmonary arterial perfusion. Dynamic MR imaging of congenital and neoplastic pulmonary conditions allowed characterization of the pulmonary perfusion type. CT imaging suggested the presence of systemic arterial perfusion by visualizing hypertrophied bronchial arteries. (orig.)

  1. Changes in myocardial perfusion due to physical exercise in patients with stable coronary artery disease

    Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) is one of the main therapy options for patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), resulting in an improvement in myocardial perfusion and exercise capacity. Nevertheless, studies have also demonstrated a positive effect of regular exercise training on myocardial perfusion and maximum exercise capacity. The aim of this study was to evaluate changes in myocardial stress perfusion after 1 year of exercise training in comparison with the effects of PTCA in patients with CAD. In 66 male patients with angiographically confirmed significant coronary artery stenosis in one target vessel, myocardial perfusion scintigraphy was performed at baseline and 12 months after randomisation into either a physical exercise group or a PTCA group. Circumferential count rate profiles in 16 wall segments were classified according to their relative count rate and localisation within or outside the area supplied by the stenosed vessel. Ischaemic segments showed a significant improvement in myocardial count rate within the target area after 12 months in both the PTCA and the training group (PTCA group: from 76.8±4.9% to 86.6±10.9%, p=0.03; training group: from 74.0±7.3% to 83.7±10.8%, p<0.01). Outside the target area only the training group showed a significant improvement (from 77.7±4.4% to 91.7±4.8%, p<0.01). Our data indicate a significant improvement in stress myocardial perfusion in the training group after 12 months. The ischaemia is reduced not only in the target region of the leading stenosis but also in other ischaemic myocardial areas. In contrast, after PTCA stress perfusion improves only in the initially ischaemic parts of the target area. (orig.)

  2. 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)

  3. Cardiac risk stratification with myocardial perfusion imaging in potential renal-pancreas transplant recipients

    McCarthy, M.C.; Larcos, G.; Chapman, J. [Westmead Hospital, Westmead, Sydney, NSW (Australia). Departments of Nuclear Medicine and Ultrasound

    1998-06-01

    Full text: Combined renal/pancreas transplantation is used in patients with severe type-1 diabetes and renal failure. Many patients have asymptomatic coronary artery disease (CAD). Thus, myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is widely used for preoperative risk assessment, however, its value has recently been challenged. The purpose of this study was to determine the predictive value of MPI compared to coronary angiography and/or thirty day perioperative cardiac events (cardiac death, myocardial infarction and unstable angina). We reviewed the MPI in 132 patients that were referred for possible renal pancreas transplantation during the period between 1987 - June 1997. Fifty five patients were excluded because of: still awaiting transplantation (n=19) ongoing medical assessment (n=21), received kidney only transplant (n=6) or other factors (n=9). Thus, 77 patients form the basis of this report. Seventy one patients were transplanted, 5 had coronary angiography and one died before transplantation but with coronary anatomy defined at autopsy. All patients (39 male, 38 female; mean age 37 years) had Tl-201 or Tc-99m MIBI SPECT at Westmead (n=54) or elsewhere (n=23). Patients underwent MPI, a mean of 12.1 months before transplantation and a mean of 6 months before coronary angiography or autopsy. MPI was normal in 64 (83%) and abnormal in 13 (17%) patients. Of the abnormal MPI, 7 patients had CAD and one had unstable angina post-operatively (PPV = 8/13; 61%). One patient had a fixed defect post CABG but proceeded to transplant with-out event; the other 4 patients had normal coronary anatomy. Of the normal MPIs there were no transplant related cardiac events, but one patient required CABG >12 months post MPI and a further patient died >12 months post transplant and was shown to have CAD at autopsy (NPV=62/64;97%). In conclusion we have found an excellent NPV and an acceptable PPV for MPI in potential renal pancreas graft recipients

  4. Myocardial perfusion imaging - A possible role in revealing endothelial dysfunction in patients with angina and normal coronary angiogram

    Full text: Aim/Background: A lot of recent studies have shown that patients with normal or nonobstructive coronary angiography have myocardial ischemia; the pathogenesis in this particular case is related with endothelial dysfunction which contributes to the initiation and progression of atherosclerotic disease and could be considered an independent vascular risk factor. Endothelial status is not determined solely by the individual risk factor burden but rather, may be regarded as an integrated index of all atherogenic and atheroprotective factors present in an individual, including known as yet unknown variables and genetic predisposition. The aim of our study was to evaluate perfusion defects on stress myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in patients with chest pain and normal angiograms and their prognostic values. Materials and Methods: We studied 32 patients who underwent stress (treadmill exercise test)/rest SPECT and coronary angiography; all the patients had at least two risk factors for atherosclerosis; they were followed up during 36 months for the occurrence of myocardial infarction, revascularization or cardiac death. A semiquantitative scoring method was used to evaluate technetium-99m tetrofosmin uptake in 20 myocardial segments in each patients. Each segment was assessed by consensus of two nuclear medicine physicians who were blinded to the clinical and angiographic information. For each segment a 5-point scoring system was used to describe radiotracer uptake (0=normal, 1=equivocal, 2=moderate, 3=severe reduction, 4=absence of detectable radiotracer in a segment). SPECT results were categorized as normal or abnormal if /=3 segments, respectively were affected. Results: 9 patients showed myocardial perfusion defects (SPECT positive group); the others 23 did not show myocardial perfusion defects (SPECT negative group). During the follow-up in the SPECT-positive group 1 patients developed acute myocardial infarction

  5. The importance of the gated-spect in myocardial perfusion studies on the prognostic evaluation of patients with left bundle branch block disease

    Aim: To evaluate the outcome of patients with left bundle branch block disease (LBBB) relating it to the perfusion and functional findings after Gated-Spect Myocardial Perfusion studies. Materials and Methods: Results of Gated-Spect Myocardial Perfusion studies, performed between March of 1998 and April 2002, were correlated to the clinical outcome of 41 patients with LBBB. The evaluative data were obtained by interview directly with the patients, or their relatives or referral physician. Myocardial perfusion studies were conducted following the one-day protocol, after injection of 296- 370 MBq Sestamibi [Tc-99m] (Cardiolite) for rest studies, and 1110 MBq for stress studies. The images were acquired using a two-head tomographic gamma camera (Varicam - Elscint, Haifa), with low energy and high-resolution collimators, disposed in 'L' mode. The projection data were obtained in 64x64 matrix, for a 180 degrees circular orbit, from right anterior to left posterior oblique, with 3 degree per step. Each step took 30-35 seconds during rest studies and 25-30 seconds during stress studies. Regular EKG signals were registered to obtain Gated-Spect studies. Results: Twenty patients presented normal LVEFs (≥ 50%) and twenty and one, abnormal results. All the twenty patients with normal perfusional studies presented unremarkable outcomes after 1 of the 2 years of the study. The LVEF in this group of patients ranged from 27% to 87%. Twenty-and-one showed abnormalities on their perfusional studies. Of these, eighteen who had LVEFs greater than 30%, had not hard cardiac events (cardiac death or MIs) during the same interval. Conclusion: These preliminary data show that patients with LBBB and a normal myocardial perfusion study have low risk of coronary event, independent of the fraction of ejection. The patients with abnormal perfusional study and significant reduced LVEF (less than 30 %) present higher risk of cardiac event

  6. Effects of antianginal drugs on myocardial perfusion during exercise in patients with coronary artery disease

    Exercise thallium-201 myocardial perfusion imaging was performed in 24 patients with coronary artery disease to quantitatively evaluate the effects of propranolol (P), nifedipine (N), and isosorbide dinitrate (I) on myocardial perfusion. Using initial uptake index (IUI) and redistribution index (RDI) obtained in normal subjects (n=17), IUI≤84% and RDI≥1.12 were defined as ischemic area; IUI≤84% and RDI84% abd RDI<1.12 as normal area. The patients were iv given 0.1 mg/kg/hr of either P or I, or orally given 20 mg of N up to the time when pressure-rate-products were attained. Although P had scarcely effects on the incidence of angina and ST depression, both N and I remarkably improved them. IUI was significantly increased by giving either N or I, although it was unchanged after iv injection of P. This suggested that N and I may directly increase myocardial perfusion when given during exercise. (Namekawa, K)

  7. Effects of smoking on lung uptake of 201Tl during exercise myocardial perfusion imaging

    Objective: To investigate the influence of smoking on lung uptake of 201Tl during myocardial perfusion imaging. Methods: Ninety-two healthy subjects, with normal 201Tl myocardial perfusion imaging findings but no evidence of left ventricular hypertrophy and pulmonary disease, were divided into three groups, smoker, nonsmoker and quitted smoker groups. Exercise/delay 201Tl myocardial perfusion imaging was performed on all subjects included. Lung/heart ratio was defined on the anterior planar image obtained during exercise tomography. Results: Both the lung/heart ratios during exercise in smoker (0.40 ± 0.07, F=10.635, P201Tl lung/heart ratios in smokers are higher than in nonsmokers and this must be kept in mind when 201Tl lung/heart ratios are used clinically, even in quitted smokers

  8. Difference of time course of functional recovery after revascularization according to preoperative reversibility of perfusion impairment in ischemic myocardial dysfunction

    In the revascuarization of ischemic dysfunctional myocardium, stunned myocardium was reported to recover function earlier than hibernating myocardium. It was also suggested that stunning and hibernation could be discriminated by reversibility of perfusion impairment on myocardial SPECT. In this study, we investigated the time course of functional recover after CABG according to reversibility of perfusion impairment. In 92 patients with coronary artery disease, TI-201 rest/dipyridamole stress Tc-99m-MIBI gated SPECT was performed before, 3 months after, and 17 months after CABG. Using a 20-segment model, segmental perfusion and systolic thickening were automatically quantified. Perfusion-impaired segments with abnormal thickening were classified by reversibility into reversible (REV) and irreversible (IRREV) groups. The proportions of function-recovered segments were compared between groups and also between 3 months and 17 months in each group. A total of 129 segments were included in the analysis, and 76 were REV and 53 were IRREV. At 3 months after CABG, 61 segments (80%) in REV group showed functional recovery while 28 segments (53%) in IRREV group did (p<0.001). However, at 17 months after CABG, 60 segments (79%) in REV group and 37 segments (70%) in IRREV group showed functional recovery (p=n.s.). When comparing 3 months and 17 months in each group. REV group showed no difference, while IRREV group showed significant further improvement (p<0.05). In viable myocardium with ischemic myocardial dysfunction, the segments with reversible perfusion impairment recover function earlier after revascularization than irreversible segments

  9. 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)

  10. Stress CT myocardial perfusion imaging in coronary artery disease: preliminary study progress

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the result of the imbalance between coronary blood flow and myocardial oxygen demand. Using stenosis of coronary artery alone to diagnose CAD could not accurately reflect the status of myocardial ischemia, nor make accurate warning of ischemic cardiac events. Stress CT myocardial perfusion imaging (stress CT-MPI) can assess the myocardial blood flow qualitatively and quantitatively and detect the myocardial microcirculation and myocardial viability, which can predict the occurrence of cardiac events and provide an objective basis for early intervention. This review provided an overview of the stress CT-MPI, including its detection principles, methods, and clinical study progress in the patients with coronary artery disease. (authors)

  11. Myocardial perfusion alterations observed months after radiotherapy are related to the cellular damage

    Dogan, I.; Sonmez, B. [Karadeniz Technical Univ., Trabzon (Turkey). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine; Sezen, O.; Zengin, A.Y.; Bahat, Z. [Karadeniz Technical Univ., Trabzon (Turkey). Dept. of Radiation Oncology; Yenilmez, E.; Yulug, E. [Karadeniz Technical Univ., Trabzon (Turkey). Dept. of Histology and Embryology; Abidin, I. [Karadeniz Technical Univ., Trabzon (Turkey). Dept. of Biophysics

    2010-07-01

    Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) is one of the widely used tools to follow developing radiation-induced heart disease (RIHD). But the clinical significance of MPS defects has not been fully understood. We have investigated the biodistribution alterations related to perfusion defects following radiotherapy (RT) and showed coexisting morphological changes. Animals, methods: A total of 18 Wistar rats were divided into three groups (1 control and 2 irradiated groups). A single cardiac 20 Gy radiation dose was used to induce long term cardiac defects. Biodistribution studies with technetium ({sup 99m}Tc) sestamibi and histological evaluations were performed 4 and 6 months after irradiation. The percent radioactivity (%ID/g) was calculated for each heart. For determination of the myocardial damage, positive apoptotic cardiomyocytes, myocardial cell degeneration, myocardial fibrosis, vascular damage and ultrastructural structures were evaluated. Results: Six months after treatment, a significant drop of myocardial uptake was observed (p < 0.05). Irradiation-induced apoptosis rose within the first 4 months after radiation treatment and were stayed elevated until the end of the observation period (p < 0.05). Also, the irradiation has induced myocardial degeneration, perivascular and interstitial fibrosis in the heart at the end of six and four months (p < 0.01). The severity and extent of myocardial injury has became more evident at the end of six month (p < 0.05). At ultrastructural level, prominent changes have been observed in the capillary endothelial and myocardial cells. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that the reduced rest myocardial perfusion, occuring months after the radiation, indicates a serious myocard tissue damage which is characterized by myocardial degeneration and fibrosis. (orig.)

  12. Evidence for myocardial CT perfusion imaging in the diagnosis of hemodynamically significant coronary artery disease

    Sun, Zhonghua

    2015-01-01

    This editorial discusses a recent paper published in the August issue of Radiology about the diagnostic value of myocardial computer tomography (CT) perfusion imaging in the detection of hemodynamically significant coronary stenosis when compared to single-photon emission CT (SPECT) imaging based on a secondary analysis of CORE320 study. Three aspects including high diagnostic sensitivity of CT perfusion imaging, moderate specificity of SPECT imaging and lack of use of attenuation correction ...

  13. Myocardial first-pass perfusion imaging with hybrid-EPI: frequency-offsets and potential artefacts

    Ferreira Pedro F; Gatehouse Peter D; Firmin David N

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background First-pass myocardial perfusion is often imaged with a tailored hybrid centric interleaved echo-planar-imaging sequence, providing rapid image acquisition with good contrast enhancement. The centric interleaved phase-encode order minimises the effective time-of-echo but it is sensitive to frequency-offsets. This short article aims to show possible artefacts that might originate with this sequence, in the context of first-pass perfusion imaging, when frequency-offsets are p...

  14. 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

  15. The diagnostic value of myocardial perfusion for diagnostics of the ischemic cardiomyopathy and hypertensive heart disease

    Objective of this study was to detect regional myocardial perfusion defects performing 99mTc-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging and to compare the results with echocardiography for differential diagnostics of the ischemic and hypertensive cardiomyopathy until coronary angiography will be performed. In total 50 patients with cardiomegaly have been evaluated: 18 patients with hypertensive cardiomyopathy (Ist group), 15 - with ischemic and hypertensive cardiomyopathy (IInd group) and 17 patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy (IIIrd group). All patients underwent 2D echocardiography examination and 99mTc-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging before coronary angiography was done. Thickness of interventricular septum, myocardial mass and relative wall thickness were statistically significantly smaller in the IIIrd group of patients in comparison with the Ist and the IInd group of patients. Logistic regression model including selected data from myocardial perfusion imaging with 99mTc-MIBI in combination with selected echocardiography data enables prognosis of coronary arteries stenosis with 91.2% sensitivity and 93.8% specificity. (author)

  16. Reverse Redistribution in Myocardial Perfusion Imaging: Revisited with 64-slice MDCT

    The authors report myocardial perfusion imaging of a patient showing reverse redistribution (RR) and a 64-slice multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) with corresponding findings. The patient had subendocardial myocardial infarction (MI) with positive electrocardiogram (EMG) findings and elevated levels of cardiac isoenzymes. Experiencing this case emphasizes the importance of complementary correlation of a new diagnostic modality that helps us to understand the nature of RR.

  17. 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.

  18. Impairment of myocardial perfusion in children with sickle cell disease; Alteration de la perfusion myocardique chez l'enfant drepanocytaire

    Maunoury, C. [Hopital Necker-Enfants-Malades, Service de Medecine Nucleaire, 75 - Paris (France); Acar, P. [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, Hopital des Enfants, Service de Cardiologie Pediatrique, 31 - Toulouse (France); Montalembert, M. de [Hopital Necker-Enfants-Malades, Service de Pediatrie Generale, 75 - Paris (France)

    2003-10-01

    While brain, bone and spleen strokes are well documented in children with sickle cell disease (SCD), impairment of myocardial perfusion is an unknown complication. Non invasive techniques such as exercise testing and echocardiography have a low sensitivity to detect myocardial ischemia in patients with SCD. We have prospectively assessed myocardial perfusion with Tl-201 SPECT in 23 patients with SCD (10 female, 13 male, mean age 12 {+-} 5 years). Myocardial SPECT was performed after stress and 3 hours later after reinjection on a single head gamma camera equipped with a LEAP collimator (64 x 64 matrix size format, 30 projections over 180 deg C, 30 seconds per step). Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) was assessed by equilibrium radionuclide angiography at rest on the same day. Myocardial perfusion was impaired in 14/23 patients: 9 reversible defects and 5 fixed defects. The left ventricular cavity was dilated in 14/23 patients. The mean LVEF was 63 {+-} 9%. There was no relationship between myocardial perfusion and left ventricular dilation or function. The frequent impairment of myocardial perfusion in children with SCD could lead to suggest a treatment with hydroxyurea, an improvement of perfusion can be noted with hydroxyurea. (author)

  19. Simultaneous dual-radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging with a solid-state dedicated cardiac camera

    We compared simultaneous dual-radionuclide (DR) stress and rest myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with a novel solid-state cardiac camera and a conventional SPECT camera with separate stress and rest acquisitions. Of 27 consecutive patients recruited, 24 (64.5±11.8 years of age, 16 men) were injected with 74 MBq of 201Tl (rest) and 250 MBq 99mTc-MIBI (stress). Conventional MPI acquisition times for stress and rest are 21 min and 16 min, respectively. Rest 201Tl for 6 min and simultaneous DR 15-min list mode gated scans were performed on a D-SPECT cardiac scanner. In 11 patients DR D-SPECT was performed first and in 13 patients conventional stress 99mTc-MIBI SPECT imaging was performed followed by DR D-SPECT. The DR D-SPECT data were processed using a spill-over and scatter correction method. DR D-SPECT images were compared with rest 201Tl D-SPECT and with conventional SPECT images by visual analysis employing the 17-segment model and a five-point scale (0 normal, 4 absent) to calculate the summed stress and rest scores. Image quality was assessed on a four-point scale (1 poor, 4 very good) and gut activity was assessed on a four-point scale (0 none, 3 high). Conventional MPI studies were abnormal at stress in 17 patients and at rest in 9 patients. In the 17 abnormal stress studies DR D-SPECT MPI showed 113 abnormal segments and conventional MPI showed 93 abnormal segments. In the nine abnormal rest studies DR D-SPECT showed 45 abnormal segments and conventional MPI showed 48 abnormal segments. The summed stress and rest scores on conventional SPECT and DR D-SPECT were highly correlated (r=0.9790 and 0.9694, respectively). The summed scores of rest 201Tl D-SPECT and DR-DSPECT were also highly correlated (r=0.9968, p201Tl D-SPECT acquisition. (orig.)

  20. Tall gastrodis tuber combined with antiepileptic drugs repairs abnormal perfusion foci in focal epilepsy

    Weimin Wang; Zhenyu Fan; Yongqin Zhang; Yuxia Yang; Yaqing Liu; Xiaoli Dang; Wenjun Song; Yinping Wu; Jiang Ye

    2013-01-01

    One hundred patients with focal epilepsy were recruited for the present study and their seizures controlled with antiepileptic drugs. The patients then orally received a capsule of tall gastrodis tuber powder, a traditional Chinese drug, and underwent single photon emission computed tomography, long-term electroencephalogram, and CT/MRI. Blood drug levels were monitored throughout the study. Before treatment with tall gastrodis tuber, 35 of the 100 cases had abnormal CT/MRI scans; 79 cases had abnormal single photon emission computed tomography images; 86 cases had abnormal electroencephalogram; and a total of 146 abnormal perfusion foci were observed across the 100 subjects. After treatment, the number of patients with normal single photon emission computed tomography images increased by 12; normal electroencephalogram was observed in an additional 27 cases and the number of patients with epileptiform discharge decreased by 29 (34% of 86); the total number of abnormal perfusion foci decreased by 52 (36%) and changes in abnormal foci were visible in 65 patients. These changes indicate that the administration of tall gastrodis tuber in combination with antiepileptic drugs repairs abnormal perfusion foci in patients with focal epilepsy. Our results demonstrate that traditional Chinese drugs can repair abnormal perfusion foci and, as such, are a promising new pathway in the treatment of focal epilepsy.

  1. The role of pharmacological stress Tc-99m sestamibi myocardial perfusion imaging in an Australian population

    This observational study was performed in order to assess the exercise-related incremental diagnostic accuracy of Tc-99m sestamibi myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in a hospital-based Australian population, and to assess the relative roles of exercise and pharmacological stress in myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). Two hundred and eight adult patients who had both Tc-99m sestamibi myocardial perfusion imaging and coronary angiography within a median time of 16 weeks were studied. The diagnostic end-point was coronary artery lesions of ≥50% and >70% stenosis detected on angiography. Using receiver operating characteristic curve analysis, the overall diagnostic accuracy was calculated, as well as the comparative accuracies in patients who undertook various levels of exercise stress testing (n=130) and those who received pharmacological (dipyridamole) stress testing (n=78). The overall respective diagnostic accuracy of Tc-99m sestamibi MPI for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (>70% stenosis) was 81% and 76% when using the diagnostic criterion of ≥50% stenosis. On direct comparison of perfusion defects with angiographic stenoses, the respective sensitivity and specificity for the detection of >70% stenosis in each coronary artery territory was 73% and 79%. Pharmacological MPI showed a significantly greater sensitivity for the detection of localised stenoses compared to the overall group who had exercise MPI performed. Consequently, exercise stress MPI showed significantly more false negative lesions compared to dipyridamole stress imaging (p<0.003). However, a large proportion of patients were unable to perform to adequate exercise levels in this patient sample. We conclude that Tc-99m sestamibi myocardial perfusion imaging is an accurate non-invasive test for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease. Where any doubt exists as to the patient's ability to achieve exercise levels at or above 85% of the predicted value for age and gender, pharmacological

  2. 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.)

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. GAMMAGRAFÍA DE PERFUSIÓN MIOCÁRDICA EN MUJERES POSMENOPÁUSICAS CON ANGINA Y CORONARIAS EPICÁRDICAS ANGIOGRÁFICAMENTE NORMALES / Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in postmenopausal women with angina and angiographically normal epicardial coronary

    Sherien Sixto Fernández

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction and Objectives: Microvascular angina is common in postmenopausal women. Myocardial ischemia was induced by stress testing, and reports have been published about the relationship between endothelial dysfunction and myocardial perfusion. The objective of this research was to determine whether myocardial ischemia can be evidenced by abnormalities in perfusion and function, as detected by myocardial scintigraphy in women with typical angina, normal coronary angiography and endothelial dysfunction. Methods: 59 women underwent lipid and endothelial function measurements by brachial artery ultrasound, in addition, a 24-hour ECG study (Holter. During the scintigraphy a stress-rest protocol was applied. Patients were divided into two groups according to presence (group I or absence (group II of myocardial perfusion defects. Results: 21 patients showed perfusion defects. 57 % of group I exhibited greater endothelial dysfunction. Only twelve patients showed reversible perfusion defects, and 75 % of the cases was associated with a reduction of post-stress left ventricular ejection fraction, greater than 5 %, and regional abnormalities of wall motion. Three patients in group I showed evidence of ischemia compared with four in Group II. Conclusions: The stress-induced ischemia was associated with a reduced post-stress ejection fraction and endothelial dysfunction in the studied women, and no ischemic changes in the Holter were found.

  6. Proton and fluorine NMR imaging for the assessment of myocardial perfusion

    A high field, small bore NMR spectrometer was converted to an imaging system for the detection of fluorine and protons in phantoms and small biological samples. The modified spectrometer system was used to image various phantoms for the assessment of imaging performance. After assessment of the imaging system performance, a water soluble fluorinated compound of relatively low toxicity was investigated for use as an imaging agent for the detection of myocardial perfusion. New Zealand white rabbits were used as the model. Hearts were rapidly extracted and hung via the aorta to a perfusion apparatus which was capable of prolonging heart function throughout the course of the experiment. Perfusion with a standard nutrient solution was followed either by perfusion with a solution to which the fluorinated compound had been added or by ligation of the left coronary artery with subsequent perfusion with the fluorinated compound in perfusate solution. The hearts were then sectioned and imaged. The ligation of the left coronary artery produced a region of impaired perfusion in the left ventricular wall and parts of the septum. The regions of reduced perfusion appeared in the F-19 NMR images as areas of reduced intensity. Proton images of the tissue sections were also obtained for comparison. It was found that infarcted regions may be best visualized by combining the fluorine and proton images. Infarct damage was verified by Gentian violet stain. Relaxation times of fluorine and protons were measured both in perfused tissue and in various concentration solutions

  7. Alternative technique using dual source CT imaging for assessment of myocardial perfusion

    Amgad S. Abdel-Rahman

    2015-06-01

    Conclusion: We propose that comprehensive evaluation of coronary artery morphology and myocardial perfusion in patients with CAD could be achieved by single reproducible non-invasive contrast enhanced CT acquisition using DSCT scanners while operated in single energy mode with high sensitivity, specificity and diagnostic accuracy, it also has the potential to be the first, independent and stand out imaging choice in such field.

  8. Normal stress databases in myocardial perfusion scintigraphy – how many subjects do you need?

    Trägårdh, Elin; Sjöstrand, Karl; Edenbrandt, Lars

    2012-01-01

    Commercial normal stress databases in myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) commonly consist of 30–40 individuals. The aim of the study was to determine how many subjects are needed. Four normal stress databases were developed using patients who underwent 99mTc MPS: non‐corrected images (NC) fo...

  9. Use of high flip angle in T1-prepared FAST sequences for myocardial perfusion quantification

    This study reports on the first use of high flip angle and radio-frequency (RF) spoiling in T1-prepared fast acquisition in steady state (FAST) sequence for myocardial perfusion in patients. T1 dynamic range was measured in vitro with a FAST, an RF FAST and a snapshot fast low-angle shot (FLASH) sequences with a 90 flip angle. Myocardial perfusion was then measured twice in 6 patients during the same MR session. The RF FAST and FLASH, but not the FAST sequence, demonstrated an extended T1 dynamic range; however, the FLASH images were degraded by artifacts not present on the RF FAST images. The myocardial perfusion indices K1 (first-order transfer constant from the blood to the myocardium for the Gd-DTPA) and Vd (distribution volume of Gd-DTPA in myocardium) did not differ significantly between the two injections. K1 was 0.48±0.12 ml/min g-1 and Vd was 12.5±2.9%. With an extended T1 dynamic range and the sensitivity required for myocardial perfusion quantification, the RF FAST sequence with a 90 flip angle outperformed the snapshot FLASH sequence in terms of image quality and the FAST sequence in terms of contrast dynamic range. (orig.)

  10. A Comparison of FFD-based Nonrigid Registration and AAMs Applied to Myocardial Perfusion MRI

    Ólafsdóttir, Hildur; Stegmann, Mikkel Bille; Ersbøll, Bjarne Kjær;

    2006-01-01

    -slice myocardial perfusion images. The images are acquired by magnetic resonance imaging, from infarct patients. A registration of these sequences is crucial for clinical practice, which currently is subjected to manual labor. In the paper, the pros and cons of the two registration approaches are discussed and...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Quantification of myocardial perfusion using free-breathing MRI and prospective slice tracking

    Pedersen, Henrik; Kelle, Sebastian; Ringgaard, Steffen;

    2009-01-01

    Quantification of myocardial perfusion using first-pass magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is hampered by respiratory motion of the heart. Prospective slice tracking (PST) potentially overcomes this problem, and may provide an attractive alternative or supplement to current breath-hold techniques...... field strength constituted a major source of error and needs further improvement to increase the accuracy and robustness of the method....

  13. Improving the accuracy of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy results by machine learning method

    Full text: Machine learning (ML) as rapidly growing artificial intelligence subfield has already proven in last decade to be a useful tool in many fields of decision making, also in some fields of medicine. Its decision accuracy usually exceeds the human one. To assess applicability of ML in interpretation the results of stress myocardial perfusion scintigraphy for CAD diagnosis. The 327 patient's data of planar stress myocardial perfusion scintigraphy were reevaluated in usual way. Comparing them with the results of coronary angiography the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy for the investigation was computed. The data were digitized and the decision procedure repeated by ML program 'Naive Bayesian classifier'. As the ML is able to simultaneously manipulate of whatever number of data, all reachable disease connected data (regarding history, habitus, risk factors, stress results) were added. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy for scintigraphy were expressed in this way. The results of both decision procedures were compared. With ML method 19 patients more out of 327 (5.8 %) were correctly diagnosed by stress myocardial perfusion scintigraphy. ML could be an important tool for decision making in myocardial perfusion scintigraphy. (author)

  14. 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.

  15. 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)

  16. The clinical value of 99Tcm-N-NOET exercise and delayed myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with hypertension

    Objective: To investigate clinical significance of the 99Tcm-bis (N-ethoxy-N-ethyl-dithiocar-bamato) nitridotechnetium (99Tcm-N-NOET) exercise and delayed myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in hypertensive patients. Methods: Sixty patients with hypertension and 19 normal subjects were carried out 99Tcm-N-NOET exercise and delayed MPI, and analyzed the results of MPI, exercise electrocardiography (ECG), cardiac function parameters end-diastolic volume (EDV), end-systolic volume (ESV), left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), triangle open LVEF (LVEF exercis-LVEF delay) and coronary angiography (CAG). Results: 1) Sixty patients with hypertension, 22 cases (36.7%) of exercise ECG were abnormal, 16 cases (26.7%) were the chest tightness in exercise, 13 cases (21.7%) were blood pressure excessive reaction in exercise; control group, 2 cases (10.5%) of exercise ECG were abnormal, 1 case (5.3%, 1/19) was chest tightness in exercise, no person was blood pressure response in excessive. 2) The positive rate of myocardial perfusion in hypertensive group was significantly higher than the control group (31.75%vs. 5.30%, P0.05), triangle open LVEF2=4.501, P2=0.25, P>0.05). The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of 99Tcm-N-NOET MPI were 72.7%, 87.5% and 78.9%. Conclusions: 1) 99Tcm-N-NOET exercise and delayde MPI can diagnose whether hypertension patients with myocardial ischemia or not. 2) triangle open LVEF of hypertensive patients reduced, triangle open LVEF is lower in hypertensive patients of MPI-positive. (authors)

  17. Influence of exercise rehabilitation on myocardial perfusion and sympathetic heart innervation in ischaemic heart disease

    The purpose of this study was to assess the influence of exercise rehabilitation on myocardial perfusion and sympathetic heart innervation. Sixteen patients with ischaemic heart disease and previous myocardial infarction were investigated by means of exercise/rest tetrofosmin and MIBG exercise/rest SPET studies, before and 6 months after starting an exercise rehabilitation programme. Tomograms were divided into 15 segments, and these were grouped into five myocardial anatomical regions. Regional uptake of both tracers was quantified and expressed as a percentage of maximum peak activity. The percentage ≤55% was chosen to evaluate defect size, and the results were expressed as a percentage of left ventricular mass. Areas with perfused and denervated myocardium and areas with ischaemic myocardium were calculated. In addition, regions with 10% (representing reversible regional defects) or an increase of <10% (representing fixed regional defects) in the rest study. These percentages were compared with the percentages obtained in the innervation study, and with the percentages obtained in exercise/rest perfusion and innervation studies performed 6 months after starting rehabilitation. Myocardial perfusion defects were significantly smaller than myocardial innervation defects before and 6 months after starting exercise rehabilitation. The area of ischaemia 6 months after starting exercise rehabilitation was significantly smaller than that before rehabilitation (0.31%± 1.4% vs 1.4%±1.6%, P<0.01). The size of innervation defects and the area of perfused and denervated myocardium did not show significant differences between the two studies performed before and 6 months after starting exercise rehabilitation. In reversible regional defects the percentage of peak activity was significantly increased 6 months after starting exercise rehabilitation in exercise and rest studies (P<0.001), while in fixed regional defects it was significantly increased only in exercise studies

  18. Clinical value and severity of myocardial perfusion defects in asymptomatic diabetic patients with negative or weakly positive exercise treadmill test

    Seyed Rasoul Zakavi

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Although coronary artery disease (CAD is the leading cause of death in type 2 diabetic patients, it is frequently asymptomatic. Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI is reported to show ischemia in a significant number of asymptomatic diabetic patients. We studied the prevalence and severity of myocardial perfusion defects in asymptomatic diabetic patients and its clinical impact. Methods and patients: One hundred thirty consecutive asymptomatic patients, aged 35-65 years with type 2 diabetes mellitus and with no history of CAD and no cardiac symptoms were recruited in the study. Echocardiography, electrocardiography (ECG, routine laboratory tests and exercise treadmill test (ETT were performed and patients with weakly positive or negative ETT underwent Dipyridamole MPI. Patients with positive ETT were referred to coronary angiography. Patients were followed for at least 17 months (mean 21.7 months and any cardiac event was recorded. Results: We studied 81 female and 49 male patients with mean age of 51.8 years. Negative, weakly positive and positive ETT result was noted in 74.3%, 15% and 10.7% respectively. 75% of patients with positive ETT had coronary artery disease in angiography. Gated myocardial perfusion SPECT was done in 106 patients. MPI showed reversible defect in 26.9% of the patients with a mean summed stress score of 3.3±1.8. Follow up completed in 112 patients and only one patient with abnormal MPI underwent coronary angiography followed by PTCA. No cardiac death, MI, UA or hospital admission occurred among our patients during follow up (17-26 months. Mean stress end diastolic volume (EDV was significantly higher in patients with reversible defect compared to patients without reversible defect based on MPI findings (62.0±31.6 Vs 48.5±18.4 ml, P=0.04. Blood glucose and HA1c were significantly higher in patients with ischemia compared to patients without ischemia (P<0.05. Meanwhile the ratio of TG to HDL was 6.06±3.2 in

  19. Diagnostic value of stress-rest myocardial perfusion imaging in detection of coronary disease in elderly patients

    Objective: Coronary artery disease is one of the most common causes of death in elderly people. Yet, definite diagnosis is a dilemma due to the variety of symptoms and signs. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of nuclear stress-rest myocardial perfusion imaging(MPI) in detection of coronary disease in the elderly. Methods: Two hundred and five elderly subjects (≥60 years old, average of 67 ± 5) who were suspected to have coronary disease, underwent both stress-rest myocardial perfusion imaging (185 with exercise stress and 20 with adenosine stress) and coronary angiography (CAG). All had no pereutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Coronary angiography was used as a 'golden standard' to evaluate the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of the stress-rest myocardial perfusion imaging. χ2-test was used in data analysis with SPSS 15.0. Results: Among 205 patients. there were 57 patients with an abnormal CAG result and 148 patients with a normal result. Of the 57 patients, there were 30 one-, 19 two-, and 8 three-vessel stenosis. Fifteen were mild-, 17 were moderate-, 17 were severe stenosis, and 8 were totally occluded.About 63% (36/57) had positive stress-rest MPI. Of the 148 subjects who had a normal CAG, 135 had negative MPL. The sensitivity.specificity and accuracy of stress MPI were 63% (36/57), 91% (135/148) and 83% (171/205) in patient level.respectively. The di-agnostic sensitivities of stress-rest MPI for detection of one-, two-, and three-vessel stenosis were 57%(17/30), 58% (11/19) and 8/8, respectively. All 185 patients who underwent exemise stress MPI were divided into 2 groups according to whether the patients reached the target heart rate or not at the peak of the test. And 53 patients (29%) were group 1 (reached the target heart rate)and 132 patients (71%) were group 2 (did not reach the target heart rate). The sensitivity of group 1 wag higher than that of group 2, but with no

  20. Continuous intravenous infusion of prostaglandin E1 improves myocardial perfusion reserve in patients with ischemic heart disease assessed by positron emission tomography. A pilot study

    Recent investigation has demonstrated that prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) therapy increased capillary density in explanted hearts. Dynamic 13N-ammonia positron emission tomography (PET) is reliable for non-invasive measurement of myocardial blood flow and myocardial perfusion reserve (MPR). The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of PGE1 therapy during 4 weeks on reduction of myocardial perfusion abnormalities and increase of MPR in the patients with ischemic heart disease. In this double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, we randomly assigned 11 patients who had symptomatic heart failure and documented myocardial ischemia to 4 weeks intravenous infusion of PGE1 (2.5 ng/kg/min; 8 patients, age 60±13 years) or saline (3 patients, age 57±13 years). Dynamic 13N-ammonia PET scans at rest and during adenosine stress were obtained at baseline and 12 weeks after treatment completion. Quantitative size/severity of perfusion defects and MPR change from baseline to follow-up PET were determined using a 17-segment model. Compared with the control group, baseline MPR in the PGE1 group was significantly lower (1.96±0.78 vs. 2.71±0.73; P1 infusion (1.96±0.78 to 2.16±0.77; P1 infusion sustained MPR improvement in patients with ischemic heart disease. This may be an attractive therapeutic approach for no-option patients with severe ischemic cardiomyopathy. (author)

  1. Frequencies of segmental perfusion and ventilation abnormalities in lung scintigraphy

    The segmental ventilation-perfusion mismatch is almost invariably a sign of pulmonary embolism (PE). As ventilation scintigraphy is an expensive and time-consuming procedure, it is rarely performed in patients presenting as emergencies. In such patients PE is diagnosed by the presence of a segmental perfusion defect (SPD) in combination with a normal chest X-ray. However, little is known about SPD frequencies in different groups of patients or its value in predicting a mismatch. To determine this frequency, as well as its predictive value for a mismatch (PVM), we examined 764 patients with suspected PE (PE. group), 359 patients at low risk for PE (low risk group), and 234 patients without suspected PE but a high risk for PE (high risk group), all by perfusion and ventilation scintigraphy. Frequencies of SPD were determined in each group as a function of age. PVM was calculated for each age subgroup using Bayes' theorem. In the low risk group the frequency of segmental mismatches (SM) was about 4%, while one-third of patients at high risk had a SM. This was not age dependent in contrast to the PE group, where the frequency decreased with age. In the youngest subgroups the PVM for a SPD was higher than 0.9 as well as in a subgroup of the PE. group with a known thrombo-embolic disease. In these subgroups a ventilation scintigraphy is not required for the sintigraphic diagnosis of PE; in all other patients an additional ventilation study is necessary. (orig.)

