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  1. Dynamic myocardial scintigraphy with 123I-labelled free fatty acids

    In this thesis, long-chain radioiodinated free fatty acids (123I-FFA), 16-iodo-123I-cis-Δ9-hexadecenoic acid (123I-HA) and 17-iodo-123I-heptade-canoic acid (123I-Hsup(o)A), were employed for myocardial scintigraphy in patients with coronary artery disease. The results indicate that clearance of 123I-FFA from the myocardium is dependent on the nature of ischemic injury. Clearance is delayed if the injury is reversible and accelerated in case of irreversible ischemia. Mechanisms responsible for divergent behaviour of FFA in patients with acute myocardial infarction versus patients with angina pectoris are purely speculative. This differential clearance from normally perfused, transiently ischemic and infarcted myocardium has practical application. The test provides a means to assess the nature of ischemic injury rapidly. These findings may have major consequences for logical management of patients presenting with chest pain and suspected coronary artery disease. (Auth.)

  2. Assessment of myocardial fatty acid metabolism in patients with angina pectoris and diabetes mellitus using 123I-BMIPP myocardial scintigraphy

    We studied the effect of myocardial ischemia and diabetes mellitus (DM) on the myocardial fatty acid metabolism using 123I-BMIPP myocardial scintigraphy. We performed 123I-BMIPP myocardial scintigraphy in 50 patients with myocardial ischemia and without DM (AP), in 30 patients with myocardial ischemia and DM (AP+DM), 12 patients with DM and without myocardial ischemia (DM), and in 10 normal subjects (N). Myocardial uptake rate of 123I-BMIPP was obtained using the time activity curve. Myocardial washout rate of 123I-BMIPP was calculated using the polar images of early and delayed SPECT images. Myocardial uptake rate of 123I-BMIPP (%) were AP: 4.9±0.6, AP+DM: 5.5±0.5, DM 5.7±0.5 and N: 5.0±0.4. 123I-BMIPP myocardial uptake rate was increased in AP+DM and DM. 123I-BMIPP myocardial washout rate (%) were AP: 30.2±4.3, AP+DM: 24.5±3.9, DM: 16.1±2.8 and N: 19.4±3.2. 123I-BMIPP myocardial washout rate was increased in AP and AP+DM. 123I-BMIPP myocardial washout rate was increased particularly in patients with multi-vessels disease. 123I-BMIPP myocardial washout rate was decreased in DM. The present study suggested that diabetes mellitus increased myocardial fatty acid uptake and decreased myocardial fatty acid washout, and that myocardial ischemia increased myocardial fatty acid washout. (author)

  3. Assessment of myocardial fatty acid metabolism in patients with angina pectoris and diabetes mellitus using {sup 123}I-BMIPP myocardial scintigraphy

    Ito, Kazuki; Tanabe, Takuji; Yuba, Tatsuya; Doue, Tomoki; Adachi, Yoshihiko; Katoh, Shuuji [Asahi Univ., Gifu (Japan). Murakami Memorial Hospital; Sugihara, Hiroki; Azuma, Akihiro; Nakagawa, Masao

    2001-11-01

    We studied the effect of myocardial ischemia and diabetes mellitus (DM) on the myocardial fatty acid metabolism using {sup 123}I-BMIPP myocardial scintigraphy. We performed {sup 123}I-BMIPP myocardial scintigraphy in 50 patients with myocardial ischemia and without DM (AP), in 30 patients with myocardial ischemia and DM (AP+DM), 12 patients with DM and without myocardial ischemia (DM), and in 10 normal subjects (N). Myocardial uptake rate of {sup 123}I-BMIPP was obtained using the time activity curve. Myocardial washout rate of {sup 123}I-BMIPP was calculated using the polar images of early and delayed SPECT images. Myocardial uptake rate of {sup 123}I-BMIPP (%) were AP: 4.9{+-}0.6, AP+DM: 5.5{+-}0.5, DM 5.7{+-}0.5 and N: 5.0{+-}0.4. {sup 123}I-BMIPP myocardial uptake rate was increased in AP+DM and DM. {sup 123}I-BMIPP myocardial washout rate (%) were AP: 30.2{+-}4.3, AP+DM: 24.5{+-}3.9, DM: 16.1{+-}2.8 and N: 19.4{+-}3.2. {sup 123}I-BMIPP myocardial washout rate was increased in AP and AP+DM. {sup 123}I-BMIPP myocardial washout rate was increased particularly in patients with multi-vessels disease. {sup 123}I-BMIPP myocardial washout rate was decreased in DM. The present study suggested that diabetes mellitus increased myocardial fatty acid uptake and decreased myocardial fatty acid washout, and that myocardial ischemia increased myocardial fatty acid washout. (author)

  4. Myocardial rest iodine-123-β-methyl-iodophenyl-pentadecanoic acid scintigraphy compared with dipyridamole stress thallium-201 scintigraphy in unstable angina

    Twelve patients with stable angina and 12 patients with unstable angina underwent rest iodine-123-β-methyl-iodophenyl-pentadecanoic acid (BMIPP), dipyridamole stress thallium scintigraphy and delayed thallium scintigraphy. In stable angina, sensitivity for detecting ischemic segments was higher in dipyridamole thallium (74%) than rest BMIPP (48%) images (p<0.05), but there was no significant difference between the 2 images in unstable angina. In unstable angina, the incidence of segments with higher defect scores on BMIPP images than on delayed thallium images and the opposite pattern was 27 and 5 (p<0.01). In stable angina, there was no difference. The mean defect score on BMIPP (6.3±5.6) was higher than that on delayed thallium scintigraphy (2.9±2.7) and it was almost the same as on the initial dipyridamole stress test (6.5±5.2). In conclusion, BMIPP scintigraphy is safer and may be as useful in detecting myocardial ischemia in patients with unstable angina as thallium scintigraphy. (author)

  5. Myocardial scintigraphy with 131I-hexadecene-9 oique acid. Study of reproducibility on the dog

    After I.V. injection to dogs of 16 123I-hexadecene-9-oique acid, the decreasing part of the myocardial activity curve is fitted with an exponential which period is calculated. The measurement of the period value is reproducible when the dog stays in a stable physiologic state, meanwhile the value of the period can be very different from dog to dog

  6. 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.)

  7. Relationship between evaluation by quantitative fatty acid myocardial scintigraphy and response to {beta}-blockade therapy in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy

    Ito, Tatsuo; Hoshida, Shiro; Nishino, Masami; Aoi, Toshiyuki; Egami, Yasuyuki; Takeda, Toshihiro; Kawabata, Masayoshi; Tanouchi, Jun; Yamada, Yoshio; Kamada, Takenobu [Div. of Cardiology, Osaka Rosai Hospital (Japan)

    2001-12-01

    Predicting the effect of {beta}-blockade therapy on the clinical outcome of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is difficult prior to the initiation of therapy. Myocardial fatty acid metabolism has been shown to be impaired in patients with DCM. We examined whether the extent of myocardial injury, as assessed by iodine-123 15-(p-iodophenyl)-3-R,S-methylpentadecanoic acid (BMIPP) myocardial scintigraphy, is related to the response of patients with DCM to {beta}-blockade therapy. Thirty-seven patients with DCM were examined using BMIPP myocardial scintigraphy before and after 6 months of treatment with metoprolol. Myocardial BMIPP uptake (%BM uptake) was estimated quantitatively as a percentage of the total injected count ratio. The left ventricular end-diastolic and end-systolic dimensions (LVDd, LVDs) and ejection fraction (LVEF) were also evaluated. The patients were divided into two groups according to their functional improvement (>10% elevation of LVEF) after 6 months of metoprolol therapy. Twenty-eight patients responded to the therapy, while nine did not. Prior to the therapy, no significant differences in LVDd, LVDs or LVEF were observed between the responders and non-responders. However, the %BM uptake was significantly lower in the non-responders than in the responders (1.0%{+-}0.2% vs 2.1%{+-}0.5%, P<0.001). The %BM uptake could be used to distinguish the responders from the non-responders with a sensitivity of 0.93 and a specificity of 1.00 at a threshold value of 1.4. After the metoprolol therapy, the %BM uptake improved significantly in the responders (2.5%{+-}0.5%, P<0.01) but did not change in the non-responders. These results indicate that myocardial BMIPP uptake could predict the response of DCM patients to {beta}-blockade therapy. (orig.)

  8. Relationship between evaluation by quantitative fatty acid myocardial scintigraphy and response to β-blockade therapy in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy

    Predicting the effect of β-blockade therapy on the clinical outcome of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is difficult prior to the initiation of therapy. Myocardial fatty acid metabolism has been shown to be impaired in patients with DCM. We examined whether the extent of myocardial injury, as assessed by iodine-123 15-(p-iodophenyl)-3-R,S-methylpentadecanoic acid (BMIPP) myocardial scintigraphy, is related to the response of patients with DCM to β-blockade therapy. Thirty-seven patients with DCM were examined using BMIPP myocardial scintigraphy before and after 6 months of treatment with metoprolol. Myocardial BMIPP uptake (%BM uptake) was estimated quantitatively as a percentage of the total injected count ratio. The left ventricular end-diastolic and end-systolic dimensions (LVDd, LVDs) and ejection fraction (LVEF) were also evaluated. The patients were divided into two groups according to their functional improvement (>10% elevation of LVEF) after 6 months of metoprolol therapy. Twenty-eight patients responded to the therapy, while nine did not. Prior to the therapy, no significant differences in LVDd, LVDs or LVEF were observed between the responders and non-responders. However, the %BM uptake was significantly lower in the non-responders than in the responders (1.0%±0.2% vs 2.1%±0.5%, P<0.001). The %BM uptake could be used to distinguish the responders from the non-responders with a sensitivity of 0.93 and a specificity of 1.00 at a threshold value of 1.4. After the metoprolol therapy, the %BM uptake improved significantly in the responders (2.5%±0.5%, P<0.01) but did not change in the non-responders. These results indicate that myocardial BMIPP uptake could predict the response of DCM patients to β-blockade therapy. (orig.)

  9. Myocardial scintigraphy with 16 123I hexadecene 9 oique acid: influence of plasma concentrations of fatty acids and glucose

    After I.V. injection of 123I hexadecene-9 oic acid to dogs, the decreasing part of the myocardial activity curve is fitted with an exponential which period is calculated. Then the procedure is repeated after I.V. injection of heparin alone (6 dogs), of heparin during an intralipid perfusion (6 dogs) and lastly during a perfusion of a solution of glucose, insulin and potassium (7 dogs). In the two last protocols only, the period of the curve is significantly increased. The increase of the period means perhaps an increase of the intracellular accumulation of fatty acids. Patients must be in the same nutritional state to allow comparison between periods and a measure of the plasma level of NEFA is necessary before each injection of the labelled fatty acid

  10. Myocardial scintigraphy with 16 /sup 123/I hexadecene 9 oique acid: influence of plasma concentrations of fatty acids and glucose

    Comet, M.; Pilichowski, P.; Wolf, J.E.; Busquet, G.; Dubois, F.; Mathieu, J.P.; Pernin, C.; Riche, F. (C.H.R.U. de Grenoble (France)); Vidal, M. (U.S.M.G., 38 - Grenoble (France))

    1983-01-01

    After I.V. injection of /sup 123/I hexadecene-9 oic acid to dogs, the decreasing part of the myocardial activity curve is fitted with an exponential which period is calculated. Then the procedure is repeated after I.V. injection of heparin alone (6 dogs), of heparin during an intralipid perfusion (6 dogs) and lastly during a perfusion of a solution of glucose, insulin and potassium (7 dogs). In the two last protocols only, the period of the curve is significantly increased. The increase of the period means perhaps an increase of the intracellular accumulation of fatty acids. Patients must be in the same nutritional state to allow comparison between periods and a measure of the plasma level of NEFA is necessary before each injection of the labelled fatty acid.

  11. 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

  12. Stress myocardial scintigraphy in coronary artery disease

    To evaluate the clinical significance of asymptomatic ischemic heart disease, exercise electrocardiography and stress myocardial scintigraphy were performed. These were correlated with symptoms during exercise tests and histories of myocardial infarction (MI). The study subjects consisted of 70 patients with coronary artery disease, including 34 with MI, and 36 without MI but with angina pectoris. Stress tests were performed using bicycle ergometer under electrocardiographic monitoring throughout the test. Transient myocardial ischemia was confirmed by perfusion defects on thallium myocardial imaging demonstrated immediately after exercise, but not 3 hours after the stress test. Asymptomatic ST depression was observed in 18 of 34 patients with MI (53%) and in 21 of the 36 patients with angina (58%); however, transient myocardial perfusion defects were confimred in 61% of the patients with MI (11 of 18 patients), but in only 33% of those with angina (7 of 21 patients). The difference was statistically significant (p<0.05). It was suggested that there are some differences in the clinical significance of asymptomatic ST depression between the patients with MI and those without MI but with angina pectoris. (author)

  13. Myocardial scintigraphy with 16 123I hexadecene-9 oic acid. Study of the influence of isoproterenol, propranolol, dipyridamole and isoptine

    After I.V. injection of 123I hexadecene-9 oic acid to dogs, the decreasing part of the myocardial activity curve is fitted with an exponential which period is calculated. Tacking the anesthetized dogs as his own reference, we study the influence of isoproterenol, propranolol, dipyridamole and isoptine on value of the period. None of the drugs modify significatively the period. Nevertheless, propranolol and isoptine and to a lesser extent dipyridamole have a tendancy to increase the value of the period

  14. Myocardial scintigraphy with /sup 131/I-hexadecene-9 oique acid. Study of reproducibility on the dog

    Comet, M.; Wolf, J.E.; Pilichowski, P.; Dubois, F.; Busquet, G.; Mathieu, J.P.; Pernin, C.; Riche, F. (C.H.R.U. de Grenoble, 38 (France)); Vidal, M. (Laboratoire d' Etudes Dynamiques et Structurales de la Selectivite, U.S.M.G., 38 - Grenoble (France))

    1983-01-01

    After I.V. injection of /sup 123/I-hexadecene-9-oique acid to 16 dogs, the decreasing part of the myocardial activity curve is fitted with an exponential whose period is calculated. The measurement of the period value is reproducible when the dog stays in a stable physiologic state, meanwhile the value of the period can be very different from dog to dog.

  15. Myocardial scintigraphy - 25 years after start

    The development of myocardial scintigraphy (MS) reflects the clinical success of a representative procedure in nuclear medicine. Radiopharmaceuticals for visualizing vital and damaged myocardium and techniques (planar-qualitative, planar-quantitative, SPECT-qualitative-quantitative with comparative sensitivities) are briefly reviewed with the main focus on their clinical application in coronary (CHD) and noncoronary heart disease, where recent literature from the United States and Europe is considered. The limited value of MS for screening of CHD is outlined and its present and future role in detecting asymptomatic (silent) ischemia/infarction and asymptomatic patients at professional risk is stressed. The present state of MS in coronary heart disease is discussed for single and multivessel disease, previous infarction, and risk stratification (myocardial washout, pulmonary uptake, ischemic dilation, absent heart sign), reflecting the importance of the procedure in exercise-induced ischemia as well as in ischemia at rest for prognostication of the natural and therapeutic course, i.e., therapy control (angioplasty, bypass, lysis, cardiac drugs). More marginal but upcoming clinical indications are mentioned, such as progressive systemic sclerosis cardiac transplantation, pediatric cardiology, and problems of nephrology/urology. The ''normal'' values and the impact of digital radiology and of contrast cardiography are touched upon. Preliminary cases with 111In-antimyosin and 99mTC-Isonitriles are presented including correlative results between globla ejection fraction determination according to gated 99mTc-isonitrile and conventional 99mTc-erythrocyte ventriculogram (r=0,75; n=10). (orig.)

  16. Myocardial scintigraphy using iodine-123 15-(p-Iodophenyl)-3-R, S-methylpentadecanoic acid predicts the response to beta-blocker therapy in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy but does not reflect therapeutic effect

    Myocardial fatty acid metabolism is disturbed in patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. Myocardial scintigraphy using iodine-123 15-(p-iodophenyl)-3-R, S-methylpentadecanoic acid (BMIPP) was used to assess the response to β-blocker therapy in 19 patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. BMIPP myocardial scintigraphy was performed before and 6 months after initiating β-blocker therapy with metoprolol. Cardiac BMIPP uptake was assessed as the total defect score (TDS) and heart-to-mediastinum activity (H/M) ratio. Patients were classified retrospectively as responders with an improvement of at least one functional class (New York Heart Association) or an increase in ejection fraction of ≥0.10 at 6 months, or as nonresponders meeting neither criterion. Responders had a significantly better pretreatment TDS (p<0.005) and H/M ratio (p<0.0001) than nonresponders. TDS exhibited no significant changes over 6 months in either group (responders: 13.2±3.7 vs 12.5±3.3; nonresponders: 20.8±6.5 vs 20.5±3.0). Responders showed no significant changes in H/M ratio (2.47±0.28 vs 2.43±0.42); paradoxically, nonresponders showed a significant increase from 1.82±0.11 to 2.10±0.19 (p<0.05), suggesting that β-blocker therapy protected the myocardial fatty acid metabolism even in the absence of clinical improvement. BMIPP myocardial scintigraphy provides a prediction of response to β-blocker treatment, but does not reflect the therapeutic effect in responders at 6 months. (author)

  17. Myocardial scintigraphy using iodine-123 15-(p-Iodophenyl)-3-R, S-methylpentadecanoic acid predicts the response to beta-blocker therapy in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy but does not reflect therapeutic effect

    Yoshinaga, Keiichiro; Tahara, Minoru; Torii, Hiroyuki; Akimoto, Masaki [Kagoshima City Medical Association Hopital (Japan); Kihara, Koichi; Tei, Chuwa

    2000-05-01

    Myocardial fatty acid metabolism is disturbed in patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. Myocardial scintigraphy using iodine-123 15-(p-iodophenyl)-3-R, S-methylpentadecanoic acid (BMIPP) was used to assess the response to {beta}-blocker therapy in 19 patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. BMIPP myocardial scintigraphy was performed before and 6 months after initiating {beta}-blocker therapy with metoprolol. Cardiac BMIPP uptake was assessed as the total defect score (TDS) and heart-to-mediastinum activity (H/M) ratio. Patients were classified retrospectively as responders with an improvement of at least one functional class (New York Heart Association) or an increase in ejection fraction of {>=}0.10 at 6 months, or as nonresponders meeting neither criterion. Responders had a significantly better pretreatment TDS (p<0.005) and H/M ratio (p<0.0001) than nonresponders. TDS exhibited no significant changes over 6 months in either group (responders: 13.2{+-}3.7 vs 12.5{+-}3.3; nonresponders: 20.8{+-}6.5 vs 20.5{+-}3.0). Responders showed no significant changes in H/M ratio (2.47{+-}0.28 vs 2.43{+-}0.42); paradoxically, nonresponders showed a significant increase from 1.82{+-}0.11 to 2.10{+-}0.19 (p<0.05), suggesting that {beta}-blocker therapy protected the myocardial fatty acid metabolism even in the absence of clinical improvement. BMIPP myocardial scintigraphy provides a prediction of response to {beta}-blocker treatment, but does not reflect the therapeutic effect in responders at 6 months. (author)

  18. Myocardial scintigraphy in the diagnosis of myocardial contusion

    To assess the clinical value of a new fatty acid imaging tracer, 123I-β-methyl iodophenyl pentadecanoic acid (BMIPP), I-BMIPP and thallium-201 (Tl) dual imaging was performed at rest in fifteen patients with mild blunt chest trauma (mean AIS thoracic 1.4±0.51, mean ISS 6.47±3.50, mean RTS 7.69±0.43). All patients were prospectively evaluated on the basis of serial electrocardiograms (ECG) and cardiac enzyme studies (total CPK). Tl and BMIPP dual scintigrams were performed within 10 days following admission. SPECT images were divided into seven segments, and the segmental images were visually scored according to tracer uptake on a 3 (severely decreased tracer uptake) to 0 (normal) scale. Nine patients had scintigraphic defects and were considered to have a myocardial contusion. ECG findings, AIS, ISS, and CPK levels failed to distinguish between scintigraphically positive patients and scintigraphically negative patients. Five of the 14 hypoperfused segments on BMIPP imaging, showed normal Tl uptake, one showed lower BMIPP uptake than Tl, and the remaining eight showed similar distribution of both tracers. The mismatch between tracer uptake on BMIPP images and Tl images was thought to reflect impaired myocardial fatty acid metabolism. Thus, mild blunt chest trauma results in a higher frequency of traumatic myocardial injury than previously recognized, and BMIPP is a promising radio-pharmaceutical for evaluating impaired myocardial fatty acid metabolism in patients with myocardial contusion. (author)

  19. 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

  20. 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine myocardial scintigraphy in Parkinson's disease

    Orimo, S; Ozawa, E; Nakade, S; Sugimoto, T.; Mizusawa, H

    1999-01-01

    OBJECTIVES—123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) myocardial scintigraphy is clinically used to estimate local myocardial sympathetic nerve damage in some forms of heart disease, autonomic nerve disturbance in diabetic neuropathy, and disturbance of the autonomic nervous system in neurodegenerative disease. In the present study, examinations were performed to clarify (1) the proportion of cardiac sympathetic nerve disturbance in Parkinson's disease, (2) the usefulness of 123...

  1. Sensitivity and related factors in iodine-123-β-methyl-p-iodophenyl-pentadecanoic acid myocardial scintigraphy to detect stable effort angina pectoris

    This study evaluated the sensitivity and the related factors in iodine-123-β-methyl-p-iodophenyl-pentadecanoic acid (BMIPP) scintigraphy to detect stable angina. The subjects were 198 patients with stable angina who underwent BMIPP before percutaneous coronary intervention or coronary bypass graft surgery. Patients with unstable angina, myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy and vasospastic angina were excluded. After investigation of the sensitivity of BMIPP, the patients with single-vessel disease without collateral flow were classified into the normal 123I-BMIPP uptake group (normal group) or decreased 123I-BMIPP uptake group (decreased group), and various factors were compared between the two groups. Sensitivity was 61% overall, 58% in single-vessel disease, 69% in double-vessel disease, 53% in triple-vessel disease, 43% in only left main vessel disease, and 89% in left main and other vessel disease (NS). In single-vessel disease, the sensitivity was 40% in 75% coronary artery stenosis, 58% in 90% stenosis, 89% in 99% stenosis, and 69% in total occlusion (p=0.003). Comparing the decreased and normal groups, diabetes mellitus was more frequent in the normal group (14.6% vs 39.5%), minimal lumen diameter was smaller (0.75±0.37 vs 0.98±0.49 mm) and lesion length was longer in the decreased group (15.4±4.9 vs 11.6±5.5 mm). Logistic multivariate analysis showed that the independent factors were diabetes mellitus [odds ratio 0.20, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.04-0.87, p=0.03], minimal lumen diameter (odds ratio 0.10, 95% CI 0.02-0.48, p=0.003) and lesion length (odds ratio 1.12, 95% CI 1.00-1.25, p=0.03). BMIPP is useful in stable angina patients because of the acceptable sensitivity. Diabetes mellitus, minimal lumen diameter and lesion length were independent factors associated with decreased BMIPP uptake. (author)

  2. Thallium-199 myocardial scintigraphy for assessing the efficacy of drug and surgical treatment of coronary disease

    Potentialities of thallium-199 myocardial scintigraphy in evaluation of the effects of surgical and drug treatment of myocardial perfusion in coronary patients are studied. It is shown that thallium-199 myocardial scintigraphy helps assess the effect of treatment on myocardial perfusion. Positive effect of treatment manifests by decrease of myocardial perfusion defects. The method permits imaging the coronary microcirculation over the course of treatment and predicting a further course of disease

  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. 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

  5. Insulin-augmented Thallium myocardial scintigraphy in animals: First results

    The aim of this experimental study was to establish whether or not insulin administration one hour before administration of Thallium-201 improves its myocardial uptake. Fifty mCi of Thallium-201 per Kg of body weight was injected in control mice (Group A, n=6) and in test mice [preceded one hour by 200 milliunits/kg of insulin (with glucose cover) given intraperitoneally (Group B, n=3), or intramuscularly (Group C, n=3), or with inactivated insulin (Group D, n=6)]. Percent myocardial uptake of the injected dose was calculated after sacrificing the mice at one hour post-injection. Further, serial thallium-201 scintigraphy was done in three rabbits, two of which were injected intravenously with insulin (200 milliunits/kg) one hour before Thallium-201 administration. Mean myocardial uptake in Group A, B, C, and D mice was 1.2, 2.7, 2.8, and 1.6 respectively. Mean myocardial uptake of test rabbits at 0,1 and 4 hours of scintigraphy was 9%, 40%, and 85% higher than the control rabbit. It was concluded that insulin intervention significantly augments myocardial uptake of Thallium-201. (author)

  6. 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

  7. The feasibility of long-term outcome prediction in acute myocardial infarction using the discordance between early and delayed image on 123I-BMIPP myocardial scintigraphy

    The feasibility of long-term outcome prediction using Beta-methyliodophenylpentadecanoic acid (BMIPP) myocardial scintigraphy was evaluated in cases of acute myocardial infarction. BMIPP myocardial scintigraphy was performed on 165 patients with first acute myocardial infarction at the time of discharge from the hospital (average of 27 days after disease on set). Discordance between early and delayed image was checked and its relation to later cardiac events (during the mean follow up period of 64.2±9.8 months) was analyzed. In 82 of these 165 cases TlCl scintigraphy was simultaneously performed (Tl/BMIPP dual SPECT) to examine mismatch form BMIPP scintigraphy and discordance between early and images. Discordance between early and delayed images was observed in 86 cases (52%). Among patients for whom dual SPECT was performed, mismatch between TlCl and BMIPP scintigraphy was observed in 30 cases (37%). When the relation between mismatch and discordance was analyzed, mismatch was accompanied by washout. The incidence of later cardiac events was significantly higher for cases showing discordance accompanied by washout and cases showing mismatch on dual SPECT scintigraphy than cases without these findings. When multivariate analysis was conducted, involving age, sex, infarction related artery, left ventricular end-diastolic volume index, left ventricular ejection fraction, severity of disturbed fatty acid metabolism, washout and fill-in, washout was identified as an independent predictor of cardiac events. Mismatch on Tl/BMIPP dual SPECT is important for predicting long-term prognosis of acute myocardial infarction. Furthermore, washout on BMIPP scintigraphy is also useful as a predictor of cardiac events. (author)

  8. Diagnosis of ventricular aneurysm on Tl-201 myocardial scintigraphy

    Author has proposed ''open beak sign'' (outward extension of left ventricular wall at the edge of scintigraphic hypoperfusion) and ''double chamber sign'' (division of left ventricular cavity) as new observations on planar images of Tl-201 myocardial scintigraphy for diagnosis of ventricular aneurysm. Open beak sign and/or double chamber sign could be detectable in 55 of the 60 myocardial infarctions with ventricular aneurysm, while, 4 of the 162 myocardial infarctions without ventricular aneurysm showed these signs. Thus both open beak sign and double chamber sign for the detection of ventricular aneurysm had a sensitivity of 91.7 %, a specificity of 97.5 %, and an accuracy of 95.9 %. Open beak sign was well demonstrated in middle-sized ventricular aneurysm (17 of the 18 aneurysms, 94.4 %). Detectability of double chamber sign was poor in small ventricular aneurysm (4 of the 10 aneurysms, 40.0 %), and good in large ventricular aneurysm (11 of the 13 aneurysms, 84.6 %). In comparison of rest scan with exercise scan, rest scan was more sensitive for open beak sign and detectability of open beak sign correlated with ischemia at the edge of scintigraphic hypoperfusion based on analysis of coronary arteriography. This report has revealed diagnostic efficacy of Tl-201 myocardial scintigraphy for the detection of ventricular aneurysm. (author)

  9. Clinical use of 201Tl myocardial scintigraphy

    Myocardial imaging with 201Tl and scinticamera was studied experimentally using specially designed phantoms and clinically in 23 patients with myocardial infarction or other heart disease. In the phantom experiment, quality of image, accumulative count rate, and detectability of the defect were compared to obtain the best technique for their detection, using four different collimators, i.e., converging, pin-hole, 4000-hole, and 140 keV high-resolution, at two photopeak levels of 201Tl of 75 and 167 keV, and combining a radiation absorber. In patient examination, myocardial images taken at different periods after injection, different detecting conditions of the scinticamera, and various detecting projections were compared. Images of the converging collimator at the 75 keV photopeak revealed considerably higher accumulative counts and relatively higher quality than those of other detecting conditions. It was necessary to take as many images as possible in various projections, in order to detect the location and size of the myocardial ischemic lesion because the lesion was demonstrated as a clear defect only in profile. It became evident that images taken between about 25 and 90 min delineated the myocardium more clearly than those taken in other periods. Normal images taken in 8 patients without ischemic heart disease appeared in the shape of a doughnut of horseshoe, demonstrating mainly the left venticular myocardium. The image was faint in the region of the aortic or mitral valve and thin in the region of the apical wall. A faint image of the right ventricular myocardium was sometimes seen. In 3 patients with valvular heart disease, findings suggested changes in the thickness of myocardium and the distribution of coronary blood flow. In 11 of 12 patients with old myocardial infarction, the location and size of the lesion was detected. (Evans, J.)