  2. Serial assessment of myocardial thallium perfusion and fatty acid utilization in spontaneously hypertensive rats

    To evaluate the advantage of free fatty acid imaging on the detection of hypertrophied myocardium, we compared sequentially myocardial thallium and BMIPP (15-(p-iodophenyl)-3-(R,S)-methyl pentadecanoic acid) distribution in spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) using dual tracer autoradiography and in vivo pin-hole imaging. Autoradiography and pin-hole imaging showed uniform myocardial distribution of BMIPP and thallium within less than 27 weeks age SHR. In 40 weeks age SHR, thallium myocardial distribution showed uniform, however, BMIPP had focal decrease. Quantitative analysis of pin-hole images showed that myocardial BMIPP and thallium uptake ratio decreased according to the ages of SHR. Our data suggest that hypertension is associated with uniform myocardial perfusion and focal alternation in the substrate used for the performance of myocardial work. Based on the above autoradiographic and in vivo pin-hole imagings, I-123 BMIPP imaging may have a potential for early detection on hypertrophic myocardium compared to thallium perfusion in clinically hypertensive patients. (author)

  3. Improvement of myocardial perfusion status in response to indian vedic breathing

    Introduction: Yoga is the buzz word all over the world today. Amidst their busy schedule, people tend to ignore their personal health. Management of various disorders, especially those involving interventions, surgical or radiological, is very expensive. The Indian Vedic Exercises, of which Pranaayaama is one, emphasize on prevention of the diseases in order to keep the individual in good health. It is equally applicable to those who have already suffered from various disorders and in whom both improvement and/or avoidance of further deterioration are required. However, no Objective assessment of the disease status in response to these exercises has been reported so far. Objectives: This pilot study has been undertaken on patients with reversible myocardial perfusion defects to Objectively monitor the improvements in the myocardial perfusion in response to a breathing exercise, Pranayama, a breathing technique prescribed in the Indian Vedic Sciences. Methods: Two patients who were found to have reversible myocardial perfusion defects were taken up in this study. These defects were diagnosed from the myocardial perfusion SPECT done in stressed (on Tread Mill) and resting states with 99m Technetium labeled MIBI.These patients were taught the pranayama technique which is done for about 30 minutes every day. At the end of four months from the commencement of this technique, the myocardial perfusion SPECT studies were repeated. Details of the exercise in the form of a CD are available on request. Results: Overall good improvements were observed in all the quantitative parameters in the TMT and SPECT studies in the studies done after the pranayama procedures in both the patients. Perfusion defects seen in the stress images of the initial studies have almost completely reversed in the stress images of the later study. Patients are asymptomatic and are leading a comfortable life. Conclusion: This is only a study of two cases to Objectively evaluate the effects of pranayama

  4. Implications of abnormal right ventricular thallium uptake in acute myocardial infarction

    The correlates of abnormal right ventricular (RV) thallium uptake were examined in 116 patients with documented acute myocardial infarction (AMI) who underwent predischarge thallium-201 scintigraphy at rest, radionuclide angiography and 24-hour ambulatory electrocardiography. The patients were separated into 2 groups: patients group 1 (n = 31) had increased RV thallium uptake and those in group 2 (n = 85) had no such uptake. The 2 groups were comparable in age, type and site of AMI, peak creatine kinase level, systolic blood pressure and heart rate. However, compared with group 2, group 1 had a lower mean left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (33 +/- 15% vs 39 +/- 14%, p less than 0.05), higher prevalence of increased lung thallium uptake (45% vs 22%, p less than 0.02), more extensive LV perfusion defects (4.4 +/- 2.9 vs 3.0 +/- 3.0 segments, p less than 0.03) and more complex ventricular arrhythmias (55% vs 35%, p less than 0.05). At a mean follow-up of 6 months, 17 patients (8 in group 1 and 9 in group 2) died from cardiac causes. Actuarial life-table analysis showed that the survival rate was better in group 2 than in group 1 (Mantel-Cox statistics = 4.62, p = 0.03). Thus, patients with AMI and abnormal RV thallium uptake have worse LV function, more complex ventricular arrhythmias and worse prognosis

  5. Correlation between severity of perfusion abnormalities with clinical symptoms and risk factors for CAD in patients with mild to moderate coronary artery stenosis (50-75%)

    Full text: Aim: Evaluate the relationship between the severity of perfusion abnormalities, clinical symptoms and risk factors for coronary artery diseases (CAD) in patients with mild to moderate coronary artery stenosis. Material and methods: 136 patents were included in the study, of which 44 with angiographically proven mild to moderate (50-75%) coronary artery stenosis (1st group) and 9 without stenosis (2nd group) from a total of 136 patients who had undergone Tl-201 and Tc99m tetrofosmine myocardial perfusion SPECT and coronary angiography. As a risk factors for CAD we included: hyperlipidaemia, hypertension and diabetes mellitus. As clinical symptom we included chest pain. According myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) findings of all patients were evaluated according severity of the perfusion defects on MPS and not the extent of them. Results: In the 1st group of patients there is higher incidence of diabetic patients (twice more) and hypertensive (1/3 more) patients than in the second group without CA stenosis. In addition no significant difference was found in the number of patients without risk factors in both groups. The mean number of clinical symptoms for 1 patient in both groups was not statistically significant 1,54 ± 0,24 and 1,25 ± 0,25 respectively, P>0,5. In the 1st group of patients 77,4% of them have reversible myocardial ischemia ,18,1% MI and only 4.5% normal perfusion uptake. Moderate reversible myocardial ischemia was detected in 44.5% of patients of the second group. Comparing the two groups of patients showing moderate reversible myocardial ischemia, (50-75% stenosis and without stenosis), the presence of risk factors was not statistically significant (1,64±0,16 and 1,27±0,32,p-0, 2). Conclusion: No relationship was found between the severity of perfusion abnormalities, clinical symptoms and risk factors of CAD in patients with mild to moderate coronary artery stenosis

  6. Effect of myocardial perfusion and metabolic interventions on cardiac kinetics of phenylpentadecanoic acid (IPPA) I 123

    Reske, S.N.; Schoen, S.; Schmitt, W.; Knopp, R.; Winkler, C.; Machulla, H.J.

    1986-08-01

    The effect of regional myocardial perfusion and flow-independent adrenergic stimulation, as well as lactate-mediated inhibition of cardiac lipolysis, on cardiac IPPA uptake and metabolism was examined in canine hearts (flow studies) and in the isolated perfused Langendorff rat heart (metabolic interventions). In both normal and ischaemic myocardium, local perfusion is a major determinant of cardiac IPPA uptake. In pacing-induced hyperaemia, the strict flow-dependence of cardiac IPPA uptake is not preserved. Adrenergic stimulation raises the rate of oxidation of both palmitic acid /sup 14/C and IPPA. This change is reflected by increased metabolite production released into the perfusate and radioactivity clearance recorded externally. Lactate in high concentrations exerts the opposite effect on cardiac free fatty acid oxidation. IPPA is stored in this condition preferentially in tissue phospholipids and triglycerides.

  7. Normal myocardial perfusion scan portends a benign prognosis independent from the pretest probability of coronary artery disease. Sub-analysis of the J-ACCESS study

    We assessed the usefulness of gated stress/rest 99mTc-tetrofosmin myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) to predict ischemic cardiac events in Japanese patients with various estimated pretest probabilities of coronary artery disease (CAD). Of the 4031 consecutively registered patients for a J-ACCESS (Japanese Assessment of Cardiac Events and Survival Study by Quantitative Gated SPECT) study, 1904 patients without prior cardiac events were selected. Gated stress/rest myocardial perfusion SPECT was performed and segmental perfusion scores and quantitative gated SPECT results were derived. The pretest probability for having CAD was estimated using the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association/American College of Physicians- American Society of Internal Medicine guideline data for the management of patients with chronic stable angina, which includes age, gender, and type of chest discomfort. The patients were followed up for three years. During the three-year follow-up period, 96 developed ischemic cardiac events: 17 cardiac deaths, 8 nonfatal myocardial infarction, and 71 clinically driven revascularization. The summed stress score (SSS) was the most powerful independent predictor of all ischemic cardiac events (hazard ratio 1.077, confidence interval (CI) 1.045-1.110). Abnormal SSS (>3) was associated with a significantly higher cardiac event rate in patients with an intermediate to high pretest probability of CAD. Normal SSS (≤3) was associated with a low event rate in patients with any pretest probability of CAD. Myocardial perfusion SPECT is useful for further risk-stratification of patients with suspected CAD. The abnormal scan result (SSS>3) is discriminative for subsequent cardiac events only in the groups with an intermediate to high pretest probability of CAD. The salient result is that normal scan results portend a benign prognosis independent from the pretest probability of CAD. (author)

  8. 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)

  9. A feed forward neural network for classification of bull's-eye myocardial perfusion images

    Identification of hypoperfused areas in myocardial perfusion single-photon emission tomography studies can be aided by bull's-eye representation of raw counts, lesion extent and lesion severity, the latter two being produced by comparison of the raw bull's-eye data with a normal data base. An artificial intelligence technique which is presently becoming widely popular and which is particularly suitable for pattern recognition is that of artificial neural network. We have studied the ability of feed forward neural networks to extract patterns from bull's-eye data by assessing their capability to predict lesion presence without direct comparison with a normal data base. Studies were undertaken on both simulation data and on real stress-rest data obtained from 410 male patients undergoing routine thallium-201 myocardial perfusion scintigraphy. The ability of trained neural networks to predict lesion presence was quantified by calculating the areas under receiver operating characteristic curves. Figures as high as 0.96 for non-preclassified patient data were obtained, corresponding to an accuracy of 92%. The results demonstrate that neural networks can accurately classify patterns from bull's-eye myocardial perfusion images and detect the presence of hypoperfused areas without the need for comparison with a normal data base. Preliminary work suggests that this technique could be used to study perfusion patterns in the myocardium and their correlation with clinical parameters. (orig.)

  10. Image registration and analysis for quantitative myocardial perfusion: application to dynamic circular cardiac CT

    Large area detector computed tomography systems with fast rotating gantries enable volumetric dynamic cardiac perfusion studies. Prospectively, ECG-triggered acquisitions limit the data acquisition to a predefined cardiac phase and thereby reduce x-ray dose and limit motion artefacts. Even in the case of highly accurate prospective triggering and stable heart rate, spatial misalignment of the cardiac volumes acquired and reconstructed per cardiac cycle may occur due to small motion pattern variations from cycle to cycle. These misalignments reduce the accuracy of the quantitative analysis of myocardial perfusion parameters on a per voxel basis. An image-based solution to this problem is elastic 3D image registration of dynamic volume sequences with variable contrast, as it is introduced in this contribution. After circular cone-beam CT reconstruction of cardiac volumes covering large areas of the myocardial tissue, the complete series is aligned with respect to a chosen reference volume. The results of the registration process and the perfusion analysis with and without registration are evaluated quantitatively in this paper. The spatial alignment leads to improved quantification of myocardial perfusion for three different pig data sets.

  11. Prognostic value of myocardial perfusion tomographic imaging in patients after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty plus stent

    Objective: To study the prognostic value of myocardial perfusion tomographic imaging in patients after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) plus stent. Methods: Seventy-five patients underwent 99Tcm-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) stress-rest myocardial perfusion tomographic imaging (6.91 ± 2.99) months after PTCA. They were then followed-up for (41.71 ± 20.00) months, and unstable angina pectoris, acute myocardial infarction, cardiac death and revascularization for cardiac events were recorded during follow-up. Results: Twenty-five patients had cardiac events during follow-up. And the cardiac event rate in patients with normal and fixed defects(5.9%, 16.7%) was significantly lower than that in those with reversible defects (52.5%, χ2=10.94, P2=6.57, P2=7.37, P=0.0066; χ2=6.28, P=0.012), and the mean time free of cardiac event after PTCA was (33.8 ± 5.0) months. Conclusion: The presence of reversible defects on post-PTCA cardiac imaging predicts a higher cardiac event rate, the myocardial perfusion tomography imaging after PTCA is valuable for predicting the prognosis of patients after PTCA plus stent. (authors)

  12. Elastic surface contour detection for the measurement of ejection fraction in myocardial perfusion SPET

    The aim of this study was to investigate the use of an automated three-dimensional myocardial contour detection method using elastic surfaces for the assessment of left ventricular ejection fraction (EF) from electrocardiographically (ECG) triggered myocardial perfusion single-photon emission tomography (SPET). The validity of this method was studied on the basis of both phantom measurements and patient studies. Phantom measurements were performed using an elastic phantom of the left ventricle simulating a beating heart, with a simulated EF ranging from 10% to 78%. The data from 27 patients who had undergone both ECG-triggered myocardial perfusion SPET and planar gated radionuclide ventriculography (RNV) were used to compare the EF derived from the SPET data with the automated contour detection method and the EF derived from the RNV data with standard analysis software. EF values as measured by RNV ranged from 11% to 68%. The overall accuracy of the automated contour detection method proved to be very high. In the phantom study the deviation of the measured EF from the reference values was less than 4% for all of the simulated EFs. The studies on the patient data yielded a correlation coefficient (Pearson) greater than 0.94 as compared with planar RNV. Intra- and inter-observer reproducibility was high, with correlation coefficients exceeding 0.97. It is concluded that the proposed method allows accurate, reproducible and fast measurement of the left ventricular EF on the basis of myocardial perfusion SPET. (orig.)

  13. Automatic motion correction for quantification of myocardial perfusion with dynamic magnetic resonance imaging

    Respiratory motion makes it difficult to quantify myocardial perfusion with dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The purpose of this study was to evaluate an automatic registration method for motion correction for quantification of myocardial perfusion with dynamic MRI. The present method was based on the gradient-based method with robust estimation of displacement parameters. For comparison, we also corrected for motion with manual registration as the benchmark. The myocardial kinetic parameters, K1 (rate constant for transfer of contrast agent from blood to myocardium) and k2 (rate constant for transfer from myocardium to blood), were calculated from dynamic images with a two-compartment model. The images corrected by the present method were similar to those corrected by manual registration. The kinetic parameters obtained after motion correction with the present method were close to those obtained after motion correction with manual registration. These results suggest that the present method is useful for motion correction for quantification of myocardial perfusion with dynamic MRI. (author)

  14. Quantitative myocardial perfusion by O-15-water PET

    Thomassen, Anders; Petersen, Henrik; Johansen, Allan;

    2015-01-01

    AIMS: Reporting of quantitative myocardial blood flow (MBF) is typically performed in standard coronary territories. However, coronary anatomy and myocardial vascular territories vary among individuals, and a coronary artery may erroneously be deemed stenosed or not if territorial demarcation is...... disease (CAD). METHODS AND RESULTS: Forty-four patients with suspected CAD were included prospectively and underwent coronary CT-angiography and quantitative MBF assessment with O-15-water PET followed by invasive, quantitative coronary angiography, which served as reference. MBF was calculated in the...

  15. Diabetes patients show different time-course of myocardial perfusion improvement after coronary artery bypass grafting

    Lee, J. J.; Seok, J. W.; Eo, J. S. [Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)] (and others)

    2005-07-01

    Diabetes mellitus is an independent risk factor of cardiovascular disease. Diabetes is known to cause microangiopathy. The microangiopathy is hardly detectable on the coronary angiography. Myocardial perfusion imaging shows the resultant perfusion status which reflects the microangiopathy. For patients who underwent revascularization, the microangiopathy could affect the myocardial perfusion improvement. Diabetes patients probably experience the different myocardial perfusion improvement as compared to the non-diabetes patients although they have similar angiographic findings. The aim of this study is to find out whether there is a time-course difference of perfusion improvement between the diabetes and non diabetes patients who showed patent angiographic findings after coronary artery grafting surgery (CABG). A total of 129 patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting surgery were enrolled in this study. Myocardial SPECTs performed at previous, short-term (3 month), and mid-term (1 year) to CABG. One-year follow up angiography was done 411{+-}121 days after surgery. Graft patency was determined according to the FitzGibbon et al. Segments were assigned to vascular territories using a 20 segment model. The segments of excellent patency were included in this study. Time course differences of concerned segments were analyzed using RMANOVA. The number of segments enrolled was 764 of diabetes and 1083 of non-diabetes. At short-term follow up, reversibility score was 2.8{+-}8.1% in diabetes and 0.3{+-}7.5% in non-diabetes. At long-term follow up, reversibility score was 1.8{+-}8.0% in diabetes and 0.1{+-}7.3% in non-diabetes. The time-course of reversibility score was significantly different between the diabetes and non diabetes (p<0.001) Diabetic segments showed high residual reversibility score than non-diabetic segments after CABG although the angiographic finding was patent in both groups. This result is maybe attributable to microangiopathy induced by

  16. Screening for silent myocardial ischemia caseof diabetics : interest of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy

    Silent myocardial ischemia is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in diabetic patients. Its diagnosis by noninvasive means such as myocardial SPECT would improve the management of these patients. The purpose of this study is to assess the frequency of silent myocardial ischemia in asymptomatic diabetics and their evolution. As a result, the myocardial SPECT is a reliable tool for screening for silent myocardial ischemia in diabetic patients. Its prognostic value allows to stratify the cardiac risk and guide therapeutic management. Its integration into a screening strategy in Tunisia seems limited by its low availability and cost. The latter could be reduced by better patient selection.

  17. 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.)

  18. The imaging of myocardial perfusion with sup(81m)Kr during coronary arteriography

    The use of 81sup(m)Kr was investigated for imaging myocardial perfusion during coronary arteriography using conventional catheters. When the significance of stenosis judged by arteriography is unclear, the effect on tissue perfusion can be established and the contribution to collateral flow by each artery separately evaluated. The distribution of sup(81m)Kr, due to its 13-s half-life, represents regional blood flow. In order to evaluate interventions, studies can be repeated at a low radiation risk to patients. A sterile pyrogen-free 81Rb-81Kr generator was developed. With slow infusion, inadequate mixing and streaming takes place due to laminar flow in coronary arteries. Fast intermittent 3-ml 81K-dextrose bolus injections convincingly eliminated streaming artefacts. Imaging was performed in 13 patients with a mobile scintillation camera and digital imaging system. Blood flow was calculated using the inert gas washout technique. There was good correlation (r = 0.91) between coronary blood flow determinations using sup(81m)Kr and 133Xe respectively. The perfusion images correlated well with the coronary angiograms. Total coronary arterial occlusions as demonstrated by arteriography were all shown as perfusion defects during rest. During atrial pacing myocardial flow was increased two-fold in normal coronary arteries and to a lesser extent in arteries with significant disease. The most critical lesion in a branch of a left coronary artery leads to a redistribution of perfusion during pacing. (orig.)

  19. Myocardial perfusion of infarcted and normal myocardium in propofol-anesthetized minipigs using (82)Rubidium PET.

    Rasmussen, Thomas; Follin, Bjarke; Kastrup, Jens; Christensen, Thomas Emil; Hammelev, Karsten Pharao; Kjær, Andreas; Hasbak, Philip

    2016-06-01

    Cardiac Rubidium-82 ((82)Rb) positron-emission-tomography (PET) is a good method for quantification of myocardial blood flow in man. Quantification of myocardial blood flow in animals to evaluate new treatment strategies or to understand underlying disease is also of great interest but raises some challenges. Animals, which have been anesthetized during PET acquisition, might react differently to used stress medications, and therefore difficulties might exist while evaluating the resulting PET images using standard software packages from commercial vendors optimized for human hearts. Furthermore propofol, used for anesthesia, can influence myocardial perfusion and coronary flow reserve due to its vasorelaxant effect, and interactions might exist between propofol and used stress agents, potentially affecting the result of the examination. We present cardiac (82)Rb-PET studies performed in propofol-anesthetized minipigs with normal and infarcted myocardium stressed with both adenosine and dipyridamole. Despite the mentioned challenges, we were able to trace the small minipig heart with software designed for human cardiac PET and to achieve blood flow measurements comparable with results in humans with both adenosine and dipyridamole. We found dipyridamole to be a superior stress agent for this experimental setup. Finally, we were able to clearly identify the myocardial perfusion defect after an induced myocardial infarction. PMID:26931633

  20. 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.)

  1. 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.)

  2. Prevalência de fatores de risco coronarianos e alterações da perfusão miocárdica à cintilografia em pacientes diabéticos assintomáticos ambulatoriais Prevalence of coronary risk factors and myocardial perfusion scintigraphy abnormalities in asymptomatic diabetic outpatients

    Francisco das Chagas Monteiro Júnior

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar a prevalência de fatores de risco (FR para doença arterial coronariana (DAC e isquemia miocárdica em uma amostra de diabéticos assintomáticos atendidos ambulatorialmente. MÉTODOS: De 80 diabéticos tipo 2 inicialmente recrutados no ambulatório de endocrinologia do nosso Hospital Universitário, sem sintomas e/ou diagnóstico de DAC, apenas 61 completaram o protocolo da pesquisa, sendo 52,5% do sexo feminino, com uma média de idade de 56,3±10,9anos. Os pacientes foram submetidos a entrevista procurando-se identificar os FR e à realização de eletrocardiograma, ecocardiograma e cintilografia miocárdica perfusional (CMP, em repouso e sob estresse. De acordo com o resultado da CMP, foram distribuídos em dois grupos: um isquêmico e outro normal. RESULTADOS: Os FR identificados foram: sexo masculino (48%, idade > 55 anos (51%, história familiar de doença aterosclerótica precoce (16%, passado de tabagismo (46%, hipertensão arterial (44%, sedentarismo (62%, sobrepeso / obesidade (67%, HDL-colesterol 100 mg/dl (85% e triglicérides > 150 mg/dl (54%. A CMP foi positiva para isquemia em 15% dos pacientes. As variáveis associadas a esse diagnóstico foram sexo masculino (p=0,007, HDL baixo (p=0,046, história de tabagismo (p=0,038, hipertrofia ventricular esquerda (HVE (p=0,043 e fração de ejeção do ventrículo esquerdo (FEVE OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD risk factors (RF and myocardial ischemia in a sample of asymptomatic diabetic patients treated on an outpatient basis. METHODS: From 80 type 2 diabetic patients initially recruited at an university outpatient endocrinology clinic, with no symptoms and/or CAD diagnosis, only 61 patients completed the study protocol, being 52,5% females, with a mean age of 56.3 ± 10.9 years. The patients were interviewed searching for RF and underwent electrocardiogram, echocardiogram and perfusional myocardial scintigraphy (PMS at rest and

  3. 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

  4. The relationship of coronary flow reserve (CFR) to stress thallium-201 myocardial perfusion (T1) and radionuclide ventriculography (RNV)

    Coronary arteriography (CA) can be used to delineate the abnormal anatomy in coronary artery disease (CAD), but the degree of the impairment of coronary blood flow (CBF) cannot be predicted precisely by CA. As a reduction in maximal hyperemic blood flow (MHBF) characterizes a functionally significant coronary lesion, the ratio of contrast-induced MHBF to basal CBF: the coronary flow reserve (CFR) reflects the physiologic significance of a coronary lesion. Recent developments in digital coronary angiography allow CFR to be measured at CA. To assess the relationship of CFR to other noninvasive tests of myocardial perfusion and function the results of stress T1 and RNV were compared to those of CA and CFR for the distribution of 48 arteries in 20 patients. Seven patients had normal CA without spasm: 3 with abnormal CFR had a discrete T1 defect or global RNV dysfunction. The remaining 4 had normal CFR, T1 and RNV. Thirteen had CAD without prior infarction. Segmental T1 and RNV were compared to CA and CFR. Normal CFR was seen in patients with both normal T1 and RNV; while T1 was best associated with abnormal CFR in CAD and may be the preferable noninvasive modality to identify physiologically significant, abnormal CBF in suspected cases of CAD

  5. Diagnostic performance of combined noninvasive coronary angiography and myocardial perfusion imaging using 320 row detector computed tomography

    Vavere, Andrea L; Simon, Gregory G; George, Richard T;

    2013-01-01

    diagnostic performance of combined 320-row CTA and myocardial CT perfusion imaging (CTP) in comparison with the combination of invasive coronary angiography and single-photon emission computed tomography myocardial perfusion imaging (SPECT-MPI). The trial is being performed at 16 medical centers located in 8...... disease compared with (1) the combination of conventional coronary angiography and SPECT-MPI and (2) conventional coronary angiography alone. If successful, the technology could revolutionize the management of patients with symptomatic CAD....

  6. Optimization of iterative reconstruction parameters with attenuation correction, scatter correction and resolution recovery in myocardial perfusion SPECT/CT

    The aim of this study was to characterize the optimal reconstruction parameters for ordered-subset expectation maximization (OSEM) with attenuation correction, scatter correction, and depth-dependent resolution recovery (OSEMACSCRR). We assessed the optimal parameters for OSEMACSCRR in an anthropomorphic torso phantom study, and evaluated the validity of the reconstruction parameters in the groups of normal volunteers and patients with abnormal perfusion. Images of the anthropomorphic torso phantom, 9 normal volunteers and 7 patients undergoing myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) were acquired with a SPECT/CT scanner. SPECT data comprised a 64 x 64 matrix with an acquisition pixel size of 6.6 mm. A normalized mean square error (NMSE) of the phantom image was calculated to determine both optimal OSEM update and a full width at half maximum (FWHM) of Gaussian filter. We validated the myocardial count, contrast and noise characteristic for clinical subjects derived from OSEMACSCRR processing. OSEM with depth-dependent resolution recovery (OSEMRR) and filtered back projection (FBP) were simultaneously performed to compare OSEMACSCRR. The combination of OSEMACSCRR with 90-120 OSEM updates and Gaussian filter with 13.2-14.85 mm FWHM yielded low NMSE value in the phantom study. When we used OSEMACSCRR with 120 updates and Gaussian filter with 13.2 mm FWHM in the normal volunteers, myocardial contrast showed significantly higher value than that derived from 120 updates and 14.85 mm FWHM. OSEMACSCRR with the combination of 90-120 OSEM updates and 14.85 mm FWHM produced lowest % root mean square (RMS) noise. Regarding the defect contrast of patients with abnormal perfusion, OSEMACSCRR with the combination of 90-120 OSEM updates and 13.2 mm FWHM produced significantly higher value than that derived from 90-120 OSEM updates and 14.85 mm FWHM. OSEMACSCRR was superior to FBP for the % RMS noise (8.52±1.08 vs. 9.55±1.71, P=0.02) and defect

  7. A General Approach to the Evaluation of Ventilation-Perfusion Ratios in Normal and Abnormal Lungs

    Wagner, Peter D.

    1977-01-01

    Outlines methods for manipulating multiple gas data so as to gain the greatest amount of insight into the properties of ventilation-perfusion distributions. Refers to data corresponding to normal and abnormal lungs. Uses a two-dimensional framework with the respiratory gases of oxygen and carbon dioxide. (CS)

  8. A study to assess changes in myocardial perfusion after treatment with spinal cord stimulation and percutaneous myocardial laser revascularisation; data from a randomised trial

    Freeman Carol J

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Spinal cord stimulation (SCS and percutaneous myocardial laser revascularisation (PMR are treatment modalities used to treat refractory angina pectoris, with the major aim of such treatment being the relief of disabling symptoms. This study compared the change in myocardial perfusion following SCS and PMR treatment. Methods Subjects with Canadian Cardiovascular Society class 3/4 angina and reversible perfusion defects as assessed by single-photon emission computed tomographic myocardial perfusion scintigraphy were randomised to SCS (34 or PMR (34. 28 subjects in each group underwent repeat myocardial perfusion imaging 12 months post intervention. Visual scoring of perfusion images was performed using a 20-segment model and a scale of 0 to 4. Results The mean (standard deviation baseline summed rest score (SRS and stress scores (SSS were 4.6 (5.7 and 13.6 (9.0 in the PMR group and 6.1 (7.4 and 16.8 (11.6 in the SCS group. At 12 months, SRS was 5.5 (6.0 and SSS 15.3 (11.3 in the PMR group and 6.9 (8.2 and 15.1 (10.9 in the SCS group. There was no significant difference between the two treatment groups adjusted for baseline (p = 1.0 for SRS, p = 0.29 for SSS. Conclusion There was no significant difference in myocardial perfusion one year post treatment with SCS or PMR.

  9. Semi-quantitative myocardial perfusion measured by computed tomography in patients with refractory angina

    Qayyum, Abbas Ali; Kühl, Jørgen Tobias; Kjaer, Andreas;

    2015-01-01

    PET and to detect stenotic territories in patients with severe coronary artery disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighteen patients with stenosis narrowing coronary arteries ≥70% demonstrated on invasive coronary angiography underwent rest and adenosine stress imaging obtained by 320-multidetector CT...... scanner and CT/PET 64-slice scanner. CT measured myocardial attenuation density (AD) and perfusion index (PI) were correlated to absolute PET myocardial perfusion values. RESULTS: Rest AD, rest and stress PI did not correlate to PET findings (r = 0·412, P = 0·113; r = 0·300, P = 0·259; and r = 0·508, P...... = 0·064, respectively). However, there was a significant correlation between stress AD and stress PET values (r = 0·670, P = 0·009) and between stress and rest differences for AD and PI with PET differences (r = 0·620, P = 0·006; and r = 0·639, P = 0·004, respectively). Furthermore, significant...

  10. Use of neural networks to improve quality control of interpretations in myocardial perfusion imaging

    Tagil, K.; Marving, J.; Lomsky, M.; Hesse, B.; Edenbrandt, L.

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to explore the feasibility of using a technique based on artificial neural networks for quality assurance of image reporting. The networks were used to identify potentially suboptimal or erroneous interpretations of myocardial perfusion scintigrams (MPS......Tc-sestamibi myocardial perfusion scintigraphy. After a training process, the networks were used to select the 20 cases in each region that were more likely to have a false clinical interpretation. These cases, together with 20 control cases in which the networks detected no likelihood of false clinical interpretation...... cases. Forty-six of the 53 cases (87%) came from the group selected by the neural networks, and only seven (13%) were control cases (P < 0.001). The disagreements between clinical routine interpretation by an experienced nuclear medicine expert and artificial networks were related to small and mild...

  11. 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)

  12. Three dimensional first-pass myocardial perfusion imaging at 3T: feasibility study

    Pohost Gerald M

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In patients with ischemic heart disease, accurate assessment of the extent of myocardial perfusion deficit may be important in predicting prognosis of clinical cardiac outcomes. The aim of this study was to compare the ability of three dimensional (3D and of two dimensional (2D multi-slice myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR in determining the size of defects, and to demonstrate the feasibility of 3D MPI in healthy volunteers at 3 Tesla. Methods A heart phantom was used to compare the accuracy of 3D and 2D multi-slice MPI in estimating the volume fraction of seven rubber insets which simulated transmural myocardial perfusion defects. Three sets of cross-sectional planes were acquired for 2D multi-slice imaging, where each set was shifted along the partition encoding direction by ± 10 mm. 3D first-pass contrast-enhanced (0.1 mmol/kg Gd-DTPA MPI was performed in three volunteers with sensitivity encoding for six-fold acceleration. The upslope of the myocardial time-intensity-curve and peak SNR/CNR values were calculated. Results Mean/standard deviation of errors in estimating the volume fraction across the seven defects were -0.44/1.49%, 2.23/2.97%, and 2.59/3.18% in 3D, 2D 4-slice, and 2D 3-slice imaging, respectively. 3D MPI performed in healthy volunteers produced excellent quality images with whole left ventricular (LV coverage. Peak SNR/CNR was 57.6 ± 22.0/37.5 ± 19.7 over all segments in the first eight slices. Conclusion 3D performed better than 2D multi-slice MPI in estimating the size of perfusion defects in phantoms. Highly accelerated 3D MPI at 3T was feasible in volunteers, allowing whole LV coverage with excellent image quality and high SNR/CNR.

  13. Role of Different Concentrations of Morphine after Coronary Perfusion for Myocardial Protection

    Chen, S.; Xiong, J; Zhan, Y.; W. Liu; Wang, X.

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To investigate whether the different concentrations of morphine after coronary perfusion have myocardial protection. Subjects and method: Forty-five patients undergoing heart valve replacement were randomly divided into three groups of 15 patients: group A (morphine 2 μmol/L in the cardioplegic solution), group B (morphine 4 μmol/L in the cardioplegic solution) and group C (no morphine in the cardioplegic solution). The three groups were monitored before induction (T1), five min...

  14. Interdependence between measures of extent and severity of myocardial perfusion defects provided by automatic quantification programs

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

    2005-01-01

    To evaluate the accuracy of the values of lesion extent and severity provided by the two automatic quantification programs AutoQUANT and 4D-MSPECT using myocardial perfusion images generated by Monte Carlo simulation of a digital phantom. The combination between a realistic computer phantom and an...... accurate scintillation camera simulation tool allows the generation of realistic single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) images similar to those obtained in clinical patient studies....

  15. Diagnostic Value of Myocardial Perfusion SPECT with Dipyridamole in a Female Population

    Background: Exercise stress scintigraphy is a safe procedure widely used for the diagnosis of ischemic heart disease. Pharmacologic stress testing is an important alternative. The delayed presentation of ischemic heart disease in women, together with a lower diagnostic accuracy of exercise stress testing in this population, has generated interest in the potential benefits provided by myocardial perfusion imaging tests. Objective: To determine the diagnostic value of myocardial perfusion images with 99mTc-tetrofosmin in a one day protocol after a pharmacologic stress with dipyridamole in a female population, and the relation with the coronary territories using coronary angiography as a reference technique. Material and Methods: In total, 149 clinical charts of women with suspected ischemic heart disease undergoing myocardial perfusion imaging tests and coronary angiography were retrospectively analyzed. Results: Sensitivity and specificity were 94% (93.47%-94.53%) and 82% (80.94%-83.06%), respectively. Values of sensitivity and specificity according to coronary territories were 71.62% (70.88%-72.36%) and 76% (75.27%-76.73%) for the left anterior descending (LAD) artery, 69.09% (68.11%-70.07%) and 76.84% (76.26%-77.42%) for the left circumflex (LCx) coronary artery, and 87.23% (86.11%-88.36%) and 74.51% (73.97%-75.05%) for the right coronary artery (RCA), respectively. Conclusion: Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy with 99mTc-tetrofosmin and dipyridamole using a one day stress-rest protocol has high sensitivity and specificity for the diagnosis of ischemic heart disease in women. (authors)

  16. Noise spatial nonuniformity and the impact of statistical image reconstruction in CT myocardial perfusion imaging

    Lauzier, Pascal Thériault; Jie TANG; Speidel, Michael A.; Chen, Guang-Hong

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: To achieve high temporal resolution in CT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), images are often reconstructed using filtered backprojection (FBP) algorithms from data acquired within a short-scan angular range. However, the variation in the central angle from one time frame to the next in gated short scans has been shown to create detrimental partial scan artifacts when performing quantitative MPI measurements. This study has two main purposes. (1) To demonstrate the existence of a di...

  17. High-dose adenosine overcomes the attenuation of myocardial perfusion reserve caused by caffeine.

    Reyes, E.; Loong, C Y; Harbinson, Mark; Donovan, J; Anagnostopoulos, C.; Underwood, S. R.

    2008-01-01

    Objectives:We studied whether an increase in adenosine dose overcomes caffeine antagonism on adenosine-mediated coronary vasodilation.Background:Caffeine is a competitive antagonist at the adenosine receptors, but it is unclear whether caffeine in coffee alters the actions of exogenous adenosine, and whether the antagonism can be surmounted by increasing the adenosine dose.Methods:Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) was used to assess adenosine-induced hyperemia in 30 patients before (bas...

  18. Stress Myocardial Perfusion Imaging in the Emergency Department - New Techniques for Speed and Diagnostic Accuracy

    Harrison, Sheri D; Harrison, Mark A; Duvall, W. Lane

    2012-01-01

    Emergency room evaluations of patients presenting with chest pain continue to rise, and these evaluations which often include cardiac imaging, are an increasing area of resource utilization in the current health system. Myocardial perfusion imaging from the emergency department remains a vital component of the diagnosis or exclusion of coronary artery disease as the etiology of chest pain. Recent advances in camera technology, and changes to the imaging protocols have allowed MPI to become a ...