  10. Myocardial scintigraphy with 16 /sup 123/I hexadecene-9 oic acid. Study of the influence of isoproterenol, propranolol, dipyridamole and isoptine

    Comet, M.; Wolf, J.E.; Pilichowski, P.; Busquet, G.; Dubois, F.; Mathieu, J.P.; Pernin, C.; Riche, F.; Vidal, M. ( Grenoble Universite, 38 - (France))

    1983-01-01

    After I.V. injection of /sup 123/I hexadecene-9 oic acid to dogs, the decreasing part of the myocardial activity curve is fitted with an exponential which period is calculated. Taking the anesthetized dog as reference, we study the influence of isoproterenol, propranolol, dipyridamole and isoptine on value of the period. None of the drugs modify significantly the period. Nevertheless, propranolol and isoptine and to a lesser extent dipyridamole have a tendancy to increase the value of the period.

  11. ST segment elevation after myocardial infarction: Viability or ventricular dysfunction? Comparison with myocardial scintigraphy

    The detection of viable myocardium after myocardial infarction is an important indication for revascularization. We compared exercise-induced ST segment elevation with reversibility at Thallium-201 SPECT scintigraphy and regional wall motion assessment by ventriculography. Thirty two patients with previous myocardial infarction and with left ventricular ejection fraction of < 50% were studied. Patients underwent coronary angiography and Thallium-201 SPECT scintigraphy with re-injection protocol before and after coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Group I comprised 11 patients with ST segment elevation during treadmill stress testing. Group II comprised 21 patients without ST segment elevation. Minimal or moderate hypokinesis was present in 2 patients of Group I and in 4 patients of Group II. Nine patients of Group I and 17 patients of Group II had severe hypokinetic, akinetic or dyskinetic myocardium. Scintigraphy revealed reversibility in the myocardial infarction area in 4 patients from Group I (36.4%) and 11 (52.4%) patients from Group II. Improvement in perfusion after coronary artery bypass grafting was observed in 4 patients from Group I and 8 patients from Group II. Sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, and positive and negative predictive values of ST segment elevation were 33.3, 70.6, 55.2, 44.5 and 60% respectively. It was concluded that exercise-induced ST segment elevation after myocardial infarction is present more frequently in cases of severe regional myocardial dysfunction. (author)

  12. Thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy on coronary vasodilator, dipyridamole

    Thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy on coronary vasodilator, dipyridamole was done to assess their coronary perfusion reserves in 51 patients with suspected angina pectoris. In comparison with coronary arteriography (CAG), sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of this method for 75% coronary stenosis were 0.70, 0.89 and 0.76 respectively. For further analysis, stenotic lesions on CAG were classified into the groups of three coronary vessels and were compared with myocardial scintigrams. Sensitivity was 0.48, however specificity was 0.98, which was very high. From this result, it can be said that a decrease in thallium uptake on scintigram reflects the reduction of regional coronary perfusion reserve accurately. To assess individual stenotic lesion, detectability of the stenoses of left distal coronary artery was low, which could be due to the limitation of spatial resolution of γ-camera. In 33 patients with 75% coronary stenosis, 36% of them had chest pain and 57% had ST-T change on ECG. These side effects disappeared rapidly with intravenous injection of aminophylline, antagonist of dipyridamole. In conclusion, thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy on dipyridamole is safe and accurate method to assess regional coronary perfusion reserve. (author)

  13. Assessment of myocardial damage in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy using cardiac enzymes, myosin light chain and myocardial scintigraphy

    To assess myocardial damage in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), CPK-MB, %LDH 1, myoglobin (Mb), and myosin light chain (MLC) were determined in 45 HCM patients. Of these patients, 10 also underwent Tl-201 myocardial scintigraphy and In-111-antimyosin antibody (In-111 Fab-DTPA)(In-AM) myocardial scintigraphy. MLC was 0.56±0.55 ng/ml. An increase in CPK-MB, %LDH 1, and Mb was seen in 6 (14%), 19 (44%), and 7 (18%) patients, respectively. There was no correlation between MLC and any of CPK-MB, %LDH1 or Mb. Perfusion defects were seen on Tl-201 myocardial scintigrams in 4 patients. All of these patients had diffuse tracer uptake on In-AM myocardial scintigrams. The degree of In-AM uptake was not correlated with MLC; however, of 4 patients with intense In-AM uptake, 3 had perfusion defects on Tl-201 myocardial scintigrams and decreased left ventricular function. In 3 patients in whom CPK-MB and %LDH 1 were increased but MLC was not increased, diffuse tracer uptake was seen on In-AM myocardial scintigrams. Because diffuse uptake of In-AM was seen in spite of the lack of increased MLC, In-111-Fab-DTPA is likely to be incorporated by the myocardial damaged cells, as well as necrotic cells. HCM seems to be associated with a high likelihood of myocardial damage. Integrated assessment of myocardial damage is required, including an increase of MLC, CPK-MB, %LDH 1, and Mb, perfusion defects on Tl-201 scintigrams, and tracer uptake on In-AM scintigrams. (N.K.)

  14. Use of resting myocardial scintigraphy during chest pain to exclude diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction

    Barbirato, Gustavo Borges; Azevedo, Jader Cunha de; Felix, Renata Christian Martins; Correa, Patricia Lavatori; Volschan, Andre; Viegas, Monica; Pimenta, Lucia; Dohmann, Hans Fernando Rocha; Mesquita, Evandro Tinoco; Mesquita, Claudio Tinoco [Centro de Estudos do Hospital Pro-Cardiaco (Procep), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2009-04-15

    Background: Images of myocardial perfusion taken during an episode of chest pain have been used for patients in the emergency department. Objective: To evaluate the operating characteristics of {sup 99m}Tc-Tetrofosmin scintigraphy during an episode of chest pain to exclude the diagnosis of cute myocardial infarction. Methods: One hundred and eight patients admitted with chest pain, or up to four hours after the end of symptoms and non diagnostic electrocardiogram, underwent resting scintigraphy and measurement of troponin I concentrations. Patients with a history of myocardial infarction (MI) were not excluded (24 patients). Troponin I concentrations were determined at admission and 6 hours later. Nuclear physicians performed a blind analysis of the images, and myocardial infarction was confirmed whenever troponin I level increase was three times that of the control. Results: Resting perfusion image was abnormal in all 6 patients with MI. Only 1 patient had a normal image and increased troponin levels. Fifty-five patients had positive images without MI, and 46 patients had normal images and troponin levels. The prevalence of the disease was 6.5%. The sensitivity and specificity of the resting images during an episode of chest pain to diagnose MI was 85.7% and 45.5%, respectively. The negative predictive value was 97.7%. Conclusion: Patients undergoing chest pain protocol with SPECT showed an excellent negative predictive value to exclude diagnosis of myocardial infarction. These results suggest that resting perfusion image is an important tool at the chest pain unit. (author)

  15. 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

  16. 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)....

  17. Myocardial scintigraphy with 201Tl and quantitative assessment of myocardial blood flow

    A newly introduced radionuclide for myocardial imaging, 201-Tl, was studied. Twenty-two subjects consisting of 7 normals, 12 with ischemic heart disease and 3 with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) were selected. On intravenous administration of 201-Tl(1.5 - 20. mCi), initial transit of the tracer through the heart, as well as subsequent uptake by the myocardium, were recorded by a scintillation camera. The later process showed the distribution of the myocardial blood flow (MBF). A normal myocardial scintigraphy revealed the left-sided myocardial mass predominantly, whereas the right side or the septum predominated in the case of tetralogy of fallot (T/F) or idiopathic hypertrophic subuaortic stenosis (IHSS). An ischemic or infarcted area of the myocardium in ischemic heart disease (IHD) was compatible with electrocardiographic findings, and revealed defects even in an equivocal case on ECG. Since the ratio of radioactivity taken up by the myocardium (U) to the total injected dosis (I) is assumed to be proportional to the fractional MBF of cardiac output (CO), MBF/CO is calculated by ratio of the radioactivity selected from myocardial region on the later recording to that from the entire region on the initial transit of the tracer bolus. The average MBF/CO of normals was 4.4 +- 0.5%, IHD 4.0 +- 0.8% and HCM 5.5 +- 1.2%. On exercise loading, a significant increase of this value was observed in normals, whereas no change was observed in IHD. (auth.)

  18. 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

  19. Myocardial Scintigraphy in the Evaluation of Cardiac Events in Patients without Typical Symptoms

    Smanio, Paola Emanuela Poggio, E-mail: pgmsmanio@gmail.com; Silva, Juliana Horie; Holtz, João Vitor; Ueda, Leandro; Abreu, Marilia; Marques, Carlindo; Machado, Leonardo [Instituto Dante Pazzanese de Cardiologia, São Paulo, SP - Brazil Mailing (Brazil)

    2015-08-15

    Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in the world and in Brazil. Myocardial scintigraphy is an important noninvasive method for detecting ischemia in symptomatic patients, but its use in asymptomatic ones or those with atypical symptoms is yet to be defined. To verify the presence of major cardiac events in asymptomatic patients or those with atypical symptoms (atypical chest pain or dyspnea) that underwent myocardial scintigraphy (MS), over a period of 8 years. Secondary objectives were to identify cardiac risk factors associated with myocardial scintigraphy abnormalities and possible predictors for major cardiac events in this group. This was a retrospective, observational study using the medical records of 892 patients that underwent myocardial scintigraphy between 2005 and 2011 and who were followed until 2013 for assessment of major cardiac events and risk factors associated with myocardial scintigraphy abnormalities. Statistical analysis was performed by Fisher’s exact test, logistic regression and Kaplan-Meyer survival curves, with statistical significance being set at p ≤ 0.05. Of the total sample, 52.1% were men, 86.9% were hypertensive, 72.4% had hyperlipidemia, 33.6% were diabetic, and 12.2% were smokers; 44.5% had known coronary artery disease; and 70% had high Framingham score, 21.8% had moderate and 8% had low risk. Of the myocardial scintigraphies, 58.6% were normal, 26.1% suggestive of fibrosis and 15.3% suggestive of ischemia. At evolution, 13 patients (1.5%) had non-fatal myocardial infarction and six individuals (0.7%) died. The group with normal myocardial scintigraphy showed longer period of time free of major cardiac events, non-fatal myocardial infarction (p = 0.036) and death. Fibrosis in the myocardial scintigraphy determined a 2.4-fold increased risk of non-fatal myocardial infarction and five-fold higher risk of death (odds ratio: 2.4 and 5.7, respectively; p = 0.043). The occurrence of major cardiac events in 8 years

  20. Myocardial Scintigraphy in the Evaluation of Cardiac Events in Patients without Typical Symptoms

    Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in the world and in Brazil. Myocardial scintigraphy is an important noninvasive method for detecting ischemia in symptomatic patients, but its use in asymptomatic ones or those with atypical symptoms is yet to be defined. To verify the presence of major cardiac events in asymptomatic patients or those with atypical symptoms (atypical chest pain or dyspnea) that underwent myocardial scintigraphy (MS), over a period of 8 years. Secondary objectives were to identify cardiac risk factors associated with myocardial scintigraphy abnormalities and possible predictors for major cardiac events in this group. This was a retrospective, observational study using the medical records of 892 patients that underwent myocardial scintigraphy between 2005 and 2011 and who were followed until 2013 for assessment of major cardiac events and risk factors associated with myocardial scintigraphy abnormalities. Statistical analysis was performed by Fisher’s exact test, logistic regression and Kaplan-Meyer survival curves, with statistical significance being set at p ≤ 0.05. Of the total sample, 52.1% were men, 86.9% were hypertensive, 72.4% had hyperlipidemia, 33.6% were diabetic, and 12.2% were smokers; 44.5% had known coronary artery disease; and 70% had high Framingham score, 21.8% had moderate and 8% had low risk. Of the myocardial scintigraphies, 58.6% were normal, 26.1% suggestive of fibrosis and 15.3% suggestive of ischemia. At evolution, 13 patients (1.5%) had non-fatal myocardial infarction and six individuals (0.7%) died. The group with normal myocardial scintigraphy showed longer period of time free of major cardiac events, non-fatal myocardial infarction (p = 0.036) and death. Fibrosis in the myocardial scintigraphy determined a 2.4-fold increased risk of non-fatal myocardial infarction and five-fold higher risk of death (odds ratio: 2.4 and 5.7, respectively; p = 0.043). The occurrence of major cardiac events in 8 years

  1. Scintigraphy for the detection of myocardial damage in the indeterminate form of Chagas disease

    Pedroso, Enio Roberto Pietra; Rezende, Nilton Alves de, E-mail: narezende@terra.com.b [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina; Abuhid, Ivana Moura [Instituto de Medicina Nuclear e Diagnostico Molecular, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2010-07-15

    Background: non-invasive cardiological methods have been used for the identification of myocardial damage in Chagas disease. Objective: to verify whether the rest/stress myocardial perfusion scintigraphy is able to identify early myocardial damage in the indeterminate form of Chagas disease. Methods: eighteen patients with the indeterminate form of Chagas Disease and the same number of normal controls, paired by sex and age, underwent rest/stress myocardial scintigraphy using sestamibi-99mTc, aiming at detecting early cardiac damage. Results: the results did not show perfusion or ventricular function defects in patients at the indeterminate phase of Chagas disease and in the normal controls, except for a patient who presented signs of ventricular dysfunction in the myocardial perfusion scintigraphy with electrocardiographic gating. Conclusion: the results of this study, considering the small sample size, showed that the rest/stress myocardial scintigraphy using sestamibi-99mTc is not an effective method to detect early myocardial alterations in the indeterminate form of Chagas disease (author)

  2. An autopsied case of cardiomyopathy demonstrated specific findings by thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy

    A few cases showing dilatation and decreased contraction of the left ventricle at the terminal stage of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (dilated-HCM) have been reported. Recently, we experienced a case of dilated-HCM and compared thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphic findings with histological findings. Thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphic findings resembled that of dilated cardiomyopathy (dilated biventricle and large perfusion defect). But, histological findings revealed large fibrosis and disarray of myocardial cells. These observation from thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy was useful for the assessment of myocardial fibrosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. (author)

  3. 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.

  4. Assessment of myocardial damage in cardiomyopathy using 111In-antimyosin Fab myocardial scintigraphy

    111In-antimyosin Fab (AM) myocardial scintigraphy was carried out in (A) 10 patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, (B) 7 with dilated phase of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and (C) 8 with normal (control) individuals. Imaging was taken 48 hours after intravenous injection of 74 MBq of AM. Myocardial uptake of AM was evaluated qualitatively and quantitatively. Positive uptake was observed in 9/10 (90%), 7/7 (100%) and 0/8 (0%) in groups A, B and C, respectively. AM index (heart/lung ratio) in groups A and B were 2.04±0.24 and 2.46±0.49, Values significantly higher than that obtained in the control patient without cardiomyopathy (1.51±0.13)(p<0.01). Positive monoclonal antimyosin antibody studies were highly prevalent in dilated cardiomyopathic and dilated phase of hypertrophic cardiomyopathic patients, even in the presence of negative right ventricular biopsy. It is suggested that this method was useful for the noninvasive assessment of active myocardial damage in these patients. (author)

  5. 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)

  6. Diagnosis of myocardial ischaemia using exercise ST mapping and afterload 201Tl scintigraphy

    Two non-invasive methods are compared used in the diagnosis of myocardial ischaemia, i.e. precordial exercise mapping of the ST segment and after load 201Tl scintigraphy of the myocardium.High sensitivity of mapping (89.3%) and of 201Tl scan (92.9%) was found compared to the findings on the coronary arteries. The specificity of both methods was lower (57.1%). Both methods give similar results in diagnosis of myocardial ischaemia; for localization the affection site thallium scintigraphy of the myocardium is preferably used. (author). 2 figs., 2 tabs., 23 refs

  7. Clinical significance of I-123 MIBG myocardial scintigraphy for evaluating the severity of congestive heart failure

    We studied the significance of I-123 MIBG (metaiodobenzylguanidine) myocardial scintigraphy for evaluating the severity of congestive heart failure (CHF). I-123 MIBG scintigraphy was performed in 7 patients with CHF of NYHA class I-III (6 with dilated cardiomyopathy and 1 with adriamycine cardiomyopathy) and in 2 normals. The SPECT and anterior planar myocardial images were obtained 15 minutes after (initial images) and 4 hours after (delayed images) an injection of I-123 MIBG (111 MBq). Compared with normals, patients with CHF demonstrated (1) low myocardial uptake and (2) rapid myocardial washout of I-123 MIBG, indicating myocardial sympathetic disarrangement. Then, quantitating these abnormalities with the heart to upper mediastinum uptake ratio (H/B) and the percent washout rate (%WR) during 4 hours, respectively, we compared these two indices with LV ejection fraction (EF) at rest measured by echocardiography and exercise capacity (max VO2 and VO2 at anaerobic threshold (AT)) determined with respiratory gas exchange analysis during maximal bicycle exercise. H/B was lower and %WR was greater in patients with CHF than in normals. H/B correlated with EF (r=0.77, p2 (r=-0.74, p<0.05) and AT (r=-0.81, p<0.05). Thus, H/B and %WR were closely related to the severity of CHF. These results suggest that I-123 MIBG myocardial scintigraphy and the quantitative analysis of I-123 MIBG myocardial uptake provide useful information about the severity of CHF. (author)

  8. 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.)

  9. Clinical studies on diabetic myocardial disease using exercise testing with myocardial scintigraphy and endomyocardial biopsy

    Genda, A.; Mizuno, S.; Nunoda, S.; Nakayama, A.; Igarashi, Y.; Sugihara, N.; Namura, M.; Takeda, R.; Bunko, H.; Hisada, K.

    1986-08-01

    Nine diabetics without significant coronary stenosis participated in an exercise testing protocol with thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy. Endomyocardial biopsy of right ventricle was also obtained. There were 4 patients with abnormal perfusion (positive group) and 5 patients with normal perfusion (negative group). All cases of the positive group were familial diabetics and there was only one case of dietary treatment, whereas in the negative group, there were only 2 cases of familial diabetics and 3 cases receiving dietary treatment. No statistical differences between the positive and negative groups were observed for the data of exercise performance and hemodynamic parameters in cardiac catheterization at rest. However, the mean ejection fraction in the positive group (62 +/- 13%) was significantly lower than in the negative group (77 +/- 4%). In both groups, the mean diameter of myocardial cells and the mean percent fibrosis of biopsy specimens showed significant increases compared with the control group. The mean percent fibrosis in the positive group (24.1 +/- 8.5%) compared with that in the negative group (16.5 +/- 5.9%) showed a tendency to increase. It is suggested that the abnormal perfusion of thallium-201 in the positive group indicates subclinically a pathological change of microcirculation caused by diabetes mellitus.

  10. Incremental predictive value of myocardial scintigraphy with {sup 123}I-BMIPP in patients with acute myocardial infarction treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention

    Nanasato, Mamoru; Hirayama, Haruo [Nagoya Daini Red Cross Hospital, Cardiovascular Center, Nagoya (Japan); Ando, Akitada; Isobe, Satoshi; Nonokawa, Makoto; Murohara, Toyoaki [Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Cardiology, Nagoya (Japan); Kinoshita, Yoshimi; Nanbu, Ichiro [Nagoya Daini Red Cross Hospital, Department of Radiology, Nagoya (Japan); Yokota, Mitsuhiro [Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, Department of Clinical Pathophysiology, Nagoya (Japan)

    2004-11-01

    It is unclear whether {sup 123}I-labelled {beta}-methyl iodophenyl pentadecanoic acid ({sup 123}I-BMIPP) myocardial scintigraphy adds further predictive value for future cardiac events compared with the variables obtained during cardiac catheterisation in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We therefore investigated whether {sup 123}I-BMIPP imaging in patients with AMI treated by primary PCI was useful in predicting future cardiac events. One hundred and fifty-nine patients with AMI who were treated with primary PCI and underwent left ventriculography (LVG) on admission underwent {sup 201}Tl and {sup 123}I-BMIPP myocardial scintigraphy. Scintigrams were visually classified, and the total defect score (TDS) was calculated. Major adverse cardiac events (MACE) were defined as cardiac death including sudden death, congestive heart failure and recurrence of acute coronary syndrome. Patients were followed up for a mean of 34.5 months (12-63 months). Twenty-six patients had MACE. Kaplan-Meier analysis indicated that patients with the top 50% of {sup 123}I-BMIPP TDSs had a significantly higher rate of MACE (P=0.007). Patients with mismatch between {sup 201}Tl and {sup 123}I-BMIPP images also had significantly more MACE (P=0.02). In the prediction of MACE, the global chi-square value was 5.2 (P=0.001) based on LVEF (<45%) and the number of diseased vessels (two or three). Adding {sup 123}I-BMIPP TDS and the mismatch improved the global chi-square value ({chi}{sup 2}=7.2) Myocardial scintigraphy using {sup 201}Tl and {sup 123}I-BMIPP predicts future cardiac events in patients with AMI treated with primary PCI, and provides additional predictive value compared with the variables obtained with cardiac catheterisation alone. (orig.)

  11. Assessment of myocardial viability by 24-hour imaging after stress thallium-201 scintigraphy

    Taki, Junichi; Nakajima, Kenichi; Bunko, Hisashi; Taniguchi, Mitsuru; Kawasuji, Michio; Tonami, Norihisa; Hisada, Kinichi (Kanazawa Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1991-12-01

    Twenty-four-hour delayed imaging after stress thallium-201 scintigraphy was assessed for more accurate detection of viable myocardium. Thirty-two patients with coronary artery disease who showed fixed perfusion abnormality (FPA) at 3 hr imaging after stress Tl study were evaluated with 24 hr delayed imaging. Of 37 areas with FPA, 19 areas (51%) showed redistribution (RD) at 24 hr imaging. After successful coronary artery bypass grafting (n=19) or transluminal coronary angioplasty (n=3), stress Tl scintigraphy was performed. Of 13 areas with RD at 24 hr imaging, 12 revealed improvement of Tl uptake after revascularization. On the other hand, of 12 areas with FPA until 24 hr, 8 showed no improvement. In conclusion, conventional stress Tl-201 scintigraphy underestimates myocardial viability, and additional 24 hr imaging permits more accurate assessment of myocardial viability. (author).

  12. 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...

  13. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in a case of dextrocardia: Doing it “right”

    We present the challenges in performing the stress test and acquisition of images in myocardial scintigraphy in a 54-year-old female patient with dextrocardia. Dextrocardia and situs inversus were documented on prior investigations including a chest roentgenogram and sonography

  14. Myocardial stunning in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: recovery predicted by single photon emission computed tomographic thallium-201 scintigraphy

    A young woman with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy confirmed by echocardiography and cardiac catheterization presented with chest pain and features of a large left ventricular aneurysm. The initial diagnosis was myocardial ischemia with either an evolving or an ancient myocardial infarction. Subsequently, verapamil therapy was associated with complete resolution of the extensive left ventricular wall motion abnormalities, normalization of left ventricular ejection fraction and a minimal myocardial infarction. Normal thallium uptake on single photon emission computed tomographic scintigraphy early in the hospital course predicted myocardial viability in the region of the aneurysm. Thus, orally administered verapamil may reverse spontaneous extensive myocardial ischemia in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and possibly limit the extent of myocardial infarction in such circumstances

  15. Coronary artery disease detected noninvasively by dipyridamole-loading 201Tl myocardial scintigraphy in elderly patients

    To evaluate the usefulness in diagnosing coronary artery disease (CAD), dipyridamole-loading 201Tl myocardial scintigraphy was performed for 52 elderly patients (65 - 92 years, mean: 72 years), and the results were compared with data from the treadmill exercise tests. 1. Thirty-five patients could not tolerate adequate exercise tests. Seven of them had reversible defects; six, fixed (irreversible) ones. Dipyridamole scintigraphy is therefore applicable in detecting CAD among patients with suspected CAD who are unable to perform adequate exercise tests. 2. Four of 16 patients with positive exercise tests had no reversible defects; the exercise results in three were regarded as false positives. 3. Seventeen patients experienced chest pain; 12 had ST depression during dipyridamole loading. There were no serious complications, but seven patients required aminophylline. 4. We demonstrated previously that the sensitivity and specificity of dipyridamole scintigraphy in detecting CAD were 90 % and 92 %, respectively, in patients with chest pain undergoing coronary angiography. These results were superior to those of conventional exercise myocardial scintigraphy. Therefore, dipyridamole scintigraphy is regarded as a safe and useful method for detecting CAD, particulary in elderly patients who have ST and T wave abnormalities but cannot tolerate exercise test adequately. (author)

  16. Usefulness of {sup 99m}Tc-tetrofosmin myocardial scintigraphy before and after coronary intervention

    Adachi, Itaru; Hou, Nobuyoshi; Komori, Tsuyoshi; Tabuchi, Koujiro; Matsui, Ritsuo; Sueyoshi, Kouzou; Narabayashi, Isamu; Matsuda, Shigeki; Tamoto, Shigemi [Osaka Medical Coll., Takatsuki (Japan)

    1997-06-01

    Dipyridamole-loading {sup 99m}Tc-tetrofosmin myocardial scintigraphy was performed for patients with coronary artery disease who underwent percutaneous transluminal coronary angiography (PTCA) in order to examine whether SPECT imaging prior to treatment is useful for the determination of prognosis after coronary intervention. Thirty-six patients including 9 with angina pectoris (AP), 22 with old myocardial infarction (OMI) and 5 OMI with AP were underwent dipyridamole-loading {sup 99m}Tc-tetrofosmin myocardial SPECT before and after coronary intervention. The length of follow-up was 185{+-}107 days after PTCA. Improvement of myocardial uptake was observed on myocardial SPECT in all cases with AP. Improvement of the myocardial uptake was observed 50% (4/8) of patients with OMI who had no myocardial viability. It was suggested that the improvement of myocardial uptake after PTCA was due to incomplete fill-in in cases with AP and that presence of fill-in was important for level of fill-in in patients with AP. The improvement of myocardial uptake in the scar tissue in patients with OMI contributed to the hibernating myocardium. We concluded that correct detection of hibernating myocardium was difficult despite the superior imaging capacity of {sup 99m}Tc-tetrofosmin myocardial SPECT. (author)

  17. Reproducibility of planar 123I-meta-iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) myocardial scintigraphy in patients with heart failure

    Despite its high prognostic value, widespread clinical implementation of 123I-meta-iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) myocardial scintigraphy is hampered by a lack of validation and standardization. The purpose of this study was to assess the reliability of planar 123I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy in patients with heart failure (HF). Planar myocardial MIBG images of 70 HF patients were analysed by two experienced and one inexperienced observer. The reproducibility of early and delayed heart-to-mediastinum (H/M) ratios, as well as washout rate (WR) calculated by two different methods, was assessed using the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) and the Bland-Altman analysis. In addition, a subanalysis in patients with a very low H/M ratio (delayed H/M ratio 123I-MIBG images (the ICCs for the delayed H/M ratios were 0.98, 0.96 and 0.90, respectively). In addition, the WR without background correction resulted in higher reliability than the WR with background correction (the interobserver Bland-Altman 95 % limits of agreement were -2.50 to 2.16 and -10.10 to 10.14, respectively). Furthermore, the delayed H/M ratio measurements remained reliable in a subgroup of patients with a very low delayed H/M ratio (ICC 0.93 for the inter-observer analysis). Moreover, a fixed-size cardiac ROI could be used for the assessment of delayed H/M ratios, with good reliability of the measurement. The present study showed a high reliability of planar 123I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy in HF patients, confirming that MIBG myocardial scintigraphy can be implemented easily for clinical risk stratification in HF. (orig.)

  18. Application of radionuclide infarct scintigraphy to diagnose perioperative myocardial infarction following revascularization

    To evaluate the application of radionuclide infarct scintigraphy to diagnose myocardial infarction after revascularization, we obtained postoperative technetium 99m pyrophosphate myocardial scintigrams, serial electrocardiograms and CPK-MB isoenzymes in ten control and 51 revascularized patients. All control patients had negative electrocardiograms and scintigrams, but eight had positive isoenzymes. Eight revascularized patients had positive electrocardiograms, images and enzymes and two had positive scintigrams and enzymes with negative electrocardiograms. Thirty-four patients with negative electrocardiograms and scintigrams had positive isoenzymes; in only seven patients were all tests negative. Our data suggest radionuclide infarct scintigraphy is a useful adjunct to the electrocardiogram in diagnosing perioperative infarction. The frequent presence of CPK-MB in postoperative patients without other evidence of infarction suggests that further studies are required to identify all factors responsible for its release

  19. Myocardial scintigraphy with gallium-67 in the detection of cardiac acute rejection

    In order to evaluate the myocardial scintigraphy with Gallium-67 potentiality in the detection of acute rejection phenomenon, 105 studies were performed in 20 patients after they had a heart transplantation. The scintigraphic images were obtained by a conventional camera-computer system. These images were acquired 48 hours after all the patients were given an intravenous injection of 111 MBq of Gallium-67 Citrate. The biopsies were done according to the Mason technique and the histological analysis followed the Billingham standards. (author)

  20. Functional significance of coronary collateral circulation during dynamic exercise evaluated by thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy.

    Wainwright, R J; Maisey, M N; Edwards, A. C.; Sowton, E

    1980-01-01

    Sixty-five patients with angiographically documented coronary artery disease were investigated by thallium-201 (201Tl) scintigraphy to determine the role of the collateral circulation during dynamic exercise. Fifty-three patients had complete proximal occlusion of at least one major coronary artery. One patient had total occlusion of all three major coronary arteries. Sixty-four collateral channels were identified, graded, and compared with corresponding regions of the myocardial scintigram. ...