  19. Non-rigid registration and KLT filter to improve SNR and CNR in GRE-EPI myocardial perfusion imaging.

    Mihai, Georgeta; Ding, Yu; Xue, Hui; Chung, Yiu-Cho; Rajagopalan, Sanjay; Guehring, Jens; Simonetti, Orlando P

    2012-12-01

    The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effect of motion compensation by non-rigid registration combined with the Karhunen-Loeve Transform (KLT) filter on the signal to noise (SNR) and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) of hybrid gradient-echo echoplanar (GRE-EPI) first-pass myocardial perfusion imaging. Twenty one consecutive first-pass adenosine stress perfusion MR data sets interpreted positive for ischemia or infarction were processed by non-rigid Registration followed by KLT filtering. SNR and CNR were measured in abnormal and normal myocardium in unfiltered and KLT filtered images following non-rigid registration to compensate for respiratory and other motions. Image artifacts introduced by filtering in registered and nonregistered images were evaluated by two observers. There was a statistically significant increase in both SNR and CNR between normal and abnormal myocardium with KLT filtering (mean SNR increased by 62.18% ± 21.05% and mean CNR increased by 58.84% ± 18.06%; p = 0.01). Motion correction prior to KLT filtering reduced significantly the occurrence of filter induced artifacts (KLT only-artifacts in 42 out of 55 image series vs. registered plus KLT-artifacts in 3 out of 55 image series). In conclusion the combination of non- rigid registration and KLT filtering was shown to increase the SNR and CNR of GRE-EPI perfusion images. Subjective evaluation of image artifacts revealed that prior motion compensation significantly reduced the artifacts introduced by the KLT filtering process. PMID:23936584

  20. Thallium-201 myocardial perfusion imaging at rest and during exercise. Comparative sensitivity to electrocardiography in coronary artery disease

    The sensitivity of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) using thallium-201 injected both at rest and during peak exercise was compared to simultaneously recorded 12 lead electrocardiography (ECG) for the detection of transient ischemia in 20 normal subjects and 63 patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). No significant perfusion defects or ECG changes were seen on either the rest or exercise studies in any of the normal subjects. Fifty-six percent of patients with CAD developed new perfusion defects with exercise compared to 38 percent who developed ischemic ST-segment depression (P < 0.02). However, when chest pain and/or ST depression were considered indices of ischemia, the sensitivity of exercise testing and thallium-201 MPI was similar. The increased sensitivity of MPI compared to ST-segment depression on the ECG was due to patients with baseline ECG abnormalities and those who failed to achieve 85 percent of predicted maximum heart rate with exercise. Analysis of the exercise results according to the extent of coronary artery disease revealed a progressive increase in both positive ECGs and MPI with the number of vessels involved. In patients with single vessel disease the MPI was more sensitive than the ECG (P < 0.02). The combination of the rest and exercise ECG, MPI and chest pain during exercise failed to identify 11 percent of patients with CAD. Exercise thallium-201 MPI is a useful adjunct to conventional exercise testing particularly when evaluating patients with abnormal resting ECGs, those who develop ventricular conduction defects or arrhythmias during exercise, and those who fail to achieve their predicted heart rate because of fatigue or breathlessness

  1. Segmental analysis of thallium 201 myocardial perfusion scintigraphy: its value in a community hospital.

    Tendera, M; Campbell, W B; Moyers, J R

    1984-08-01

    In a community hospital, we correlated results of thallium 201 myocardial scintigraphy with coronary arteriographic data in 79 patients. Scintigraphy was 92% sensitive and 85% specific in detecting coronary artery disease. There were no false-negative scintigrams in patients with double or triple vessel disease. The most important factors determining sensitivity of the method in detecting individual coronary stenoses were (1) location of the stenosis in the coronary tree, (2) number of vessels involved, and (3) degree of obstruction. Higher prevalence of perfusion defects in areas of 90% to 99% stenosis as compared with 50% to 89% lesions was of borderline statistical significance (86% vs 59%; P = .06). Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy was unable to predict the number of significantly narrowed coronary vessels. Predictive value of a perfusion defect for a significant coronary stenosis was 87% for anterior, 88% for septal, 90% for lateral, 89% for posterior, and 78% for inferior segment. We conclude that segmental analysis of myocardial scintigrams may be of value in a community hospital. PMID:6463700

  2. Nuclear medicine and coronary artery disease: evaluation of tracers of myocardial perfusion and vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque

    Coronary artery disease is one of the primary cause of mortality worldwide. Nuclear medicine is the major imaging technique for diagnosis and following of this disease. perfusion: nowadays, major radioactive agents used in clinical practice are myocardial perfusion tracers. The reference tracer is thallium-201. However, 201Tl presents some drawbacks. 99mTcn-noet has been proposed for its replacement. This study shows that in contrast with previous studies realized in vitro on cardio myocytes, verapamil, an l-type calcium channel inhibitor, does not inhibit myocardial fixation of 99mTcn-noet in vivo in dog. This data is in agreement with the hypothesis of a non specific endothelial fixation of this tracer. Moreover, this study shows that as a pure tracer of myocardial perfusion, 99mTcn-noet can also be used to assess myocardial viability on a model of myocardial chronic infarction in rat. atherosclerosis: disruption of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques is the main event leading to coronary accidents. The second part of this study concerns the evaluation of new potential tracers of the vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque in an experimental model of rabbit with an inheritable hypercholesterolemia. The four tracers evaluated (b2702(r), b2702-I, b2702-Tc and Tc-raft-b2702) are synthetic peptides comprising the residues 75-84 of hla-b2702, a molecule known to link vcam-1, an adhesion molecule expressed in vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque. The autoradiography studies show that all tracers accumulate within atherosclerotic plaque expressing vcam- and that. i-b2702 shows the best plaque/control fixation ratio. (author)

  3. Normalisation of abnormal coronary fractional flow reserve associated with myocardial bridging using an intracoronary stent

    Prendergast, B; Kerr, F; Starkey, I

    2000-01-01

    Although intracoronary stenting procedures have been advocated for the successful treatment of myocardial ischaemia associated with myocardial bridging, the physiological rationale for this approach remains unexplored. The case of a 70 year old man with symptoms of cardiac ischaemia associated with a left anterior descending coronary artery bridge is described, where use of an intracoronary stent abolished the angiographic abnormalities and also restituted pronounced abnormalities of coronary...

  4. Myocardial uptake of cocaine and effects of cocaine on myocardial substrate utilization and perfusion in hypertensive rats

    Som, P.; Wang, G.J. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States); Oster, Z.H. [State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook, NY (United States); Knapp, F.F. Jr. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Yonekura, Y. [Kyoto Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Medicine; Fujibayashi, Y. [Kyoto Univ. (Japan). Hospital; Yamamoto, K. [Fukui Univ. (Japan). Medical School; Kubota, K. [Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan)

    1992-12-31

    Cocaine abuse is a problem causing world-wide concern and the number of deaths following cocaine use is increasing. Cardiovascular complications following cocaine include severe tachyarrythmias, pulmonary edema, myocardial infarction, and acute renal failure, which are major problems confronting emergency facilities. While the studies of cocaine effects on the brain have been given the most attention, it is clear that the effects of cocaine on the cardiovascular system are of great importance, given the increasing number of reports on sudden death and myocardial infarctions in young adults related to cocaine use. The precise mechanisms of cardiotoxic actions of cocaine are unclear. We investigated the whole-body distribution of C-14-labeled cocaine to determine the cocaine-binding sites, including blocking experiments to determine the nature of regional binding sites, and differential response of the normal vs. diseased heart (hypertensive cardiomyopathy) in an animal model to mimic a potentially high risk population. We investigated the acute effects of cocaine on myocardial metabolism using two myocardial energy substrate analogs, fatty acid and glucose with comparison with regional perfusion.

  5. Myocardial uptake of cocaine and effects of cocaine on myocardial substrate utilization and perfusion in hypertensive rats

    Som, P.; Wang, G.J. (Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)); Oster, Z.H. (State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook, NY (United States)); Knapp, F.F. Jr. (Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)); Yonekura, Y. (Kyoto Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Medicine); Fujibayashi, Y. (Kyoto Univ. (Japan). Hospital); Yamamoto, K. (Fukui Univ. (Japan). Medical School); Kubota, K. (Tohoku Univ., Sendai

    1992-01-01

    Cocaine abuse is a problem causing world-wide concern and the number of deaths following cocaine use is increasing. Cardiovascular complications following cocaine include severe tachyarrythmias, pulmonary edema, myocardial infarction, and acute renal failure, which are major problems confronting emergency facilities. While the studies of cocaine effects on the brain have been given the most attention, it is clear that the effects of cocaine on the cardiovascular system are of great importance, given the increasing number of reports on sudden death and myocardial infarctions in young adults related to cocaine use. The precise mechanisms of cardiotoxic actions of cocaine are unclear. We investigated the whole-body distribution of C-14-labeled cocaine to determine the cocaine-binding sites, including blocking experiments to determine the nature of regional binding sites, and differential response of the normal vs. diseased heart (hypertensive cardiomyopathy) in an animal model to mimic a potentially high risk population. We investigated the acute effects of cocaine on myocardial metabolism using two myocardial energy substrate analogs, fatty acid and glucose with comparison with regional perfusion.

  6. 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.)

  7. Myocardial first-pass perfusion imaging with hybrid-EPI: frequency-offsets and potential artefacts

    Ferreira Pedro F

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background First-pass myocardial perfusion is often imaged with a tailored hybrid centric interleaved echo-planar-imaging sequence, providing rapid image acquisition with good contrast enhancement. The centric interleaved phase-encode order minimises the effective time-of-echo but it is sensitive to frequency-offsets. This short article aims to show possible artefacts that might originate with this sequence, in the context of first-pass perfusion imaging, when frequency-offsets are present. Non-uniform magnitude modulation effects were also analysed. Methods Numerical and phantom simulations were used to illustrate the effects of frequency-offsets and non-uniform magnitude modulation with this sequence in a typical perfusion protocol. In vivo data was post-processed to analyse the h-EPI’s sensitivity to the frequency-offsets. Results The centric phase-order was shown to be highly sensitive to frequency-offsets due to its symmetrical phase slope. Resulting artefacts include blurring, and splitting of the image into two identical copies along the phase-encode direction. It was also shown that frequency-offsets can introduce signal loss and ghosting of the right ventricle signal into the myocardium. The in vivo results were confirmed by numerical and phantom simulations. Magnitude modulation effects were found to be small. Conclusions Imaging first-pass myocardial perfusion with an hybrid centric echo-planar-imaging sequence can be corrupted with ghosting and splitting of the image due to frequency-offsets.

  8. 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.)

  9. 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.)

  10. Regional myocardial perfusion assessed by N-13 labeled ammonia and positron emission computerized axial tomography

    The usefulness of 13NH3 as an indicator of regional myocardial perfusion suitable for positron emission computerized axial tomography (PCT) has been suggested. However, the relationship between myocardial blood flow and uptake of 13NH3 has not been examined quantitatively. It was therefore the purpose of the current investigation to quantitate the relationship of myocardial 13NH3 tissue concentration to myocardial blood flow and to examine its suitability for PCT imaging. Twelve open chest dogs were studied. In 8 of the dogs 25 imaging procedures with 13NH3 and PCT were performed. In the remaining four dogs the relationship between flow and myocardial 13NH3 tissue concentration was assessed by in vitro techniques. The PCT technique provided high quality cross-sectional images of the distribution of 13NH3 in left ventricular myocardium. No significant redistribution of 13NH3 in myocardium occurred with time. Alterations in regional myocardial blood flow resulted in changes of the regional distribution of 13NH3 that were readily appreciated on the PCT images

  11. The clinical value of adenosine triphosphate stress myocardial perfusion tomography for detecting coronary artery disease

    Objective: To study the clinical value of adenosine triphosphate stress myocardial perfusion tomography imaging (ATP-MPI) in detection of coronary artery disease (CAD). Methods: There were 278 patients underwent ATP-MPI, 51 patients of them also underwent coronary angiography (CAG). Seventy-three patients underwent stress-rest myocardial perfusion tomography imaging with multi-stage submaximal exercise test (ST-MPI) and CAG serving as control group. Results: 1) Side effects: there were 11 different symptoms and atrioventricular conduction block (10 patients), sinoatrial conduction block (2 patients) occurred during ATP stress. Allopathy or interruption of ATP stress did not happen. 2) The sensitivity and specificity of ATP-MPI in detection of CAD were 97.1% and 82.4%, respectively, and those in detection of ≥50% narrowing coronary artery were 91.0% and 94.7%, respectively. 3) In patients without myocardial infarction, the sensitivity and specificity of ATP-MPI in detection of myocardial ischemia were comparable to those of ST-MPI. Conclusion: ATP-MPI is an accurate, safe modality and is comparable to ST-MPI in the detection of CAD

  12. Myocardial perfusion imaging for predicting cardiac events in Japanese patients with advanced chronic kidney disease: 1-year interim report of the J-ACCESS 3 investigation

    Whether myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) can predict cardiac events in patients with advanced conservative chronic kidney disease (CKD) remains unclear. The present multicenter prospective cohort study aimed to clarify the ability of MPI to predict cardiac events in 529 patients with CKD and estimated glomerular filtration rates (eGFR) 2 without a definitive diagnosis of coronary artery disease. All patients were assessed by stress-rest MPI with 99mTc-tetrofosmin and analyzed using summed defect scores and QGS software. Cardiac events were analyzed 1 year after registration. Myocardial perfusion abnormalities defined as summed stress score (SSS) ≥4 and ≥8 were identified in 19 and 7 % of patients, respectively. At the end of the 1-year follow-up, 33 (6.2 %) cardiac events had occurred that included cardiac death, sudden death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, and hospitalization due to heart failure. The event-free rates at that time were 0.95, 0.90, and 0.81 for groups with SSS 0-3, 4-7, and ≥8, respectively (p = 0.0009). Thus, patients with abnormal SSS had a higher incidence of cardiac events. Multivariate Cox regression analysis showed that SSS significantly impacts the prediction of cardiac events independently of eGFR and left ventricular ejection fraction. MPI would be useful to stratify patients with advanced conservative CKD who are at high risk of cardiac events without adversely affecting damaged kidneys. (orig.)

  13. Myocardial perfusion imaging for predicting cardiac events in Japanese patients with advanced chronic kidney disease: 1-year interim report of the J-ACCESS 3 investigation

    Joki, Nobuhiko; Hase, Hiroki [Toho University Ohashi Medical Center, Department of Nephrology, Tokyo (Japan); Kawano, Yuhei; Nakamura, Satoko [National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, Division of Hypertension and Nephrology, Osaka (Japan); Nakajima, Kenichi [Kanazawa University Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Kanazawa (Japan); Hatta, Tsuguru [Hatta Medical Office of Internal Medicine, Kyoto (Japan); Nishimura, Shigeyuki [Saitama Medical University International Medical Center, Saitama (Japan); Moroi, Masao [Toho University Ohashi Medical Center, Department of Cardiology, Tokyo (Japan); Nakagawa, Susumu [Saiseikai Central Hospital, Department of Cardiology, Tokyo (Japan); Kasai, Tokuo [Tokyo Medical University Hachioji Medical Center, Tokyo (Japan); Kusuoka, Hideo [Osaka National Hospital, Osaka (Japan); Takeishi, Yasuchika [Fukushima Medical University, Department of Cardiology and Hematology, Fukushima (Japan); Momose, Mitsuru [Tokyo Women' s Medical University, Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine, Tokyo (Japan); Takehana, Kazuya [Kansai Medical University, Department of Cardiology, Osaka (Japan); Nanasato, Mamoru [Cardiovascular Center, Nagoya Daini Red Cross Hospital, Nagoya (Japan); Yoda, Shunichi [Nihon University Itabashi Hospital, Department of Cardiology, Tokyo (Japan); Nishina, Hidetaka [Tsukuba Medical Center Hospital, Department of Cardiology, Tsukuba (Japan); Matsumoto, Naoya [Suruga-dai Nihon University Hospital, Department of Cardiology, Tokyo (Japan); Nishimura, Tsunehiko [Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto (Japan)

    2014-09-15

    Whether myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) can predict cardiac events in patients with advanced conservative chronic kidney disease (CKD) remains unclear. The present multicenter prospective cohort study aimed to clarify the ability of MPI to predict cardiac events in 529 patients with CKD and estimated glomerular filtration rates (eGFR) < 50 ml/min per 1.73{sup 2} without a definitive diagnosis of coronary artery disease. All patients were assessed by stress-rest MPI with {sup 99m}Tc-tetrofosmin and analyzed using summed defect scores and QGS software. Cardiac events were analyzed 1 year after registration. Myocardial perfusion abnormalities defined as summed stress score (SSS) ≥4 and ≥8 were identified in 19 and 7 % of patients, respectively. At the end of the 1-year follow-up, 33 (6.2 %) cardiac events had occurred that included cardiac death, sudden death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, and hospitalization due to heart failure. The event-free rates at that time were 0.95, 0.90, and 0.81 for groups with SSS 0-3, 4-7, and ≥8, respectively (p = 0.0009). Thus, patients with abnormal SSS had a higher incidence of cardiac events. Multivariate Cox regression analysis showed that SSS significantly impacts the prediction of cardiac events independently of eGFR and left ventricular ejection fraction. MPI would be useful to stratify patients with advanced conservative CKD who are at high risk of cardiac events without adversely affecting damaged kidneys. (orig.)

  14. A decision support system improves the interpretation of myocardial perfusion imaging

    Tagil, K.; Bondouy, M.; Chaborel, J.P.;

    2008-01-01

    PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of a computer-based decision support system (DSS) on performance and inter-observer variability of interpretations regarding ischaemia and infarction in myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS). METHODS: Seven physicians independently...... interpreted 97 MPS studies, first without and then with the advice of a DSS. Four physicians had long experience and three had limited experience in the interpretation of MPS. Each study was interpreted regarding myocardial ischaemia and infarction in five myocardial regions. The patients had undergone a...... from 81% without the DSS to 86% with the DSS (p = 0.01). The increase in sensitivity was higher for the three inexperienced physicians (9%) than for the four experienced physicians (2%). There was no significant change in specificity between the interpretations. The interpretations of ischaemia made...

  15. 201Tl myocardial perfusion in the management of transplanted heart

    A semi quantitative method with thallium has been applied in the management of cardiac transplants. In all, 142 scans were performed in 20 patients and were arranged in 3 groups that represent respectively all controls performed to the transplants (G1), and a selection of the scans obtained during the 1st rejection episode in each patient (G2) and the 2nd if present (G3). A heart/lung index was calculated through early and late images (IA, IB,) obtained 5 min and 4 h post injection of thallium. A decrease in IA was detected during acute rejection in all groups. This fall was statistically significant from the mild to moderate rejection degree in G1 (P3 (PB was not modified with rejection. Comparing the biopsies with and without edema, in the absence of rejection, it has been proved that the intra myocardial edema can produce a decrease in IA (PA is a simple and sensitive index to evaluate the graft, although intra myocardial edema can reduce its specificity. (orig.)

  16. Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with arms down: Is it valid?

    Full text: For high quality MPI, patients are required to keep their arms above their heads. Some patients are unable to maintain this posture, while patient discomfort may lead to significant motion and possible imaging artefacts. Our objective was to compare the impact of arm positioning on rest MPI scans reconstructed with standard filtered back projection (FBP) v iterative reconstruction incorporating correction for attenuation, scatter and depth dependent resolution (AC). 23 patients (13 males), aged 64 +/-10 years (mean +/-SD), weight 75.3 +/-11.8kg were studied. All underwent rest MPI for standard clinical indications. SPECT MPI imaging was performed approximately one hour after 900MBq IV administration of 99Tcm-Sestamibi, using an ADAC Vertex dual headed camera, with attenuation maps measured by scanning line sources. Patients were imaged with arms above head (AU) and then with arms down (AD). FBP and AC images were compared quantitatively by measurement of relative differences in each of 20 left ventricular (LV) segments. In 5 of 20 (25%) LV segments, AD imaging resulted in significant (p<0.01) changes in relative myocardial counts when FBP was used for reconstruction. There was no significant change between AU and AD imaging when AC was used. Conclusion: AC appears to minimise the impact of arms down imaging on myocardial count distribution. However, the clinical impact of down cardiac imaging in an individual patient remains to be determined. Copyright (2000) The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine Inc

  17. Myocardial perfusion SPECT in a case of retropulmonary looping of left coronary artery in a baby after arterial switch surgery

    Pediatric myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is not a routine investigation in an Indian setting due to under referrals and logistic problems. However, MPI is a frequently performed and established modality of investigation in adults for the identification of myocardial ischemia and viability. We report myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in a case of retropulmonary looping of left coronary artery in a baby after arterial switch surgery. Adenosine stress MPI revealed a large infarct involving anterior segment with moderate reversible ischemia of the lateral left ventricular segment. Coronary angiogram later confirmed left main coronary artery ostial occlusion with retrograde collateral supply from dilated right coronary artery

  18. Quantification of myocardial perfusion based on signal intensity of flow sensitized MRI

    Abeykoon, Sumeda B.

    The quantitative assessment of perfusion is important for early recognition of a variety of heart diseases, determination of disease severity and their cure. In conventional approach of measuring cardiac perfusion by arterial spin labeling, the relative difference in the apparent T1 relaxation times in response to selective and non-selective inversion of blood entering the region of interest is related to perfusion via a two-compartment tissue model. But accurate determination of T1 in small animal hearts is difficult and prone to errors due to long scan times. The purpose of this study is to develop a fast, robust and simple method to quantitatively assess myocardial perfusion using arterial spin labeling. The proposed method is based on signal intensities (SI) of inversion recovery slice-select, non-select and steady-state images. Especially in this method data are acquired at a single inversion time and at short repetition times. This study began by investigating the accuracy of assessment of perfusion using a two compartment system. First, determination of perfusion by T1 and SI were implemented to a simple, two-compartment phantom model. Mathematical model developed for full spin exchange models (in-vivo experiments) by solving a modified Bloch equation was modified to develop mathematical models (T1 and SI) for a phantom (zero spin exchange). The phantom result at different flow rates shows remarkable evidence of accuracy of the two-compartment model and SI, T1 methods: the SI method has less propagation error and less scan time. Next, twelve healthy C57BL/6 mice were scanned for quantitative perfusion assessment and three of them were repeatedly scanned at three different time points for a reproducibility test. The myocardial perfusion of healthy mice obtained by the SI-method, 5.7+/-1.6 ml/g/min, was similar (p=0.38) to that obtained by the conventional T1 method, 5.6+/- 2.3 ml/g/min. The reproducibility of the SI method shows acceptable results: the

  19. 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

  20. Myocardial perfusion in type 2 diabetes with left ventricular hypertrophy: normalisation by acute angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibition

    The purpose of this study was to assess whether acute angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibition would improve myocardial perfusion and perfusion reserve in a subpopulation of normotensive patients with diabetes and left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), both independent risk factors of coronary disease. Using positron emission tomography (PET), we investigated the response of regional myocardial perfusion to acute ACE inhibition with i.v. infusion of perindoprilat (vs saline infusion as control, minimum interval 3 days) in 12 diabetic patients with LVH. Myocardial perfusion was quantified with PET using nitrogen-13 ammonia infused at rest and during dipyridamole hyperaemia. Twelve healthy control subjects were included in the study, five of whom were also studied with perindoprilat. Mean blood pressure in normo-albuminuric, asymptomatic patients was 123±7/65±9 mmHg. Compared with controls, maximal perfusion was reduced in patients (1.8±0.6 vs 2.5±1.0 ml min-1 g-1; P-1 g-1, P<0.01). In the five control subjects both resting and hyperaemic perfusion remained unchanged during perindoprilat infusion. It is concluded that acute ACE inhibition with perindoprilat improves maximal achieved myocardial perfusion in non-hypertensive patients with diabetes and LVH. (orig.)

  1. Myocardial perfusion defects and the left ventricular ejection fraction disclosed by scintigraphy in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism

    Ogard, Christina Gerlach; Søndergaard, Susanne Bonnichsen; Jakobsen, Henrik;

    2005-01-01

    Patients with primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) have increased risk of cardiovascular disease. For patients undergoing preoperative parathyroid imaging with 99mTc-sestamibi single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), we combined cervical SPECT and gated cardiac SPECT to achieve information...... about the localization of parathyroid adenomas, myocardial perfusion, and the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) at rest. A series of 22 patients with PHPT and no history of myocardial infarction or angina pectoris were recruited consecutively. At 60 minutes after injection of 700 MBq 99m......Tc-sestamibi, SPECT of the neck and gated myocardial perfusion SPECT were performed at the same time. All of the patients who underwent parathyroidectomy had the parathyroid adenoma localized as predicted from the SPECT. Five patients (23%) had myocardial perfusion defects extending more than 15% (range 15-25%), and...

  2. Cerebral abnormalities in cocaine abusers: Demonstration by SPECT perfusion brain scintigraphy. Work in progress

    Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) perfusion brain scans with iodine-123 isopropyl iodoamphetamine (IMP) were obtained in 12 subjects who acknowledged using cocaine on a sporadic to a daily basis. The route of cocaine administration varied from nasal to intravenous. Concurrent abuse of other drugs was also reported. None of the patients were positive for human immunodeficiency virus. Brain scans demonstrated focal defects in 11 subjects, including seven who were asymptomatic, and no abnormality in one. Among the findings were scattered focal cortical deficits, which were seen in several patients and which ranged in severity from small and few to multiple and large, with a special predilection for the frontal and temporal lobes. No perfusion deficits were seen on I-123 SPECT images in five healthy volunteers. Focal alterations in cerebral perfusion are seen commonly in asymptomatic drug users, and these focal deficits are readily depicted by I-123 IMP SPECT

  3. Assessment of the myocardial sympathetic nerve abnormalities in patients with ischemic heart disease

    The usefulness of myocardial scintigraphy with meta-iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) was examined in the assessment of myocardial sympathetic nerve abnormalities. The subjects were 14 patients with ischemic heart disease associated with chest pain. All patients underwent early and delayed imaging after iv injection of I-123 MIBG at rest. In addition, 10 of the 14 patients also had exercise Tl myocardial single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and the other four patients with unstable angina had Tl myocardial SPECT at rest. Left ventricle was divided into 7 segments, and tracer uptake was visually classified into 4 degrees. Washout rate was calculated on myocardial MIBG SPECT images. Exercise SEPCT images showed ischemia in 18 (38 zones) of 21 segments with significant coronary artery disease. Myocardial MIBG imaging showed a decreased tracer uptake in 19 (36 zones) of 21 segments on early images and in all 21 segments (42 zones) on delayed images. Myocardial Tl imaging at rest showed a decreased tracer uptake in 3 (4 zones) of 5 segments (significantly stenosed lesions, except for infarcted ones). All of the 5 segments had a decreased tracer uptake on both early and delayed MIBG images. Washout rates significantly differed in normal myocardium (25±8%), ischemic zones (40±21%) and infarcted zones (69±26%). These results indicated that myocardial sympathetic nerve abnormalities can be induced not only by infarction but also by repeated myocardial ischemia. Because MIBG imaging at rest had a high sensitivity in the detection of myocardial ischemia, it appeared to be useful especially in patients with acute myocardial infarction unable to exercise and those with unstable angina. The combination of washout rate may provide a more additional information on myocardial viability. (N.K.)

  4. Dipyridamole stress myocardial perfusion by computed tomography in patients with left bundle branch block

    Estêvan Vieira Cabeda

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available AbstractBackground:Functional tests have limited accuracy for identifying myocardial ischemia in patients with left bundle branch block (LBBB.Objective:To assess the diagnostic accuracy of dipyridamole-stress myocardial computed tomography perfusion (CTP by 320-detector CT in patients with LBBB using invasive quantitative coronary angiography (QCA (stenosis ≥ 70% as reference; to investigate the advantage of adding CTP to coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA and compare the results with those of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT myocardial perfusion scintigraphy.Methods:Thirty patients with LBBB who had undergone SPECT for the investigation of coronary artery disease were referred for stress tomography. Independent examiners performed per-patient and per-coronary territory assessments. All patients gave written informed consent to participate in the study that was approved by the institution’s ethics committee.Results:The patients’ mean age was 62 ± 10 years. The mean dose of radiation for the tomography protocol was 9.3 ± 4.6 mSv. With regard to CTP, the per-patient values for sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values, and accuracy were 86%, 81%, 80%, 87%, and 83%, respectively (p = 0.001. The per-territory values were 63%, 86%, 65%, 84%, and 79%, respectively (p < 0.001. In both analyses, the addition of CTP to CTA achieved higher diagnostic accuracy for detecting myocardial ischemia than SPECT (p < 0.001.Conclusion:The use of the stress tomography protocol is feasible and has good diagnostic accuracy for assessing myocardial ischemia in patients with LBBB.

  5. Dipyridamole stress myocardial perfusion by computed tomography in patients with left bundle branch block

    Background: Functional tests have limited accuracy for identifying myocardial ischemia in patients with left bundle branch block (LBBB). Objective: To assess the diagnostic accuracy of dipyridamole-stress myocardial computed tomography perfusion (CTP) by 320-detector CT in patients with LBBB using invasive quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) (stenosis ≥ 70%) as reference; to investigate the advantage of adding CTP to coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) and compare the results with those of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion scintigraphy. Methods: Thirty patients with LBBB who had undergone SPECT for the investigation of coronary artery disease were referred for stress tomography. Independent examiners performed per-patient and per-coronary territory assessments. All patients gave written informed consent to participate in the study that was approved by the institution's ethics committee. Results: The patients' mean age was 62 ± 10 years. The mean dose of radiation for the tomography protocol was 9.3 ± 4.6 mSv. With regard to CTP, the per-patient values for sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values, and accuracy were 86%, 81%, 80%, 87%, and 83%, respectively (p = 0.001). The per-territory values were 63%, 86%, 65%, 84%, and 79%, respectively (p < 0.001). In both analyses, the addition of CTP to CTA achieved higher diagnostic accuracy for detecting myocardial ischemia than SPECT (p < 0.001). Conclusion: The use of the stress tomography protocol is feasible and has good diagnostic accuracy for assessing myocardial ischemia in patients with LBBB. (author)

  6. Myocardial contrast echocardiography to assess perfusion in a mouse model of ischemia/reperfusion injury

    Hossack, John A.; Li, Yinbo; Christensen, Jonathan P.; Yang, Zequan; French, Brent A.

    2004-04-01

    Noninvasive approaches for measuring anatomical and physiological changes resulting from myocardial ischemia / reperfusion injury in the mouse heart have significant value since the mouse provides a practical, low-cost model for modeling human heart disease. In this work, perfusion was assessed before, during and after an induced closed- chest, coronary ischemic event. Ultrasound contrast agent, similar to MP1950, in a saline suspension, was injected via cannulated carotid artery as a bolus and imaged using a Siemens Sequoia 512 scanner and a 15L8 intraoperative transducer operating in second harmonic imaging mode. Image sequences were transferred from the scanner to a PC for analysis. Regions of interest were defined in septal and anterior segments of the myocardium. During the ischemic event, when perfusion was diminished in the anterior segment, mean video intensity in the affected segment was reduced by one half. Furthermore, following reperfusion, hyperemia (enhanced blood flow) was observed in the anterior segment. Specifically, the mean video intensity in the affected segment was increased by approximately 50% over the original baseline level prior to ischemia. Following the approach of Kaul et al., [1], gamma variate curves were fitted to the time varying level of mean video intensity. This foundation suggests the possibility of quantifying myocardial blood flow in ischemic regions of a mouse heart using automated analysis of contrast image data sets. An improved approach to perfusion assessment using the destruction-reperfusion approach [2] is also presented.

  7. Pharmacologic stress thallium-201 myocardial perfusion imaging in healthy subjects and its advantage

    The pharmacologic stress myocardial perfusion imaging has an advantage over the exercise load method of being safe and feasible for patients intolerable to the exercise stress. But it still has a problem of inhomogeneous distribution of the perfused radio-isotope (RI) even in healthy patients, so that the comparison between images of patients and healthy subjects is indispensable for accurate diagnosis. In order to establish a standard image of healthy normals of Japanese, the adenosine triphosphate (ATP) stress thallium-201 myocardial perfusion imaging was applied to 30 healthy Japanese males (mean age of 45 years), and Bull's eye normal map was worked out. The RI uptake of the anterior wall of our normal map revealed to be lower than that of Emory University. The assessment of this normal map was also carried out. The comparison of the black out maps of 28 patients (heart disease) based on our normal map with those based on Emory map showed that a false negative rate was lower in the case of our normal map, suggesting improved diagnostic accuracy. (author)

  8. Comparison of myocardial perfusion SPECT with 64-slice multi-slice computed tomography angiography in cardiac screening of asymptomatic diabetic patients

    Lim, Il Han; Lee, Won Woo; Chang, Hyuck Jae; Choi, Sang II; Kim, Sang Eun [Seoul National Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-07-01

    Asymptomatic diabetic patients may suffer silent ischemia. However, the question that what is the optimal screening tool for detection of cardiac disease in asymptomatic diabetic patients has not been addressed. We prospectively recruited diabetic patients who had not complained chest pain, and obtained myocardial perfusion SPECT (MPS) and cardiac CT angiography (CTA). We compared perfusion status on MPS with findings on CTA. A total of 110 diabetic patients (Age range 41-84, mean age 61.6{+-}7.74; gender, M: F 66:44) without cardiac symptom underwent both MPS and CTA. The MPS protocol was one-day single isotope study, adenosine stress Tc-99m MIBI/rest Tc-99m MIBI. CTA was conducted using 64-slice multi-slice CT (Brillance64, Philips Medical Systems). Perfusion status on MPS was assessed by summed-stress score (SSS) using 20-segment model, and SSS of {>=}4 was considered abnormal. Coronary stenosis of more than 50% luminal narrowing in CTA was considered significant, and coronary artery calcium scoring (CACS) was graded as: < or =10, 11-100, 101-400, or >400. MPS found abnormal perfusion in 11.8% (13/110) and CTA significant coronary stenosis in 20.9% (23/110). Five patients showed both abnormal perfusion and significant coronary stenosis. CACS (n=103 patients) were measured as; < or =10 in 45.6%, 11-100 in 28.1%, 101-400 in 19.4%, and >400 in 6.8%. The patient proportion of abnormal MPS in each CACS group were; 10.6% with < or = 10, 17.2% with 11-100, 5% with 101-400, and 0% with >400. The patient proportion of significant coronary stenosis on CTA in each CACS group were; 2.13% with < or =10, 27.6% with 11-100, 35% with 101-400, and 57.1% with >400. In asymptomatic diabetic patients, coronary stenosis by CTA showed correlation with coronary artery calcium scoring, but myocardial perfusion status by MPS did not. Long-term evaluation is essential for determination of prognostic significance of MPS and cardiac CTA.

  9. Myocardial metabolic, hemodynamic, and electrocardiographic significance of reversible thallium-201 abnormalities in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

    Exercise-induced abnormalities during thallium-201 scintigraphy that normalize at rest frequently occur in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. However, it is not known whether these abnormalities are indicative of myocardial ischemia. Fifty patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy underwent exercise 201Tl scintigraphy and, during the same week, measurement of myocardial lactate metabolism and hemodynamics during pacing stress. Thirty-seven patients (74%) had one or more 201Tl abnormalities that completely normalized after 3 hours of rest; 26 had regional myocardial 201Tl defects, and 26 had apparent left ventricular cavity dilatation with exercise, with 15 having coexistence of these abnormal findings. Of the 37 patients with reversible 201Tl abnormalities, 27 (73%) had metabolic evidence of myocardial ischemia during rapid atrial pacing compared with four of 13 patients (31%) with normal 201Tl scans (p less than 0.01). Eleven patients had apparent cavity dilatation as their only 201Tl abnormality; their mean postpacing left ventricular end-diastolic pressure was significantly higher than that of the 13 patients with normal 201Tl studies (33 +/- 5 versus 21 +/- 10 mm Hg, p less than 0.001). There was no correlation between the angiographic presence of systolic septal or epicardial coronary arterial compression and the presence or distribution of 201Tl abnormalities. Patients with ischemic ST segment responses to exercise had an 80% prevalence rate of reversible 201Tl abnormalities and a 70% prevalence rate of pacing-induced ischemia. However, 69% of patients with nonischemic ST segment responses had reversible 201Tl abnormalities, and 55% had pacing-induced ischemia. Reversible 201Tl abnormalities during exercise stress are markers of myocardial ischemia in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and most likely identify relatively underperfused myocardium

  10. Tc{sup 99m}-sestamibi dosimetry in myocardial perfusion imaging

    Toledo, Janine M.; Trindade, Bruno M.; Campos, Tarcisio P.R., E-mail: janine.toledo@gmail.com [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Departamento de Engenharia Nuclear. Programa de Pos-Graduaco em Ciencias e Tecnicas Nucleares

    2015-07-01

    This paper addressed myocardial perfusion imaging providing a spatial dosimetric investigation of the {sup 99m}Tc-radiopharmaceutical dose distribution at the myocardium. Radiological data manipulation was performed in order to create a computational voxel model of the heart. A set of images obtained by thoracic angiotomography and abdominal aorta was set up providing anatomic and functional information for heart modeling in SISCODES code. A homogeneous distribution of {sup 99m}Tc was assumed into the cardiac muscle. Simulations of the transport of particles through the voxel and the interaction with the heart tissues were performed on the MCNP - Monte Carlo Code. The spatial dose distribution in the heart model is displayed as well as the dose versus volume histogram of the heart muscle. The present computational tools can generate spatial doses distribution in myocardial perfusion imaging. Specially, the dosimetry performed elucidates imparted dose distribution in the myocardial muscle per unit of injected {sup 99m} Tc activity, which can contribute to future deterministic effect investigations. (author)

  11. Prevalence of myocardial ischaemia as assessed with myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in patients with diabetes mellitus type 2 and mild anginal symptoms

    Wiersma, Jacobijne J.; Trip, Mieke D.; Piek, Jan J.; Tijssen, Jan G.P. [Academic Medical Center, Department of Cardiology, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Verberne, Hein J.; Eck-Smit, Berthe L.F. van [Academic Medical Center Amsterdam, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Holt, Wik L. ten [Amstelland Hospital, Department of Cardiology, Amstelveen (Netherlands)

    2006-12-15

    To determine the prevalence and predictors of reversible myocardial perfusion defects, indicative of myocardial ischaemia, in patients with mild, stable anginal complaints [Canadian Cardiovascular Society classification (CCS) I-II/IV] and diabetes mellitus type 2 (T2DM). A total of 329 patients with T2DM and stable, mild anginal symptoms (CCS I-II/IV) underwent myocardial perfusion scintigraphy. Perfusion images were assessed using a five-point (semi)-quantitative scoring system according to a 17-segment myocardial model. One-hundred and fifty-six (47%) patients showed reversible myocardial perfusion defects defined as a summed difference score of {>=}3. Male gender [odds ratio (OR) 2.28, 95% CI 1.4-3.71, p=0.001], previous myocardial infarction (MI) without revascularisation (OR 3.04, 95% CI 1.28-7.24, p=0.01), and the use of two or more classes of anti-anginal medication (OR 2.36, 95% CI 1.48-3.76, p<0.001) were independent predictors for the presence of reversible defects. By contrast, lipid-lowering therapy reduced the possibility of reversible perfusion defects (OR 0.56, 95% CI 0.33-0.95, p=0.03). Approximately half of the patients with mild, stable angina pectoris and T2DM showed evidence of myocardial ischaemia. Male gender, previous MI and the use of anti-anginal medication were positive predictors and lipid-lowering therapy was a negative predictor for the results of the scintigraphic stress test. (orig.)

  12. Prevalence of myocardial ischaemia as assessed with myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in patients with diabetes mellitus type 2 and mild anginal symptoms

    To determine the prevalence and predictors of reversible myocardial perfusion defects, indicative of myocardial ischaemia, in patients with mild, stable anginal complaints [Canadian Cardiovascular Society classification (CCS) I-II/IV] and diabetes mellitus type 2 (T2DM). A total of 329 patients with T2DM and stable, mild anginal symptoms (CCS I-II/IV) underwent myocardial perfusion scintigraphy. Perfusion images were assessed using a five-point (semi)-quantitative scoring system according to a 17-segment myocardial model. One-hundred and fifty-six (47%) patients showed reversible myocardial perfusion defects defined as a summed difference score of ≥3. Male gender [odds ratio (OR) 2.28, 95% CI 1.4-3.71, p=0.001], previous myocardial infarction (MI) without revascularisation (OR 3.04, 95% CI 1.28-7.24, p=0.01), and the use of two or more classes of anti-anginal medication (OR 2.36, 95% CI 1.48-3.76, p<0.001) were independent predictors for the presence of reversible defects. By contrast, lipid-lowering therapy reduced the possibility of reversible perfusion defects (OR 0.56, 95% CI 0.33-0.95, p=0.03). Approximately half of the patients with mild, stable angina pectoris and T2DM showed evidence of myocardial ischaemia. Male gender, previous MI and the use of anti-anginal medication were positive predictors and lipid-lowering therapy was a negative predictor for the results of the scintigraphic stress test. (orig.)

  13. Correlation between stress and rest left ventricular ejection fraction in gated single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with the extent and severity of perfusion abnormalities

    Full text: Exercise-induced myocardial stunning has an impact on the left ventricular function which correlates with the prognosis in patients with coronary artery disease. The objective of the study is to compare rest and stress left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) stratified according to the extent and severity, summed stress score (SSS), of perfusion defects. Methods: The study group was comprised of 106 patients (61 /- 11 years), with a history of ECG abnormalities, who underwent Tc-99m SestaMIBI rest-stress protocol. Patients were grouped based on their SSS score (0-3 normal, 4-8 abnormal, >9 severely abnormal, Groups 1-3, respectively) in a 17-segment model with semi-quantitative visual scoring. Rest and stress LVEF and their differences (DEF) were compared among the groups. Results: A total of 212 studies (n=106, 61 males, 45 females) with a mean /- SD resting and stress LVEF are seen in the following groups: Group 1 (n=54): 71.0% /- 10.0%, 71.3% /- 9.7% p0.019, Group 2 (n=23): 63.2% /-18.3%, 48.0% /-60.78 (p= .000) and Group 3 (n=29) 48.1% /- 17.0%, 44.9% /- 16.0% (p= .000). A statistically significant positive difference in DEF (rest - stress) was observed in Group 3 with a mean /-SD of 3.1% /- 5.0% (p =0.002) and Group 2 with 2.4 % /- 4.9%. A negative (DEF) in Group 1, mean /- SD of -0.28% /- 3.4%, is not significant (p= 0.55). Conclusion: Gated SPECT performed shows a decreasing trend in resting and stress left ventricular ejection fraction as the extent and severity of perfusion abnormalities increased. The data suggests that myocardial stunning can be observed with a positive DEF in patients with abnormal SSS (>4). (author)

  14. Estudo de perfusão miocárdica e cineangiocoronariografia em pacientes com lúpus eritematoso sistêmico Myocardial perfusion study and coronary artery angiography in systemic lupus erythematosus patients

    Elaine Marcelina Claudio Sella

    2004-08-01

    FR clássicos para DAC (p = 0,006. Hipertensão arterial sistêmica, menopausa e hipertrigliceridemia foram os FR-DAC associados à presença de lesões coronárias (p = 0,046; 0,024 e 0,043, respectivamente. Número de critérios do ACR e escores do SLE-DAI e do SLICC/ ACR-DI também foram significativamente maiores no subgrupo de pacientes com cateterismo alterado (p = 0,018; 0,010 e 0,003, respectivamente. CONCLUSÕES: vasculite atual foi importante variável associada à anormalidade cintilográfica. Este estudo sugere que a cintilografia miocárdica pode ser usada como rastreamento de DAC em pacientes com LES e risco aumentado para doença cardiovascular, mesmo na ausência de sintomas de isquemia cardíaca. Pacientes com anormalidades de perfusão miocárdica e, pelo menos, 4 FR-DAC têm maior chance de apresentar estenoses coronárias à cineangiocoronariografia.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate coronary artery findings using coronary artery angiography in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE patients with myocardial perfusion abnormalities. METHODS: Ninety female SLE patients, ages from 18 to 55 years old, more than 5 years of disease duration, without current or previous confirmed coronary artery disease (CAD, and who were either in use or had used steroid treatment for at least 1 year were evaluated. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy was performed using a singlephoton emission computed tomography employing Technetium 99m-sestamibi. Images were captured at resting and after dipyridamole-induced stress. The CAD risk factors (RF considered were the traditional ones in general population and SLE-related factors. All patients who had abnormal findings on myocardial perfusion tests were invited to undergo coronary angiography. RESULTS: The mean age was 38 ± 10 years old, with mean disease duration of 128 ± 59 months, American College of Rheumatology (ACR number 7 ± 1, Disease Activity Index for SLE (SLE-DAI score 6 ± 5 and Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics

  15. Low dose dynamic CT myocardial perfusion imaging using a statistical iterative reconstruction method

    Tao, Yinghua [Department of Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53705 (United States); Chen, Guang-Hong [Department of Medical Physics and Department of Radiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53705 (United States); Hacker, Timothy A.; Raval, Amish N. [Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53792 (United States); Van Lysel, Michael S.; Speidel, Michael A., E-mail: speidel@wisc.edu [Department of Medical Physics and Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53705 (United States)

    2014-07-15

    Purpose: Dynamic CT myocardial perfusion imaging has the potential to provide both functional and anatomical information regarding coronary artery stenosis. However, radiation dose can be potentially high due to repeated scanning of the same region. The purpose of this study is to investigate the use of statistical iterative reconstruction to improve parametric maps of myocardial perfusion derived from a low tube current dynamic CT acquisition. Methods: Four pigs underwent high (500 mA) and low (25 mA) dose dynamic CT myocardial perfusion scans with and without coronary occlusion. To delineate the affected myocardial territory, an N-13 ammonia PET perfusion scan was performed for each animal in each occlusion state. Filtered backprojection (FBP) reconstruction was first applied to all CT data sets. Then, a statistical iterative reconstruction (SIR) method was applied to data sets acquired at low dose. Image voxel noise was matched between the low dose SIR and high dose FBP reconstructions. CT perfusion maps were compared among the low dose FBP, low dose SIR and high dose FBP reconstructions. Numerical simulations of a dynamic CT scan at high and low dose (20:1 ratio) were performed to quantitatively evaluate SIR and FBP performance in terms of flow map accuracy, precision, dose efficiency, and spatial resolution. Results: Forin vivo studies, the 500 mA FBP maps gave −88.4%, −96.0%, −76.7%, and −65.8% flow change in the occluded anterior region compared to the open-coronary scans (four animals). The percent changes in the 25 mA SIR maps were in good agreement, measuring −94.7%, −81.6%, −84.0%, and −72.2%. The 25 mA FBP maps gave unreliable flow measurements due to streaks caused by photon starvation (percent changes of +137.4%, +71.0%, −11.8%, and −3.5%). Agreement between 25 mA SIR and 500 mA FBP global flow was −9.7%, 8.8%, −3.1%, and 26.4%. The average variability of flow measurements in a nonoccluded region was 16.3%, 24.1%, and 937

  16. Initial multicentre experience of high-speed myocardial perfusion imaging: comparison between high-speed and conventional single-photon emission computed tomography with angiographic validation

    High-speed (HS) single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with a recently developed solid-state camera shows comparable myocardial perfusion abnormalities to those seen in conventional SPECT. We aimed to compare HS and conventional SPECT images from multiple centres with coronary angiographic findings. The study included 50 patients who had sequential conventional SPECT and HS SPECT myocardial perfusion studies and coronary angiography within 3 months. Stress and rest perfusion images were visually analysed and scored semiquantitatively using a 17-segment model by two experienced blinded readers. Global and coronary territorial summed stress scores (SSS) and summed rest scores (SRS) were calculated. Global SSS ≥3 or coronary territorial SSS ≥2 was considered abnormal. In addition the total perfusion deficit (TPD) was automatically derived. TPD >5 % and coronary territorial TPD ≥3 % were defined as abnormal. Coronary angiograms were analysed for site and severity of coronary stenosis; ≥50 % was considered significant. Of the 50 patients, 13 (26 %) had no stenosis, 22 (44 %) had single-vessel disease, 6 (12 %) had double-vessel disease and 9 (18 %) had triple-vessel disease. There was a good linear correlation between the visual global SSS and SRS (Spearman's ρ 0.897 and 0.866, respectively; p < 0.001). In relation to coronary angiography, the sensitivities, specificities and accuracies of HS SPECT and conventional SPECT by visual assessment were 92 % (35/38), 83 % (10/12) and 90 % (45/50) vs. 84 % (32/38), 50 % (6/12) and 76 % (38/50), respectively (p < 0.001). The sensitivities, specificities and accuracies of HS SPECT and conventional SPECT in relation to automated TPD assessment were 89 % (31/35), 57 % (8/14) and 80 % (39/49) vs. 86 % (31/36), 77 % (10/13) and 84 % (41/49), respectively. HS SPECT allows fast acquisition of myocardial perfusion images that correlate well with angiographic findings with overall accuracy by visual assessment better

  17. Initial multicentre experience of high-speed myocardial perfusion imaging: comparison between high-speed and conventional single-photon emission computed tomography with angiographic validation

    Neill, Johanne [University College London Hospital, Institute of Nuclear Medicine, London (United Kingdom); The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane (Australia); Prvulovich, Elizabeth M.; Bomanji, Jamshed B. [University College London Hospital, Institute of Nuclear Medicine, London (United Kingdom); Fish, Matthews B. [Sacred Heart Medical Center (SHMC), Springfield, OR (United States); Berman, Daniel S.; Slomka, Piotr J. [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA (United States); Sharir, Tali [Procardia Maccabi Healthcare Services (PMHS), Tel Aviv (Israel); Martin, William H. [Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), Nashville, TN (United States); DiCarli, Marcelo F. [Brigham and Women' s Hospital (BWH), Boston, MA (United States); Ziffer, Jack A. [Baptist Hospital of Miami (BHM), Miami, FL (United States); Shiti, Dalia [Spectrum-Dynamics, Caesarea (Israel); Ben-Haim, Simona [University College London Hospital, Institute of Nuclear Medicine, London (United Kingdom); Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Tel-Hashomer (Israel)

    2013-07-15

    High-speed (HS) single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with a recently developed solid-state camera shows comparable myocardial perfusion abnormalities to those seen in conventional SPECT. We aimed to compare HS and conventional SPECT images from multiple centres with coronary angiographic findings. The study included 50 patients who had sequential conventional SPECT and HS SPECT myocardial perfusion studies and coronary angiography within 3 months. Stress and rest perfusion images were visually analysed and scored semiquantitatively using a 17-segment model by two experienced blinded readers. Global and coronary territorial summed stress scores (SSS) and summed rest scores (SRS) were calculated. Global SSS {>=}3 or coronary territorial SSS {>=}2 was considered abnormal. In addition the total perfusion deficit (TPD) was automatically derived. TPD >5 % and coronary territorial TPD {>=}3 % were defined as abnormal. Coronary angiograms were analysed for site and severity of coronary stenosis; {>=}50 % was considered significant. Of the 50 patients, 13 (26 %) had no stenosis, 22 (44 %) had single-vessel disease, 6 (12 %) had double-vessel disease and 9 (18 %) had triple-vessel disease. There was a good linear correlation between the visual global SSS and SRS (Spearman's {rho} 0.897 and 0.866, respectively; p < 0.001). In relation to coronary angiography, the sensitivities, specificities and accuracies of HS SPECT and conventional SPECT by visual assessment were 92 % (35/38), 83 % (10/12) and 90 % (45/50) vs. 84 % (32/38), 50 % (6/12) and 76 % (38/50), respectively (p < 0.001). The sensitivities, specificities and accuracies of HS SPECT and conventional SPECT in relation to automated TPD assessment were 89 % (31/35), 57 % (8/14) and 80 % (39/49) vs. 86 % (31/36), 77 % (10/13) and 84 % (41/49), respectively. HS SPECT allows fast acquisition of myocardial perfusion images that correlate well with angiographic findings with overall accuracy by visual

  18. Potential and limitation of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy for detection of viability

    Scintigraphic detection of myocardial viability is required for treatment planning and prognostication in patients with contractile dysfunction. There are four pathophysiological entities of dysfunction in coronary artery disease; one of them, ''hibernating'' myocardium, cannot be differentiated from scar or necrosis by mere perfusion imaging. Due to the determinants of delayed activity distribution after 201Tl injection, optimized imaging protocols using this tracer allow for adequate differentiation in many instants. Differentiation between ''stunned'' and ''hibernating'' myocardium or scar is achieved with all perfusion indicators actually available. Though 201Tl imaging with optimized protocols is almost as efficacious in viability detection as 18F-FDG positron emission tomography, the latter actually remains the reference method particularly in patients with severe left ventricular dysfunction at coronary occlusions. (orig.)

  19. Stress Computed Tomography Myocardial Perfusion Imaging: A New Topic in Cardiology.

    Seitun, Sara; Castiglione Morelli, Margherita; Budaj, Irilda; Boccalini, Sara; Galletto Pregliasco, Athena; Valbusa, Alberto; Cademartiri, Filippo; Ferro, Carlo

    2016-02-01

    Since its introduction about 15 years ago, coronary computed tomography angiography has become today the most accurate clinical instrument for noninvasive assessment of coronary atherosclerosis. Important technical developments have led to a continuous stream of new clinical applications together with a significant reduction in radiation dose exposure. Latest generation computed tomography scanners (≥ 64 slices) allow the possibility of performing static or dynamic perfusion imaging during stress by using coronary vasodilator agents (adenosine, dipyridamole, or regadenoson), combining both functional and anatomical information in the same examination. In this article, the emerging role and state-of-the-art of myocardial computed tomography perfusion imaging are reviewed and are illustrated by clinical cases from our experience with a second-generation dual-source 128-slice scanner (Somatom Definition Flash, Siemens; Erlangen, Germany). Technical aspects, data analysis, diagnostic accuracy, radiation dose and future prospects are reviewed. PMID:26774540

  20. 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.)

  1. Contamination of clothing and other items by sweat during exercise 201Tl myocardial perfusion scintigraphy

    We measured the radioactivity on patient's upper and lower garments, towels, broad sashes for the bust, and electrodes contaminated by sweat due to exercise 201Tl myocardial perfusion scintigraphy. In measuring activity, a scintillation survey meter adjusted to the energy of 201Tl was used. In measuring the radioactivity of clothing, more than 4 Bq/cm2 was considered to be a significant level of contamination. We detected contamination in 30% of upper garments and towels, 19% of broad sashes, 8% of lower garments and 4% of electrodes. Among these materials, several items of clothing and other items showed contamination exceeding 40 Bq/cm2. Towels were remarkably contaminated, with one towel showing a maximum contamination level of 420 Bq/cm2. Examinations done by exercise 201Tl myocardial perfusion scintigraphy often result in the contamination of clothing and other items through sweating. This contamination is especially common in summer, particularly in upper garments and towels. The contamination ratio for towels was over 50%. The contamination ratio increased as the level of exercise became more difficult. When the exercise load was more than 100 W, the contamination ratio was 50%. In cases of extreme contamination, images of contaminated upper garments could be obtained by the scintigraphy camera. The areas of high activity on the images seemed to correspond to areas of the body where sweating was profuse. Based on these results, we should pay close attention to the handling of clothing and other items used in exercise testing by 201Tl myocardial perfusion scintigraphy and the points used in measuring contaminated clothing and other items after testing. (author)

  2. Radiation dose to radiosensitive organs in PET/CT myocardial perfusion examination using versatile optical fibre

    Salasiah, M.; Nordin, A. J.; Fathinul Fikri, A. S.; Hishar, H.; Tamchek, N.; Taiman, K.; Ahmad Bazli, A. K.; Abdul-Rashid, H. A.; Mahdiraji, G. A.; Mizanur, R.; Noor, Noramaliza M.

    2013-05-01

    Cardiac positron emission tomography (PET) provides a precise method in order to diagnose obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD), compared to single photon emission tomography (SPECT). PET is suitable for obese and patients who underwent pharmacologic stress procedures. It has the ability to evaluate multivessel coronary artery disease by recording changes in left ventricular function from rest to peak stress and quantifying myocardial perfusion (in mL/min/g of tissue). However, the radiation dose to the radiosensitive organs has become crucial issues in the Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography(PET/CT) scanning procedure. The objective of this study was to estimate radiation dose to radiosensitive organs of patients who underwent PET/CT myocardial perfusion examination at Centre for Diagnostic Nuclear Imaging, Universiti Putra Malaysia in one month period using versatile optical fibres (Ge-B-doped Flat Fibre) and LiF (TLD-100 chips). All stress and rest paired myocardial perfusion PET/CT scans will be performed with the use of Rubidium-82 (82Rb). The optic fibres were loaded into plastic capsules and attached to patient's eyes, thyroid and breasts prior to the infusion of 82Rb, to accommodate the ten cases for the rest and stress PET scans. The results were compared with established thermoluminescence material, TLD-100 chips. The result shows that radiation dose given by TLD-100 and Germanium-Boron-doped Flat Fiber (Ge-B-doped Flat Fiber) for these five organs were comparable to each other where the p>0.05. For CT scans,thyroid received the highest dose compared to other organs. Meanwhile, for PET scans, breasts received the highest dose.

  3. Cardiac events in patients with positive exercise ECG and normal myocardial perfusion scan - a retrospective study

    Full text: The low risk of future cardiac events following a normal myocardial perfusion study with normal stress ECG has been well documented. However, there is little literature regarding the prognosis in patients with a positive stress ECG (PosETT) and normal myocardial perfusion scan (MPS). A search of our database over an eighteen month period identified 21 patients who fitted study criteria. A PosETT was defined as stress induced horizontal or downsloping ST depression > 1mm in one or more leads with a normal baseline 12 lead ECG. Patients were divided into two subgroups depending on the severity of ST depression. A mildly PosETT was defined as ST depression of 1-1.5mm (n=10) and strongly PosETT was defined as ST depression of >2mm in at least one lead with depression in other leads (n=l 1). A normal MPS was defined as absence of reversible perfusion defects on SPECT imaging. Technetium 99m Tetrofosmin was the imaging agent used in 18/21 patients. All 21 patients exercised using the Bruce protocol for 3-12 minutes, and 9 experienced chest pain 12 months after the MPS, referring physicians were contacted. Cardiac events were defined as cardiac death, myocardial infarction, unstable angina, cardiac failure, revascularisation or a coronary angiogram demonstrating >70% stenosis. To date, follow up is complete in 11 patients with one confirmed case of single vessel revascularisation 3 months post MPS. Full follow up data will be presented. Copyright (2002) The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine Inc

  4. Synthesis of fluorine-18 labeled rhodamine B: A potential PET myocardial perfusion imaging agent

    Heinrich, Tobias K.; Gottumukkala, Vijay [Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, Children' s Hospital Boston, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Snay, Erin; Dunning, Patricia [Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, Children' s Hospital Boston, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Fahey, Frederic H.; Ted Treves, S. [Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, Children' s Hospital Boston, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Packard, Alan B. [Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, Children' s Hospital Boston, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115 (United States)], E-mail: alan.packard@childrens.harvard.edu

    2010-01-15

    There is considerable interest in developing an {sup 18}F-labeled PET myocardial perfusion agent. Rhodamine dyes share several properties with {sup 99m}Tc-MIBI, the most commonly used single-photon myocardial perfusion agent, suggesting that an {sup 18}F-labeled rhodamine dye might prove useful for this application. In addition to being lipophilic cations, like {sup 99m}Tc-MIBI, rhodamine dyes are known to accumulate in the myocardium and are substrates for Pgp, the protein implicated in MDR1 multidrug resistance. As the first step in determining whether {sup 18}F-labeled rhodamines might be useful as myocardial perfusion agents for PET, our objective was to develop synthetic methods for preparing the {sup 18}F-labeled compounds so that they could be evaluated in vivo. Rhodamine B was chosen as the prototype compound for development of the synthesis because the ethyl substituents on the amine moieties of rhodamine B protect them from side reactions, thus eliminating the need to include (and subsequently remove) protecting groups. The 2'-[{sup 18}F]fluoroethyl ester of rhodamine B was synthesized by heating rhodamine B lactone with [{sup 18}F]fluoroethyltosylate in acetonitrile at 165 deg. C for 30 min using [{sup 18}F]fluoroethyl tosylate, which was prepared by the reaction of ethyleneglycol ditosylate with Kryptofix 2.2.2, K{sub 2}CO{sub 3}, and [{sup 18}F]NaF in acetonitrile for 10 min at 90 deg. C. The product was purified by semi-preparative HPLC to produce the 2'-[{sup 18}F]fluoroethylester in >97% radiochemical purity with a specific activity of 1.3 GBq/{mu}mol, an isolated decay corrected yield of 35%, and a total synthesis time of 90 min.

  5. Synthesis of fluorine-18 labeled rhodamine B: A potential PET myocardial perfusion imaging agent

    There is considerable interest in developing an 18F-labeled PET myocardial perfusion agent. Rhodamine dyes share several properties with 99mTc-MIBI, the most commonly used single-photon myocardial perfusion agent, suggesting that an 18F-labeled rhodamine dye might prove useful for this application. In addition to being lipophilic cations, like 99mTc-MIBI, rhodamine dyes are known to accumulate in the myocardium and are substrates for Pgp, the protein implicated in MDR1 multidrug resistance. As the first step in determining whether 18F-labeled rhodamines might be useful as myocardial perfusion agents for PET, our objective was to develop synthetic methods for preparing the 18F-labeled compounds so that they could be evaluated in vivo. Rhodamine B was chosen as the prototype compound for development of the synthesis because the ethyl substituents on the amine moieties of rhodamine B protect them from side reactions, thus eliminating the need to include (and subsequently remove) protecting groups. The 2'-[18F]fluoroethyl ester of rhodamine B was synthesized by heating rhodamine B lactone with [18F]fluoroethyltosylate in acetonitrile at 165 deg. C for 30 min using [18F]fluoroethyl tosylate, which was prepared by the reaction of ethyleneglycol ditosylate with Kryptofix 2.2.2, K2CO3, and [18F]NaF in acetonitrile for 10 min at 90 deg. C. The product was purified by semi-preparative HPLC to produce the 2'-[18F]fluoroethylester in >97% radiochemical purity with a specific activity of 1.3 GBq/μmol, an isolated decay corrected yield of 35%, and a total synthesis time of 90 min.

  6. Automatic postprocessing for the assessment of quantitative human myocardial perfusion using MRI

    Quantitative determination of myocardial perfusion currently involves time-consuming postprocessing. This retrospective study presents automatic postprocessing consisting of image registration and image segmentation to obtain regional signal intensity time courses and quantitative perfusion values. The automatic postprocessing was tested in 75 examinations in volunteers and patients, 57 at rest and 18 under adenosine-induced stress, and compared with a manual evaluation. In a substudy consisting of 10 examinations, the interobserver variability of the manual evaluation was investigated. Manual evaluation resulted in perfusion values with a median of 0.70 ml/g/min ranging from 0.03 to 3.68 ml/g/min. For all 75 examinations, the variability (standard deviation of the differences) between automatic and manual evaluation was 0.34 ml/g/min. Interobserver variability was of a similar order, 0.35 ml/g/min for all measurements. Automatic evaluation was successfully applied to all datasets giving results equivalent to manual evaluation. The time of user interaction for one single slice could be reduced from 25 min for manual evaluation to less than 1 min using the automatic algorithm. This reduction may allow quantitative magnetic resonance perfusion imaging to become a routine clinical procedure. (orig.)

  7. Dipyridamole combined with symptom-limited exercise for myocardial perfusion scintigraphy: Image characteristics and clinical role

    Although dipyridamole can be used with myocardial scintigraphy to demonstrate reversible perfusion defects, combining exercise with the pharmacologic tool could improve image quality and information yield. The incidence of perfusion defects and the quality of thallium 201 images were reviewed in a series of 820 patients who had been assigned to a specific stress-test mode. Supine bicycle exercise alone was used (group I) where no pharmacologic or physical factors (e.g., beta-blockers, arthritis) limited performance; otherwise, intravenous dipyridamole was followed by sympton-limited exercise (group II). Angiographic correlation was available in 57 patients in group I, and in 158 in group II; of these, 109 performed significant exercise (≤3 min at increasing workloads) following dipyridamole (group IIA), whereas in 49 (group IIB) the exercise phase following dipyridamole was truncated. All test-mode groups were similar with respect to the incidence of (ST) depression during testing, patient throughput, and the sensitivity of perfusion defects. Chest pain and reversible defects were induced more frequently in group II than in group I. In group IIA, splanchnic background activity was lower (P<0.001) than in group IIB, and the false-positive rate tended to be lower. Thus, combining exercise with dipyridamole in patients with non-cardiac limitations to exercise enabled the achievement of optimal results by perfusion scintigraphy. (orig.)

  8. Incidentally detected diaphragmatic hernia mimicking angina pectoris with Tc-99m MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging

    Cınar, Alev; Sadıc, Murat; Demırel, Koray; Korkmaz, Meliha

    2013-01-01

    In recent years 99mTechnetium methoxy-isobutyl-isonitrile (99mTc MIBI) is widely used in the evaluation of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). In this imaging protocol besides the cardiac evaluation, numerous other organs are included in the field of view. 99mTechnetium MIBI is taken up in all metabolically active tissue in the body except for the brain. Extracardiac uptake patterns as benign or serious conditions can be revealed during the MPI. In the imaging protocol, we should be aware of ...

  9. Diagnostic value of rest and stress gated 82Rb PET myocardial perfusion imaging using quantitative software

    Objective: Gated myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is regularly performed using SPECT. More recently, gated 82Rb MPI has been used to assess left ventricular myocardial perfusion and function with new generation PET scanners. The objective of this study was to evaluate the value of rest and stress gated 82Rb PET myocardial perfusion imaging and to determine whether the quantitative technique in- creased the confidence level of the interpreters. Methods: Thirty-two patients underwent rest and adenosine stress gated 82Pb PET MPI. Emory Cardiac Toolbox quantitative software was used for processing and inter-predation. Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), end-diastolic, end-systolic and transient ischemia dilation ratio were automatically generated. Three interpreters (nuclear medicine doctors) independently reviewed the studies. Visual scoring (1-5 scales: excellent, good, unsure, poor, uninterpretable) was used to assess the overall quality of the gated images and the added confidence level of interpretation. Visual assessment of the LVEF was compared to the automatically generated LVEF. Comparison between the visual assessment and software generated was graded on a 1- 5 scales (helpful, probably helpful, unsure, probably not helpful, definitely not helpful). The analysed items were divided into two groups (favorable group and negative group). The percentage and 95% confidence intervals of each group were calculated. Results: A total of 192 gated studies were evaluated (64 gated x 3 interpreters ). The overall quality of the gated images was good [excellent 40.1% (77/192), good 43.2% (83/192), unsure 3.1% (6/192), poor 13.6% (26/192), uninterpretable 0]. The 95% confidence intervals of good and excellent quality range from 78.1% to 88.6%. The interpreter's agreed with the automated LVEF on 85.4% of the gated images [agree 76.6% (147/192), probably agree 8.8% (17/192), unsure 3.1% (6/192), probably disagree 8.8% (17/192), disagree 2.6% (5/192)]. And its 95

  10. An a contrario approach for the detection of patient-specific brain perfusion abnormalities with arterial spin labelling

    Maumet, Camille; Maurel, Pierre; Ferré, Jean-Christophe; Barillot, Christian

    2016-01-01

    International audience In this paper, we introduce a new locally multivariate procedure to quantitatively extract voxel-wise patterns of abnormal perfusion in individual patients. This a contrario approach uses a multivariate metric from the computer vision community that is suitable to detect abnormalities even in the presence of closeby hypo- and hyper-perfusions. This method takes into account local information without applying Gaussian smoothing to the data. Furthermore, to improve on ...

  11. Prognostic implications of post-stress ejection fraction decrease detected by gated SPECT in the absence of stress-induced perfusion abnormalities

    Dona, Manjola; Massi, Lucia; Settimo, Leonardo; Bartolini, Matteo; Gianni, Gianluca; Pupi, Alberto; Sciagra, Roberto [University of Florence, Nuclear Medicine Unit, Department of Clinical Physiopathology, Florence (Italy)

    2011-03-15

    The prognostic meaning of a post-stress ejection fraction (EF) decrease detected by perfusion gated SPECT is still unclear. We therefore followed up patients with post-stress EF decrease in the absence of stress-induced perfusion abnormalities. We prospectively enrolled 57 consecutive patients with post-stress EF drop {>=} 5 EF units and summed difference score (SDS) {<=} 1. They were followed up for more than 1 year and their outcome was compared with a group of sex- and age-matched controls with the same SDS but without EF decrease. During follow-up there were 13 events (1 cardiac death, 1 non-fatal myocardial infarction, 1 congestive heart failure and 10 late revascularizations). In the control group we registered six events. There was a significant difference (p < 0.0001) between the event-free survival curves of the two groups. The event rate of patients with post-stress EF decrease {>=} 5 EF units is relatively high and is significantly worse than that of a control group of patients with similarly normal SDS but without EF changes. Therefore, a post-stress EF decrease without stress-induced perfusion abnormalities should be cautiously interpreted. (orig.)

  12. 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

  13. Evaluation of heart perfusion in patients with acute myocardial infarction using dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging

    Hansen, Thomas Fritz; Dirks, Christina G; Jensen, Gorm B;

    2004-01-01

    PURPOSE: To investigate the diagnostic ability of quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) heart perfusion in acute heart patients, a fast, multislice dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI sequence was applied to patients with acute myocardial infarction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seven patients with...... acute transmural myocardial infarction were studied using a Turbo-fast low angle shot (FLASH) MRI sequence to monitor the first pass of an extravascular contrast agent (CA), gadolinium diethylene triamine pentaacetic acid (Gd-DTPA). Quantitation of perfusion, expressed as Ki (mL/100 g/minute), in five...... clearly beneficial in one case, but had no effect in the two other cases. Over the time-course of the study, normal perfusion values were not reestablished following thrombolytic treatment in all cases investigated. CONCLUSION: This study shows that quantitative MRI perfusion values can be obtained from...

  14. 'Raise your arm if you think it makes a difference ! Arms-up versus arms-down position for myocardial perfusion studies

    Full text: The need for myocardial perfusion studies (MPS) using technetium based agents to be performed in the arms-up position has recently been questioned. We have decided to test the hypothesis that studies can be performed in the arms-down position without an increase in the number of perfusion defects demonstrated. MPS were performed in 24 patients in three practice locations for detection of coronary artery disease or assessment of known disease. In each patient either the stress (S) or rest (R) study was performed in both arms-up and arms-down positions. Each study was interpreted blindly by two experienced nuclear medicine physicians (A and B), and each of eight myocardial segments was graded on a five point scale from normal to markedly abnormal. Comparisons were performed for the number and severity of defects between the pairs of studies, and between physician A and B. For simplicity the results have been re-grouped into normal/equivocal and abnormal (mild/moderate/ marked). In conclusion in this pilot study considerable discordance is noted between the arms-up and arms-down studies. Contrary to some reports, our findings indicate that performing MPS in the arms-down position will introduce errors in the reporting process. Copyright (2000) The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine Inc

  15. Panic attack triggering myocardial ischemia documented by myocardial perfusion imaging study. A case report

    Soares-Filho, Gastão Luiz Fonseca; Mesquita, Claudio Tinoco; Mesquita, Evandro Tinoco; Arias-Carrión, Oscar; Machado, Sergio; González, Manuel Menéndez; Valença, Alexandre Martins; Nardi, Antonio Egidio

    2012-01-01

    Background Chest pain, a key element in the investigation of coronary artery disease is often regarded as a benign prognosis when present in panic attacks. However, panic disorder has been suggested as an independent risk factor for long-term prognosis of cardiovascular diseases and a trigger of acute myocardial infarction. Objective Faced with the extreme importance in differentiate from ischemic to non-ischemic chest pain, we report a case of panic attack induced by inhalation of 35% carbon...

  16. Assessment of prognostic value of semiquantitative parameters on gated single photon emission computed tomography myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in a large middle eastern population

    Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of mortality worldwide. The goal of this study is to determine the prognostic value of semiquantitative parameters of electrocardiogram-gated single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in a large Middle Eastern (Iranian) population. This study was a prospective study including all patients referred to our center for myocardial perfusion scan. The patients were followed annually up to 24 months and their survival information was collected. From 1148 patients, 473 (41.2%) men and 675 (58.8%) women, 40.6% had normal MPI, 13.3% near normal and 46.1% abnormal MPI. After follow-up of 929 patients, 97.4% of patients were alive, and 2.6% succumbed to cardiac deaths. Abnormal ejection fraction was related with cardiac events (P = 0.001), but neither transient ischemic dilation (TID) (P = 0.09) nor lung/heart ratio (P = 0.92) showed such relationship. Association between summed difference score (SDS) and soft cardiac events (P < 0.001) was significant. Summed motion score (SMS) and summed thickening score (STS) showed a significant relation with hard cardiac events, including myocardial infarction and cardiac death (P < 0.001 and P = 0.001, respectively). Totally, risk of all cardiac events was significantly higher in abnormal MPI group than normal group (P < 0.001, 0.02, and 0.025, respectively). No significant relationship was found between TID and total cardiac events (P = 0.478). Semiquantitative variables derived from gated SPECT MPI have independent prognostic value. Rate of total cardiac events is higher in patients with higher summed stress score and SDS. Total and hard cardiac events are higher in upper scores of functional parameters (SMS and STS). Total cardiac events are higher in patients with lower left ventricular ejection fraction

  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. 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)

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. Robust dynamic myocardial perfusion CT deconvolution using adaptive-weighted tensor total variation regularization

    Gong, Changfei; Zeng, Dong; Bian, Zhaoying; Huang, Jing; Zhang, Xinyu; Zhang, Hua; Lu, Lijun; Feng, Qianjin; Liang, Zhengrong; Ma, Jianhua

    2016-03-01

    Dynamic myocardial perfusion computed tomography (MPCT) is a promising technique for diagnosis and risk stratification of coronary artery disease by assessing the myocardial perfusion hemodynamic maps (MPHM). Meanwhile, the repeated scanning of the same region results in a relatively large radiation dose to patients potentially. In this work, we present a robust MPCT deconvolution algorithm with adaptive-weighted tensor total variation regularization to estimate residue function accurately under the low-dose context, which is termed `MPD-AwTTV'. More specifically, the AwTTV regularization takes into account the anisotropic edge property of the MPCT images compared with the conventional total variation (TV) regularization, which can mitigate the drawbacks of TV regularization. Subsequently, an effective iterative algorithm was adopted to minimize the associative objective function. Experimental results on a modified XCAT phantom demonstrated that the present MPD-AwTTV algorithm outperforms and is superior to other existing deconvolution algorithms in terms of noise-induced artifacts suppression, edge details preservation and accurate MPHM estimation.

  2. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy: utilization patterns and impact on patient management at the Philippine Heart Center

    The clinical use of SPECT myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in 101 patients referred to the nuclear medicine department of a tertiary care hospital was evaluated. The most common indications for requesting the test were for assessment of myocardial viability after infarction, determination of the size of the infarcted or ischemic area, and confirmation of the presence or absence of suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). Using the chest symptoms and demographic data to calculate pretest likelihood for CAD, it was determined that 10 had high probability, 34 had intermediate probability and 8 had low probability for the disease. The rest (49 patients) had proven CAD. The test result contributed to a modest degree of stratification into the extremes of CAD likelihood. There was a change in the decision to catheterize in 17 of the 101 patients, planned catheterization being reduced by 25% (16/64) as a result of the scan findings. A normal scan had greater impact however, with the perceived need for catheterization going down by 80%. A change in whether to proceed with surgical procedures (angioplasty or bypass) or not was also noted in 17 patients. Finally, the results contributed to a change in medical management in 29 patients. Our data indicate that perfusion scanning is used more often for the functional information it gives, rather than simply for CAD detection, and has substantial impact on subsequent clinical decision-making. (author). 25 refs.; 3 tabs

  3. 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)

  4. Novel Cadmium Zinc Telluride Devices for Myocardial Perfusion Imaging-Technological Aspects and Clinical Applications.