  1. Exercise thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy in left main coronary artery disease

    To detect left main (LM) coronary artery disease (CAD), exercise thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy was analyzed in 24 patients (LM stenosis > 50 %) without myocardial infarction and 10 normal controls. A high risk myocardial scintigraphy was defined as follows; (1) a LMCAD scintigraphic pattern reported by Dash, (2) nonuniform diffuse slow washout, (3) increased lung thallium uptake on the initial anterior image. Twenty-three (96 %) patients had an abnormal scintigraphic findings. The LMCAD scintigraphic pattern was found in seven (29 %) patients, all of whom had LM stenosis more than 90 %. Remaining 17 patients with LM stenosis less than 90 % didn't show this pattern. In the 10 LMCAD patients without right coronary artery (RCA) lesion, four (40 %) patients showed this pattern. But in the 14 LMCAD patients with RCA lesion, three (21 %) patients showed this pattern. In this study, a high risk exercise electrocardiography was also defined as follows; (1) > 2 mm ST depression, (2) appearance of ST depression at 50 watt or less exercise load, (3) 10 mmHg or more decrease in systolic blood pressure during exercise. Detection of high risk CAD with exercise electrocardiography, exercise thallium scintigraphy and either were 46, 67, 83 %, respectively. (author)

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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)

  5. Myocardial ischemia detected by isoproterenol stress cardiac blood-pool scintigraphy

    It is well known that left ventricular regional contraction abnormality (hypokinesis: hypo) occurs during myocardial ischemia. However, it is uncertain whether left ventricular asynchronous contraction (asynchrony) is an index of myocardial ischemia. To validate asynchrony as an index of myocardial ischemia, isoproterenol infusion stress (ISP) cardiac blood-pool scintigraphy (RI angiography) was performed in patients with ischemic heart disease. The subjects were classified into 2 groups: (1) 15 patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) and (2) 8 patients with 'normal' coronary arteries (NC). None had any electrical ventricular conduction disturbance. ISP was administered with increasing doses of 0.02, 0.04, 0.08 μg/kg/min at 3-min intervals, and it was terminated in the event of angina, significant ST changes or target heart rate. Symptom-limited ergometer exercise testing (EX) was also administered in 14 patients. Regional decrease in amplitude and phase delay identified by phase analysis was diagnosed as hypo and asynchrony, respectively. ISP myocardial scintigraphy was also performed in 15 patients. ISP and EX induced asynchrony in 14 (93%) and 13 patients (93%), respectively, while did hypo in 4 (27%) and 9 (64%), respectively. Ten (67%) of 15 patients had asynchrony without hypo in ISP; whereas only 4 (28%) of 14 patients did in EX. ISP-induced asynchrony occurred in one of 8 patients with NC. The locations of ISP-induced asynchrony and those of EX-induced asynchrony were concordant in 11 (79%) of 14 patients. Asynchrony on the ISP RI angiogram was observed at the same sites of redistribution on the ISP myocardial scintigram. We concluded that asynchrony itself is a sensitive and specific index of myocardial ischemia. (author)

  6. Noninvasive detection of coronary artery disease by dipyridamole-loading 201thallium myocardial scintigraphy

    Fifty patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) were given i.v. infusion of 0.568 mg/kg of dipyridamole (DP) for 4 min in the supine position, and were loaded by stepping. Myocardial DP scanning (DP scintigraphy) was then performed with i.v. injection of 3 mCi of Tl-201 chloride. Findings were compared with those of coronary angiography and treadmill ECG. DP scintigraphy had higher sensitivity (90 %) and specificity (95 %) than treadmill ECG (76 % and 67 %) in diagnosing a ≥ 75 % coronary stenosis. Twenty nine patients had significant CAD: Reversible defects were associated with chest pain in 79 %, and with ST depression in 76 %. Not only relative differences in blood flow between the normal and diseased sites but also ischemia was suggested to be responsible for these defects. Increased rate pressure product by DP scintigraphy was slight (34 %) compared with that by treadmill ECG (105 %), suggesting a strong involvement of redistribution of coronary blood flow in the occurrence of ischemia. Increased myocardial oxygen consumption due to stepping was considered as the cause of ischemia as well, because the incidence of chest pain and ST depression was higher than previously reported. Chest pain and ST depression improved by i.v. injection of aminophylline. (Namekawa, K.)

  7. Arm exercise testing with myocardial scintigraphy in asymptomatic patients with peripheral vascular disease

    Arm exercise with myocardial scintigraphy and oxygen consumption determinations was performed by 33 men with peripheral vascular disease, 40 to 74 years of age (group 2). None had evidence of coronary disease. Nineteen age-matched male control subjects (group 1) were also tested to determine the normal endurance and oxygen consumption during arm exercise in their age group and to compare the results with those obtained during a standard treadmill performance. The maximal heart rate, systolic blood pressure, pressure rate product, and oxygen consumption were all significantly lower for arm than for leg exercise. However, there was good correlation between all these parameters for both types of exertion. The maximal heart rate, work load and oxygen consumption were greater for group 1 subjects than in patients with peripheral vascular disease despite similar activity status. None of the group 1 subjects had abnormal arm exercise ECGs, while six members of group 2 had ST segment changes. Thallium-201 scintigraphy performed in the latter group demonstrated perfusion defects in 25 patients. After nine to 29 months of follow-up, three patients who had abnormal tests developed angina and one of them required coronary bypass surgery. Arm exercise with myocardial scintigraphy may be an effective method of detecting occult ischemia in patients with peripheral vascular disease. Those with good exercise tolerance and no electrocardiographic changes or 201T1 defects are probably at lower risk for the development of cardiac complications, while those who develop abnormalities at low exercise levels may be candidates for invasive studies

  8. 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.

  9. Cardiac morphology in left ventricular hypertrophy using thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy

    To evaluate cardiac morphology in the patients with various cases of hypertrophy, we measured left ventricular (LV) size using thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy in 29 normal subjects and in 90 patients. Cardiac shape and dimension were assessed by measuring the wall thickness and external length in the short and long axis of LV image in LAO projection. In aortic stenosis and hypertensive heart disease the shape was spherical and the wall was thickened. In both mitral (MR) and aortic (AR) regurgitations, LV dilatation were shown; spherical shape in chronic MR but ellipsoid shape in acute MR and AR. Decreased LV size but normal shape was observed in mitral stenosis and cor pulmonale. In hypertrophic cardiomyopathy the LV wall was asymmetrically hypertrophied, while in congestive cardiomyopathy the wall is thin with marked LV dilatation and the shape was spherical. We concluded that the heart had characteristic configuration which might reflect cardiac performance or compensate for the load to the heart, and that thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy is useful in the evaluation of cardiac morphology as well as in diagnosis of myocardial ischemia. (author)

  10. Prognostic value of intravenous dipyridamole thallium scintigraphy after an acute myocardial ischemic event

    Seventy-seven patients recovering from an acute coronary event were studied by intravenous dipyridamole thallium scintigraphy to evaluate the prognostic value and safety of the test in this patient subset. Forty-four patients (58%) had unstable angina and 33 (42%) had an acute myocardial infarction. One death occurred within 24 hours of testing. Sixty-eight patients were followed for an average of 12 months; 25, 31 and 23% had a fixed, reversible or combined thallium defect on their predischarge thallium scan. During follow-up, 10 patients died or had a nonfatal myocardial infarction; in each case, a reversible or combined myocardial thallium defect was present. Univariate analysis of 17 clinical, scintigraphic and angiographic variables showed that a reversible thallium defect and the angiographically determined extent of coronary artery disease were predictors of future cardiac events. The extent of coronary disease and global left ventricular ejection fraction were predictors of subsequent reinfarction or death. Logistic regression analyses revealed that a reversible thallium defect (p less than 0.001) and the extent of coronary disease (p less than 0.009) were the only significant predictors of a cardiac event. When death or reinfarction were the outcome variables, the extent of coronary disease (p less than 0.02) and left ventricular ejection fraction (p less than 0.06) were the only variables selected. Thus, intravenous dipyridamole thallium scintigraphy after an acute coronary ischemic syndrome is a useful and relatively safe noninvasive test to predict subsequent cardiac events

  11. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy with technetium99m-MIBI in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease in women

    Aim: To assess the value of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy for coronary artery disease (CAD) in women, we compared the results of a technetium99m-methoxy-isobutyl-isonitrile (99mTc-MIBI) scintigraphy with those of a coronary angiography in a group of women referred for evaluation of chest pain. Material and Methods: Twenty women, 15 of them postmenopausal, were included. A 99mTc-MIBI myocardial scintigraphy with one-day protocol (rest-stress) was performed. When needed, a combined stress (ergometric plus dipyridamole) was used. Both qualitative and quantitative regional uptake analysis was done. In patients with normal coronary arteries and positive myocardial scintigraphies, measurements were made of serum cholesterol and triglycerides (CHOD-PAD enzymatic colorimetric test), and lipoprotein(a) -Lp(a)- (BioSCREEN Lp(a) method). Results: Change in regional uptake (stress/rest) was as follows: during stress 99mTc-MIBI, 116 segments had normal uptake (from 93±9% to 94±7%), 52 had moderately reduced uptake (from 67±9% to 75±17%), and 12 had severely reduced uptake (from 33±9% to 64±28%). Qualitative and quantitative analysis coincided in 18 cases. The two non-coincident cases were patients in whom qualitative analysis and coronary angiography were normal, but on quantitative analysis it appeared a reversible defect in one case and a 'reverse redistribution' pattern in the other. Breast attenuation defects were detected in four cases. Myocardial scintigraphy and coronary angiography coincided in 70% cases (figure). The remainder 30% was constituted by patients with positive scintigraphy and normal coronary arteries; among these cases, the 71% were postmenopausal and had systolic hypertension, chest pain at rest, positive ergometric test and hypercholesterolemia (table). Conclusion: We concluded that 99mTc-MIBI myocardial scintigraphy can help in the CAD diagnosis in postmenopausal women

  12. 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)

  13. Attenuation correction for myocardial scintigraphy: state-of-the-art

    Myocardial perfusion imaging has been proved as an accurate, noninvasive method for diagnosis of coronary artery disease with a high prognostic value. However image artifacts, which decrease sensitivity and in particular specificity, degrade the clinical impact of this method. Soft tissue attenuation is regarded as one of the most important factors of impaired image quality. Different approaches to correct for tissue attenuation have been implemented by the camera manufacturers. The principle is to derive an attenuation map from the transmission data and to correct the emission data for nonuniform photon attenuation with this map. There have been several reports published demonstrating an improved specificity with no substantial change in sensitivity by this method. To accurately perform attenuation correction quality control measurements and adequate training of technologists and physicians are mandatory. (orig.)

  14. Acute myocardial infarction. Clinical application of technetium 99m stannous pyrophosphates infarct scintigraphy

    Acute myocardial infarction is being recognized as a spectrum of clinical subsets. This appreciation has been brought about to a large degree by the development of several new tools that can be applied clinically to aid in evaluation of patients with acute infarction, and in some cases to provide short- and long-term prognostic information. In the realm of noninvasive methods, several tests utilizing radiopharmaceuticals and scintillation cameras have emerged and are rapidly becoming reliable diagnostic parameters in patients with coronary disease and infarction. Technetium-99m (stannous) pyrophosphate (TcPYP) scintigraphy, one of the first of these techniques to find clinical use, has been shown to be an accurate indicator of acute transmural myocardial infarction and provides added sensitivity and specificity to the diagnosis. Increased diagnostic accuracy, the dimension of visible localization, and the potential for infarct sizing promise physicians better understanding of a patient's clinical presentation and a more rational approach to management

  15. Angina and exertional myocardial ischemia in diabetic and nondiabetic patients: assessment by exercise thallium scintigraphy

    Patients with diabetes mellitus and coronary artery disease are thought to have painless myocardial ischemia more often than patients without diabetes. We studied 50 consecutive patients with diabetes and 50 consecutive patients without diabetes, all with ischemia, on exercise thallium scintigraphy to show the reliability of angina as a marker for exertional ischemia. The two groups had similar clinical characteristics, treadmill test results, and extent of infarction and ischemia, but only 7 patients with diabetes compared with 17 patients without diabetes had angina during exertional ischemia. In diabetic patients the extent of retinopathy, nephropathy, or peripheral neuropathy was similar in patients with and without angina. Angina is an unreliable index of myocardial ischemia in diabetic patients with coronary artery disease. Given the increased cardiac morbidity and mortality in such patients, periodic objective assessments of the extent of ischemia are warranted

  16. Quantitative analysis of 201Tl myocardial scintigraphy in ischemic heart disease

    Seventy two patients with myocardial infarction (MI), 13 with angina pectoris (AP), and 10 without ischemic heart disease were investigated by the quantitative analysis of Tl-201 myocardial scintigraphy. In the group of MI patients, defects of Tl-201 uptake was observed in 89.7% on planar images and 91.2% on SPECT images. Patients without Tl defect had no evidence of abnormal Q wave. For 62 patients undergoing coronary angiography and left ventriculography, defect size was well consistent with culprit lesions, particularly in the left anterior descending artery. Both extent score (ES) and severity score (SS), obtained by planar images and bull's-eye SPECT images, were significantly correlated with peak creatine phosphokinase (CPK) in plasma and ejection fraction. Redistribution magnitudes of Tl-201 uptake (ΔES and ΔSS) 3 hr after exercise were much greater in patients with exercise-induced ST depression than those with either unchanged or elevated ST segments. Some of the patients with no evidence of ST depression had high ΔES and ΔSS. Similarly, these indices were high in patients with residual stenosis of culprit coronary artery. Six MI patients treated with percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) were found to have the decrease in both ΔES and ΔSS. Decreased % Tl-201 uptake and % washout rate were also improved by PTCA. Similar improvement in these indices was seen in 15 AP patients successfully treated with PTCA. Reverse redistribution (RR) was seen in 5 patients with no significant stenosis of culprit coronary artery. Three other MI patients had also RR after PTCA. Areas corresponding to RR had higher washout rate than the other areas. In conclusion, quantitative analysis of Tl-201 myocardial scintigraphy seems to be useful in estimating infarction size and viable myocardium, as well as in evaluating the improvement of myocardial ischemia after PTCA. (N.K.)

  17. Quantitative evaluation of regional myocardial blood flow by digital subtraction angiography. Correlations with exercise electrocardiography and Tl-201 myocardial scintigraphy

    Ikeda, Hisao; Shibao, Keigo; Yamaguchi, Ryutaro and others

    1987-04-01

    The study subjects consisted of 25 patients with angina pectoris and 14 patients with normal coronary arteries. Following the manual injection of contrast media into the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD), a time-density curve was generated in the sectors of the myocardium which were perfused by the LAD and the T/sub 1/2/ was calculated. T/sub 1/2/ values correlated closely with double product (r = -0.73). They were significantly greater in patients with exercise-induced ST depression (8.3 +- 1.0 vs 5.8 +- 0.7, p < 0.005). In addition, there was a good correlation between T/sub 1/2/ values and washout ratio as determined by exercise thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy, with r = -0.83. Although T/sub 1/2/ values were within the normal range (mean +- 2SD of control subjects) in all patients with LAD stenosis of 50 percent or less, these values were abnormally increased, exceeding the normal range, in 11 of the 12 patients with stenosis of 90 percent or more. Compared with exercise electro-cardiography, T/sub 1/2/ values were abnormally prolonged in 11 of the 13 patients with exercise-induced ST depression. Compared with exercise thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy, T/sub 1/2/ values were abnormally prolonged in seven of the nine patients with transient perfusion defects. When an arteriographically significant degree of stenosis was assumed to be 75 percent or more, the accuracies of T/sub 1/2/ were; sensitivity, 80 %, specificity, 100 %, and diagnostic accuracy, 88 %. The results were comparable to those of exercise electrocardiography or exercise thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy. In five patients with angina pectoris who underwent percutaneous translumial angioplasty (PTCA), T/sub 1/2/ values were significantly decreased after PTCA (from 8.5 +- 0.9 to 5.9 +- 0.9, p < 0.005), associated with an increase in double product. (J.P.N.).