    Ben-Haim, Simona; Kennedy, John; Keidar, Zohar

    2016-07-01

    Myocardial perfusion imaging plays an important role in the assessment of patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease and is well established for diagnosis and for prognostic evaluation in these patients. The dedicated cardiac SPECT cameras with solid-state cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) detectors were first introduced a decade ago. A large body of evidence is building up, showing the superiority of the new technology compared with conventional gamma cameras. Not only the CZT detectors, but also new collimator geometries, the ability to perform focused imaging optimized for the heart and advances in data processing algorithms all contribute to the significantly improved sensitivity up to 8-10 times, as well as improved energy resolution and improved reconstructed spatial resolution compared with conventional technology. In this article, we provide an overview of the physical characteristics of the CZT cameras, as well as a review of the literature published so far, including validation studies in comparison with conventional myocardial perfusion imaging and with invasive coronary angiography, significant reduction in radiation dose, and new imaging protocols enabled by the new technology. PMID:27237438

  5. Biodistribution and stability studies of [18F]Fluoroethylrhodamine B, a potential PET myocardial perfusion agent

    Introduction: Fluorine-18-labeled rhodamine B was developed as a potential positron emission tomography (PET) tracer for the evaluation of myocardial perfusion, but preliminary studies in mice showed no accumulation in the heart suggesting that it was rapidly hydrolyzed in vivo in mice. A study was therefore undertaken to further evaluate this hypothesis. Methods: [18F]Fluoroethylrhodamine B was equilibrated for 2 h at 37 deg. C in human, rat and mouse serum and in phosphate-buffered saline. Samples were removed periodically and assayed by high-performance liquid chromatography. Based on the results of the stability study, microPET imaging and a biodistribution study were carried out in rats. Results: In vitro stability studies demonstrated that [18F]fluoroethylrhodamine B much more stable in rat and human sera than in mouse serum. After 2 h, the compound was >80% intact in rat serum but 18F-labeled rhodamines should accumulate in the heart. Conclusions: [18F]Fluoroethylrhodamine B is more stable in rat and human sera than it is in mouse serum. This improved stability is demonstrated by the high uptake of the tracer in the rat heart in comparison to the absence of visible uptake in the mouse heart. These observations suggest that 18F-labeled rhodamines are promising candidates for more extensive evaluation as PET tracers for the evaluation of myocardial perfusion.

  6. Effect of a distal protection device on epicardial blood flow and myocardial perfusion in primary percutaneous coronary intervention

    2007-01-01

    Objective: The beneficial effect of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) has been well established, but there is the problem of no-reflow phenomenon which is an adverse prognostic factor in primary PCI. In the present study the effect of a distal protection device (PercuSurge GuardWire; GW) on epicardial blood flow and myocardial perfusion was evaluated. Methods and Results: Patients with AMI were randomly divided into 2 groups, the GW and the control groups. The GW group included 52 patients with AMI who underwent primary PCI with GW protection and the control group included 60 patients who underwent primary PCI without GW protection. Epicardial blood flow in the infarct-related artery (IRA) and myocardial perfusion were evaluated according to the thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) flow grade and the myocardial blush grade (MBG). We found TIMI score of 3 was obtained significantly more frequently in the GW group (96%) than in the control group (80%). The MBG score of 3 was obtained also significantly greater in the GW group (65%) than in the control group (33%). Conclusion: Primary PCI with GW protection can significantly improve epicardial blood flow and myocardial perfusion.

  7. Effects of Oral Testosterone Treatment on Myocardial Perfusion and Vascular Function in Men With Low Plasma Testosterone and Coronary Heart Disease

    Webb, Carolyn M.; Elkington, Andrew G.; Kraidly, Mustafa M.; Keenan, Niall; Pennell, Dudley J; Collins, Peter

    2008-01-01

    Intracoronary testosterone infusions induce coronary vasodilatation and increase coronary blood flow. Longer term testosterone supplementation favorably affected signs of myocardial ischemia in men with low plasma testosterone and coronary heart disease. However, the effects on myocardial perfusion are unknown. Effects of longer term testosterone treatment on myocardial perfusion and vascular function were investigated in men with CHD and low plasma testosterone. Twenty-two men (mean age 57 ±...

  8. 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...

  9. Interest of 123I-mibg cardiac tomo-scintigraphy coupled with myocardial perfusion in diagnosis of multiple system atrophy

    Objective: The aim of this prospective study is to assess the pertinence of using 123I-mibg myocardial tomo-scintigraphy coupled with perfusion scintigraphy as a diagnostic tool, to discriminate between multiple system atrophy (M.S.A.) and idiopathic Parkinson's disease (P.D.) at first guided by clinical data and L-DOPA tests. Material and methods: Forty patients, aged from 43 to 78 years (median 62 years) with Parkinson's syndrome were studied. Nineteen had a diagnosis of P.D. (criteria of brain bank) and 21 A.M.S. (Gibbs criteria). All were given test to acute L-DOPA. Chest-centered planar imaging (128 x 128 matrix, 5 minutes of duration) is performed at 1 hour and 4 hours after injection of 220 MBq of 123I-mibg, in addition a non-synchronized tomo-scintigraphy (64 x 64 matrix, 32 images of 50 seconds, zoom 1.45) was performed after the 4. hour and 15 minutes after injection of 200 to 400 MBq of 99mTc-tetrofosmin. Besides neurological data, the parameters retained for comparison purposes with 123I-mibg cardiac tomo-scintigraphy were patients age, duration of disease and L-DOPA test results. Two regions of interest (R.O.I.) identical in size and in shape are used for 123I-mibg uptake quantifications (H/M and washout [W.o.]). The first one was placed in projection of mediastinum (M) and the other one in projection of heart (H). Results: We found an overall decreased uptake of the myocardial 123I-mibg without perfusion abnormality in 15 of 19 patients with P.D. and 11 among them were L-DOPA sensitive (L-DOPA test greater than 30%). Normal tracer uptake with 123I-mibg associated with an almost quite normal perfusion was seen in 15 of 21 patients with M.S.A. and they were little or not L-DOPA sensitive (L-DOPA test less than 30%). Therefore, 10 discordant cases (25%) between cardiac scintigraphy and clinical evolution of disease with also discordant L-DOPA tests were observed. In the P.D. group, quantification of data enhanced the diagnostic decision with low heart to

  10. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging for myocardial perfusion and diastolic function-reference control values for women.

    Bakir, May; Wei, Janet; Nelson, Michael D; Mehta, Puja K; Haftbaradaran, Afsaneh; Jones, Erika; Gill, Edward; Sharif, Behzad; Slomka, Piotr J; Li, Debiao; Shufelt, Chrisandra L; Minissian, Margo; Berman, Daniel S; Bairey Merz, C Noel; Thomson, Louise E J

    2016-02-01

    Angina, heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) in the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) are more common in women and are associated with adverse cardiovascular prognosis. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI) is established for assessment of left ventricular (LV) morphology and systolic function and is increasingly used to assess myocardial perfusion and diastolic function. Indeed, stress CMRI allows measurement of myocardial perfusion reserve index (MPRI) using semi-quantitative techniques, and quantification of LV volumetric filling patterns provides valuable insight into LV diastolic function. The utility of these two techniques remains limited, because reference control values for MPRI and LV diastolic function in asymptomatic middle-aged, women have not previously been established. To address this limitation, we recruited twenty women, without clinical cardiovascular disease or cardiovascular risk factors, with normal maximal Bruce protocol exercise treadmill testing. Subjects underwent CMRI (1.5 tesla) using a standardized protocol of adenosine stress and rest perfusion and LV cinematic imaging. Commercially available with automated CMRI segmentation was used for calculation of MPRI, LV filling profiles, and ejection fraction. Mean age was 54±9 years and mean body mass index was 25±4 kg/m(3). The exercise treadmill testing results demonstrated a normotensive group with normal functional capacity and hemodynamic response. We report reference control values for semi-quantitative MPRI as well as measures of LV systolic and diastolic function including ejection fraction, stroke volume, peak filling rate (PFR), PFR adjusted for end-diastolic volume (EDV) and stroke volume, time to PFR, and EDV index. The data herein provide reference values for MPRI and diastolic function in a cohort of healthy, middle-aged of women. These reference values may be used for comparison with a

  11. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging for myocardial perfusion and diastolic function—reference control values for women

    Bakir, May; Wei, Janet; Nelson, Michael D.; Mehta, Puja K.; Haftbaradaran, Afsaneh; Jones, Erika; Gill, Edward; Sharif, Behzad; Slomka, Piotr J.; Li, Debiao; Shufelt, Chrisandra L.; Minissian, Margo; Berman, Daniel S.; Bairey Merz, C. Noel

    2016-01-01

    Angina, heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) in the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) are more common in women and are associated with adverse cardiovascular prognosis. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI) is established for assessment of left ventricular (LV) morphology and systolic function and is increasingly used to assess myocardial perfusion and diastolic function. Indeed, stress CMRI allows measurement of myocardial perfusion reserve index (MPRI) using semi-quantitative techniques, and quantification of LV volumetric filling patterns provides valuable insight into LV diastolic function. The utility of these two techniques remains limited, because reference control values for MPRI and LV diastolic function in asymptomatic middle-aged, women have not previously been established. To address this limitation, we recruited twenty women, without clinical cardiovascular disease or cardiovascular risk factors, with normal maximal Bruce protocol exercise treadmill testing. Subjects underwent CMRI (1.5 tesla) using a standardized protocol of adenosine stress and rest perfusion and LV cinematic imaging. Commercially available with automated CMRI segmentation was used for calculation of MPRI, LV filling profiles, and ejection fraction. Mean age was 54±9 years and mean body mass index was 25±4 kg/m3. The exercise treadmill testing results demonstrated a normotensive group with normal functional capacity and hemodynamic response. We report reference control values for semi-quantitative MPRI as well as measures of LV systolic and diastolic function including ejection fraction, stroke volume, peak filling rate (PFR), PFR adjusted for end-diastolic volume (EDV) and stroke volume, time to PFR, and EDV index. The data herein provide reference values for MPRI and diastolic function in a cohort of healthy, middle-aged of women. These reference values may be used for comparison with a variety

  12. Quantitative myocardial perfusion PET parametric imaging at the voxel-level

    Quantitative myocardial perfusion (MP) PET has the potential to enhance detection of early stages of atherosclerosis or microvascular dysfunction, characterization of flow-limiting effects of coronary artery disease (CAD), and identification of balanced reduction of flow due to multivessel stenosis. We aim to enable quantitative MP-PET at the individual voxel level, which has the potential to allow enhanced visualization and quantification of myocardial blood flow (MBF) and flow reserve (MFR) as computed from uptake parametric images. This framework is especially challenging for the 82Rb radiotracer. The short half-life enables fast serial imaging and high patient throughput; yet, the acquired dynamic PET images suffer from high noise-levels introducing large variability in uptake parametric images and, therefore, in the estimates of MBF and MFR. Robust estimation requires substantial post-smoothing of noisy data, degrading valuable functional information of physiological and pathological importance. We present a feasible and robust approach to generate parametric images at the voxel-level that substantially reduces noise without significant loss of spatial resolution. The proposed methodology, denoted physiological clustering, makes use of the functional similarity of voxels to penalize deviation of voxel kinetics from physiological partners. The results were validated using extensive simulations (with transmural and non-transmural perfusion defects) and clinical studies. Compared to post-smoothing, physiological clustering depicted enhanced quantitative noise versus bias performance as well as superior recovery of perfusion defects (as quantified by CNR) with minimal increase in bias. Overall, parametric images obtained from the proposed methodology were robust in the presence of high-noise levels as manifested in the voxel time-activity-curves. (paper)

  13. Myocardial perfusion by dynamic positron emission tomography (PET) using O-15-water

    Water labeled with 0-15 (2.0 m half-life) can be used as a diffusible tracer to quantitate regional myocardial perfusion using PET and bolus injections (i.v.). This is the first report of the validation of a dynamic PET method wherein both the input and residue functions are discerned simultaneously without using arterial sampling. These studies underpin noninvasive myocardial perfusion studies with an inert diffusible tracer in which variability in physiological extraction with altered flows or ischemic conditions is not a concern as with Rb-82 and N-13 ammonia. A 7 s bolus venous injection of 0-15 (up to 20 mCi) was done simultaneously with left atrial infusion of microspheres in all 4 thoracotomized dogs. 0-15 was produced by the N-14(d,n)0-15 reaction at the 88-inch cyclotron. The input function is measured from the activity in a region of interest (ROI) over the left ventricular blood pool from sequential PET images (2.5 s intervals for 60 s; 10 s for 80 s; 20 s for 160 s totalling 5 min). The 0-15 water residue function is determined from the ROI over the myocardium as determined from a Rb-82 PET study. These two data sets are used to calculate rate constants in a two-compartment model which lumps the capillary and myocite membrane transport. This model is equivalent to the basic diffusible tracer equation for variable input. The rate constant k is related to flow via a partition coefficient of 0.91 and the tissue density of 1.05g/cc. In 9 studies with 4 dogs under normal and dipyridamole-induced high flow studies the authors found an excellent correlation (r=0.8) between PET water perfusion results and flow determined form the microsphere reference organ technique

  14. Myocardial perfusion imaging with a cadmium zinc telluride-based gamma camera versus invasive fractional flow reserve

    Recently introduced ultrafast cardiac SPECT cameras with cadmium zinc telluride-based (CZT) detectors may provide superior image quality allowing faster acquisition with reduced radiation doses. Although the level of concordance between conventional SPECT and invasive fractional flow reserve (FFR) measurement has been studied, that between FFR and CZT-based SPECT is not yet known. Therefore, we aimed to assess the level of concordance between CZT SPECT and FFR in a large patient group with stable coronary artery disease. Both invasive FFR and myocardial perfusion imaging with a CZT-based SPECT camera, using Tc-tetrofosmin as tracer, were performed in 100 patients with stable angina and intermediate grade stenosis on invasive coronary angiography. A cut-off value of <0.75 was used to define abnormal FFR. The mean age of the patients was 64 ± 11 years, and 64 % were men. SPECT demonstrated ischaemia in 31 % of the patients, and 20 % had FFR <0.75. The concordance between CZT SPECT and FFR was 73 % on a per-patient basis and 79 % on a per-vessel basis. Discordant findings were more often seen in older patients and were mainly (19 %) the result of ischaemic SPECT findings in patients with FFR ≥0.75, whereas only 8 % had an abnormal FFR without ischaemia as demonstrated by CZT SPECT. Only 20 - 30 % of patients with intermediate coronary stenoses had significant ischaemia as assessed by CZT SPECT or invasive FFR. CZT SPECT showed a modest degree of concordance with FFR, which is comparable with previous results with conventional SPECT. Further investigations are particularly necessary in patients with normal SPECT and abnormal FFR, especially to determine whether these patients should undergo revascularization. (orig.)

  15. Myocardial perfusion imaging with a cadmium zinc telluride-based gamma camera versus invasive fractional flow reserve

    Mouden, Mohamed [Isala klinieken, Department of Cardiology, Zwolle (Netherlands); Isala klinieken, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Zwolle (Netherlands); Ottervanger, Jan Paul; Timmer, Jorik R. [Isala klinieken, Department of Cardiology, Zwolle (Netherlands); Knollema, Siert; Reiffers, Stoffer; Oostdijk, Ad H.J.; Jager, Pieter L. [Isala klinieken, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Zwolle (Netherlands); Boer, Menko-Jan de [University Medical Centre Nijmegen, Department of Cardiology, Nijmegen (Netherlands)

    2014-05-15

    Recently introduced ultrafast cardiac SPECT cameras with cadmium zinc telluride-based (CZT) detectors may provide superior image quality allowing faster acquisition with reduced radiation doses. Although the level of concordance between conventional SPECT and invasive fractional flow reserve (FFR) measurement has been studied, that between FFR and CZT-based SPECT is not yet known. Therefore, we aimed to assess the level of concordance between CZT SPECT and FFR in a large patient group with stable coronary artery disease. Both invasive FFR and myocardial perfusion imaging with a CZT-based SPECT camera, using Tc-tetrofosmin as tracer, were performed in 100 patients with stable angina and intermediate grade stenosis on invasive coronary angiography. A cut-off value of <0.75 was used to define abnormal FFR. The mean age of the patients was 64 ± 11 years, and 64 % were men. SPECT demonstrated ischaemia in 31 % of the patients, and 20 % had FFR <0.75. The concordance between CZT SPECT and FFR was 73 % on a per-patient basis and 79 % on a per-vessel basis. Discordant findings were more often seen in older patients and were mainly (19 %) the result of ischaemic SPECT findings in patients with FFR ≥0.75, whereas only 8 % had an abnormal FFR without ischaemia as demonstrated by CZT SPECT. Only 20 - 30 % of patients with intermediate coronary stenoses had significant ischaemia as assessed by CZT SPECT or invasive FFR. CZT SPECT showed a modest degree of concordance with FFR, which is comparable with previous results with conventional SPECT. Further investigations are particularly necessary in patients with normal SPECT and abnormal FFR, especially to determine whether these patients should undergo revascularization. (orig.)

  16. Myocardial perfusion after prolonged submaximal exercise in patients with coronary artery disease

    Aim: Exercise training in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) has established benefits. We assessed myocardial perfusion after submaximal but prolonged exercise in patients with CAD, who were enrolled in supervised exercise rehabilitation programs. Material and Methods: Nine patients with CAD enrolled in supervised exercise rehabilitation programs (7 men, 2 women; mean age 54±9 years), 7 with prior AMI and 2 with re-vascularized (CABG) multiple vessel disease, were encouraged to walk/run actively around the perimeter of our Hospital during the annual social sporting event organised in our Institution. Patients were studied by means of perfusion Tc-99m tetrofosmin SPECT imaging after prolonged exercise and at rest (gated SPECT), for two consecutive years. All patients remained symptom free during this interval period. Quantitative analysis was performed dividing polar map images in 13 segments. Tracer activity 9% in the resting image. The analysis was focused on those segments showing perfusion defects. Results: No symptoms other than fatigue were registered during prolonged exercise (range 1-2 hr). There were no significant differences in distance covered (7,462±3,031 m vs. 8,456±2,998 m), heart rate (92±11 bpm vs. 85±13 bpm) and rate-pressure product at the end of exercise (10,804±2,467 vs. 10,403±2,955) or gated SPECT calculated LVEF (44%±19 vs. 46%±20) between the two consecutive annual sporting events. Tracer activity in segments with perfusion defects did not significantly differ between both events. Overall agreement between both examinations regarding patient classification as having scar/ischemia was 77% (kappa=0.49). There was one patient who showed partial reversibility in three segments, consistent with mild anteroapical ischemia, only in the first examination. On the other hand, another patient showed reversibility in one segment (medium septum), only in the second examination, when he covered a distance 1.3 times superior. Conclusions

  17. Exercise myocardial perfusion scintigraphy is useful for evaluating myocardial ischemia even in the elderly

    Pharmacologic stress testing is recommended to elderly patients as a valuable alternative to exercise testing. We examined whether exercise testing is as useful for evaluating myocardial ischemia in the elderly as in the young. The consecutive 1,508 patients who underwent exercise 201Tl single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) were divided into six age groups: 6-29 years (n=56), 30-44 (n=143), 45-54 (n=311), 55-64 (n=498), 65-74 (n=402), and 75-88 (n=98). Both heart rate and rate-pressure product at peak exercise were significantly lower in patients aged 75-88 than in the other five groups. The frequency of ischemic ST depression was higher in patients aged 75-88 than in those aged 6-74, although the difference was not significant. Moreover, the frequency of 201Tl transient defect was significantly higher in patients aged 75-88 than in those aged 6-74. On the other hand, the sensitivity of ischemic ST depression for 201Tl transient defect was similar among the six groups, but the specificity was significantly lower in patients aged 75-88 than in those aged 6-74. In conclusion, exercise 201Tl SPECT is useful for evaluating myocardial ischemia even in the elderly, but exercise electrocardiography has limitations such as lower specificity in the elderly than 201Tl SPECT. (author)

  18. Dynamic CT myocardial perfusion imaging: detection of ischemia in a porcine model with FFR verification

    Fahmi, Rachid; Eck, Brendan L.; Vembar, Mani; Bezerra, Hiram G.; Wilson, David L.

    2014-03-01

    Dynamic cardiac CT perfusion (CTP) is a high resolution, non-invasive technique for assessing myocardial blood ow (MBF), which in concert with coronary CT angiography enable CT to provide a unique, comprehensive, fast analysis of both coronary anatomy and functional ow. We assessed perfusion in a porcine model with and without coronary occlusion. To induce occlusion, each animal underwent left anterior descending (LAD) stent implantation and angioplasty balloon insertion. Normal ow condition was obtained with balloon completely de ated. Partial occlusion was induced by balloon in ation against the stent with FFR used to assess the extent of occlusion. Prospective ECG-triggered partial scan images were acquired at end systole (45% R-R) using a multi-detector CT (MDCT) scanner. Images were reconstructed using FBP and a hybrid iterative reconstruction (iDose4, Philips Healthcare). Processing included: beam hardening (BH) correction, registration of image volumes using 3D cubic B-spline normalized mutual-information, and spatio-temporal bilateral ltering to reduce partial scan artifacts and noise variation. Absolute blood ow was calculated with a deconvolutionbased approach using singular value decomposition (SVD). Arterial input function was estimated from the left ventricle (LV) cavity. Regions of interest (ROIs) were identi ed in healthy and ischemic myocardium and compared in normal and occluded conditions. Under-perfusion was detected in the correct LAD territory and ow reduction agreed well with FFR measurements. Flow was reduced, on average, in LAD territories by 54%.

  19. An unsupervised approach for measuring myocardial perfusion in MR image sequences

    Discher, Antoine; Rougon, Nicolas; Preteux, Francoise

    2005-08-01

    Quantitatively assessing myocardial perfusion is a key issue for the diagnosis, therapeutic planning and patient follow-up of cardio-vascular diseases. To this end, perfusion MRI (p-MRI) has emerged as a valuable clinical investigation tool thanks to its ability of dynamically imaging the first pass of a contrast bolus in the framework of stress/rest exams. However, reliable techniques for automatically computing regional first pass curves from 2D short-axis cardiac p-MRI sequences remain to be elaborated. We address this problem and develop an unsupervised four-step approach comprising: (i) a coarse spatio-temporal segmentation step, allowing to automatically detect a region of interest for the heart over the whole sequence, and to select a reference frame with maximal myocardium contrast; (ii) a model-based variational segmentation step of the reference frame, yielding a bi-ventricular partition of the heart into left ventricle, right ventricle and myocardium components; (iii) a respiratory/cardiac motion artifacts compensation step using a novel region-driven intensity-based non rigid registration technique, allowing to elastically propagate the reference bi-ventricular segmentation over the whole sequence; (iv) a measurement step, delivering first-pass curves over each region of a segmental model of the myocardium. The performance of this approach is assessed over a database of 15 normal and pathological subjects, and compared with perfusion measurements delivered by a MRI manufacturer software package based on manual delineations by a medical expert.

  20. Role of Different Concentrations of Morphine after Coronary Perfusion for Myocardial Protection

    S Chen

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To investigate whether the different concentrations of morphine after coronary perfusion have myocardial protection. Subjects and method: Forty-five patients undergoing heart valve replacement were randomly divided into three groups of 15 patients: group A (morphine 2 μmol/L in the cardioplegic solution, group B (morphine 4 μmol/L in the cardioplegic solution and group C (no morphine in the cardioplegic solution. The three groups were monitored before induction (T1, five minutes before (T2 and five minutes after (T3 cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB, perioperative (T4 for haemodynamic parameters, two hours after CPB (T5 and 24 hours after CPB (T6. The postoperation incidence of severe ventricular arrhythmia and low cardiac output, CPB transit time, aortic cross-clamp time, defibrillation time, duration of ventilation and intensive care unit (ICU and hospital stay were recorded. Results: The levels of cardiac troponin I (cTnI at T5 and T6 in group A and group B were significantly lower than those in group C (p < 0.05, and at T6 in group B, were lower than those in group A (p < 0.05. The levels of CK-MB at T6 in group B were lower than those in group C (p < 0.05. The morphological changes in group A and group B were less than those in group C; and the least in group B. Conclusion: Morphine at concentrations of 2 μmol/L and 4 μmol/L after coronary perfusion on cardiac valve replacement with CPB has myocardial protection; 4 μmol/L of morphine provides more myocardial protection.

  1. Comparison Between Postprocessing Software and Repeated Scanning to Eliminate Subdiaphragmatic Activity in Myocardial Perfusion Scintigraphy

    Theerakulpisut, Daris; Chotipanich, Chanisa

    2016-01-01

    Myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is a powerful test of evaluation for coronary artery disease, but subdiaphragmatic radiotracer activity often interferes with the interpretation of inferior wall findings. This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of using software elimination of the subdiaphragmatic activity for the assessment of its efficacy in the correctness of image interpretation and the overall image quality of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS). MPS studies from January 2010 to October 2012 at our institution were reviewed. Thirty-two SPECT studies were included, all of which had significant subdiaphragmatic activity in the first scan and needed to be delayed to let the activity clear. Each scan was interpreted by using semiquantitative scoring in 17 segments according to the degree of radiotracer uptake. The first scan, which had interfering activity, was manipulated by masking out the unwanted activity with software native to our image processing software suite. The manipulated images were then compared with delayed images of the same patient, of which the subdiaphragmatic activity was spontaneously cleared with time. The first scan masked by software correlated with the delayed scan for myocardial regions supplied by the left circumflex (LCx) and right coronary artery (RCA), but not the left anterior descending (LAD). However, the quality of the masked scans was perceived by the observer to be better in terms of quality and ease of interpretation. Using software to mask out unwanted subdiaphragmatic activity has no detrimental effect on the interpretation of MPS images when compared with delayed scanning, but it can improve subjective scan quality and ease of interpretation. PMID:27134559

  2. Function's evaluation, perfusion and metabolism by positron emission tomography associated with multislice tomography (PET/CT) in patient with previous diagnosis to myocardial necrosis

    A 64-years-old male patient with previous diagnosis of myocardial necrosis as assessed by myocardial perfusion gated single photon emission computed tomography (gSPECT) with 3-vessel-disease, left ventricular dysfunction and symptomatic by epigastric pain. The patient was referred for myocardial viability assessment by positron emission tomography (PET) to define clinical management decision. (authors)

  3. Minimal count level required for quantification of left ventricular function with gated myocardial perfusion tomography

    Aim: The aim of this study was to determine the minimal count density required for accurate quantification of global and regional function using gated myocardial perfusion tomography and the QGS algorithm. Material and Methods: Ten patients with low likelihood of coronary artery disease were injected with 925MBq of Tc99m labelled tetrofosmin. Imaging was started 60min after tracer administration on a 3-head gamma camera equipped with LEHR collimators. Parameters of acquisition were as follows: 360-degree rotation, 96 projections, 64x64 matrix, 5.79mm pixel size, step-and-shoot, 40s per step and 8 time bins. In order to create test data sets with lower count densities, the original data were redistributed using binomial deviates. For each patient, five different noise realizations were generated for six different noise levels corresponding to 1/2, 1/4, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10 and 1/16 of the original count density. Transverse slices were reconstructed using filtered backprojection (Butterworth filter: cut-off frequency 0.44 cycle/cm, order 5) and reoriented according to the left ventricular long axis using exactly the same angles for each individual patient. End-diastolic volume (EDV), ejection fraction (EF) and regional wall thickening (WT) were automatically calculated with the QGS algorithm. The root-mean-square difference (RMSD) between the five low-count realizations and the original high-count study were calculated for every noise level and evaluated in function of the total myocardial count density measured on the non-gated projections. Results: The total myocardial count density averaged 5.0+/-0.9 million counts in the original high-count studies. Using these original data, EDV, EF and WT averaged 117+/-15ml, 55+/-4% and 34+/-4%, respectively. The RMSD of the EDV, EF and WT increased slightly with decreasing count levels until a total myocardial count density of 1.5 million counts. At that very low count level, RMSD was still below 6 ml for EDV and below 5% for EF

  4. Myocardial perfusion/metabolism mismatch and ventricular arrhythmias in the chronic post infarction state

    Aim: Ventricular arrhythmias have been shown to originate in the myocardial peri-infarct region due to irregular heterotopic conduction. Hypoperfused but viable myocardium is often localised in those areas and may be involved in the pathogenesis of arrhythmias. We tested the hypothesis that these myocardial perfusion/metabolism mismatches (MM) are significantly associated with ventricular arrhythmias in the chronic post infarction state. Patients, methods: 47 post infarction patients were included in the study. 33 suffered from ventricular arrhythmia whereas 14 did not. All patients underwent 99mTc tetrofosmin SPECT and 18F-FDG PET. A region-of-interest(ROI)-analysis was used to assess viable myocardium based on predefined MM-criteria. Univariate analyses as well as a logistic regression model for the multivariate analysis were carried out. Results: 94% of the arrhythmic patients displayed at least one MM-segment as compared to 64% of the non-arrhythmic patients. MM-segments and arrhythmia showed a statistically significant relation (p=0.018). The logistic regression model predicted the occurrence or absence of arrhythmia in 85% of all cases. Multivariate analysis gave consistent results, after adjusting for symptomatic chronic heart failure (CHF), aneurysms and age. Conclusion: Our results support the hypothesis that hypoperfused but viable myocardium represents an arrhyhmogenic substrate and is a relevant risk factor for developing ventricular arrhythmias following myocardial infarction. Therefore, the detection of MM-segments allows the identification of patients with a higher risk for future cardiac events. (orig.)

  5. Pulmonary ventilation and perfusion abnormalities and ventilation perfusion imbalance in children with pulmonary atresia or extreme tetralogy of Fallot

    Xenon-133 lung ventilation and perfusion scans were done preoperatively after cardiac catheterization and cineangiocardiography in 19 children; 6 had pulmonary atresia with an intact ventricular septum and hypoplastic right ventricle, 4 pulmonary atresia with associated complex univentricular heart, and 9 extreme Tetralogy of Fallot. The four patients with discrepancies in the sizes of the left and right pulmonary arteries on angiography had marked asymmetry of pulmonary perfusion and ventilation-perfusion imbalance on scintigraphy. Similar degrees of asymmetry and imbalance were present in 6 of the 15 children with equal-size pulmonary vessels. Asymmetry of pulmonary perfusion and ventilation-perfusion imbalance were associated with a poor prognosis

  6. Pulmonary ventilation and perfusion abnormalities and ventilation perfusion imbalance in children with pulmonary atresia or extreme tetralogy of Fallot

    Dowdle, S.C.; Human, D.G.; Mann, M.D. (Univ. of Cape Town (South Africa))

    1990-08-01

    Xenon-133 lung ventilation and perfusion scans were done preoperatively after cardiac catheterization and cineangiocardiography in 19 children; 6 had pulmonary atresia with an intact ventricular septum and hypoplastic right ventricle, 4 pulmonary atresia with associated complex univentricular heart, and 9 extreme Tetralogy of Fallot. The four patients with discrepancies in the sizes of the left and right pulmonary arteries on angiography had marked asymmetry of pulmonary perfusion and ventilation-perfusion imbalance on scintigraphy. Similar degrees of asymmetry and imbalance were present in 6 of the 15 children with equal-size pulmonary vessels. Asymmetry of pulmonary perfusion and ventilation-perfusion imbalance were associated with a poor prognosis.

  7. Exercise tolerance test (ett) or myocardial perfusion scan (mps) - what to choose in patients of ischaemic heart disease (ihd)

    Objective: To evaluate the validity of exercise tolerance test (ETT) with treadmill exercise in the diagnosis and follow-up of ischaemic heart disease (IHD), taking myocardial perfusion scan (MPS) as standard. Study Design: Retrospective, validation study. Place and Duration of Study: Nuclear Medical Centre (NMC) Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), Rawalpindi, Pakistan, from 1 January to 31 December 2009. Patients and Methods: One hundred and nineteen patients (88 males, 31 females), referred for MPS; were selected through non-probability, consecutive sampling. Patients of all ages and gender, fit to undertake treadmill exercise, were included. Patients with contraindications to ETT, like unstable angina, conduction abnormalities, etc., or those who had taken a beta blocker within the preceding 24 hours, were excluded. ETT through treadmill exercise was done, followed by MPS with single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) technique, using Thallium-201 or Technetium-99 m 2-methoxy-isobutyl-isonitrile (MIBI). ETT was interpreted as positive or negative for ischaemia, with borderline changes considered positive. MPS was interpreted as positive or negative for ischaemia. Validity of ETT was evaluated in terms of sensitivity (Sn), specificity (Sp), and positive and negative predictive value (PPV and NPV), taking MPS as standard. Results: Sensitivity of ETT was found to be 77.5% and specificity was 43.6%. PPV was 73.8% and NPV was 48.6%. Out of a total (n) of 119 patients, true positive (TP) cases were 62, true negative (TN) 17, false positive (FP) 22 and false negative (FN) 18. Conclusions: ETT is an acceptably sensitive but non-specific test for evaluating myocardial ischaemia, with adequate PPV but low NPV, when validating it against MPS. Replacing the MPS with ETT, in the diagnosis and follow-up of IHD, is thus, not prudent. ETT can be useful as a screening test. (author)

  8. Heterogeneous fate of perfusion and contraction after anterior wall acute myocardial infarction and effects on left ventricular remodeling.

    Marcassa, C; Galli, M; Bolli, R; Temporelli, P L; Campini, R; Giannuzzi, P

    1998-12-15

    After acute myocardial infarction, patency of infarct vessel and extent of left venticular (LV) dysfunction are major determinants of ventricular remodeling. Spontaneous, delayed reperfusion in the infarct zone occurs in a sizeable number of patients well after the subacute phase. The aim of this study was to determine the relation between the occurrence of this spontaneous, delayed reperfusion and LV remodeling. In 84 patients, resting LV volumes, topography, regional function, and perfusion were quantitatively evaluated by 2-dimensional echocardiography and sestamibi tomography 5 weeks (study 1) and 7 months (study 2) after anterior Q-wave infarction. At study 2, LV end-diastolic volume increased by > 15% in 17 patients (20%, LV remodeling); they had already had at study 1 significantly larger LV volumes, more severe hypoperfusion and wall motion abnormalities, and greater regional dilation than patients with stable LV volumes. Delayed reperfusion occurred in 8 of 17 patients with and in 42 of 67 patients without LV remodeling (47% vs 63%; p=NS). At study 2, LV regional dilation and end-diastolic volumes were stable in patients with, but increased in patients without, spontaneous reperfusion (from 25+/-24% to 29+/-26% at study 2 [p<0.05] and from 65+/-14 to 68+/-18 ml/m2 [p <0.05]). At multivariate analysis, however, regional ventricular dilation at study 1 was the sole predictor of further LV remodeling. Thus, after acute myocardial infarction, spontaneous reperfusion occurring after 5 weeks plays only a minor role in influencing LV remodeling. Benefits from delayed reperfusion seem limited to patients with preserved LV volumes; patients with an enlarged left ventricle 5 weeks after acute infarction are prone to further LV remodeling, irrespective of delayed reperfusion. PMID:9874047

  9. High coronary artery calcium score affects clinical outcome despite normal stress myocardial perfusion imaging and normal left ventricular ejection fraction

    Madsen, Claus Juul; Andersen, Kim F; Zerahn, Bo

    2013-01-01

    Normal myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) indicates a low risk for cardiac death and new ischaemic events. However, the impact of normal MPI combined with a high coronary artery calcium score (CACS) is not clear. The aims of this study were to evaluate the risk of severely elevated CACS and to id...

  10. Quantitative Myocardial Perfusion with Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced Imaging in MRI and CT: Theoretical Models and Current Implementation

    G. J. Pelgrim

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Technological advances in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI and computed tomography (CT, including higher spatial and temporal resolution, have made the prospect of performing absolute myocardial perfusion quantification possible, previously only achievable with positron emission tomography (PET. This could facilitate integration of myocardial perfusion biomarkers into the current workup for coronary artery disease (CAD, as MRI and CT systems are more widely available than PET scanners. Cardiac PET scanning remains expensive and is restricted by the requirement of a nearby cyclotron. Clinical evidence is needed to demonstrate that MRI and CT have similar accuracy for myocardial perfusion quantification as PET. However, lack of standardization of acquisition protocols and tracer kinetic model selection complicates comparison between different studies and modalities. The aim of this overview is to provide insight into the different tracer kinetic models for quantitative myocardial perfusion analysis and to address typical implementation issues in MRI and CT. We compare different models based on their theoretical derivations and present the respective consequences for MRI and CT acquisition parameters, highlighting the interplay between tracer kinetic modeling and acquisition settings.

  11. Sex- and age-related differences of myocardial perfusion at rest assessed with multidetector computed tomography

    Byrne, Christina; Kühl, J Tobias; Zacho, Mette; Nordestgaard, Børge G; Fuchs, Andreas; Frestad, Daria; Køber, Lars; Kofoed, Klaus Fuglsang

    2013-01-01

    The clinical presentation of ischemic heart disease in women differs from men, which could reflect sex-related differences of normal physiology. Cardiac CT angiography provides a noninvasive method to assess both regional and transmural myocardial perfusion in addition to coronary atherosclerosis....

  12. Analysis of prognostic value of clinical information and myocardial perfusion imaging in diabetic patients on cardiac events occurrence

    Objective: To explore the risk factors of cardiac event (CE) occurrence and evaluate the prognostic value of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in diabetic patients. Methods: We conducted a study with 172(16.4%) consecutively registered patients with diabetes (132 males, 40 females; age range 16-90 years, mean age 55.94±12.46 years) and 875(83.6%) patients without diabetes with known or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) undergoing SPECT MPI. Follow-up information was obtained through telephone interviews. Patients were followed up for at least 18 months. End points were defined as death due to primary cardiac cause, or nonfatal acute myocardial infarction and revascularization. The mean time of follow-up was 33.25±14.95 (1∼56) months. Results: Logistic stepwise regression analysis evaluated history of smoking and drinking, hypertension, hyperlipemia and the family history of CAD as predictors. A multiple regression formula was obtained: Y=-5.593+0.958X1+0.921 X2+0.428X3, (Y=cardiac events, X1=diabetes, X2=the family history of CAD, X3=hypertension). Diabetes, the family history of CAD and hypertension were dangerous factors for cardiac events, but hyperlipemia, history of smoking and drinking were protective factors for cardiac events. Over the follow-up period, there are 42 cardiac events in diabetic group, 86 in non-diabetic group. Patients with diabetes had significantly higher rates of cardiac events (24.4% versus 9.8%; chi-square 28.5, P<0.0001), compared with rates among patients without diabetes (table 1). Kaplan-Meier survival curves analyzing the no-CE rates in the diabetic and non-diabetic groups, diabetic patients were significantly lower than non-diabetic ones (Log-rank statistic, chi-square 28.75, P <0.0001). Of 172 diabetic patients, 32.2% of the patients with abnormal MPI occurred cardiac events, but only 7.4% of the patients with normal ones did(chi-square 12.34, P <0.001) (figure 1). Abnormal SPECT MPI was associated with the higher rate

  13. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy 2007 in Germany. Results of the query and current status

    Lindner, O. [Inst. fuer Radiologie, Nuklearmedizin und Molekulare Bildgebung, Herz- und Diabeteszentrum NRW, Bad Oeynhausen (Germany); Burchert, W. [Inst. fuer Radiologie, Nuklearmedizin und Molekulare Bildgebung, Herz- und Diabeteszentrum NRW, Bad Oeynhausen (Germany); Arbeitsgemeinschaft Kardiovaskulaere Nuklearmedizin der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Nuklearmedizin (Germany); Bengel, F.M. [Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore (United States); Arbeitsgruppe Nuklearkardiologische Diagnostik der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Kardiologie (Germany); Zimmermann, R. [Arbeitsgruppe Nuklearkardiologische Diagnostik der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Kardiologie (Germany); Medizinische Klinik, Klinikum Pforzheim GmbH, Pforzheim (Germany); Dahl, J. vom [Klinik fuer Kardiologie, Kliniken Maria Hilf GmbH, Moenchengladbach (Germany); Schaefer, W. [Klinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Universitaetsklinikum Aachen (Germany); Schober, O. [Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Universitaetsklinikum Muenster UKM (Germany); Schaefers, M. [Arbeitsgemeinschaft Kardiovaskulaere Nuklearmedizin der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Nuklearmedizin (Germany); Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Universitaetsklinikum Muenster UKM (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    Aim: This third survey of the working group Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine of the German Society of Nuclear Medicine in cooperation with the working group Nuclear Cardiology of the German Cardiac Society was to deliver information on the procedures and in particular on the development of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) from 2005 to 2007. Method: 370 questionnaires (222 private practices (PP), 117 hospitals (HO), 31 university hospitals (UH)) were evaluated. Results: MPS of 114,374 patients were reported, 83% were investigated with {sup 99m}Tc-perfusion tracers. 76% [2006=74%] were performed in PP, 15% [2006=17%] in HO and 9% [2006=9%] in UH. Diabetics represented 21% of all MPS patients in 2007. Data of 215 institutions which participated all from 2005 to 2007 showed an increase in MPS of 2.3% (PP +6.8%, HO -4.5%, UH -18.2%). The type of stress was pharmacological in 27% [2006 = 27%]; 67% adenosine (of these 25% with exercise), 31% dipyridamole (of these 55% with exercise), and 2% dobutamine. Gated SPECT was performed in 47% [2006 = 42%] of all rest and in 44% [2006 = 39%] of all stress MPS. 61% [2006 = 83%] of all institutions did not apply perfusion scores. 20% [2006 = 24%] of the institutions reported changes in the use of MPS by competing methods. Conclusion: There is a small increase of MPS between 2005 and 2007 despite competing methods. Gated SPECT has experienced more acceptance, but is still underrepresented. As compared to the European average and general standards of MPS a considerable backlog accounts to pharmacological stress tests, gated SPECT and perfusion scores. (orig.)

  14. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy 2008 in Germany. Results of the fourth query

    Aim: The working group Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine of the German Society of Nuclear Medicine in cooperation with the working group Nuclear Cardiology of the German Cardiac Society herewith present the results of the 4th survey on myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) of the year 2008. Method: 310 questionnaires (191 private practices (PP), 93 hospitals (HO), 31 university hospitals (UH)) were evaluated. Results: MPS of 98 947 patients were reported. 15% of them were younger than 50 y, 57% between 50 and 70 y and 28% older than 70 y. 88% [2007: 83%] of all were studied with Tc-99m perfusion tracers. The patient radiation exposure of a stress and rest protocol considering German standard recommended doses was 8.5 mSv, of a stress-only protocol 1.9 mSv. 77% [2007: 76%] of the MPS were performed in PP, 15% [2007: 15%] in HO and 8% [2007: 9%] in UH. From 2005 to 2008 there was a mild increase in the MPS numbers by 1.2% (PP +7.1%, HO -5.5%, UH -31.4%). The type of stress was pharmacological in 30% [2007: 27%]; 68% adenosine (of these 22% with exercise), 29% dipyridamole (of these 64% with exercise), and <1% dobutamine. Gated SPECT was performed in 46% [2007: 47%] of all rest and in 42% [2007: 44%] of all stress MPS. 62% [2007: 61%] of all institutions did not use perfusion scores. Conclusion: The MPS numbers from 2005 to 2008 in Germany can be regarded as stable. However, there are considerable shifts from HO and UH to PP. The well known potential of MPS considering risk stratification and functional analysis has not been tapped so far. Both gated SPECT and a quantitative perfusion analysis should be performed routinely in every patient.

  15. Thallium myocardial perfusion scans for the assessment of right ventricular hypertrophy in patients with cystic fibrosis. A comparison with other noninvasive techniques

    Newth, C.J.; Corey, M.L.; Fowler, R.S.; Gilday, D.L.; Gross, D.; Mitchell, I.

    1981-01-01

    The incidence of right ventricular hypertrophy in 32 patients with cystic fibrosis was studied using thallium 201 (TI-201) myocardial perfusion scans, and compared with other noninvasive techniques including electrocardiography, vectorcardiography, and M-mode echocardiography. The patients (mean age, 17.3 yr; range, 7 to 33) had a wide range of clinical and pulmonary abnormalities (mean Shwachman-Kulczycki score, 66.6). In the total study group, TI-201 scans, like the vectorcardiograms and the M-mode echocardiograms, gave a surprisingly high proportion of positive predictions for right ventricular hypertrophy (RVH) (44%). The correlations with all other noninvasive methods were uniformly poor, so caution must be exercised in using this technique to predict early RVH in order to follow the natural history of cor pulmonale in cystic fibrosis. At the time of the study, 6 patients had clinical evidence of right ventricular failure, and in this disease setting must have had RVH. In 3 patients, RVH was confirmed at autopsy, and it was successfully predicted by TI-201 scans in 5 of the 6 patients. The false negative scan may have been due to regional myocardial ischemia secondary to severe right ventricular failure. In contrast, the vectorcardiogram, using Fowler's new criteria, made a successful prediction of RVH in all 6 patients, and the electro cardiogram in only 3. Although the M-mode echocardiogram was abnormal in all patients, it would have predicted RVH (with increased right ventricular anterior wall thickness) in only 1 patient. We concluded that TI-201 myocardial perfusion cans are good at confirming RVH in cases with established right ventricular failure, but have no advantage over vectorcardiographic assessments, which are logistically easier to perform and carry no radiation risks.

  16. Thallium myocardial perfusion scans for the assessment of right ventricular hypertrophy in patients with cystic fibrosis. A comparison with other noninvasive techniques

    The incidence of right ventricular hypertrophy in 32 patients with cystic fibrosis was studied using thallium 201 (TI-201) myocardial perfusion scans, and compared with other noninvasive techniques including electrocardiography, vectorcardiography, and M-mode echocardiography. The patients (mean age, 17.3 yr; range, 7 to 33) had a wide range of clinical and pulmonary abnormalities (mean Shwachman-Kulczycki score, 66.6). In the total study group, TI-201 scans, like the vectorcardiograms and the M-mode echocardiograms, gave a surprisingly high proportion of positive predictions for right ventricular hypertrophy (RVH) (44%). The correlations with all other noninvasive methods were uniformly poor, so caution must be exercised in using this technique to predict early RVH in order to follow the natural history of cor pulmonale in cystic fibrosis. At the time of the study, 6 patients had clinical evidence of right ventricular failure, and in this disease setting must have had RVH. In 3 patients, RVH was confirmed at autopsy, and it was successfully predicted by TI-201 scans in 5 of the 6 patients. The false negative scan may have been due to regional myocardial ischemia secondary to severe right ventricular failure. In contrast, the vectorcardiogram, using Fowler's new criteria, made a successful prediction of RVH in all 6 patients, and the electro cardiogram in only 3. Although the M-mode echocardiogram was abnormal in all patients, it would have predicted RVH (with increased right ventricular anterior wall thickness) in only 1 patient. We concluded that TI-201 myocardial perfusion cans are good at confirming RVH in cases with established right ventricular failure, but have no advantage over vectorcardiographic assessments, which are logistically easier to perform and carry no radiation risks

  17. Quantitative myocardial perfusion in mice based on the signal intensity of flow sensitized CMR

    Abeykoon Sumeda

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In the conventional approach to arterial spin labeling in the rodent heart, the relative difference in the apparent T1 relaxation times corresponding to selective and non-selective inversion is related to perfusion via a two compartment model of tissue. But accurate determination of T1 in small animal hearts is difficult and prone to errors due to long scan times and high heart rates. In this study we introduce the theoretical frame work for an alternative method (SI-method based purely on the signal intensity of slice-select and non-select inversion recovery images at a single inversion time at short repetition time. Methods A modified Bloch equation was solved to derive perfusion as a function of signal intensity of flow sensitized segmented gradient echo acquisitions. A two compartment fast exchanging model of tissue was assumed. To test the new technique first it was implemented on a flow phantom and then it was compared with the conventional T1 method in an in vivo study of healthy C57BL/6 mice (n=12. Finally the SI-method was used in comparison to a Late Gadolinium Enhanced (LGE method to qualitatively and quantitatively assess perfusion deficits in an ischemia-reperfusion mouse model (n=4. Results The myocardial perfusion of healthy mice obtained by the SI-method, 5.6 ± 0.5 ml/g/min, (mean ± standard deviation was similar (p=0.38 to that obtained by the conventional method, 5.6 ± 0.3 ml/g/min. The variance in perfusion within the left ventricle was less for the SI-method than that for the conventional method (p Conclusions The proposed signal intensity based ASL method with a segmented acquisition scheme allows accurate high resolution perfusion mapping in small animals. It’s short scan time, high reproducibility and ease of post process makes it a robust alternative to the conventional ASL technique that relies on T1 measurements.

  18. The cardiomyopathy in Friedreich's ataxia: isotopic ventriculography and myocardial imaging with thallium-201

    Myocardial scanning after the intravenous administration of Thallium 201 was used to evaluate regional myocardial perfusion in 14 patients with Friedreich's ataxia. Isotopic ventriculography was also used to assess left ventricular contractility. Myocardial images in patients with Friedreich's ataxia were found to be precociously abnormal irrespective of the degree of neurological impairment or of the severity of myocardial hypertrophy

  19. Endocardial-epicardial distribution of myocardial perfusion reserve assessed by multidetector computed tomography in symptomatic patients without significant coronary artery disease

    Kühl, Jørgen Tobias; George, Richard T; Mehra, Vishal C;

    2016-01-01

    AIM: Previous animal studies have demonstrated differences in perfusion and perfusion reserve between the subendocardium and subepicardium. 320-row computed tomography (CT) with sub-millimetre spatial resolution allows for the assessment of transmural differences in myocardial perfusion reserve...... (MPR) in humans. We aimed to test the hypothesis that MPR in all myocardial layers is determined by age, gender, and cardiovascular risk profile in patients with ischaemic symptoms or equivalent but without obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 149 patients enrolled...... in the CORE320 study with symptoms or signs of myocardial ischaemia and absence of significant CAD by invasive coronary angiography were scanned with static rest and stress CT perfusion. Myocardial attenuation densities were assessed at rest and during adenosine stress, segmented into 3 myocardial...

  20. 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

  1. Myocardial metabolism, perfusion, wall motion and electrical activity in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

    The cardiomyopathy of Duchenne's muscular dystrophy originates in the posterobasal left ventricle and extends chiefly to the contiguous lateral wall. Ultrastructural abnormalities in these regions precede connective tissue replacement. We postulated that a metabolic fault coincided with or antedated the subcellular abnormality. Accordingly, regional left ventricular metabolism, perfusion and wall motion were studied using positron computed tomography and metabolic isotopes supplemented by thallium perfusion scans, equilibrium radionuclide angiography and M-mode and two-dimensional echocardiography. To complete the assessment, electrocardiograms, vectorcardiograms, 24 hour taped electrocardiograms and chest x-rays were analyzed. Positron computed tomography utilizing F-18 2-fluoro 2-deoxyglucose (FDG) provided the first conclusive evidence supporting the hypothesis of a premorphologic regional metabolic fault. Thus, cardiac involvement in duchenne dystrophy emerges as a unique form of heart disease, genetically targeting specific regions of ventricular myocardium for initial metabolic and subcellular changes. Reported ultrastructural abnormalities of the impulse and conduction systems provide, at least in part, a basis for the clinically observed sinus node, intraatrial, internodal, AV nodal and infranodal disorders

  2. Quantitative myocardial perfusion imaging in a porcine ischemia model using a prototype spectral detector CT system

    Fahmi, Rachid; Eck, Brendan L.; Levi, Jacob; Fares, Anas; Dhanantwari, Amar; Vembar, Mani; Bezerra, Hiram G.; Wilson, David L.

    2016-03-01

    We optimized and evaluated dynamic myocardial CT perfusion (CTP) imaging on a prototype spectral detector CT (SDCT) scanner. Simultaneous acquisition of energy sensitive projections on the SDCT system enabled projection-based material decomposition, which typically performs better than image-based decomposition required by some other system designs. In addition to virtual monoenergetic, or keV images, the SDCT provided conventional (kVp) images, allowing us to compare and contrast results. Physical phantom measurements demonstrated linearity of keV images, a requirement for quantitative perfusion. Comparisons of kVp to keV images demonstrated very significant reductions in tell-tale beam hardening (BH) artifacts in both phantom and pig images. In phantom images, consideration of iodine contrast to noise ratio and small residual BH artifacts suggested optimum processing at 70 keV. The processing pipeline for dynamic CTP measurements included 4D image registration, spatio-temporal noise filtering, and model-independent singular value decomposition deconvolution, automatically regularized using the L-curve criterion. In normal pig CTP, 70 keV perfusion estimates were homogeneous throughout the myocardium. At 120 kVp, flow was reduced by more than 20% on the BH-hypo-enhanced myocardium, a range that might falsely indicate actionable ischemia, considering the 0.8 threshold for actionable FFR. With partial occlusion of the left anterior descending (LAD) artery (FFR  <  0.8), perfusion defects at 70 keV were correctly identified in the LAD territory. At 120 kVp, BH affected the size and flow in the ischemic area; e.g. with FFR ≈ 0.65, the anterior-to-lateral flow ratio was 0.29  ±  0.01, over-estimating stenosis severity as compared to 0.42  ±  0.01 (p  <  0.05) at 70 keV. On the non-ischemic inferior wall (not a LAD territory), the flow ratio was 0.50  ±  0.04 falsely indicating an actionable ischemic condition in a healthy

  3. Effects of a novel multimodal group intervention on myocardial perfusion in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD)

    Full text: Recently, it could be shown that a multimodal intervention can promote health behavior in patients with CHD. Purpose of the actual study was to evaluate the effects on somatic endpoints, e.g. myocardial perfusion. We randomly assigned 77 patients (age 54 ± 6.9 y, male 87 %) with angiographically documented CHD to a multimodal group intervention plus standardized cardiological care (INT n=39) or standardized cardiological care only (CO n = 38). The intervention, for out-patients only, consisted of 77.5 hours of group-psychotherapy, relaxation and exercise training, and teaching lessons for one year. A Thallium myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MyoSc) (after bicycle exercise test and at rest; 70 - 110 MBq Thallium-201, SPECT-technique, quantitative wash-out (w.-o.) analysis derived from polar maps) was performed at baseline, after 2 years, and 3 years, respectively: A w.-o. increase res. decrease by 5 % or more indicated an improved / a diminished myocardial perfusion within the affected coronary artery territory. Results were analyzed on an intention to treat basis. 70/77 patients (91 %) completed the study (drop-outs CO n=4, INT n=3). After 2 years (1st interval), there was no significant difference between groups. After 3 years (2nd interval) 36/39 patients (92.3 %) of INT showed a stable or improved myocardial perfusion, compared to 18/38 patients (47.4 %) of CO (p= 0.008). The recent data analysis demonstrates the extra benefit of a multimodal intervention, compared to standardized cardiological care alone, on myocardial perfusion in CHD patients. (author)

  4. Abnormal glucose metabolism in acute myocardial infarction: influence on left ventricular function and prognosis

    Høfsten, Dan E; Løgstrup, Brian B; Møller, Jacob E;

    2009-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: We studied the influence of abnormal glucose metabolism on left ventricular (LV) function and prognosis in 203 patients with acute myocardial infarction. BACKGROUND: Abnormal glucose metabolism is associated with increased mortality after acute myocardial infarction. This appears to be...... particularly attributable to an increased incidence of post-infarction congestive heart failure. A relationship between glucose metabolism and LV function could potentially explain this excess mortality. METHODS: In patients without known diabetes, glucose metabolism was determined using an oral glucose...... atrial volume index) and by measuring plasma N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide levels. RESULTS: After adjustment for age and gender, a linear relationship between the degree of abnormal glucose metabolism was observed for each marker of LV dysfunction (p(trend) < 0.05) with the exception of left...

  5. 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

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available 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 radionuclide myocardial perfusion and function with ECG G-SPECT imaging has revolutionized this field of nuclear cardiology. Study with G-SPECT development algorithms permits to quantify measures of left ventricular (LV volume, ejection fraction (LVEF and even regional myocardial wall motion and thickening. The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC in its position paper from March 1999 recommends the routine incorporation of G-SPECT during cardiac perfusion scintigraphy. Case report. We presented a 70-year-old male with ischemic heart disease (dilatative, cardiomyopathy and absolute arrhythmia. He was few times hospitally treated by medicamentous therapy with no evidence of improvement. After hospital treatment, we included hyperbaric oxygenation (HBO and erythropoietin injections. Hyperbaric oxygenation was carried out in a monoplace hyperbaric chamber, BLK S-303, by a graduated protocol for patients with severe heart insufficiency, totally 15 treatments. Recombinant erythropoietin beta (RecormonR F. Hoffmann-La Roche was applied deeply subcutaneously, every second day from 2 000 IU to totally 16 000 IU. Before the therapy G-SPECT study was performed with 99m technetium-MIBI, and we obtained the functional parameters and perfusion of the left ventricle to follow-up the therapy effects. The study was performed by an ADAC-VERTEX PLUS-EPIC two-head gamma camera with dedicated quantitatively algorithm Auto-QUANT. The results of LVEF were 15%, with severity

  6. Cardiovascular events in Japanese asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes: a 1-year interim report of a J-ACCESS 2 investigation using myocardial perfusion imaging

    Diabetic patients have a high risk for cardiovascular events. The role of myocardial perfusion imaging was investigated in asymptomatic diabetic patients to evaluate short-term prognosis in a Japanese population. A total of 506 asymptomatic patients ≥50 years of age who had carotid artery maximum intima-media thickness ≥1.1 mm, urinary albumin excretion of ≥30 mg/g creatinine, with additional criteria of abdominal obesity, low HDL cholesterol, high triglyceride level, and hypertension were enrolled and followed up over a 3-year period. Gated SPECT with stress-rest protocol was performed and analyzed by summed defect scores and QGS software. One-year cardiovascular events were analyzed. Myocardial ischemia was observed in 17% of patients, and abnormal perfusion findings of ischemia and/or scar were observed in 32% of patients. By the end of the 1-year follow-up, 33 (6.5%) cardiovascular events occurred including 6 all-cause deaths. Patients with summed stress score (SSS) >8 had a higher incidence of either death or cardiovascular events. Event-free survival rates for SSS 0-3, 4-8, 9-13, and ≥14 were 0.96, 0.95, 0.82, and 0.76, respectively. Multivariate Cox regression analysis showed that significant variables were SSS, history of cerebrovascular accident, and electrocardiographic abnormality at rest. The 1-year interim summary showed that cardiovascular events were significantly higher in patients with SPECT abnormality, although hard cardiac event rate was relatively low. Targeted treatment strategy is required for asymptomatic but potentially high-risk diabetic patients. (orig.)

  7. Cardiovascular events in Japanese asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes: a 1-year interim report of a J-ACCESS 2 investigation using myocardial perfusion imaging

    Nakajima, Kenichi [Kanazawa University Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Kanazawa (Japan); Yamasaki, Yoshimitsu [Osaka University, Center for Advanced Science and Innovation, Osaka (Japan); Kusuoka, Hideo [National Hospital Organization Osaka National Hospital, Osaka (Japan); Izumi, Tohru [Kitasato University, Department of Cardiology and Internal Medicine, Sagamihara (Japan); Kashiwagi, Atsunori [Shiga University of Medical Science, Department of Medicine, Ohtsu (Japan); Kawamori, Ryuzo [Juntendo University, Department of Medicine, Metabolism and Endocrinology, School of Medicine, Tokyo (Japan); Shimamoto, Kazuaki [Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine, Second Department of Internal Medicine, Sapporo (Japan); Yamada, Nobuhiro [University of Tsukuba, Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Tsukuba (Japan); Nishimura, Tsunehiko [Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Graduate School of Medical Science, 465 Kajii-cho, Kawara-machi, Hirokoji, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto (Japan)

    2009-12-15

    Diabetic patients have a high risk for cardiovascular events. The role of myocardial perfusion imaging was investigated in asymptomatic diabetic patients to evaluate short-term prognosis in a Japanese population. A total of 506 asymptomatic patients {>=}50 years of age who had carotid artery maximum intima-media thickness {>=}1.1 mm, urinary albumin excretion of {>=}30 mg/g creatinine, with additional criteria of abdominal obesity, low HDL cholesterol, high triglyceride level, and hypertension were enrolled and followed up over a 3-year period. Gated SPECT with stress-rest protocol was performed and analyzed by summed defect scores and QGS software. One-year cardiovascular events were analyzed. Myocardial ischemia was observed in 17% of patients, and abnormal perfusion findings of ischemia and/or scar were observed in 32% of patients. By the end of the 1-year follow-up, 33 (6.5%) cardiovascular events occurred including 6 all-cause deaths. Patients with summed stress score (SSS) >8 had a higher incidence of either death or cardiovascular events. Event-free survival rates for SSS 0-3, 4-8, 9-13, and {>=}14 were 0.96, 0.95, 0.82, and 0.76, respectively. Multivariate Cox regression analysis showed that significant variables were SSS, history of cerebrovascular accident, and electrocardiographic abnormality at rest. The 1-year interim summary showed that cardiovascular events were significantly higher in patients with SPECT abnormality, although hard cardiac event rate was relatively low. Targeted treatment strategy is required for asymptomatic but potentially high-risk diabetic patients. (orig.)

  8. 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.)

  9. Long term retention and excretion of 201Tl in a patient after myocardial perfusion imaging

    201Tl is widely used in nuclear medicine to carry out myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). However, very limited data is available on long-term distribution in the body, excretion and corresponding dose. In this study we performed a 2 month follow-up of a patient who underwent MPI, by urine analysis and in vivo measurements. The biological half-life of thallium was consequently estimated to be 11.6-27 d, which is in partial agreement with previous studies. We also estimated excretion and retention of 200Tl, 201Tl and 202Tl isotopes using the biokinetic parameters from ICRP publication 53 and compared the forecast result with actual measurements. The latter demonstrated a higher urinary excretion and a higher body retention than what was expected. Our results therefore suggest that the long-term retention and consequently the effective dose coefficient for 201Tl considered in ICRP publications 53 and 80 may be slightly underestimated. (authors)

  10. Long term retention and excretion of 201Tl in a patient after myocardial perfusion imaging.

    Blanchardon, E; Challeton-de Vathaire, C; Boisson, P; Célier, D; Martin, J-C; Cassot, S; Herbelet, G; Franck, D; Jourdain, J R; Biau, A

    2005-01-01

    201Tl is widely used in nuclear medicine to carry out myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). However, very limited data is available on long-term distribution in the body, excretion and corresponding dose. In this study we performed a 2 month follow-up of a patient who underwent MPI, by urine analysis and in vivo measurements. The biological half-life of thallium was consequently estimated to be 11.6-27 d, which is in partial agreement with previous studies. We also estimated excretion and retention of 200Tl, 201Tl and 202Tl isotopes using the biokinetic parameters from ICRP publication 53 and compared the forecast result with actual measurements. The latter demonstrated a higher urinary excretion and a higher body retention than what was expected. Our results therefore suggest that the long-term retention and consequently the effective dose coefficient for 201Tl considered in ICRP publications 53 and 80 may be slightly underestimated. PMID:15671052

  11. Myocardial perfusion imaging in Denmark: activity from 1997 to 2001 and current practice

    Petersen, Claus Leth; Kjaer, Andreas

    2003-01-01

    A questionnaire was sent to all departments of nuclear medicine in Denmark (n=20) asking for details of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), including the number of patients examined each year from 1997 to 2001 and the current clinical and technical practice. All (100%) departments replied, and the...... survey thus covers all MPI performed in Denmark during the period in question. The number of MPI studies (examined patients) was 2,531 in 1997 (0.47 MPI/1,000/year) and 4,961 (0.93 MPI/1,000/year) in 2001, which is a doubling in activity in 5 years. Nineteen (95%) of the Danish departments performed MPI...... in 2001, and 14 (74%) of these reported that activity had increased over the past 5 years. MPI activity was unevenly distributed between hospitals and regions. In 2001, the university hospitals in the central Copenhagen region (capital) accounted for the highest MPI activity (2.00/1,000/year), while...

  12. Is myocardial stress perfusion MR-imaging suitable to predict the long term clinical outcome after revascularization?

    Introduction: Aim of our study was to evaluate, whether myocardial ischemia or myocardial infarction (MI) depicted by myocardial stress perfusion MR imaging (SP CMR) can predict the clinical outcome in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Materials and method: 220 patients were included. Myocardial perfusion was assessed at stress and at rest, using a 2D saturation recovery gradient echo sequence (SR GRE) and myocardial viability by late gadolinium enhancement magnetic resonance images (LGE CMR). MR-images were assessed in regard of presence and extent of MI and ischemia. Patients were monitored for major adverse cardiac events (MACE) (monitoring period: 5–7 years). MACE were correlated with the initial results of SP CMR. Results: Ischemia was found in 143 patients, MI in 107 patients. Number of MACE was in patients with normal SP CMR 0 (51 patients), with ischemia 21 (62 patients), with MI 14 (26 patients), with ischemia and MI 52 (81 patients). In all patients with severe MACE (MI, death) and in 63 of those with recurring symptoms LGE CMR revealed MI at baseline. Conclusion: Negative SP CMR indicates low risk for MACE. In patients with stress induced ischemia, MACE might occur even after myocardial revascularization. The presence of MI proved by LGE CMR is associated with a significantly increased risk for MACE

  13. Segmental abnormal perfusion in the liver: Relation between hepatic arterial and portal vein blood flow in the fast contrast CT

    Sixty seven cases of segmental arterial hyperperfusion and thirty one cases of segmental portal hypoperfusion detected among 803 cases of arterial and portal dominant CT were studied for the evaluation of etiology and mechanism casuing intrahepatic segmental abnormal perfusion in normal portion of the liver around hepatic mass. Hepatic masses casuing segmental abnormal perfusion were hepatocellular carcinoma, peripheral cholangiocarcinoma, metastasis, abscess, and cavernous hemangioma. Segmental portal hypoperfusion was seen on the area of segmental arterial hyperperfusion in all the cases and segmental arterial hyperperfusion was seen on the area of segmental portal hypoperfusion in 77% of cases. In conclusion, there are intrahepatic segmental portal and arterial abnormal perfusions in normal portion around hepatic mass, and these phenomena may be developed with close reciprocal alteration between both portal and hepatic arterial flows

  14. Technetium myocardial perfusion scanning in prerenal transplant evaluation in the United kingdom.

    Wong, C F

    2008-06-01

    Because death with a functioning graft remains one of the most important causes of long-term renal transplant failure, cardiac risk stratification and screening for coronary artery disease are essential components of pretransplant assessment. Pretransplant screening for occult coronary artery disease in a subset of these patients may improve outcome. The UK follows the European Best practice guideline 1.5.5 E. Although echocardiography, thallium myocardial perfusion scanning (MPS), dobutamine stress echocardiography, and coronary angiography have been suggested as means of cardiovascular assessment, the best means of assessment remains undetermined. Therefore, we investigated the role of 99m technetium sestamibi myocardial perfusion scanning as an assessment tool for identifying those patients with end-stage renal failure at high risk of cardiovascular death after renal transplantation. Retrospectively, we studied 126 patients that had a MPS as part of their pretransplant assessment. Overall unadjusted survival was 65% at 3 years. Twelve deaths resulted from cardiovascular causes. A reversible defect on MPS was associated with a fatal cardiac event and all-cause mortality. The unadjusted hazard ratio of cardiac event with reversible defect on MPS was 3.1 (95% confidence interval, 1.1 to 18.2) and hazard ratio of death with reversible defect on MPS was 1.92 (95% confidence interval, 1.1 to 4.4). Thus, MPS may be a useful tool in cardiac risk stratification and in selecting patients with a favorable outcome after renal transplantation. Our patients with a reversible defect in particular have increased cardiac mortality. This group may benefit from coronary angiography.

  15. Development of a new technic for breast attenuation correction in myocardial perfusion scintigraphy using computational methods

    Introduction: One of the limitations of nuclear medicine studies are false-positive results that lead to unnecessary exams and procedures associated to morbidity and costs to the individual and society. One of the most frequent causes for reducing the specificity of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is photon attenuation, especially by breast in women. Objective: To develop a new technique to compensate the photon attenuation by women breasts in myocardial perfusion imaging with 99mTc-sestamibi, using computational methods. Materials and methods: A procedure was proposed which integrates Monte Carlo simulation, computational methods and experimental techniques. Initially, were obtained the chest attenuation correction percentages using a phantom Jaszczak and breast attenuation percentages by Monte Carlo simulation method, using the EGS4 program. The percentages of attenuation correction were linked to individual patients' characteristics by an artificial neural network and a multivariate analysis. A preliminary technical validation was done by comparing the results of the MPI and catheterism (CAT), before and after applying the technique to 4 patients. The t test for parametric data, Wilcoxon, Mann-Whitney and X2 for the others were used. Probability values less than 0.05 were considered statistically significant. Results: Each increment of 1 cm in the thickness of breast was associated to an average increment of 6% on photon attenuation, while the maximum increase related to breast composition was about 2%. The average chest attenuation percentage per unit was 2.9%. Both, the artificial neural network and linear regression, showed an error less than 3% as predictive models for percentage of female attenuation. The anatomical-functional correlation between MPI and CAT was maintained after the use of the technique. Conclusion: Results suggest that the proposed technique is promising and could be a possible alternative to other conventional methods employed

  16. Motion detection and correction for dynamic 15O-water myocardial perfusion PET studies

    Patient motion during dynamic PET studies is a well-documented source of errors. The purpose of this study was to investigate the incidence of frame-to-frame motion in dynamic 15O-water myocardial perfusion PET studies, to test the efficacy of motion correction methods and to study whether implementation of motion correction would have an impact on the perfusion results. We developed a motion detection procedure using external radioactive skin markers and frame-to-frame alignment. To evaluate motion, marker coordinates inside the field of view were determined in each frame for each study. The highest number of frames with identical spatial coordinates during the study were defined as ''non-moved''. Movement was considered present if even one marker changed position, by one pixel/frame compared with reference, in one axis, and such frames were defined as ''moved''. We tested manual, in-house-developed motion correction software and an automatic motion correction using a rigid body point model implemented in MIPAV (Medical Image Processing, Analysis and Visualisation) software. After motion correction, remaining motion was re-analysed. Myocardial blood flow (MBF) values were calculated for both non-corrected and motion-corrected datasets. At rest, patient motion was found in 18% of the frames, but during pharmacological stress the fraction increased to 45% and during physical exercise it rose to 80%. Both motion correction algorithms significantly decreased (p<0.006) the number of moved frames and the amplitude of motion (p<0.04). Motion correction significantly increased MBF results during bicycle exercise (p<0.02). At rest or during adenosine infusion, the motion correction had no significant effects on MBF values. Significant motion is a common phenomenon in dynamic cardiac studies during adenosine infusion but especially during exercise. Applying motion correction for the data acquired during exercise clearly changed the MBF results, indicating that motion

  17. Comparative study of myocardial perfusion imaging and 64 multi-slice spiral CT for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease

    Objective: To compare the diagnostic value of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) and 64 multi-slice spiral CT (64-MSCT) for coronary artery disease (CAD). Methods: Fifty-two patients with suspected or known CAD were included in the study. Each patient underwent both stress and rest MPI, MSCT as well as conventional coronary angiography (CAG) within 1 month. The stress and rest MPI were scored by a 5-grade criteria (0-4) based on 17 coronary artery segments. The difference between summed stress and rest scores > 1 was defined as myocardial ischemia. Stenosis in one main vessel or one main branch of the main vessel ≥50% was defined as myocardial ischemia by MSCT. CAG was used as the reference for comparison. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS 13.0 software. Kappa value was used to test the accordance of MPI and MSCT results. χ2 test was used to evaluate the difference between MPI and MSCT results. Results: The patient-based sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values and accuracy of MPI and MSCT for the diagnosis of CAD were 86.7% (26/30), 77.3% (17/22),83.9% (26/31), 81.0% (17/21), 82.7% (43/52) and 83.3% (25/30), 86.4% (19/22), 89.3%( 25/28), 79.2% (19/24), 84.6% (44/52), respectively. The vessel-based sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values and accuracy of MPI and MSCT were 74.5% (38/51), 81.0% (85/105), 65.5% (38/58), 86.7% (85/98), 78.8% (123/156) and 90.2% (46/51), 88.6% (93/105),79.3 % (46/58), 94.9% (93/98), 89.1% (139/156), respectively. There was no statistically significant difference between MPI and MSCT for either patient or lesion-based diagnosis (χ2 =0.44, 0.21, both P>0.05). 96.0% (24/25) patients with both abnormal MPI and MSCT positive were validated by CAG while 83.3% (15/18) patients with both MPI and MSCT negative were excluded by CAG. Conclusions: Both MPI and MSCT are reliable diagnostic modalities for CAD. They also provide complementary diagnostic value to each other. (authors)

  18. Evaluation of heart perfusion in patients with acute myocardial infarction using dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging

    Nielsen, Gitte; Fritz-Hansen, Thomas; Dirks, Christina G;

    2004-01-01

    PURPOSE: To investigate the diagnostic ability of quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) heart perfusion in acute heart patients, a fast, multislice dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI sequence was applied to patients with acute myocardial infarction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seven patients with...... slices, each having 60 sectors, provided an estimation of the severity and extent of the perfusion deficiency. Reperfusion was assessed both by noninvasive criteria and by coronary angiography (CAG). RESULTS: The Ki maps clearly delineated the infarction in all patients. Thrombolytic treatment was...... clearly beneficial in one case, but had no effect in the two other cases. Over the time-course of the study, normal perfusion values were not reestablished following thrombolytic treatment in all cases investigated. CONCLUSION: This study shows that quantitative MRI perfusion values can be obtained from...

  19. Static Myocardial Perfusion Imaging using denoised dynamic Rb-82 PET/CT scans

    Petersen, Maiken N.M.; Hoff, Camilla; Harms, Hans;

    2015-01-01

    quantitative accuracy. In this study, we examine static images created by summing late frames of denoised dynamic series. Method: 47 random clinical 82Rb stress and rest scans (27 male, age 68+/- 12 y., BMI 27.9 +/- 5.5 kg/m2) performed on a GE Discovery 690 PET/CT scanner were included in the study......Introduction: Relative and absolute measures of myocardial perfusion are derived from a single 82Rb PET/CT scan. However, images are inherently noising due to the short half-life of 82Rb. We have previously shown that denoising techniques can be applied to dynamic 82Rb series with excellent...... and Bland-Altman analysis. Results: For HYPR-LR, a good correlation was found for relative segmental perfusion for both stress (y=1.007x+0.313, R2=0.98) and rest (y=1.007x+ 0.421, R2=0.96) scans with negative bias of -0.79±1.44 and -0.90±1.63, respectively. Correlations for SSS (R2=0.94), SRS (R2...