  18. Clinical estimation of acute myocardial infarct size with /sup 99m/technetium pyrophosphate scintigraphy

    We evaluated scintigraphic techniques in estimating infarct size. In 26 patients with acute transmural myocardial infarction, /sup 99m/Technetium pyrophosphate (TcPYP) infarct scintigraphy, gated cardiac blood pool scintigraphy and 201-Thallium (201-Tl) perfusion scintigraphy were performed. Invasive hemodynamic measurements were obtained and serial venous blood specimens taken for measurement of total and MB creatine phosphokinase (CPK). Infarct size was estimated from the area of abnormal TcPYP uptake, the extent of reduced 101-Tl uptake, the percentage of abnormally contracting segments, and serial enzyme measurements. Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and stroke work index (LVSWI) were calculated. TcPYP infarct area was associated with the extent of reduced 201-Tl uptake (r = 0.66), the percentage of abnormally contracting segments (r = 0.64), and with both LVSWI (r = 0.73) and LVEF (r = -0.58). TcPYP infarct area did not correlate with cumulative total or MB-CPK release or the integrated total CPK-time curve, nor did the enzyme estimates of infarct size correlate with LVSWI or LVEF. Variable perfusion of infarcts of different sizes may explain the lack of correlation between TcPYP infarct area and enzyme estimates of infarct size. A combination of anatomic and functional indices derived from scintigraphic and hemodynamic measurements may provide the best assessment of infarct size

  19. 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)

  20. 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)

  1. 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

  2. Correlation of left ventricular dyssynchrony with myocardial stunning using dual single photon emission computed tomography of 123iodine-β-methyl iodophenyl pentadecanoic acid and 201thallium scintigraphy after reperfusion therapy

    Left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony after reperfusion therapy has been closely examined as a cause of chronic remodeling, but the details have not been clarified. The present study measured LV dyssynchrony appearing immediately after reperfusion therapy using real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT-3DE), and assessed the significance of this phenomenon in relation to dual single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) of 123iodine β methyliodophenyl pentadecanoic acid (123I-BMIPP) and 201thallium (201Tl). Subjects comprised 58 patients with first-time acute myocardial infarction who received reperfusion therapy and underwent RT-3DE and dual SPECT of 123I-BMIPP and 201Tl within two weeks of onset. Two dyssynchrony parameters were measured using RT-3DE in the acute phase and six months later. After evaluating the correlation of these dyssynchrony parameters to resting 201Tl uptake, 201Tl washout, 123I-BMIPP uptake, and 201Tl-123I-BMIPP discrepancy (Tl-BMIPP discrepancy), we compared scintigraphic parameters in the chronic phase between groups with improved dyssynchrony and those without. Acute dyssynchrony exhibited a significant positive correlation to Tl-BMIPP discrepancy and it was significantly increased in the group with improved dyssynchrony in the chronic phase, revealing close relationship between dyssynchrony and Tl-BMIPP discrepancy. Then the subjects were divided into positive Tl-BMIPP discrepancy and negative discrepancy groups, and the parameters of cardiac function were compared between them. In the chronic phase, improved cardiac function was observed in the group with positive Tl-BMIPP discrepancy compared to negative discrepancy. LV dyssynchrony after reperfusion therapy correlates positively with Tl-BMIPP discrepancy, reflecting acute myocardial stunning, in which ventricular contraction improves during the chronic phase. (author)

  3. 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).

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

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

    1995-10-01

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

  5. 123I-meta-iodo-benzyl-guanidine myocardial scintigraphy and congestive heart failure: current data and perspective

    Congestive heart failure is often associated with an impairment of the sympathetic nervous system, i.e., global hyperactivity and regional impairment of the adrenergic system. Cardiac 123I-MIBG scintigraphy is a radionuclide technique which can explore the presynaptic adrenergic function. Myocardial MIBG fixation is decreased in congestive heart failure, reflecting a reduction of norepinephrine uptake by the myocardial presynaptic nerve endings. The impairment of presynaptic function occurs early in the disease and is actually involved in the pathogenesis of cardiac failure. Cardiac MIBG scintigraphy is a useful tool to explore the myocardial adrenergic stores in patients with congestive heart failure. It could be proposed in patients with severe ventricular dysfunction in order to assist physicians in setting-up the timing of heart transplantation. (authors)

  6. The importance of sex-specific quantitative criteria in thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy

    Breast attenuation is an important cause of artifactual cold spots on visually interpreted TL-201 myocardial images. This study was undertaken to determine the need for sex-specific criteria in the quantitative analysis of exercise-redistribution TL-201 myocardial scintigraphy (SCINT). The studies of 13 normal females (F) and 12 normal males (M) were processed according to the method of a previous study. Significant sexual differences were found in 7/12 regional uptake (U) proportions, 9/11 regional washout (WO) percentages, 0/3 image redistribution indices, and 0/1 lung to heart ratio. The differences primarily reflected a proportionately decreased anterior and septal uptake in F, a proportionately decreased inferior and inferoapical U in M, and faster WO in F. Sex-specific and total population normal boundaries were set a +- 3SD of the mean for each parameter. Sex-specific boundaries were narrower, and, for 5 parameters (4U and 1WO), contained within the total population boundaries. It was estimated that these differences in boundaries would result in a 6 to 25% discrepancy in patient classification. These results predict that a subset of M and F with coronary artery stenoses could be misclassified as normal by total population criteria, while properly classified as abnormal by sex-specific criteria. The authors conclude that since important differences exist between M and F in the detected pattern of TL-201 myocardial U and WO, sex-specific cr4iteria may enhance the predictive accuracy of SCINT

  7. Prediction of cardiac events after uncomplicated myocardial infarction: a prospective study comparing predischarge exercise thallium-201 scintigraphy and coronary angiography

    The ability of predischarge quantitative exercise thallium-201 (201T1) scintigraphy to predict future cardiac events was evaluated prospectively in 140 consecutive patients with uncomplicated acute myocardial infarction; the results were compared with those of submaximal exercise treadmill testing and coronary angiography. High risk was assigned if scintigraphy detected 201T1 defects in more than one discrete vascular region, redistribution, or increased lung uptake, if exercise testing caused ST segment depression greater than or equal to 1 mm or angina or if angiography revealed multivessel disease. Low risk was designated if scintigraphy detected a single-region defect, no redistribution, or no increase in lung uptake, if exercise testing caused no ST segment depression or angina, or if angiography revealed single-vessel disease or no disease. By 15 +/- 12 months, 50 patients had experienced a cardiac event; seven died (five suddenly), nine suffered recurrent myocardial infarction, and 34 developed severe class III or IV angina pectoris. Compared with that of patients at low risk, the cumulative probability of a cardiac event was greater in high-risk patients identified by scintigraphy, exercise testing, or angiography. Scintigraphy predicted low-risk status better than exercise testing or angiography. Each predicted mortality with equal accuracy. These results indicate that (1) submaximal exercise 201T1 scintigraphy can distinguish high- and low-risk groups after uncomplicated acute myocardial infarction before hospital discharge; (2) 201T1 defects in more than one discrete vascular region, presence of delayed redistribution, or increased lung thallium uptake are more sensitive predictors of subsequent cardiac events than ST segment depression, angina, or extent of angiographic disease; and (3) low-risk patients are best identified by a single-region 201T1 defect without redistribution and no increased lung uptake

  8. 201Tl myocardial scintigraphy correlation with TMT and coronary angiography - a preliminary report

    Full text: This study analyses 60 patients of suspected ischemic heart disease who underwent myocardial perfusion studies with 201Tl SPECT from June 1998 - September 1998. Thirty six patients were tested positive on TMT, thallium scintigraphy was positive in 21 (58%) patients and negative in 15 (41%) cases. Coronary angiography results were available in 35 patients, of which there were 5 cases with LBBB where TMT was not done due to high unpredictability. The 5 cases were tested negative, both angiographically and stress thallium showing 100% correlation. Out of remaining 30 patients, angiography was positive in 22 patients. Stress thallium was positive in 19 patients (87%). Of the 8 cases which showed normal coronary angiography, stress thallium was positive in 3 cases (13%) and negative in 5 patients (87%). Statistical analysis of this small group showed a sensitivity of 86%, specificity of 63%, false negative rate 14% and false positive rate of 37%. Overall accuracy is 80%

  9. Importance of 201Tl scintigraphy during exercise for diagnosis of silent myocardial ischemia

    Using thallium scintigraphy during exercise (TSE), suspect silent myocardial ischemia (SIM) was diagnosed in subjects without angina pectoris. 21 active pilots with suspect SIM were examined after previous exercise ECG as well as 33 patients with diabetes type I and II. In six pilots (28.6%) TSE showed accumulation defects suggesting ischemic disorders of the large coronary arteries. Five pilots showed obvious depressions of the ST segment in ECG during submaximal exercise TSE. In another group of five pilots small depressions of the ST segment were associated with normal TSE. Twelve diabetic patients (36.4%) had minor accumulation defects on TSE. Only two showed a ST depression under 2 mm in ECG during TSE. Based on data in the literature suggesting higher sensitivity and specificity of exercise thallium scintigraphy as compared with exercise ECG and the possibility of a false positive diagnosis of SIM from exercise ECG alone, it is recommended to also use TSE. A more detailed diagnosis of SIM is essential not only with regard to the assessment of work capacity but also for a long-term follow-up of patients with SIM for assessment of its incidence, impact and prognosis in the population. (author). 4 figs., 4 tabs., 25 refs

  10. 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.)

  11. Usefulness of low- and medium-energy collimators in 123I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy

    The heart-to-mediastinum (H/M) ratio on myocardial scintigraphy with 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) is used as a semi-quantitative index. However, the scatter from a photopeak of 529 keV on 123I is thought to affect the H/M ratio, and collimator selection is important as well. We attempted to determine the usefulness of low- and medium-energy general purpose (LME) collimators by comparing them with low-energy high-resolution (LEHR) and medium-energy low-penetration (MELP) collimators in phantom and clinical studies. In the phantom study, we used a thoracic phantom and plastic bottles filled with 123I-MIBG solution as upper limbs. Phantom images were acquired with LEHR, LME, and MELP collimators. Regions of interest were placed on the lung, mediastinum, heart, and liver. The average counts in the lung, coefficient of variation (CV%) in the heart, mediastinum, and liver, and H/M ratio were calculated. The H/M ratios obtained with the LEHR collimator and LME collimator were compared in a clinical study. We found that the average count in the lung measured with the LME collimator was reduced to about 30% of that obtained with the LEHR collimator in the phantom study. CV% measured with the LME collimator improved about 10% compared with that determined with the MELP collimator. The H/M ratio measured with the LME collimator was close to that measured with the MELP collimator. In the clinical study, the H/M ratios measured with the LEHR and LME collimators showed a positive relationship (y=2.1 x-1.3, x; H/M with LEHR, y; H/M with LME). LME collimators provided improved contrast and signal-to-noise ratio in evaluation of the H/M ratio on 123I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy. (author)

  12. 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

  13. Chronic pulmonary embolism presenting with right ventricular dilatation on thallium myocardial scintigraphy

    Full text: A 61 year old male presented to the Nuclear Medicine Department for an exercise thallium study with a three month history of exertional dyspnoea for investigation. Patient history included PTCA to LAD and pulmonary embolism 16 years previously. The patient underwent 5.24 minutes of a standard treadmill Bruce protocol which was terminated due to his usual dyspnoea. The patient was injected with 120 MBq of 201-Thallous Chloride at peak exercise and prone SPECT imaging performed 8 minutes later with a dual head gamma camera. Reconstructed images demonstrated normal myocardial perfusion at a moderate level of haemodynamic stress. However, moderate night ventricular dilatation was noted raising the possibility of respiratory disease as cause for symptoms. Echocardiography confirmed right ventricular dilatation and moderate to severe pulmonary hypertension while subsequent respiratory function tests were unremarkable. The patient was then referred to Nuclear Medicine for a ventilation and perfusion lung scan. A six view ventilation study was performed following inhalation of 99mTc Technegas and corresponding perfusion images were acquired following intravenous administration of 99mTc MAA. The ventilation and perfusion images demonstrated multiple matched segmental defects bilaterally, suggestive of chronic thrombo-embolism. The patient was subsequently anti-coagulated with improvement of symptoms. In conclusion, our study has demonstrated how right ventricular dilatation on myocardial scintigraphy can alert the clinician to alternative causes for dyspnoea, and in our case resulted subsequently in a diagnosis of chronic pulmonary embolism

  14. 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

  15. Functional significance of coronary collateral circulation during dynamic exercise evaluated by thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy

    Sixty-five patients with angiographically documented coronary artery disease were investigated by thallium-201 (201Tl) scintigraphy to determine the role of the collateral circulation during dynamic exercise. Fifty-three patients had complete proximal occlusion of at least one major coronary artery. One patient had total occlusion of all three major coronary arteries. Sixty-four collateral channels were identified, graded, and compared with corresponding regions of the myocardial scintigram. Tracer uptake was also graded and classified as various degrees of protection from ischaemia. A significant correlation between good collaterals with complete protection and poor or absent collaterals with no protection was noted. Seventeen patients (20 occluded vessels) had total coronary occlusion without myocardial infarction. Collaterals conferred protection in 9/15 occlusions whereas no protection was seen in five occlusions without collaterals. There was no difference in the protective role of homocoronary and heterocoronary collateral vessels. Hypertrophy of the first septal left anterior descending perforator conferred significant protection from ischaemia in contrast to bridging collaterals and ghosting. During exercise the right coronary bed is preferentially protected from ischaemia, in contrast to the left anterior descending territory. This probably reflects the direction of a transmural flow gradient between left and right ventricles during exercise. (author)

  16. Significance of decreased washout rate in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy by exercise Tl-201 myocardial scintigraphy