  20. Optimization of a protocol for myocardial perfusion scintigraphy by using an anthropomorphic phantom

    Ramos, Susie Medeiros Oliveira; Sa, Lidia Vasconcellos de, E-mail: susie@ird.gov.br [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Glavam, Adriana Pereira; Kubo, Tadeu Takao Almodovar [Clinica de Diagnostico Por Imagem (CDPI/DASA), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2014-07-15

    Objective: to develop a study aiming at optimizing myocardial perfusion imaging. Materials and Methods: imaging of an anthropomorphic thorax phantom with a GE SPECT Ventri gamma camera, with varied activities and acquisition times, in order to evaluate the influence of these parameters on the quality of the reconstructed medical images. The {sup 99m}Tc-sestamibi radiotracer was utilized, and then the images were clinically evaluated on the basis of data such as summed stress score, and on the technical image quality and perfusion. The software ImageJ was utilized in the data quantification. Results: the results demonstrated that for the standard acquisition time utilized in the procedure (15 seconds per angle), the injected activity could be reduced by 33.34%. Additionally, even if the standard scan time is reduced by 53.34% (7 seconds per angle), the standard injected activity could still be reduced by 16.67%, without impairing the image quality and the diagnostic reliability. Conclusion: the described method and respective results provide a basis for the development of a clinical trial of patients in an optimized protocol. (author)

  1. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in Germany. Results of the 2005 query and current status

    The working group Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine of the German Society of Nuclear Medicine (DGN), in cooperation with the working group Nuclear Cardiology of the German Cardiac Society (DGK), decided to conduct a national survey on myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS). Method: a questionnaire to evaluate MPS for the year 2005 was sent. Results: 346 completed questionnaires had been returned (213 private practices, 99 hospitals and 33 university hospitals). MPS of 112 707 patients were reported with 110 747 stress and 95 878 rest studies. The majority (> 75%) was performed with 99mTc-MIBI or tetrofosmin. 201Tl stress-redistribution was used in 22 637 patients (20%). The types of stress were exercise in 78%, vasodilation with adenosine or dipyridamol in 21% and dobutamine in 1%. 99.97% of all MPS were SPECT studies. Gated SPECT was performed in 36% of the stress and in 32% of the rest studies. An attenuation correction was used in 21%. 29 institutions (8%) performed gated SPECT (stress and rest) and attenuation correction. 47% of all MPS were requested by ambulatory care cardiologists, 17% by internists, 12% by primary care physicians, 21% by hospital departments and 2% by others. Conclusion: in Germany, MPS is predominantly performed with 99mTc-perfusion agents. The common type of stress is ergometry. Gated SPECT and attenuation correction do not yet represent standards of MPS practice in Germany, which indicates some potential of optimization. (orig.)

  2. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy 2006 in Germany. Results of the query and current status

    Aim: this second survey was to deliver further information on myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) in Germany in 2006. Method: 351 questionnaires were evaluated: 207 private practices (PP), 117 hospitals (HO), 27 from university hospitals (UH). Results: MPS of 106 331 patients were reported, 85% were investigated with 99mTc-perfusion tracers. 74% [2005 = 72%] were performed in PP, 17% [2005 = 15%] in HO and 9% [2005 = 13%] in UH. PP, which participated in 2005 and 2006, demonstrated an increase by 3,9% (HO 0%, UH -13,0%). The type of stress was pharmacological in 27% [2005 = 22%]; 54% adenosine (of these 29% with exercise), 37% dipyridamole (of these 56% with exercise), and 9% dobutamine. Gated SPECT was performed in 42% [2005 = 36%] of all rest- and in 39% [2005 32%] of all stress MPS. An attenuation correction was used by 69 [2005 = 78] institutions. 40% of all MPS were performed in patients suspected to have CAD. 24% of all institutions reported changes in the use of MPS by competing methods. Conclusion: there is a small increase of MPS between 2005 and 2006 despite competing methods. Gated SPECT has experienced more acceptance. Suspicion of CAD is an important indication of MPS. In order to tap the full potential of MPS a gated SPECT should be performed routinely. (orig.)

  3. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in Germany. Results of the 2005 query and current status

    Lindner, O. [Inst. fuer Radiologie, Nuklearmedizin und Molekulare Bildgebung, Herz- und Diabeteszentrum NRW, Bad Oeynhausen (Germany); Burchert, W. [Inst. fuer Radiologie, Nuklearmedizin und Molekulare Bildgebung, Herz- und Diabeteszentrum NRW, Bad Oeynhausen (Germany); Arbeitsgemeinschaft ' ' Kardiovaskulaere Nuklearmedizin' ' der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Nuklearmedizin (Germany); Bengel, F.M. [Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical Insts., Baltimore (United States); Arbeitsgruppe ' ' Nuklearkardiologische Diagnostik' ' der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Kardiologie (Germany); Zimmermann, R. [Arbeitsgruppe ' ' Nuklearkardiologische Diagnostik' ' der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Kardiologie (Germany); Medizinische Klinik, Klinikum Pforzheim GmbH (Germany); Dahl, J. vom [Klinik fuer Kardiologie, Kliniken Maria Hilf GmbH, Moenchengladbach (Germany); Schaefer, W.; Buell, U. [Klinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Universitaetsklinikum Aachen (Germany); Schober, O. [Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Universitaetsklinikum Muenster (Germany); Schwaiger, M. [Nuklearmedizinische Klinik, Klinikum Rechts der Isar, Muenchen (Germany); Kluge, R. [Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Univ. Leipzig (Germany); Schaefers, M. [Arbeitsgemeinschaft ' ' Kardiovaskulaere Nuklearmedizin' ' der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Nuklearmedizin (Germany); Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Universitaetsklinikum Muenster (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    The working group Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine of the German Society of Nuclear Medicine (DGN), in cooperation with the working group Nuclear Cardiology of the German Cardiac Society (DGK), decided to conduct a national survey on myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS). Method: a questionnaire to evaluate MPS for the year 2005 was sent. Results: 346 completed questionnaires had been returned (213 private practices, 99 hospitals and 33 university hospitals). MPS of 112 707 patients were reported with 110 747 stress and 95 878 rest studies. The majority (> 75%) was performed with {sup 99m}Tc-MIBI or tetrofosmin. {sup 201}Tl stress-redistribution was used in 22 637 patients (20%). The types of stress were exercise in 78%, vasodilation with adenosine or dipyridamol in 21% and dobutamine in 1%. 99.97% of all MPS were SPECT studies. Gated SPECT was performed in 36% of the stress and in 32% of the rest studies. An attenuation correction was used in 21%. 29 institutions (8%) performed gated SPECT (stress and rest) and attenuation correction. 47% of all MPS were requested by ambulatory care cardiologists, 17% by internists, 12% by primary care physicians, 21% by hospital departments and 2% by others. Conclusion: in Germany, MPS is predominantly performed with {sup 99m}Tc-perfusion agents. The common type of stress is ergometry. Gated SPECT and attenuation correction do not yet represent standards of MPS practice in Germany, which indicates some potential of optimization. (orig.)

  4. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy 2006 in Germany. Results of the query and current status

    Lindner, O. [Inst. fuer Radiologie, Nuklearmedizin und Molekulare Bildgebung, Herz- und Diabeteszentrum NRW, Bad Oeynhausen (Germany); Burchert, W. [Inst. fuer Radiologie, Nuklearmedizin und Molekulare Bildgebung, Herz- und Diabeteszentrum NRW, Bad Oeynhausen (Germany); Arbeitsgemeinschaft Kardiovaskulaere Nuklearmedizin der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Nuklearmedizin (Germany); Bengel, F.M. [Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD (United States); Arbeitsgruppe Nuklearkardiologische Diagnostik der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Kardiologie (Germany); Zimmermann, R. [Arbeitsgruppe Nuklearkardiologische Diagnostik der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Kardiologie (Germany); Medizinische Klinik, Klinikum Pforzheim GmbH (Germany); Dahl, J. vom [Klinik fuer Kardiologie, Kliniken Maria Hilf GmbH, Moenchengladbach (Germany); Schaefer, W. [Klinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Universitaetsklinikum Aachen (Germany); Schober, O. [Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Universitaetsklinikum Muenster UKM (Germany); Kluge, R. [Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Univ. Leipzig (Germany); Schaefers, M. [Arbeitsgemeinschaft Kardiovaskulaere Nuklearmedizin der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Nuklearmedizin (Germany); Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Universitaetsklinikum Muenster UKM (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    Aim: this second survey was to deliver further information on myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) in Germany in 2006. Method: 351 questionnaires were evaluated: 207 private practices (PP), 117 hospitals (HO), 27 from university hospitals (UH). Results: MPS of 106 331 patients were reported, 85% were investigated with {sup 99m}Tc-perfusion tracers. 74% [2005 = 72%] were performed in PP, 17% [2005 = 15%] in HO and 9% [2005 = 13%] in UH. PP, which participated in 2005 and 2006, demonstrated an increase by 3,9% (HO 0%, UH -13,0%). The type of stress was pharmacological in 27% [2005 = 22%]; 54% adenosine (of these 29% with exercise), 37% dipyridamole (of these 56% with exercise), and 9% dobutamine. Gated SPECT was performed in 42% [2005 = 36%] of all rest- and in 39% [2005 = 32%] of all stress MPS. An attenuation correction was used by 69 [2005 = 78] institutions. 40% of all MPS were performed in patients suspected to have CAD. 24% of all institutions reported changes in the use of MPS by competing methods. Conclusion: there is a small increase of MPS between 2005 and 2006 despite competing methods. Gated SPECT has experienced more acceptance. Suspicion of CAD is an important indication of MPS. In order to tap the full potential of MPS a gated SPECT should be performed routinely. (orig.)

  5. Myocardial perfusion changes following 1 year of exercise training assessed by thallium-201 circumferential count profiles

    The effect of exercise training on myocardial perfusion was assessed using initial and 1-year thallium-201 (Tl-201) exercise studies in 56 patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD). Subjects had been randomized into a trained group participating in supervised exercise three times per week and a control group. Indices (non-dimensional units) based on computer-analyzed circumferential count profile from nine regions of the heart, assessed in three projections, were used to eliminate observer bias and more accurately quantitate Tl-201 distribution and 4-hour washout. There was serial improvement of the global distribution count profiles in 21 of 27 (77.8%) of the trained and in 9 of 29 (31.0%) of the control subjects (p less than 0.001). The mean interval change in global initial distribution over the year period was 5 +/- 13 (mean +/- SD) in the trained and -6 +/- 14 in the control groups (p less than 0.003). The mean initial distribution of the trained group had improvement in all nine regions (significant in three), while the control group showed mean improvement in only one of nine regions. Additionally, the trained group showed improvement in the mean washout in five of nine regions (significant in three), while no mean regional washout improvement occurred in the control group. Thus, in this group of patients with stable CAD, exercise training resulted in apparently improved cardiac perfusion evidenced by enhance Tl-201 uptake and washout

  6. Accelerating free breathing myocardial perfusion MRI using multi coil radial k − t SLR

    The clinical utility of myocardial perfusion MR imaging (MPI) is often restricted by the inability of current acquisition schemes to simultaneously achieve high spatio-temporal resolution, good volume coverage, and high signal to noise ratio. Moreover, many subjects often find it difficult to hold their breath for sufficiently long durations making it difficult to obtain reliable MPI data. Accelerated acquisition of free breathing MPI data can overcome some of these challenges. Recently, an algorithm termed as k − t SLR has been proposed to accelerate dynamic MRI by exploiting sparsity and low rank properties of dynamic MRI data. The main focus of this paper is to further improve k − t SLR and demonstrate its utility in considerably accelerating free breathing MPI. We extend its previous implementation to account for multi-coil radial MPI acquisitions. We perform k − t sampling experiments to compare different radial trajectories and determine the best sampling pattern. We also introduce a novel augmented Lagrangian framework to considerably improve the algorithm’s convergence rate. The proposed algorithm is validated using free breathing rest and stress radial perfusion data sets from two normal subjects and one patient with ischemia. k − t SLR was observed to provide faithful reconstructions at high acceleration levels with minimal artifacts compared to existing MPI acceleration schemes such as spatio-temporal constrained reconstruction and k − t SPARSE/SENSE. (paper)

  7. The effect of altering the activation sequence with right ventricular apical pacing. Evaluation of myocardial perfusion and adrenergic innervation in patients with right bundle branch block and left anterior fascicular block

    Aim: Intraventricular conduction disturbances are associated with asynchrony of ventricular function and uncoordinated ventricular wall motion. Specifically, patients with left bundle branch block (LBBB), who have been studied the most, have revealed left ventricular dyssynergy, asymmetry of left ventricular thickness, abnormalities in glucose uptake and in myocardial perfusion even in the absence of coronary disease. The aim of the study was to investigate myocardial perfusion and adrenergic innervation in patients with intraventricular conduction disturbances and to detect any changes caused by alteration of the ventricular activation sequence as a result of right ventricular apical pacing. Materials-methods: We studied 20 patients (11 men, 9 women, age 65.16 ± 5.79 years) with right bundle branch block (RBBB) and left anterior fascicular block (LAFB), while 15 healthy individuals served as controls. All patients underwent planar and myocardial tomography (SPECT) imaging after intravenous infusion of 5mCi 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (123I-MIBG) and a SPECT Thallium201 myocardial perfusion study before and 3 months after pacemaker implantation. Results: The heart to mediastinum ratio was calculated during the 123I-MIBG study in order to assess the global cardiac sympathetic activity and was significantly lower in patients than in controls (p 123I-MIBG study was performed in order to investigate the regional distribution of Adrenergic innervation. Patients with RBBB and LAFB revealed regional adrenergic innervation defects, mostly in the inferior and posterior walls. After a medium-term pacing period, a redistribution of 123I-MIBG uptake was detected, with aggravation of adrenergic innervation defects in the apical and posterior walls and amelioration in septal and anterior walls. Five patients showed perfusion defects that remained unchanged after pacing. Two others displayed mild myocardial perfusion defects that did not exist before pacing. Conclusions

  8. Development of 4D mathematical observer models for the task-based evaluation of gated myocardial perfusion SPECT

    Lee, Taek-Soo; Frey, Eric C.; Tsui, Benjamin M. W.

    2015-04-01

    This paper presents two 4D mathematical observer models for the detection of motion defects in 4D gated medical images. Their performance was compared with results from human observers in detecting a regional motion abnormality in simulated 4D gated myocardial perfusion (MP) SPECT images. The first 4D mathematical observer model extends the conventional channelized Hotelling observer (CHO) based on a set of 2D spatial channels and the second is a proposed model that uses a set of 4D space-time channels. Simulated projection data were generated using the 4D NURBS-based cardiac-torso (NCAT) phantom with 16 gates/cardiac cycle. The activity distribution modelled uptake of 99mTc MIBI with normal perfusion and a regional wall motion defect. An analytical projector was used in the simulation and the filtered backprojection (FBP) algorithm was used in image reconstruction followed by spatial and temporal low-pass filtering with various cut-off frequencies. Then, we extracted 2D image slices from each time frame and reorganized them into a set of cine images. For the first model, we applied 2D spatial channels to the cine images and generated a set of feature vectors that were stacked for the images from different slices of the heart. The process was repeated for each of the 1,024 noise realizations, and CHO and receiver operating characteristics (ROC) analysis methodologies were applied to the ensemble of the feature vectors to compute areas under the ROC curves (AUCs). For the second model, a set of 4D space-time channels was developed and applied to the sets of cine images to produce space-time feature vectors to which the CHO methodology was applied. The AUC values of the second model showed better agreement (Spearman’s rank correlation (SRC) coefficient = 0.8) to human observer results than those from the first model (SRC coefficient = 0.4). The agreement with human observers indicates the proposed 4D mathematical observer model provides a good predictor of the

  9. Noninvasive quantification of myocardial perfusion heterogeneity by Markovian analysis in SPECT nuclear imaging; Quantification non invasive de l'heterogeneite de la perfusion du myocarde par analyse markovienne en imageries nucleaire SPECT

    Pons, G.

    2011-04-28

    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)

  10. Myocardial perfusion by contrast echocardiography. Establishment of normal pattern of intracoronary injection and safety in humans

    Morcerf Fernando

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To establish the normal pattern and safety of echocardiographic contrast in patients with no significant obstruction of epicardial coronary arteries. METHODS: 67 patients with normal coronary arteries or obstructions < 50% were selected from 277 patients who underwent coronary angiography (CA. Mean age was 56 ± 11years and 36 were males. At the end CA, echocardiographic contrast was selectively injected into each coronary artery. The parasternal short axis of the left ventricle (LV was divided into six segments: anterior (A, antero-lateral (AL, postero-lateral (PL, posterior (P, infero-septal (IS and antero-septal (AS. Anterolateral (ALPM and posteromedial papillary muscles (PMPM were also considered. The pattern and intensity of the appearance of the myocardial contrast was visually analyzed. RESULTS: The right coronary artery (RCA was dominant in 60 patients. Contrast appearance was sudden and simultaneous in the 3 muscle layers. All segments could be contrasted after the injection in both coronary arteries. 100% of the AS, A and AL segments, 97% of the PL and 98% of the ALPM were perfused by the left coronary artery (LCA. P and IS segments were perfused by the RCA in 85% and 82%, respectively, and by a dominant LCA in 71% of the cases. The PMPM was perfused by a dominant RCA in 77% and by a dominant LCA in 86%. There were no symptoms. CONCLUSION: Intracoronary injection of the sonicated solution is a safe procedure that allows for an excellent opacification of the myocardium and can potentially be used during routine CA.

  11. 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.)

  12. The feasibility of 99Tcm-tetrofosmin gated myocardial perfusion imaging with one-day

    Objective: To investigate the feasibility of 99Tcm-tetrofosmin G-MPI with a one-day stress/rest protocol in subjects suspected with coronary heart disease (CHD). Methods: Fifty-two subjects who had undertaken 99Tcm-tetrofosmin myocardial SPECT and CAG because of suspected CHD were retrospectively analyzed. The patients were divided into a coronary artery stenosis group and a normal group according to CAG results. Exercise and rest G-MPI was performed using a one-day protocol with the interval of exercise and rest imaging at (129 ±4) min. SPECT acquisition started at about 30 min after tracer administration. In addition, during stress imaging,dynamic anterior planar imaging (from 1-30 min after tracer injection) and a planar image at 2 h were acquired. Radioactivity in the left ventricle myocardium, liver and chest was analyzed using ROI technology. Left ventricle myocardial segment perfusion and left ventricle function were evaluated with Cedars myocardial quantitative assessment software. The parameters of left ventricle function (LVEF, EDV and ESV) obtained from G-MPI were compared with that from ultrasonic cardiogram using a paired t test. CAG was used as the gold standard to evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of G-MPI for coronary diseases. Results: Radiochemical purity of 99Tcm-tetrofosmin was (97.5 ±0.4)%. The image quality of myocardial SPECT was satisfactory. Radioactivity ratio of the left ventricular myocardium to the liver increased from 12 min after tracer injection and reached a peak (0.710) at 30 min. Left ventricular myocardium was not visualized at the 2 h planar image. The diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of G-MPI for detecting coronary lesions was 84.6% (22/26) and 92.3% (24/26), respectively. LVEF, EDV and ESV parameters from G-MPI were comparable with those of ultrasonic cardiogram (LVEF: (60.27 ± 7.49)% vs (60.84±5.98)%, t=1.254; EDV: (97.82±18.98) ml vs (98.70±17.89) ml, t=0.835; ESV: (47.67±10.32) ml vs (45.49±10.15) ml, t=0

  13. Myocardial perfusion: Comparison between 99mTc-MIBI scintigraphy and microbubbles- Pesda and Levovist-echocardiography

    Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy has been used for the last 25 years. Recently echocardiography is trying to realize the same kind of test with microbubbles injected intravenously. Aim: Comparison of the results of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy with 99mTc-MIBI and microbubbles - Pesda and Levovist-echocardiography. The nuclear medicine is considered the gold standard. Material and method: We studied 27 patients, 15 male, aging 58+/- 12.5 years with angina unstable or myocardial infarction (19 pts ) and normal (8 pts ). All patients received 740 MBq of 99mTc-MIBI during the echo examination. The SPECT scintigraphies were performed in an ADAC Vertex Plus scintillation camera. The echo were performed in a HDI 3000/5000 ATL, P3-2 transducer, intermittent harmonic image, VHS and 2 independent observers. During the echo examination the patients received Pesda- 2-7 ml/min- and Levovist- 400mg/ml 2-4 min. Results: NM versus Pesda and NM versus Levovist are presented. Concordance 87% (K=0.42). Concordance 89% (K0.57). Conclusion: Despite of the feasibility, echocardiography can detect myocardial perfusion defects with a good concordance of 87-89 % of these cases. The learning curve, the qualitative analysis is jeopardized by fibrotic areas, and the attenuation are problems that they need to solve

  14. Dietary red palm oil supplementation reduces myocardial infarct size in an isolated perfused rat heart model

    Esterhuyse Adriaan J

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background and Aims Recent studies have shown that dietary red palm oil (RPO supplementation improves functional recovery following ischaemia/reperfusion in isolated hearts. The main aim of this study was to investigate the effects of dietary RPO supplementation on myocardial infarct size after ischaemia/reperfusion injury. The effects of dietary RPO supplementation on matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP2 activation and PKB/Akt phosphorylation were also investigated. Materials and methods Male Wistar rats were divided into three groups and fed a standard rat chow diet (SRC, a SRC supplemented with RPO, or a SRC supplemented with sunflower oil (SFO, for a five week period, respectively. After the feeding period, hearts were excised and perfused on a Langendorff perfusion apparatus. Hearts were subjected to thirty minutes of normothermic global ischaemia and two hours of reperfusion. Infarct size was determined by triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining. Coronary effluent was collected for the first ten minutes of reperfusion in order to measure MMP2 activity by gelatin zymography. Results Dietary RPO-supplementation decreased myocardial infarct size significantly when compared to the SRC-group and the SFO-supplemented group (9.1 ± 1.0% versus 30.2 ± 3.9% and 27.1 ± 2.4% respectively. Both dietary RPO- and SFO-supplementation were able to decrease MMP2 activity when compared to the SRC fed group. PKB/Akt phosphorylation (Thr 308 was found to be significantly higher in the dietary RPO supplemented group when compared to the SFO supplemented group at 10 minutes into reperfusion. There was, however, no significant changes observed in ERK phosphorylation. Conclusions Dietary RPO-supplementation was found to be more effective than SFO-supplementation in reducing myocardial infarct size after ischaemia/reperfusion injury. Both dietary RPO and SFO were able to reduce MMP2 activity, which suggests that MMP2 activity does not play a major role in

  15. Rest/stress myocardial perfusion imaging: A means to prevent missed acute ischemic coronary syndrome diagnoses

    Aim: The sensitivity and specificity of rest/stress (R/S) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in detecting an acute ischemic coronary syndrome (AICS) was determined in 100 consecutive patients (pts) admitted to the Chest Pain Clinic-Observation Unit (CPC-OU) with chest pain (CP) of suspected cardiac etiology and a negative (neg) or non diagnostic (dx) EKG. There were 57 females and 43 males, 30-83 years of age. 50 studies were performed from 1/15/98 to 4/2/98; 50 from 11/19/99 to 1/10/00. Material and Methods: An AICS was deemed present if a reversible perfusion defect was demonstrated scintigraphically; a ?50% luminal narrow angiographically. No AICS if the pt had a normal R/S MPI, a fixed defect with normal wall motion and thickening, a neg cardiac catheterization, or was free of cardiac symptoms and had no history of a vascular event for 2-3 years post CPC-OU admission. 13 pts with a positive MPI had a cardiac catheterization, none with a neg MPI. SPECT rest MPI's were performed 30-90 minutes (mins) post 10.0 mCi of technetium 99m Sestamibi. SPECT stress MPI's were performed following a 6-8 hour acute myocardial infarction enzyme (CP-MB/Troponin 1) rule out and 30-90 mins post 30.0 mCi of technetium 99m Sestamibi. Results: 29 pts were lost to follow-up. There were 12 true positive, 5 false positive, 54 true negative and 0 false negative studies. The sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value of a R/S MPI in detecting an AICS is 100%, 91%, 70% and 100%, respectively. An AICS was detected in 12% of pts admitted to the CPC-OU; a finding that correlates with its reported incidence of 2-12%. 6 were managed medically, 3 required emergent bypass surgery, 3 were stented. Conclusion: R/S MPI should be included in the CPC-OU dx work-up of pts with CP of suspected cardiac etiology to prevent missed AICS diagnoses. Patient care will be optimized and health care and medical malpractice awards for failure to diagnosis an acute myocardial infarction

  16. A history of a prior myocardial infarct does not negate the utility of myocardial perfusion imaging in the evaluation of acute chest pain syndromes

    Purpose: Acute myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) for evaluation of patients with acute chest pain and a non-diagnostic electrocardiogram (ECG) has a high sensitivity and moderate specificity to detect acute ischaemia and predict cardiac events. However, previous studies excluded patients with a history of prior myocardial infarction (MI). The purpose of our study was to assess the utility of acute MPI for evaluating patients with acute chest pain and a non-diagnostic ECG. We aim to study patients both with and without a history of prior MI, including normal and abnormal studies, as well as to assess the independent predictive value of a prior MI history in determining patient outcome. Methods: We studied 367 consecutive patients with (group 1, n--107) and without. (group 2, n=260) a history of prior MI. 800 MBq Tc99m sestamibi was injected while chest pain was present ('HOT' MIBI). SPECT imaging was performed 1-6 hours post injection. Scan results were reported as,normal, ischaemia, infarct or equivocal. For patients with a defect, a 24-hour painfree study (COLD' MIBI) was offered to differentiate ischaemia from infarct. Follow-up was at 1 year by review of the patient's medical record. Outcomes were (1) Hard cardiac events (HE), defined as cardiac death and non-fatal MI, and (2) Total cardiac events (TE), defined as HE or revascularisation. Results: For the total study population, 206 had a normal study, with a HE rate 0.97% (2/206), while 161 had an abnormal study, with HE rate 12.4% (20/161). Patients in Group 2 were much more likely to have a normal study than those in Group 1 (p<.001). An equivocal result is seen in 5 patients, with no cardiac events, while 5 patients had a non-cardiac death. These groups were too small for separate analysis. A COLD MIBI was required in 77.6% of group 1, but only 24.2% of group 2 patients (p<0.001). On univariate analysis, acute ischaemia on MIBI scan, history of prior MI, diabetes, Q wave on ECG and age are all predictors of

  17. Prognostic value of Tc-99m tetrofosmin myocardial perfusion gated SPECT in patients with diabetes mellitus and suspected coronary artery disease

    Santos, Marcia Maria Sales dos; Pantoja, Mauricio da Rocha; Cwajg, Eduardo [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil); CINTILAB, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); E-mail: mmsales@oi.com.br

    2008-01-15

    Background: The cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death among diabetic patients, which makes it crucial to identify the individuals at higher risk of cardiovascular events. Objective: To evaluate the prognostic value of scintigraphy with gated single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) and suspected coronary artery disease. Methods: Retrospective study with 232 diabetic patients submitted to scintigraphy with gated SPECT. Perfusion Gated SPECT (scores and number of altered segments) as well as ventricular function parameters (ejection fraction, left ventricle volume and contractility) were evaluated. Cardiac death, acute ischemic coronary syndrome, revascularization procedures or encephalic vascular accident were considered future cardiovascular events. The uni- and multivariate analyses were carried out by the multiple logistic regression model (p< 0.05). Results: At the univariate analysis, age (p=0.02), chest angina (p=0.01), insulin therapy (p=0.02), myocardial perfusion abnormalities (p<0.0001), the number of segments involved (p=0.0001), the perfusion scores (p=0.0001), the ejection fraction (p=0.004), the final systolic volume (p=0.03) and the finding of segmental alteration at the LV contractility (p<0.0001) were associated with future events at the univariate analysis. At the multivariate analysis, the male sex (p=0.007), age (p=0.03), angina (p=0.001), insulin therapy (p=0.007) and the SDS {>=} 3 (p=0.0001), and the number of altered segments {>=} 3 (p=0.0001) were predictors of cardiovascular events. Conclusion: The myocardial scintigraphy with gated SPECT adds independent information to the stratification of the risk of future cardiovascular events in patients with DM and suspected coronary artery disease. (author)

  18. Non-rigid registration and KLT filter to improve SNR and CNR in GRE-EPI myocardial perfusion imaging

    Mihai, Georgeta; Ding, Yu; Xue, Hui; Chung, Yiu-Cho; Rajagopalan, Sanjay; Guehring, Jens; Simonetti, Orlando P.

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effect of motion compensation by non-rigid registration combined with the Karhunen-Loeve Transform (KLT) filter on the signal to noise (SNR) and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) of hybrid gradient-echo echoplanar (GRE-EPI) first-pass myocardial perfusion imaging. Twenty one consecutive first-pass adenosine stress perfusion MR data sets interpreted positive for ischemia or infarction were processed by non-rigid Registration followed by KLT filtering. S...

  19. Abnormal Glucose Tolerance Is Associated with a Reduced Myocardial Metabolic Flexibility in Patients with Dilated Cardiomyopathy

    Domenico Tricò; Simona Baldi; Silvia Frascerra; Elena Venturi; Paolo Marraccini; Danilo Neglia; Andrea Natali

    2015-01-01

    Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is characterized by a metabolic shift from fat to carbohydrates and failure to increase myocardial glucose uptake in response to workload increments. We verified whether this pattern is influenced by an abnormal glucose tolerance (AGT). In 10 patients with DCM, 5 with normal glucose tolerance (DCM-NGT) and 5 with AGT (DCM-AGT), and 5 non-DCM subjects with AGT (N-AGT), we measured coronary blood flow and arteriovenous differences of oxygen and metabolites during Re...

  20. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in Germany in 2009: utilization and state of the practice

    Lindner, Oliver; Burchert, Wolfgang [University Hospital of the Ruhr University Bochum, Institute of Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Heart and Diabetes Centre North Rhine-Westphalia, Bad Oeynhausen (Germany); Bengel, Frank M. [Hanover University School of Medicine, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Hannover (Germany); Zimmermann, Rainer [Klinikum Pforzheim GmbH, Cardiology Department, Pforzheim (Germany); Dahl, Juergen vom [Kliniken Maria Hilf GmbH, Cardiology Department, Moenchengladbach (Germany); Schaefers, Michael [Westfaelische Wilhelms Universitaet Muenster, European Institute of Molecular Imaging, Muenster (Germany)

    2011-08-15

    Since 2006, the working group Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine of the German Society of Nuclear Medicine, in cooperation with the working group Nuclear Cardiology of the German Cardiac Society, has been surveying the utilization and technical realization of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) in Germany. This paper presents the results of the reporting year 2009. A total of 291 centres participated in the inquiry, including 179 private practices (PP), 86 hospitals (HO) and 26 university hospitals (UH). MPS of 98,103 patients were reported. The MPS numbers per million population (pmp) were estimated at 2,360; 76% of the MPS were performed in PP, 17% in HO and 7% in UH. The ratio of MPS to coronary angiography to revascularization was 0.5 to 2.3 to 1. Data from 134 centres which participated in the surveys from 2005 to 2009 showed a decrease in MPS utilization of 2.2%. Nearly half of the MPS were requested by ambulatory care cardiologists. Of all MPS studies, 89% were conducted with {sup 99m}Tc perfusion tracers. Ergometry was the preferred stress test (69%). Adenosine was used in 16%, adenosine + exercise in 7%, dipyridamole in 3%, dipyridamole + exercise in 5% and dobutamine in <1%. Gated single proton emission computed tomography (SPECT) acquisition was performed in 56% of all rest MPS and in 56% of all stress MPS. Both rest and stress MPS were ECG gated in 41%. Only 33% of the centres always performed a quantification of the perfusion studies, whereas 51% did not apply any quantification; 4% of the MPS studies were corrected for attenuation, and 17 centres used transmission sources of 12 CT-based systems. A scan activity of 2,380 MPS pmp is in the upper third of the European range. The ratios to coronary angiography and to revascularization suggest that angiography dominates diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease (CAD). The clinical and technical realizations reveal that the predominant goals of further trainings to optimize MPS are in the field

  1. Myocardial visualization on a routine perfusion lung scintigram: Relationship to the amount of right-to-left shunt

    Seto, H.; Futatsuya, R.; Kamei, T.; Kakishita, M.; Hisada, K.

    1983-11-14

    Three cases of myocardial visualization on a routine perfusion lung scintigram with sup(99m)Tc-macroaggregated albumin were reported in patients with congenital heart diseases; two cases of tetralogy of Fallot and one case of truncus arteriosus type IV. Large right-to-left shunts greater than 39% and marked hypertrophy of the ventricle suggesting the presence of increased coronary blood flow were noted in all cases. In the two patients with tetralogy of Fallot myocardial activity appeared to be located in the hypertrophic right venticles.

  2. Myocardial visualization on a routine perfusion lung scintigram: Relationship to the amount of right-to-left shunt

    Three cases of myocardial visualization on a routine perfusion lung scintigram with sup(99m)Tc-macroaggregaed albumin were reported in patients with congenital heart diseases; two cases of tetralogy of Fallot and one case of truncus arteriosus type IV. Large right-to-left shunts greater than 39% and marked hypertrophy of the ventricle suggesting the presence of increased coronary blood flow were noted in all cases. In the two patients with tetralogy of Fallot myocardial activity appeared to be located in the hypertrophic right venticles. (orig.)

  3. Simulation of realistic abnormal SPECT brain perfusion images: application in semi-quantitative analysis

    Simulation is useful in the validation of functional image analysis methods, particularly when considering the number of analysis techniques currently available lacking thorough validation. Problems exist with current simulation methods due to long run times or unrealistic results making it problematic to generate complete datasets. A method is presented for simulating known abnormalities within normal brain SPECT images using a measured point spread function (PSF), and incorporating a stereotactic atlas of the brain for anatomical positioning. This allows for the simulation of realistic images through the use of prior information regarding disease progression. SPECT images of cerebral perfusion have been generated consisting of a control database and a group of simulated abnormal subjects that are to be used in a UK audit of analysis methods. The abnormality is defined in the stereotactic space, then transformed to the individual subject space, convolved with a measured PSF and removed from the normal subject image. The dataset was analysed using SPM99 (Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, University College, London) and the MarsBaR volume of interest (VOI) analysis toolbox. The results were evaluated by comparison with the known ground truth. The analysis showed improvement when using a smoothing kernel equal to system resolution over the slightly larger kernel used routinely. Significant correlation was found between effective volume of a simulated abnormality and the detected size using SPM99. Improvements in VOI analysis sensitivity were found when using the region median over the region mean. The method and dataset provide an efficient methodology for use in the comparison and cross validation of semi-quantitative analysis methods in brain SPECT, and allow the optimization of analysis parameters

  4. Incremental value of myocardial perfusion over coronary angiography by spectral computed tomography in patients with intermediate to high likelihood of coronary artery disease

    Highlights: •We evaluated myocardial perfusion by dual energy computed tomography (DECT). •We included patients with intermediate to high likelihood of coronary artery disease. •Stress myocardial perfusion by DECT had a reliable accuracy for the detection of ischemia. •Stress myocardial perfusion with DECT showed an incremental value over anatomical evaluation. •DECT imaging was associated to a significant reduction in radiation dose compared to SPECT. -- Abstract: Purpose: We sought to explore the diagnostic performance of dual energy computed tomography (DECT) for the evaluation of myocardial perfusion in patients with intermediate to high likelihood of coronary artery disease (CAD). Materials and methods: Consecutive patients with known or suspected CAD referred for myocardial perfusion imaging by single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) constituted the study population and were scanned using a DECT scanner equipped with gemstone detectors for spectral imaging, and a SPECT. The same pharmacological stress was used for both scans. Results: Twenty-five patients were prospectively included in the study protocol. The mean age was 63.4 ± 10.6 years. The total mean effective radiation dose was 7.5 ± 1.2 mSv with DECT and 8.2 ± 1.7 mSv with SPECT (p = 0.007). A total of 425 left ventricular segments were evaluated by DECT, showing a reliable accuracy for the detection of reversible perfusion defects [area under ROC curve (AUC) 0.84 (0.80–0.87)]. Furthermore, adding stress myocardial perfusion provided a significant incremental value over anatomical evaluation alone by computed tomography coronary angiography [AUC 0.70 (0.65–0.74), p = 0.003]. Conclusions: In this pilot investigation, stress myocardial perfusion by DECT demonstrated a significant incremental value over anatomical evaluation alone by CTCA for the detection of reversible perfusion defects

  5. Incremental value of myocardial perfusion over coronary angiography by spectral computed tomography in patients with intermediate to high likelihood of coronary artery disease

    Carrascosa, Patricia M., E-mail: investigacion@diagnosticomaipu.com.ar; Deviggiano, Alejandro; Capunay, Carlos; Campisi, Roxana; López Munain, Marina de; Vallejos, Javier; Tajer, Carlos; Rodriguez-Granillo, Gaston A.

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: •We evaluated myocardial perfusion by dual energy computed tomography (DECT). •We included patients with intermediate to high likelihood of coronary artery disease. •Stress myocardial perfusion by DECT had a reliable accuracy for the detection of ischemia. •Stress myocardial perfusion with DECT showed an incremental value over anatomical evaluation. •DECT imaging was associated to a significant reduction in radiation dose compared to SPECT. -- Abstract: Purpose: We sought to explore the diagnostic performance of dual energy computed tomography (DECT) for the evaluation of myocardial perfusion in patients with intermediate to high likelihood of coronary artery disease (CAD). Materials and methods: Consecutive patients with known or suspected CAD referred for myocardial perfusion imaging by single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) constituted the study population and were scanned using a DECT scanner equipped with gemstone detectors for spectral imaging, and a SPECT. The same pharmacological stress was used for both scans. Results: Twenty-five patients were prospectively included in the study protocol. The mean age was 63.4 ± 10.6 years. The total mean effective radiation dose was 7.5 ± 1.2 mSv with DECT and 8.2 ± 1.7 mSv with SPECT (p = 0.007). A total of 425 left ventricular segments were evaluated by DECT, showing a reliable accuracy for the detection of reversible perfusion defects [area under ROC curve (AUC) 0.84 (0.80–0.87)]. Furthermore, adding stress myocardial perfusion provided a significant incremental value over anatomical evaluation alone by computed tomography coronary angiography [AUC 0.70 (0.65–0.74), p = 0.003]. Conclusions: In this pilot investigation, stress myocardial perfusion by DECT demonstrated a significant incremental value over anatomical evaluation alone by CTCA for the detection of reversible perfusion defects.

  6. Experimental study on 13N-NH3 and 99MTc-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging in rabbits with subacute myocardial infarction of ischemic reperfusion

    Purpose: To explore the relationship between 13N-NH3 and 99mTc-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging in rabbits with subacute myocardial infarction of ischemic reperfusion. Methods: Eight male New Zealand White rabbits of which left anterior descending (LAD) coronary arteries were completely occluded for 45 min followed by 7-10 d reperfusion. One week later, the rabbits after an overnight fast were anaesthetized with sodium pentobarbital (30 mg/kg), and LAD arteries were religated for 45 min followed by 2 h reperfusion. Then the animals were positioned on the LS-PET/CT (4 row spirals CT, Discovery GE. US) table. Myocardial blood flows were obtained with 148 MBq 13N-NH3 administered via a marginal ear vein over 20 s. According to PET imaging procedure, PET/CT acquisition of dynamic scans began 5 min after injection and was accomplished within 10 min. Two hours after PET imaging the rabbits were injected with 148 MBq 99mTc-MIBI via a marginal ear vein, 30 min later myocardial perfusion imaging was performed under a single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). PET imaging ZOOM value was generally amplified 6 times while that of SPECT was 3 times. Tomographic images along the vertical long, horizontal long and short axes were created. Tomographic reconstruction was then performed by dividing the PET and SPECT image of the LV on a polar map into 9 segments for semi- quantitative analysis. The changes of infarct size were determined by triphenyl tetrazolium chloride (TTC) staining. The ultra-structural damage of myocardial cells in infarct and periphery areas were observed under transmission electron microscope. Results: Infarct size (24.2±1.9)% of LV mass by TTC staining, while (23.7±2.3)% vs. (20.5± 2.5)% (P < 0.001) by 99mTc-MIBI Hawkeye-SPECT and 13N-NH3 PET/CT respectively. Serious myocardial cell damages including myocardial cell denaturalization, texture, and karyolysis in infracted area and myocardial cells swelling in the periphery of infracted area was

  7. assessment of the clinical role of simultaneous 99mTc-MIBI and 201Tl dual-isotopic myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging in the patients wit hypertension

    Objective: To study the clinical role of Simultaneous rest technetium-99m sestamibi (99mTc-MIBI) and stress thallium-201 (201Tl) Dual-isotopic myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging in the patients with hypertension. Methods: 116 patients with high blood pressure underwent simultaneous dual-isotopic myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging with 99mTc-MIBI and 201Tl. 99mTc-MIBI was injected at rest, 15 min later dobutamine was instilled into vein begin with 5 mg/kg/min, before and after instilling the base ECG, blood pressure, heart rate was recorded. when the maximal dose of Dobutamine was achieved, thallium-201 was injected, the dual-isotopic simultaneously SPECT imagine was performed. The stress and rest imagine was obtained. After tomographic reconstruction, the images were interpreted by two experienced observers without previous knowledge of results of other studies. Coronary angiography was performed in two weeks. All of 116 patients were found normal. Results: (1) All of 116 patients with high blood pressure were divided as three group by the course of disease: A group (20 year), 15. The heart/lung ratios of A, B, C group were 2.651±0.246, 2.546±0.231, 2.490±0.36 (mean±SD)respectively, no significant difference was noted among three group. Normal heart/lung ratios is 2.50±0.28 among of control group of 20. (2) The overall sensitivity for the dual-isotopic simultaneously myocardial SPECT imagine of high blood pressure was 46.55%(54/116). (3) Anterior, lateral, inferior, apex, interventricular septal segment were regarded as a whole segment, 111 segments display abnormal 201Tl uptake. 63, 30, 18 segments were in A, B, C group respectively, and no significant difference was noted among three group. 4 85 segments reveal reduced stressing 201Tl uptake and no typical redistribution was observed in the delay 201Tl imagines. 20, 24, 14, 12, 15 segments were in anterior, lateral, inferior, apex, interventricular septal segment respectively. 26 segments display inverse 201

  8. Role of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in type II diabetic patients: a multicentre study

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with diabetes and this population has high incidence of silent cardiac events. Objective: We evaluated the role of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) in detection of coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with type II diabetes mellitus in correlation with presenting complaints. Methods: This study was conducted at six Nuclear Medicine Institutes of Pakistan as an IAEA sponsored technical Co-operation project from January to December 2003. We conducted stress-redistribution SPECT MPS with intravenous injection of 111 MBq (3mCi) 201Tl-thallous chloride in 288 subjects with type II diabetes mellitus, 186 male and 92 female (age range 20 to 77 years). Average duration since diagnosis of diabetes mellitus was 4.61 + 4.56 years. Upon the bases of clinical history, diabetic patients were divided into six groups, Asym= asymptomatic subjects (n=46), Esob=exertional SOB (n=27), Acp=atypical chest pain without dyspnea (n=61), AcpD= atypical chest pain with dyspnea (n=57), Tcp=typical chest pain without dyspnea (n=36), TcpD=typical chest pain with dyspnea (n=61). We conducted visual analysis on reconstructed tomographic slices. Results: Considering all diabetic patients together 61.45% were having CAD (inducible ischemia 45.48%, myocardial infarction 15.97%). Overall incidence of CAD was higher in Esob group than Asym (55.55% vs. 34.78%), AcpD group than Acp (71.92% vs. 49.18%) and TcpD group than Tcp (83.61% vs. 66.67%). Incidence of stress induced ischemia (SII) and myocardial infarction (MI) in Asym group was 23.91% and 10.87%, in Acp Group 36.07% and 13.11%, and in Tcp group 47.22% and 19.44% respectively. Incidence of SII and MI in Esob group was 44.44% and 11.11%, in AcpD roup 56.14% and 15.79%, and in TcpD group 60.66% and 22.95% respectively. Conclusion: Our study concludes that incidence of silent myocardial ischemia and infarction is quite high in patients with type

  9. Impaired Coronary Flow Reserve Is the Most Important Marker of Viable Myocardium in the Myocardial Segment-Based Analysis of Dual-Isotope Gated Myocardial Perfusion Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography

    Lee, Won Woo; So, Young; Kim, Ki-Bong; Lee, Dong Soo

    2014-01-01

    Objective The aim of this study was to investigate the most robust predictor of myocardial viability among stress/rest reversibility (coronary flow reserve [CFR] impairment), 201Tl perfusion status at rest, 201Tl 24 hours redistribution and systolic wall thickening of 99mTc-methoxyisobutylisonitrile using a dual isotope gated myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) who were re-vascularized with a coronary artery by...

  10. Indications for myocardial-perfusion-scintigraphy according to the appropriateness criteria; Indikationen zur Myokardperfusionsszintigrafie unter Beruecksichtigung der Appropriateness-Kriterien

    Lindner, Oliver [Inst. fuer Radiologie, Nuklearmedizin und Molekulare Bildgebung, Herz- und Diabeteszentrum NRW, Univ. der Ruhr-Univ. Bochum (Germany)

    2010-06-15

    The German National Care Guideline (Nationale Versorgungsleitlinie) for chronic CAD provides diagnostic algorithms with indications for the use of cardiac radionuclide imaging. In addition, the Appropriateness Criteria of the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) provide evidence-medicine based and expert rated indications for the appropriate use of myocardial-perfusion-scintigraphy performed as SPECT or PET. They may serve as a guide for clinicians asking for a cardiac radionuclide study and for nuclear physicians to check for appropriate use. An appropriate imaging test provides an incremental information and a clinical benefit with respect to health outcomes and survival. A total of 67 indications was reviewed, 33 were classified as appropriate while uncertain and inappropriate designations were assigned for 9 and 25 indications, respectively. This paper gives an overview of the appropriate and the uncertain indications for myocardial perfusion imaging. (orig.)

  11. Incidentally detected large diaphragmatic hernia in Tl-201 myocardial perfusion scintigraphy; no substantial effect on the study results

    Özdemir, Semra; Erselcan, Taner; Hasbek, Zekiye; Tandoğan, İzzet; GÜMÜŞ, CESUR

    2011-01-01

    AbstractA case of diaphragmatic hernia, detected incidentally by Thallium 201 (Tl-201) myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS), was presented. We recognized a large photon deficient area in the right lung and middle mediastinum regions, also attenuating cardiac activity in the first 10 projections during the evaluation of stress and rest single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) projections of the subject. Computed tomography (CT) examination of the mass revealed a diaphragmatic hern...

  12. Hybrid Image Visualization Tool for 3D integration of CT coronary anatomy and quantitative myocardial perfusion PET

    Marinelli, Martina; Positano, Vincenzo; Nekolla, Stephan G.; Marcheschi, Paolo; Todiere, Giancarlo; Esposito, Natalia; Puzzuoli, Stefano; L’Abbate, Giuseppe A.; Marraccini, Paolo; Neglia, Danilo

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: Multimodal cardiac imaging by CTA and quantitative PET enables acquisition of patient-specific coronary anatomy and absolute myocardial perfusion at rest and during stress. In the clinical setting, integration of this information is performed visually or using coronary arteries distribution models. We developed a new tool for CTA and quantitative PET integrated 3D visualization, exploiting XML and DICOM clinical standards. Methods: The Hybrid Image Tool (HIT) developed in the present...

  13. Improvement of myocardial perfusion detected by 201Tl scintigraphy on cardiac rehabilitation for patients with coronary artery disease

    The effect of cardiac rehabilitation (mean 70±48 months) on myocardial perfusion was assessed using thallium-201 (201Tl) exercise study in 63 patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Subjects were those in a rehabilitation group (Rh=42) participating in supervised sports training two to three times per week and the control group (Ct=21) not taking active daily exercise. The interval between two 201Tl SPECT studies was 19±16 months. After physical training, total duration of the exercise test increased from 443±112 to 536±121 seconds (+19%) in the Rh group, and from 484±129 to 432±115 seconds in the Ct group (-10.7%) (p2 to 269.8±58 x 102 in the Rh group and decreased from 218.7±40 x 102 to 216.6±76 x 102 (p201Tl myocardial perfusion defect on exercise improved more in 54.8% (stress 59.5%, rest 35.7%) in the Rh group than in the Ct group (9.5%, p201Tl perfusion defect decreased from 68 (23.1%) to 49 regions (16.7%) of 294 total myocardial regions in the Rh group on exercise. However. it increased from 39 (26.5%) to 44 (29.9%) regions of 147 regions in the Ct group (p<0.01). Thus, cardiac rehabilitation increases exercise tolerance with improvement of myocardial perfusion. suggesting that cardiac rehabilitation is an advisable and effective treatment for patients with ischemic heart disease. (author)

  14. Value of myocardial perfusion imaging in evaluating effects of releasing base fibroblast growth factor stent on cardiac repair in a porcine myocardial infarction model

    Objective: Basic fibroblast growth factor (b-FGF) induces endothelial cell and smooth muscle cell proliferation and stimulates angiogenesis. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of intramyocardial administration of degradable releasing b-FGF stent on myocardial blood flow, angiogenesis and ventricular function in a porcine acute myocardial infarction model. Methods: Acute myocardial infarction was induced by ligating the left anterior descending artery (LAD) distal to its first diagonal branch in 12 minitype porcines. Mechanical transmyocardial revascularization (TMR) was performed by creating 3 transmural channels in the LAD infarct and peri-infarct zone. Twelve animals were divided into two groups: TMR+naked stent ( control group, n=6), TMR + b-FGF stent ( b-FGF group, n=6). In both groups, 3 naked stents and 3 b-FGF stents were implanted into TMR channels respectively. 99Tcm-methoxyisobutyli-sonitrile (MIBI) myocardial perfusion imaging was performed to evaluate the change in myocardial blood flow as baseline and at 6 weeks after the procedure. Echocardiography and immunohistochemical studies were also performed. All data were evaluated with SPSS 11.5. The differences of the two groups were analyzed with the independent-sample t-test. Results: Treatment with b-FGF decreased the magnitude of infarct mass [(34.33 ± 4.18) vs (24.33 ± 2.16) g, t=5.03, P<0.05] and per-segment reversibility score ( reflecting the magnitude of improved ischemia, 13.83 ± 2.86 vs 8.33 ± 1.37, t=5.06, P<0.05). There was also fraction shortening [FS, (31.13 ± 0.99) % vs ( 27.11 ± 0.71) %, t=8.12, P<0.05] and increased microvessel density in the peri-infarct zone and infarct zone respectively [(6201 ± 443) vs (2654 ± 373 ) pixel/high power field, t=15.01, P<0.05]. Conclusions: Intramyocardial administration of degradable releasing b-FGF stent increased the regional myocardial blood flow, reduced infarct size and improved ventricular function in acute myocardial

  15. Correlation of systolic time interval with abnormal myocardial contraction by coronary occlusion in anesthetized open-chest dogs.

    Haraoka,Shoichi

    1978-06-01

    Full Text Available The correlation between the systolic time interval and abnormal contraction in ischemic myocardium was studied in anesthetized open-chest dogs. A strain-gauge was sutured on the surface of the left ventricular wall perfused by the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD for measuring segment-length. The left ventricular stroke volume decreased progressively after occlusion of LAD. The left ventricular ejection time (LVET was progressively shortened in close correlation with the elongation of segment-length at the onset of isometric relaxation in 20 seconds after LAD occlusion when early systolic myocardial contraction and isometric contraction time (ICT were not affected. ICT was gradually prolonged and closely related with the lengthening of the early systolic segment-length, while LVET recovered toward the control level in spite of further decrease in stroke volume. A close relationship was observed between ICT/LVET and stroke volume (gamma = 0.76, P less than 0.01. The results suggested the possibility that LVET was normalized even when the left ventricular function was impaired, and ICT/LVET ratio was the most sensitive index of LV dysfunction.

  16. SU-C-201-04: Quantification of Perfusion Heterogeneity Based On Texture Analysis for Fully Automatic Detection of Ischemic Deficits From Myocardial Perfusion Imaging

    Purpose: Texture-based quantification of image heterogeneity has been a popular topic for imaging studies in recent years. As previous studies mainly focus on oncological applications, we report our recent efforts of applying such techniques on cardiac perfusion imaging. A fully automated procedure has been developed to perform texture analysis for measuring the image heterogeneity. Clinical data were used to evaluate the preliminary performance of such methods. Methods: Myocardial perfusion images of Thallium-201 scans were collected from 293 patients with suspected coronary artery disease. Each subject underwent a Tl-201 scan and a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) within three months. The PCI Result was used as the gold standard of coronary ischemia of more than 70% stenosis. Each Tl-201 scan was spatially normalized to an image template for fully automatic segmentation of the LV. The segmented voxel intensities were then carried into the texture analysis with our open-source software Chang Gung Image Texture Analysis toolbox (CGITA). To evaluate the clinical performance of the image heterogeneity for detecting the coronary stenosis, receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis was used to compute the overall accuracy, sensitivity and specificity as well as the area under curve (AUC). Those indices were compared to those obtained from the commercially available semi-automatic software QPS. Results: With the fully automatic procedure to quantify heterogeneity from Tl-201 scans, we were able to achieve a good discrimination with good accuracy (74%), sensitivity (73%), specificity (77%) and AUC of 0.82. Such performance is similar to those obtained from the semi-automatic QPS software that gives a sensitivity of 71% and specificity of 77%. Conclusion: Based on fully automatic procedures of data processing, our preliminary data indicate that the image heterogeneity of myocardial perfusion imaging can provide useful information for automatic determination

  17. SU-C-201-04: Quantification of Perfusion Heterogeneity Based On Texture Analysis for Fully Automatic Detection of Ischemic Deficits From Myocardial Perfusion Imaging

    Fang, Y [National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan (China); Huang, H [Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan (China); Su, T [Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taoyuan, Taiwan (China)

    2015-06-15

    Purpose: Texture-based quantification of image heterogeneity has been a popular topic for imaging studies in recent years. As previous studies mainly focus on oncological applications, we report our recent efforts of applying such techniques on cardiac perfusion imaging. A fully automated procedure has been developed to perform texture analysis for measuring the image heterogeneity. Clinical data were used to evaluate the preliminary performance of such methods. Methods: Myocardial perfusion images of Thallium-201 scans were collected from 293 patients with suspected coronary artery disease. Each subject underwent a Tl-201 scan and a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) within three months. The PCI Result was used as the gold standard of coronary ischemia of more than 70% stenosis. Each Tl-201 scan was spatially normalized to an image template for fully automatic segmentation of the LV. The segmented voxel intensities were then carried into the texture analysis with our open-source software Chang Gung Image Texture Analysis toolbox (CGITA). To evaluate the clinical performance of the image heterogeneity for detecting the coronary stenosis, receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis was used to compute the overall accuracy, sensitivity and specificity as well as the area under curve (AUC). Those indices were compared to those obtained from the commercially available semi-automatic software QPS. Results: With the fully automatic procedure to quantify heterogeneity from Tl-201 scans, we were able to achieve a good discrimination with good accuracy (74%), sensitivity (73%), specificity (77%) and AUC of 0.82. Such performance is similar to those obtained from the semi-automatic QPS software that gives a sensitivity of 71% and specificity of 77%. Conclusion: Based on fully automatic procedures of data processing, our preliminary data indicate that the image heterogeneity of myocardial perfusion imaging can provide useful information for automatic determination

  18. 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)

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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)

  2. Left ventricular ejection fraction from gated SPET myocardial perfusion studies: a method based on the radial distribution of count rate density across the myocardial wall

    In this article a method based on the assumption that the average position of the myocardial wall can be localized by means of statistical analysis of the distribution count density, and not on edge detection, is used to measure LVEF. SPET myocardial perfusion images, gated in eight time bins, were recorded in 50 patients 60 min after the injection of 925 MBq technetium-99m tetrofosmin. Masking of non-myocardial structures and thresholding resulted in images in which only myocardial walls had significant non-zero values. The distance of the wall relative to the centre of the cavity was calculated in the three-dimentional space as the first moment of the count rate distribution along radii originating in the centre of the cavity. LVEF was calculated using, for each time bin, the sum of the cube of all distances as an estimate of the cavity volume. The method required minimal operator interventions and was successful in all patients, including those with severe perfusion defects. Intraobserver and interobserver variability was excellent, with regression coefficients of 0.97 and standard deviations of 4.5% and 4.7%, respectively. For 30 patients, the measurements were validated against planar equilibrium radionuclide angiography (ERNA) that was obtained within an interval of 1 week. LVEF ranged from 12% to 88%. Agreement between the two methods was excellent. The Bland-Altman analysis did not show any apparent trend in the differences between ERNA and gated SPET over a wide range of ejection fractions. The standard deviation of the differences was 3.1%. In addition no relationship was found between the two methods and the severity of perfusion defects. (orig.). With 7 figs

  3. 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

  4. Abstention from alcohol in dilated cardiomyopathy: Complete regression of the clinical disease but persistence of myocardial perfusion defects on exercise thallium-201 tomography

    This case report describes a 43-year-old man with dilated cadiomyopathy reversed by abstention from alcohol over 1 year but with persistence of previous myocardial perfusion defects on exercise thallium-201 tomography. This suggests that despite the near normalization of left ventricular function, a permanent myocardial disease seems to persist. (orig.)

  5. Quantification of absolute myocardial perfusion at rest and during exercise with positron emission tomography after human cardiac transplantation.

    Krivokapich, J; Stevenson, L W; Kobashigawa, J; Huang, S C; Schelbert, H R

    1991-08-01

    The maximal exercise capacity of cardiac transplant recipients is reduced compared with that of normal subjects. To determine if this reduced exercise capacity is related to inadequate myocardial perfusion during exercise, myocardial perfusion was measured noninvasively with use of positron emission tomography and nitrogen (N)-13 ammonia. Twelve transplant recipients with no angiographic evidence of accelerated coronary atherosclerosis were studied. Serial N-13 ammonia imaging was performed at rest and during supine bicycle exercise. The results were compared with those from 10 normal volunteers with a low probability of having cardiac disease. A two-compartment kinetic model for estimating myocardial perfusion was applied to the data. Transplant recipients achieved a significant lower exercise work load than did the volunteers (42 +/- 16 vs. 128 +/- 22 W), but a higher venous lactate concentration (31.3 +/- 14.9 vs. 13.7 +/- 4.1 mg/100 ml). Despite the difference in exercise work load, there was no significant difference in the cardiac work achieved by transplant recipients and normal subjects as evidenced by similar rate-pressure products of 24,000 +/- 3,400 versus 21,300 +/- 2,800 betas/min per mm Hg, respectively. In addition, myocardial blood flow during exercise was not significantly different between the two groups (1.70 +/- 0.60 vs. 1.56 +/- 0.71 ml/min per g, respectively). This study demonstrates that the myocardial flow response to the physiologic stress of exercise is appropriate in transplant recipients and does not appear to explain the decreased exercise capacity in these patients. PMID:1856420

  6. 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

  7. Outcome of Patients With Adenosine-Induced ST Segment Depression and Normal Myocardial Perfusion

    The aim of the present study was to determine the outcome of patients with normal MPS and adenosine-induced ST segment depression. A total of 1867 patients underwent adenosine Tc99m-tetrofosmin MPS in nuclear medicine unit in Saudi German Hospital, Saudi Arabia, between January 2004 and May 2008. Their ECGs were checked for ST segment depression during adenosine infusion. All patients with ≥ 1 mm horizontal or down-sloping ST segment depression or≥ 1.5 mm up-sloping ST segment depression were included in the study. Fifty-six patients met our inclusion criteria, of which 45 (80%) were females. During the follow-up period, a total of 15 of patients ended up doing coronary angiography, either for high clinical suspicion or following a second positive MPS performed 6-18 months after the first study. Seven of them were positive for coronary artery disease and were subsequently treated with revascularization procedure, and 8 returned either normal angiography or non-obstructive coronary artery disease. Male diabetic smoking patients were more prevalent and underwent revascularization. The patients were followed up for a mean of 22.8 ±7.8 months. No cardiac deaths or myocardial infarctions were reported. It could be concluded that adenosine-induced ST segment depression in patients with normal myocardial perfusion was a benign finding and did not increase the very low risk of cardiac events in those patients. However, male smokers and/or diabetics might need further investigation. This suggestion needs further evaluation

  8. Evaluation of iterative reconstruction (OSEM) versus filtered back-projection for the assessment of myocardial glucose uptake and myocardial perfusion using dynamic PET

    Iterative reconstruction methods based on ordered-subset expectation maximisation (OSEM) has replaced filtered backprojection (FBP) in many clinical settings owing to the superior image quality. Whether OSEM is as accurate as FBP in quantitative positron emission tomography (PET) is uncertain. We compared the accuracy of OSEM and FBP for regional myocardial 18F-FDG uptake and 13NH3 perfusion measurements in cardiac PET. Ten healthy volunteers were studied. Five underwent dynamic 18F-FDG PET during hyperinsulinaemic-euglycaemic clamp, and five underwent 13NH3 perfusion measurement during rest and adenosine-induced hyperaemia. Images were reconstructed using FBP and OSEM ± an 8-mm Gaussian post-reconstruction filter. Filtered and unfiltered images showed agreement between the reconstruction methods within ±2SD in Bland-Altman plots of Ki values. The use of a Gaussian filter resulted in a systematic underestimation of Ki in the filtered images of 11%. The mean deviation between the reconstruction methods for both unfiltered and filtered images was 1.3%. Agreement within ±2SD between the methods was demonstrated for perfusion rate constants up to 2.5 min-1, corresponding to a perfusion of 3.4 ml g-1 min-1. The mean deviation between the two methods for unfiltered data was 2.7%, and for filtered data, 5.3%. The 18F-FDG uptake rate constants showed excellent agreement between the two reconstruction methods. In the perfusion range up to 3.4 ml g-1 min-1, agreement between 13NH3 perfusion obtained with OSEM and FBP was acceptable. The use of OSEM for measurement of perfusion values higher than 3.4 ml g-1 min-1 requires further evaluation. (orig.)

  9. 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)

  10. Effect of patient positioning on left ventricular volumes and function during gated Tc-99m Sestamibi myocardial perfusion SPECT: Comparison between the results obtained in prone and supine positions

    State-of-the-art SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging involves the acquisition of SPECT images in electrocardiography (ECG)-gated mode for simultaneous assessment of myocardial perfusion and left ventricular function with reference to left ventricular end-diastolic volume (EDV), end-systolic volume (ESV), left ventricular stroke volume (SV) and ejection fraction (LVEF). Myocardial perfusion imaging has traditionally been performed with the patient in the supine position. However imaging patients in the prone position has markedly improved the specificity in evaluating inferior wall abnormalities by identifying and reducing artifacts. The main aim of this study was to investigate the effect of prone positioning of the patient on left ventricular volumes and function indices acquired on Gated SPECT. We studied 60 patients (40 men and 20 women) aged 36-75 years (mean age 52.1±8.8 years), all of whom underwent Tc-99m Sestamibi gated myocardial perfusion SPECT at rest in both prone and supine positions. All acquisitions were analyzed visually and semi-quantitatively using QGS software for EDV, ESV, SV and LVEF. LVEF did not differ significantly between supine and prone acquisitions, whereas EDV, ESV and SV were significantly lower for prone acquisitions (EDV: 78.05 ±32.89 ml, ESV: 36.22±28.04 ml, SV: 41.83±11.78 ml) than for supine acquisitions (EDV: 86.37±37.70 ml, ESV: 41.40±33.28 ml, SV: 44.97±11.38 ml). Heart rate was significantly higher on prone position (71.87±9.56) than supine position (67.30±9.54) (P<0.001). Our study showed that heart rate as well as EDV, ESV and SV are significantly different between prone and supine positions. Therefore comparison of prone gated SPECT data with reference values that usually were obtained on supine position is unsuitable. (author)

  11. Quantitative myocardial perfusion PET combined with coronary anatomy derived from CT angiography. Validation of a new fusion and visualisation software

    Aim: Dynamic perfusion PET offers a clinical relevant advantage over myocardial perfusion scintigraphy due to its ability to measure myocardial blood flow quantitatively. This leads to an improved detection of multivessel disease and the possibility to assess not only the culprit lesion but lower grade stenoses as well. For appropriate revascularization, perfusion defects must be matched to coronary lesions. It has been shown that image fusion of morphological and functional images is superior to side-by-side analysis. Still, software for quantitative perfusion PET combined with CT angiography is rare. In this paper we present a new software tool for image fusion and visualization of quantitative perfusion PET and coronary morphology derived from CT angiography. Methods: In our software, a PET uptake image is used for manual co-registration. Co-registration results are then applied to the functional data derived from compartment modelling. To evaluate the reproducibility of the manual co-registration, we calculated the deviation between a series of manual co-registrations performed on nine pairs of unregistered PET and CT datasets by five trained participants. Two dimensional transfer functions were used to highlight the coronary arteries from the CT study in the combined data sets. Results: The average Euclidian distances for three references points were between 3.7 and 4.1 mm. The maximum distance was 10.6 mm. By the use of the two dimensional transfer functions, coronary anatomy could be easily visualised either by user-interaction or automatically by use of neuronal networks. Conclusions: With this approach it is possible to combine quantitative perfusion PET with coronary anatomy derived from CT angiography. Our first experiences indicate that manual image fusion with our tool is reproducible and that visualisation of the combined datasets is achieved within short time. (orig.)

  12. Influence of background correction in the estimation of myocardial uptake of 99mTc labelled perfusion imaging agents

    The effects of different corrections for background activity in the estimation of low organ uptake of radiopharmaceuticals have been examined using myocardial perfusion imaging agents. Estimates of myocardial uptake of 99mTc-labelled MIBI and tetrofosmin were made both at rest and after exercise. Patients were given one or other of the agents (12 MIBI; 17 tetrofosmin) and the measurements at rest and after exercise were made within a week of each other using a planar gamma camera method incorporating an attenuation-corrected, geometric mean technique. Myocardial uptakes were estimated using two different background corrections and also with no background subtraction. Mean values were in the range 1.3 to 3.0% and showed that, for both agents, uptakes estimated with and without background correction could differ by a factor of two. Although the study was not designed to compare myocardial uptakes of the two agents, a background correction which accounted separately for activity in tissue over- and under-lying the heart resulted in similar mean values for tetrofosmin (1.7% both at rest and after exercise) and for MIBI (1.8% rest; 1.9% exercise). For both agents, no significant difference was observed between myocardial uptakes at rest and after exercise measured at about two hours post-injection. (author) The effects of different corrections for background activity in the estimation of low organ uptake of radiopharmaceuticals have been examined using myocardial perfusion imaging agents. Estimates of myocardial uptake of Tc-labelled MIBI and tetrofosmin were made both at rest and after exercise. Patients were given one or other of the agents (12 MIBI; 17 tetrofosmin) and the measurements at rest and after exercise were made within a week of each other using a planar gamma camera method incorporating an attenuation-corrected, geometric mean technique. Myocardial uptakes were estimated using two different background corrections and also with no background subtraction

  13. Pharmacological and other nonexercise alternatives to exercise testing to evaluate myocardial perfusion and left ventricular function with radionuclides

    Pharmacological vasodilatation with either dipyridamole or adenosine is a safe and accurate alternative to exercise testing to diagnose coronary artery disease with thallium 201 myocardial perfusion imaging. The technique also provides important prognostic information with regard to future cardiac events in patients undergoing diagnostic testing, in those evaluated preoperatively, and in those with recent myocardial infarctions. Multigated equilibrium and first-pass radionuclide ventriculography also are well suited to evaluate the effects of interventional procedures. Success has been achieved using this methodology in a variety of interventions including conventional exercise testing, pharmacological stress testing, atrial pacing, assessment of myocardial viability with nitroglycerin, mental stress testing, and ambulatory monitoring of left ventricular ejection fraction. 67 references

  14. Coronary vasomotion in patients with syndrome X: evaluation with positron emission tomography and parametric myocardial perfusion imaging

    Twenty-five patients with syndrome X (definitely normal coronary arteriogram, group A), 15 patients with minimal coronary artery disease (group B) and 21 healthy volunteers underwent [13N[ammonia positron emission tomography at rest, during cold pressor stimulation (endothelial function) and during dipyridamole stress testing (vasodilator reserve). Heterogeneity of myocardial perfusion was analysed by parametric polar mapping using a 480-segment model. In both patient groups, resting perfusion was increased compared to the normal subjects: group A, 127±31 ml.min-1.100 g-1; group B, 124±30 ml.min-1.100 g-1normal subjects, 105 ±21 ml .min -1.100 g -1(groups A and B vs normals, P <0.05). These differences were abolished after correction for rate-pressure product. During cold pressor stimulation, the perfusion responses (ratio of cold pressor perfusion to resting perfusion) were similar among the patients and the control subjects. Likewise, during dipyridamole stress testing, perfusion responses were similar among the three groups. In group A the heterogeneity of resting perfusion, expressed as coefficient of variation, was significantly different from the volunteers. In group B the difference from normal volunteers was not significant. In this study, patients with syndrome X and patients with minimal coronary artery disease showed normal perfusion responses during cold pressor stimulation and dipyridamole stress testing. Our findings therefore suggest that endothelial dysfunction and impaired vasodilator reserve are of no major pathophysiological relevance in patients with syndrome X. Rather, other mechanisms such as increased sympathetic tone and focal release of vasoactive substances may play a role in the pathogenesis of syndrome X. (orig./VHE). With 3 figs., 1 tab

  15. Assessment of myocardial perfusion and viability from routine contrast-enhanced 16-detector-row computed tomography of the heart: preliminary results

    To assess the diagnostic accuracy of 16-detector-row computed tomography (16DCT) of the heart in the assessment of myocardial perfusion and viability in comparison to stress perfusion magnetic resonance imaging (SP-MRI) and delayed-enhancement magnetic resonance imaging (DE-MRI). A number of 30 patients underwent both 16DCT and MRI of the heart. Contrast-enhanced 16DCT data sets were reviewed for areas of myocardium with reduced attenuation. Both CT and MRI data were examined by independent reviewers for the presence of myocardial perfusion defects or myocardial infarctions (MI). Volumetric analysis of the hypoperfusion areas in CT and the infarct sizes in DE-MRI were performed. According to MRI, myocardial infarctions were detected in 11 of 30 cases, and perfusion defects not corresponding to an MI were detected in six of 30 patients. CTA was able to detect ten of 11 MI correctly (sensitivity 91%, specificity 79%, accuracy 83%), and detected three of six hypoperfusions correctly (sensitivity 50%, specificity 92%, accuracy 79%). Assessing the volume of perfusion defects correlating to history of MI on the CT images, a systematic underestimation of the true infarct size as compared to the results of DE-MRI was found (P<0.01). Routine, contrast-enhanced 16-detector row CT of the heart can detect chronic myocardial infarctions in the majority of cases, but ischemic perfusion defects are not reliably detected under resting conditions. (orig.)

  16. Adding attenuation corrected images in myocardial perfusion imaging reduces the need for a rest study

    The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the Society of Nuclear Medicine conclude that incorporation of attenuation corrected (AC) images in myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) will improve diagnostic accuracy. The aim was to investigate the value of adding AC stress-only images for the decision whether a rest study is necessary or not. 1,261 patients admitted to 99mTc MPS were studied. The stress studies were interpreted by two physicians who judged each study as “no rest study necessary” or “rest study necessary”, by evaluating NC stress-only and NC + AC stress-only images. When there was disagreement between the two physicians, a third physician evaluated the studies. Thus, agreement between 2 out of 3 physicians was evaluated. The physicians assessed 214 more NC + AC images than NC images as “no rest study necessary” (17% of the study population). The number of no-rest-study-required was significantly higher for NC + AC studies compared to NC studies (859 vs 645 cases (p < 0.0001). In the final report according to clinical routine, ischemia or infarction was reported in 23 patients, assessed as “no rest study necessary” (22 NC + AC cases; 8 NC cases), (no statistically significant difference). In 11 of these, the final report stated “suspected/possible ischemia or infarction in a small area”. Adding AC stress-only images to NC stress-only images reduce the number of unnecessary rest studies substantially

  17. 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

  18. Evaluation of occupational radiation dose in nuclear medicine: radiopharmaceutical administration to scintiscanning exams of myocardial perfusion

    In nuclear medicine, workers directly involved in exams are constantly exposed to ionizing radiation. The procedure for administration of the radiopharmaceutical to the patient is one of the most critical times of exposure. In tests of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) administration of radiopharmaceutical repeats the steps of rest and cardiac stress. In this study, we used a Geiger -Mueller detector for measuring occupational radiation doses for during the administration of technetium- 99m- sestamibi in MPS tests. In the evaluation, discriminated the stages of examination and related professional experience time to doses measures at home. It were followed 110 procedures at home (55 conducted by professionals with over 5 years experience and 55 conducted by professionals with less than 1 year of experience) and 55 effort procedures. The results showed that the rest of the procedure time and dose are related to the experience of the worker. More experienced workers were faster (mean: 43 ± 16 vs 67 ± 25 seconds / procedure), and therefore received lower doses (mean 0.57 ± 0.16 versus 0.80 ± 0.24 μSv / procedure), both with statistical significance (p <0.001). In step effort, there were procedures lasting longer (mean: 19 ± 2 minutes / procedure), which resulted in higher doses (mean 3.0 ± 0.6 μSv / procedure)

  19. Stress Myocardial Perfusion Imaging in the Emergency Department - New Techniques for Speed and Diagnostic Accuracy

    Harrison, Sheri D; Harrison, Mark A; Duvall, W Lane

    2012-01-01

    Emergency room evaluations of patients presenting with chest pain continue to rise, and these evaluations which often include cardiac imaging, are an increasing area of resource utilization in the current health system. Myocardial perfusion imaging from the emergency department remains a vital component of the diagnosis or exclusion of coronary artery disease as the etiology of chest pain. Recent advances in camera technology, and changes to the imaging protocols have allowed MPI to become a more efficient way of providing this diagnostic information. Compared with conventional SPECT, new high-efficiency CZT cameras provide a 3-5 fold increase in photon sensitivity, 1.65-fold improvement in energy resolution and a 1.7-2.5-fold increase in spatial resolution. With stress-only imaging, rest images are eliminated if stress images are normal, as they provide no additional prognostic or diagnostic value and cancelling the rest images would shorten the length of the test which is of particular importance to the ED population. The rapid but accurate triage of patients in an ED CPU is essential to their care, and stress-only imaging and new CZT cameras allow for shorter test time, lower radiation doses and lower costs while demonstrating good clinical outcomes. These changes to nuclear stress testing can allow for faster throughput of patients through the emergency department while providing a safe and efficient evaluation of chest pain. PMID:22708910

  20. Stress myocardial perfusion imaging in the emergency department--new techniques for speed and diagnostic accuracy.

    Harrison, Sheri D; Harrison, Mark A; Duvall, W Lane

    2012-05-01

    Emergency room evaluations of patients presenting with chest pain continue to rise, and these evaluations which often include cardiac imaging, are an increasing area of resource utilization in the current health system. Myocardial perfusion imaging from the emergency department remains a vital component of the diagnosis or exclusion of coronary artery disease as the etiology of chest pain. Recent advances in camera technology, and changes to the imaging protocols have allowed MPI to become a more efficient way of providing this diagnostic information. Compared with conventional SPECT, new high-efficiency CZT cameras provide a 3-5 fold increase in photon sensitivity, 1.65-fold improvement in energy resolution and a 1.7-2.5-fold increase in spatial resolution. With stress-only imaging, rest images are eliminated if stress images are normal, as they provide no additional prognostic or diagnostic value and cancelling the rest images would shorten the length of the test which is of particular importance to the ED population. The rapid but accurate triage of patients in an ED CPU is essential to their care, and stress-only imaging and new CZT cameras allow for shorter test time, lower radiation doses and lower costs while demonstrating good clinical outcomes. These changes to nuclear stress testing can allow for faster throughput of patients through the emergency department while providing a safe and efficient evaluation of chest pain. PMID:22708910