    A clinical significance of decreased washout rate (WR) in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy by exercise thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy was evaluated. Thirty-six patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and normal coronary angiogram were categorized into 3 groups according to initial distribution (ID) and WR: decreased ID group (17 patients, ID group), normal ID but decreased WR group (9 patients, WR group) and normal ID and normal WR group (10 patients, N group). Results: (1) Cardio-thoracic-ratio and left ventricular end-diastolic pressure were higher in WR group than in other 2 groups. (2) Resting ejection fraction and left ventricular end-diastolic volume index did not differ in three groups. (3) Exercise ejection fraction was increased in N group, whereas it was not increased in ID or WR groups. It was increased in 47% of ID group, but were decreased or not changed in all patients of WR group. In conclusion, decreased WR in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy may strongly suggest left ventricular myocardial damage. (author)

  17. Evaluation of left ventricular hypertrophy using thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy, echocardiography and vectorcardiography

    Thallium-201 (201Tl) myocardial scintigraphy was performed in 40 patients with left ventricular hypertrophy(LVH). Twelve out of 40 patients had pressure overloading (Aortic stenosis: 5, Hypertension: 7), 14 patients had volume overloading (Aortic regurgitation: 9, Mitral regurgitation: 5) and 14 had idiopathic cardiomyopathy (Hypertrophic type (HCM): 8, Congestive type (CCM): 6), respectively. LV area, LV uptake index and Wall uptake ratio were calculated from left anterior oblique view of 201Tl myocardial images. These three indices of both pressure overloading and volume overloading were significantly higher than those of controls. The degree of LVH was indicated by both LV area and LV uptake index. LV area was significantly larger in volume overloading than in pressure overloading. In idiopathic cardiomyopathy, these three indices of HCM and LV area and LV uptake index of CCM were significantly increased compared with those of controls. LV area of CCM was significantly larger than that of HCM, while Wall uptake ratio of HCM was significantly higher than that of CCM. LV uptake index and Wall uptake ratio of HCM became higher according as left ventricular cavity became smaller. LV area of CCM became larger in proportion as left ventricular cavity became larger and as left ventricular wall thickness became thinner. (author)

  18. 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

  19. 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)

  20. 123I-MIBG Myocardial sympathetic innervation scintigraphy and Parkinson's disease

    Aim: Dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system is an under-recognised but important aspect of the aetiological and clinical manifestation of primary degenerative dysautonomias such as Parkinson's disease (PD). Functional imaging studies suggest that selective cardiac sympathetic denervation may occur early in PD but not in other parkinsonian syndromes. The clinical implication of this apparently disease specific peripheral dysautonomia is unknown and would be the subject of much interest in future years. Scintigraphy with radiolabeled metaiodobenzylguanidine (123I-MIBG) enables the visualization and quantification of cardiac sympathetic function. Materials and Methods: We prospectively performed 73 123I-MIBG myocardial studies in two groups of patients: 61 patients (30 male/31 female) diagnosed of PD without any autonomic dysfunction (PD group) and 12 patients (7 male/4 female) were studied for a suspicion of pheochromocytoma (nonPD group). Severity of PD was evaluated by Hoehn-Yahr scale. Myocardial imaging with 123I-MIBG was performed to evaluate cardiac sympathetic function. Early and delayed images of the anterior view were obtained 15min and 4h after injection of 111 MBq iv of 123I-MIBG. Quantification of 123I-MIBG uptake using a heart-to-mediastinum ratio (H/M) and washout ratio (W) and comparison between groups were carried out. Results: The 123I-MIBG heart uptake was: a) reduced in 16 PD patients (26.2% of PD), b) absent in 42 PD patients (62.8% of PD) and c) normal in 3 PD (4.9% of PD) and in all of the 12 nonPD patients. H/M was significantly smaller in PD patients than nonPD patients (P 123I-MIBG uptake is a valuable and sensitive tool to identify early cardiac sympathetic dysfunction in patients with PD. As this finding could be characteristic of PD patients, the 123I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy would be useful to discriminate them from other neurodegenerative disorders early in the course of the disease

  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. 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

  3. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy with technetium 99m-MIBI in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease in women

    The results of technetium 99m - methoxy-isobutyl-isonitrile scintigraphy in a one-day protocol: rest - physical or combined stress bicycle plus endovenoous dipyridamole were compared with those of coronary angiography in 20 women referred for the evaluation of pre cordial pain and of the usefulness of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy. The uptake of the radio drug under stress and at rest varied from 93 +-9 to 94 +- 7 % in the 204 segments with normal uptake under stress, from 67 He articulates it analyzes the reasons or utility of the employment of the radioactive iodine in the diagnosis and treatment of the thyroid affections +- 9 to 75 +- 17 % in the 89 with moderate reduction, and from 33 +- 9 to 64 +-28 % in the 27 with severe reduction. The qualitative and quantitative uptake analyses coincided in 18 patients. The perfusion scintigraphy and the angiography agreed in 70 % of the patients. It was concluded that the myocardial perfusion scintigraphy with technetium 99-MIBI contributes to the diagnosis of the coronary artery disease in women

  4. Cardiac autonomic neuropathy in patients with diabetes and no symptoms of coronary artery disease: comparison of {sup 123}I-metaiodobenzylguanidine myocardial scintigraphy and heart rate variability

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

    2010-09-15

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of cardiac autonomic neuropathy (CAN) in a cohort of patients with type 2 diabetes, truly asymptomatic for coronary artery disease (CAD), using heart rate variability (HRV) and {sup 123}I-metaiodobenzylguanidine ({sup 123}I-mIBG) myocardial scintigraphy. The study group comprised 88 patients with type 2 diabetes prospectively recruited from an outpatient diabetes clinic. In all patients myocardial perfusion scintigraphy, CAN by HRV and {sup 123}I-mIBG myocardial scintigraphy were performed. Two or more abnormal tests were defined as CAN-positive (ECG-based CAN) and one or fewer as CAN-negative. CAN assessed by {sup 123}I-mIBG scintigraphy was defined as abnormal if the heart-to-mediastinum ratio was <1.8, the washout rate was >25%, or the total defect score was >13. The prevalence of CAN in patients asymptomatic for CAD with type 2 diabetes and normal myocardial perfusion assessed by HRV and {sup 123}I-mIBG scintigraphy was respectively, 27% and 58%. Furthermore, in almost half of patients with normal HRV, {sup 123}I-mIBG scintigraphy showed CAN. The current study revealed a high prevalence of CAN in patients with type 2 diabetes. Secondly, disagreement between HRV and {sup 123}I-mIBG scintigraphy for the assessment of CAN was observed. (orig.)

  5. Cardiac autonomic neuropathy in patients with diabetes and no symptoms of coronary artery disease: comparison of 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine myocardial scintigraphy and heart rate variability

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of cardiac autonomic neuropathy (CAN) in a cohort of patients with type 2 diabetes, truly asymptomatic for coronary artery disease (CAD), using heart rate variability (HRV) and 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (123I-mIBG) myocardial scintigraphy. The study group comprised 88 patients with type 2 diabetes prospectively recruited from an outpatient diabetes clinic. In all patients myocardial perfusion scintigraphy, CAN by HRV and 123I-mIBG myocardial scintigraphy were performed. Two or more abnormal tests were defined as CAN-positive (ECG-based CAN) and one or fewer as CAN-negative. CAN assessed by 123I-mIBG scintigraphy was defined as abnormal if the heart-to-mediastinum ratio was 25%, or the total defect score was >13. The prevalence of CAN in patients asymptomatic for CAD with type 2 diabetes and normal myocardial perfusion assessed by HRV and 123I-mIBG scintigraphy was respectively, 27% and 58%. Furthermore, in almost half of patients with normal HRV, 123I-mIBG scintigraphy showed CAN. The current study revealed a high prevalence of CAN in patients with type 2 diabetes. Secondly, disagreement between HRV and 123I-mIBG scintigraphy for the assessment of CAN was observed. (orig.)

  6. 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...

  7. Evaluation of sympathetic activity by 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine myocardial scintigraphy in dilated cardiomyopathy patients with sleep breathing disorder

    Because increased sympathetic nervous activity (SNA) in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) associated with sleep breathing disorder (SBD) is known to deteriorate the prognosis of cardiac failure, 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) myocardial scintigraphy was used as the investigative tool in the present study. The study group comprised 53 patients (47 men, 6 women; mean age 56±3 years) with chronic stable DCM. Patients were divided into SBD(+) or SBD(-) group according to 24-h pulse oximetry results. SBD(+) was defined when the 3% oxygen desaturation index was more than 15/h during sleep. In total, 32 patients were SBD(-) and 21 were SBD(+). In both groups, pulse oximetry were performed during sleep and awakening pulse rate, and measurement of the blood levels of catecholamines and B-type natriuretic peptide was performed. MIBG myocardial scintigraphy and echocardiography were performed at the same time. No significant difference was found between the 2 groups in catecholamine levels or left ventricular ejection fraction. However, MIBG had a significantly increased washout rate and a significantly decreased delayed heart to mediastinum ratio in the SBD(+) group compared with the SBD(-) group. SNA is increased in DCM patients when associated with SBD. MIBG myocardial scintigraphy may be a sensitive method of detecting increased SNA. (author)

  8. The results of questionnaire on quantitative assessment of 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine myocardial scintigraphy in heart failure

    This study was done by working group under the cooperation between Japanese Society of Nuclear Medicine and Japanese Circulation Society. We evaluated the usefulness of quantitative assessment of 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) myocardial scintigraphy in heart failure by the results of questionnaire. Forty-nine (72.1%) of 68 selected institutions participated in this study. The incidence of MIBG myocardial scintigraphy used in heart failure was 41.1%. The imaging protocol was mostly done by both planar and SPECT at 15 min and 3.6 hr after intravenous injection of 111 MBq of MIBG. The quantitative assessment was mostly done by heart/mediastinum (H/M) ratio and washout rate analysis based on planar imaging. The mean normal value of H/M ratio were 2.34±0.36, and 2.49±0.40, at early and delayed images, respectively. The normal value of washout rate was 27.74±5.34%. On the other hand, those of H/M ratio in heart failure were 1.87±0.27, and 1.75±0.24, at early and delayed images, respectively. That of washout rate was 42.30±6.75%. These parameters were very useful for the evaluation of heart failure. In conclusion, MIBG myocardial scintigraphy was widely used for not only early detection and severity assessment, but also indication for therapy and prognosis evaluation in heart failure patients. (author)

  9. Regional myocardial free fatty acid metabolism

    Experimental evidence to date has confirmed the potential value of radioactive labelled free fatty acid (FFA) and their analogs for the assessment of regional myocardial FFA metabolism despite a number of current limitations. It is emphasized that with these agents only one specific aspect of myocardial metabolism, that of FFA, can be tested and that with these compounds information on the overall metabolic state cannot always be obtained. (WU)

  10. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in identification and localization of individual coronary lesions

    Baškot Branislav

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy with technetium-99m tetrofosmin by single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT, using one-day protocol in the identification and localization of individual stenosed coronary vessels. Sixty-eight patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD were studied. In thirty of them coronary angiography showed significant stenosis (³50%. Nine patients were with one-vessel disease, 11 were with two-vessel disease, and 10 were with three-vessel disease. All the patients were administered two i.v. injections of 99mTc tetrofosmin, one at peak pharmacologic exercise (1-3 min after i.v. administration of dipiridamol 0.56 mg per kg during 4 min 370 MBq, and the other 740 MBq at rest 3 hrs after the exercise test (acquisition was obtained 15-30 min after injections for both studies. Overall sensitivity, specificity, and diagnostic accuracy in the identification of individual stenosed coronary vessels were 90%, 86%, and 88%, respectively. Sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy in each of the individual vascular territories were not significantly different: LAD (96% 64%, and 75%, ACx (73%, 100%, and 94%, RCA (95%, 93%, and 94%. The results of this study demonstrated one-day 99mTc-tetrofosmin SPECT scintigraphy to be suitable and accurate technique for the identification and localization of individual stenosed coronary vessels, as well as a highly sensitive method in the recognition of one- and multiple-vessel diseases of coronary arteries.

  11. 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

  12. The influence of lactate and dipyridamole on myocardial fatty acid metabolism in man, traced with 123I-17-iodoheptadecanoic acid

    Changes in myocardial metabolism can be detected externally by registration of time-activity curves after administration of radioiodinated fatty acids. In this scintigraphic study the influence of lactate on fatty acid metabolism was investigated in the normal human myocardium, traced with 123I-17-iodoheptadecanoic acid (123I-17-HDA). In patients (paired, n=7) lactate loading decreased the uptake of 123I-17-HDA significantly from 27 (control:22-36) to 20 counts/min/pixel (16-31; p 123I-17-HDA scintigraphy of the heart. (orig.)

  13. 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)

  14. Three-dimensional display of 99mTc-MIBI myocardial scintigraphy

    One of 99mTc-hexakis, 99mTc-methoxyisobutyl isonitrile (MIBI), has been demonstrated to have a myocardial uptake proportional to regional coronary blood flow. In this study, 99mTc-MIBI myocardial scintigraphy was performed for 16 patients with ischemic heart disease. After injection of 740 MBq of 99mTc-MIBI, 64 projection images were collected during a 360-degree rotation. Three-dimensional (3D) display of the left ventricle was reconstructed with depth-shading method from 99mTc-MIBI SPECT images, which were reconstructed by filtered back projection method. In 9 of the patients, left ventricular cineangiography were performed as diagnostic gold standard. Four physicians blinded to patients' clinical information interpreted 3D images and SPECT images on separate occasions. Diagnosis of hypoperfusion by 3D displays agreed with those of SPECT in 92.9% (104/112 segments), and disagreed in 7.1% (8 segments). Sensitivity and specificity of 3D images were 87.0% and 93.9%, which were not statistically different (p<0.05) from that of SPECT images (91.3%, 97.0%). Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis revealed nearly identical curves for the two. Although 3D display had nearly identical diagnostic ability with SPECT, observers reported that 3D images were easier to diagnose than SPECT images. An advantage of the 3D display is that the display gives a more realistic impression of the left ventricle to an observer than tomography or planar imaging. Another advantage is that 3D display can reduce the amount of data storage compared with that of SPECT. In conclusion, 3D images may be useful for diagnosis of hypoperfusion of left ventricle. (author)

  15. BNP was Associated with Ischemic Myocardial Scintigraphy and Death in Patients at Chest Pain Unit

    Azevedo, Jader Cunha de, E-mail: jadercazevedo@gmail.com [Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Hospital Pró-Cardíaco, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Centro Universitário de Volta Redonda, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Reis, Bruno Cezario Costa; Barreto, Nathalia Monerat P.B. [Centro Universitário de Volta Redonda, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); F, Diogenes S. Junior; Prezotti, Lais S. [Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Procaci, Victor Rebelo; Octaviano, Vivian Werneck [Centro Universitário de Volta Redonda, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Volschan, Andre [Hospital Pró-Cardíaco, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Mesquita, Evandro Tinoco; Mesquita, Claudio Tinoco [Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Hospital Pró-Cardíaco, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2015-01-15

    Recent studies have suggested that B-type Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) is an important predictor of ischemia and death in patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome. Increased levels of BNP are seen after episodes of myocardial ischemia and may be related to future adverse events. To determine the prognostic value of BNP for major cardiac events and to evaluate its association with ischemic myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS). This study included retrospectively 125 patients admitted to the chest pain unit between 2002 and 2006, who had their BNP levels measured on admission and underwent CPM for risk stratification. BNP values were compared with the results of the MPS. The chi-square test was used for qualitative variables and the Student t test, for quantitative variables. Survival curves were adjusted using the Kaplan-Meier method and analyzed by using Cox regression. The significance level was 5%. The mean age was 63.9 ± 13.8 years, and the male sex represented 51.2% of the sample. Ischemia was found in 44% of the MPS. The mean BNP level was higher in patients with ischemia compared to patients with non-ischemic MPS (188.3 ± 208.7 versus 131.8 ± 88.6; p = 0.003). A BNP level greater than 80 pg/mL was the strongest predictor of ischemia on MPS (sensitivity = 60%, specificity = 70%, accuracy = 66%, PPV = 61%, NPV = 70%), and could predict medium-term mortality (RR = 7.29, 95% CI: 0.90-58.6; p = 0.045) independently of the presence of ischemia. BNP levels are associated with ischemic MPS findings and adverse prognosis in patients presenting with acute chest pain to the emergency room, thus, providing important prognostic information for an unfavorable clinical outcome.

  16. 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.)

  17. 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.)

  18. 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.)

  19. 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.)

  20. Decreased accumulation of 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine myocardial scintigraphy in Parkinson's disease

    123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) is an analog of norepinephrine and a tracer for sympathetic neuron integrity and function. MIBG myocardial scintigraphy was performed in 11 patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and 8 control subjects to investigate the cardiac sympathetic nerve function of PD. On the SPECT images, while normal accumulation was observed in control subjects, low or no uptake was observed in all patient with PD. In planar imaging studies, heart to mediastinum average count ratio (H/M) was calculated on both early and delayed images. The mean value of H/M in patients with PD reveals significant difference from that in the control subjects. In patients with PD, there was no significant correlation between H/M and 'stage of Hoehn and Yahr' or between H/M and intensity of drug treatment. It was estimated that decreased H/M and absent accumulation of MIBG in PD may be due to the cardiac sympathetic nerve dysfunction or the down regulation of norepinephrine transporter. (author)

  1. Clinical course of cor pulmonale investigated after an interval of one year by thallium-201 myocardial SPECT scintigraphy

    Cor pulmonale was evaluated in 13 patients with chronic lung disease by thallium-201 myocardial SPECT scintigraphy together with pulmonary function tests and right heart catheterization. One year later, we performed this scintigraphy again to investigate the clinical course of the cor pulmonale. In 6 of 13 patients with respiratory failure (Pao2 less than 60 Torr), a remarkable progression in cor pulmonale was noted after one year, despite outpatient oxygen therapy. If the patients were admitted because of acute exacerbation of respiratory failure, the cor pulmonale was found to have worsened. In contrast, patients with acute exacerbation due to respiratory infection or causes other than respiratory failure, showed little change in cor pulmonale. Although patients with a marked progression of cor pulmonale tended to have poor pulmonary function data and elevated pulmonary arterial pressure, the clinical course of cor pulmonale could not be predicted from the initial pulmonary function tests or right heart catheterization. (author)

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

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

    2016-01-15

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

  3. 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.)

  4. 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.)

  5. 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.

  6. Three minute versus six minute adenosine infusion in myocardial perfusion scintigraphy

    Pharmacological stress imaging techniques are used widely in clinical nuclear cardiology for evaluation of ischemic heart disease. Adenosine is often used but is expensive and causes significant side effects .The aim of this retrospective review was to study the tolerance and efficacy, of adenosine infusion of a 3 minute (min) versus the conventional 6 min stress protocol and to assess the cost efficiency of the 3 min protocol. Three hundred thirty one patients had myocardial scintigraphy using adenosine as a stressing agent. Blood pressure, heart rate and ECG were recorded at baseline and during the test. Symptoms (flushing, headache, chest pain, dyspnoea, neck pain) were recorded throughout the adenosine infusion. All the patients had had either 6 min or 3 min adenosine infusion at 140 mg/kg per minute. 169 of them had side effects. Flushing (32% at 3 min vs 50 % at 6 min, p<0.05), headache (11.5% at 3 min vs 7 % at 6 min p-not significant-ns), chest pain (8% at 3 min vs 13 % at 6 min, ns), dyspnoea (7% at 3 min vs %10 at 6 min, ns), ECG changes (10% at 3 min vs 28% at 6 min, p<0.05), neck pain (4.5% at 3 min vs 9% at 6 min, ns), abdominal discomfort (3% at 3 min vs 3% at 6 min, ns) and fall in blood pressure (6% at 3 min vs 8.5% at 6 min, ns). The change in heart rate was not significant with either protocol. The 6 min and 3 min infusions of adenosine had similar accuracy (73% vs 70%) for the detection of coronary artery disease. The patients tolerated the 3 min protocol better with only 40% of the patients having minimal side effects compared with 60% for the 6 mon protocol. The 3 min protocol is also cost effective as it uses less adenosine and therefore reduces total costs by 40 US$ per patient. (author)

  7. Prevalence of Ischemia on Myocardial Perfusion Scintigraphy of Pre- and Postmenopausal Women

    In postmenopausal women, the presence of risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) increases. However, the difference in prevalence of ischemia between pre- and postmenopausal women with multiple risk factors for CAD has not been well established. To compare the prevalence of ischemia on Tc99m-sestamibi myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) in pre-and postmenopausal women, and to evaluate whether menopause can be considered an independent risk predictor of ischemia in women with multiple risk factors for CAD. This study retrospectively assessed 500 MPS of pre- and postmenopausal women with multiple risk factors for CAD. Statistical analysis was performed by using Fisher exact test and univariate and multivariate analysis, a p value ≤ 0.05 being considered significant. Postmenopausal women represented 55.9% of the sample; 83.3% were hypertensive; 28.9%, diabetic; 32.1%, smokers; 25%, obese; 61.2% had high cholesterol levels; and 34.3% had known CAD. Postmenopausal women were more often hypertensive, diabetic and dyslipidemic, and had lower functional capacity on exercise testing (p = < 0.005). The presence of ischemia on MPS did not significantly differ between the pre- and postmenopausal groups (p = 0.395). The only variable associated with ischemia on MPS was known CAD (p = 0.004). The results suggest that, in women with multiple risk factors for CAD, menopause was not an independent predictor of ischemia on MPS. Those data support the idea that the investigation of ischemia via MPS in women with multiple risk factors for CAD should begin prior to menopause

  8. 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.)

  9. Prevalence of Ischemia on Myocardial Perfusion Scintigraphy of Pre- and Postmenopausal Women

    Santos, Daniel Augusto Message dos, E-mail: danielmessage@cardiol.br; Navarro, Wendy Yasdin Sierraalta; Alexandre, Leonardo Machado; Cestari, Priscila Feitosa; Smanio, Paola Emanuela Poggio [Instituto Dante Pazzanese de Cardiologia, São Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2013-12-15

    In postmenopausal women, the presence of risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) increases. However, the difference in prevalence of ischemia between pre- and postmenopausal women with multiple risk factors for CAD has not been well established. To compare the prevalence of ischemia on Tc{sup 99m}-sestamibi myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) in pre-and postmenopausal women, and to evaluate whether menopause can be considered an independent risk predictor of ischemia in women with multiple risk factors for CAD. This study retrospectively assessed 500 MPS of pre- and postmenopausal women with multiple risk factors for CAD. Statistical analysis was performed by using Fisher exact test and univariate and multivariate analysis, a p value ≤ 0.05 being considered significant. Postmenopausal women represented 55.9% of the sample; 83.3% were hypertensive; 28.9%, diabetic; 32.1%, smokers; 25%, obese; 61.2% had high cholesterol levels; and 34.3% had known CAD. Postmenopausal women were more often hypertensive, diabetic and dyslipidemic, and had lower functional capacity on exercise testing (p = < 0.005). The presence of ischemia on MPS did not significantly differ between the pre- and postmenopausal groups (p = 0.395). The only variable associated with ischemia on MPS was known CAD (p = 0.004). The results suggest that, in women with multiple risk factors for CAD, menopause was not an independent predictor of ischemia on MPS. Those data support the idea that the investigation of ischemia via MPS in women with multiple risk factors for CAD should begin prior to menopause.

  10. 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

  11. 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.)

  12. The new method of evaluation for the regional myocardial function using the regional wall thickening curve obtained by ECG-gated 201Tl planar myocardial scintigraphy

    A new method was developed for obtaining an increase rate of regional myocardial systolic wall thickness (%WT) in ECG-gated Tl-201 myocardial scintigraphy. Its value was assessed in the clinical setting in comparison with %WT obtained by echocardiography. The subjects were a total of 18 patients with cardiac diseases, including angina pectoris (7), hypertension (3), dilated cardiomyopathy (4), aortic valve stenosis (2), aortic valve regurgitation (one) and sick sinus syndrome (one). Left ventricular septal and posterolateral segments were defined as regions of interest (ROI) on LAO 45deg planar images to correspond to the sites on echocardiographic left ventricular short axial M mode images. In addition, rectangular ROI, which directly crossed the ventricular wall, was assigned to determine changes in myocardial wall thickness, whereby time-activity curve (TAC) was prepared. TAC obtained so far was analogous to that obtained by ultrasound crystal method in an animal experiment. Thus the TAC was supposed to reflect changes in regional myocardial wall thickness. Furthermore, enddiastolic count (EDC) and endsystolic count (ESC) were obtained. %WT was obtained by a formula of (ESC - EDC)/EDC*100. %WT obtained in this way correlated positively with that obtained by echocardiography, for both septal segment (r=0.78) and posterolateral segment (r=0.77). These findings suggested that the regional wall thickening curve can be used in the clinical setting. (N.K.)

  13. Myocardial scintigraphy using 99m-Tc-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (Tc-MIBI): A full substitution of 201-Tl?

    The results of selective coronary angiography, myocardial 201-Tl scintigraphy (stress and redistribution) and after 99m-Tc-methoxyisobutylisonitrile stress and rest injections (Tc-MIBI, Cardiolite, DuPont de Nemours, USA) were compared in 19 patients with manifest ischemic heart disease in identical three projections and after same ergometric load. 16 patients had significant stenoses of 1-3 main coronary arteries inclusive of left coronary artery main stem, insignificant stenoses (<50%) were present in the remaining 3 patients. Scintigraphic localizations of accumulation defects in both Tc-MIBI and 201-Tl stress scintigraphy were in agreement in 70.6% of evaluated left ventricular wall segments. A positive 201-Tl redistribution and rest-stress Tc-MIBI scintigraphic difference agreed in 52.6% of images of all three projections with verified accumulation defects. The sensitivity of ischemic area detection in reference to coronary angiography was nearly identical in 201-Tl (75%) and Tc-MIBI scintigraphy (81.2%). Better physical properties of 99m-Tc from the point of view of a gamma camera detection, a possibility to get markedly higher counting rate and sufficient accumulation of the radiopharmaceutical in the perfused myocardium enable to reach scintigraphic pictures with a high contrast after labelled Tc-MIBI injection, even in case of sequential impulse summation during heart cycle (gating). (author) 1 tab., 1 fig., 14 refs

  14. The value of the Duke Activity Status Index (DASI) in predicting ischaemia in myocardial perfusion scintigraphy - a prospective study

    Background: Functional capacity assessment may be a useful tool to stratify patients according to risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). The Duke Activity Status Index (DASI) is a functional assessment based on activities of daily living and cardiovascular fitness, assessed using a self-administered questionnaire. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We assessed the relationship between established clinical risk factors for CAD and the DASI with results of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS). The MPS results used in the analysis were the presence of reversible ischaemia and the resting left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). A DASI self-administered questionnaire was completed by 117 consecutive participants, and a patient history was taken to ascertain established risk factors. All participants underwent a stress test, and myocardial perfusion scintigraphy was performed. Statistical analysis consisted of logistic and linear regression using a statistical software package. RESULTS: The DASI was the only factor that correlated significantly with reversible ischaemia on MPS. None of the previously established risk factors had a significant association with reversible ischaemia within the model. Our study found a potential relationship between the DASI score and the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) although this was not statistically significant. CONCLUSIONS: Our study findings suggest that the DASI may represent a powerful tool for risk stratification prior to investigation of CAD. A further study with a larger sample size will be required to investigate the predictive value of the DASI and the association with LVEF. (authors)

  15. I-Metaiodobenzylguanidine Myocardial Scintigraphy in Lewy Body-Related Disorders: A Literature Review

    Eun Joo Chung

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Lewy body-related disorders are characterized by the presence of Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites, which have abnormal aggregations of α-synuclein in the nigral and extranigral areas, including in the heart. 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG scintigraphy is a well-known tool to evaluate cardiac sympathetic denervation in the Lewy body-related disorders. MIBG scintigraphy showed low uptake of MIBG in the Lewy body-related disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, pure autonomic failure and rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder. This review summarizes previous results on the diagnostic applications of MIBG scintigraphy in Lewy body-related disorders.

  16. 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

  17. Prospective assessment of regional myocardial perfusion before and after coronary revascularization surgery by quantitative thallium-201 scintigraphy

    Because thallium-201 uptake relates directly to the amount of viable myocardium and nutrient blood flow, the potential for exercise scintigraphy to predict response to coronary revascularization surgery was investigated in 47 consecutive patients. All patients underwent thallium-201 scintigraphy and coronary angiography at a mean (+/- standard deviation) of 4.3 +/- 3.1 weeks before and 7.5 +/- 1.6 weeks after surgery. Thallium uptake and washout were computer-quantified and each of six segments was defined as normal, showing total or partial redistribution or a persistent defect. Persistent defects were further classified according to the percent reduction in regional thallium activity; PD25-50 denoted a 25 to 50% constant reduction in relative thallium activity and PD greater than 50 denoted a greater than 50% reduction. Of 82 segments with total redistribution before surgery, 76 (93%) showed normal thallium uptake and washout postoperatively, versus only 16 (73%) of 22 with partial redistribution (probability [p] . 0.01). Preoperative ventriculography revealed that 95% of the segments with total redistribution had preserved wall motion, versus only 74% of those with partial redistribution (p . 0.01). Of 42 persistent defects thought to represent myocardial scar before surgery, 19 (45%) demonstrated normal perfusion postoperatively. Of the persistent defects that showed improved thallium perfusion postoperatively, 75% had normal or hypokinetic wall motion before surgery, versus only 14% of those without improvement (p less than 0.001). Whereas 57% of the persistent defects that showed a 25 to 50% decrease in myocardial activity demonstrated normal thallium uptake and washout postoperatively, only 21% of the persistent defects with a decrease in myocardial activity greater than 50% demonstrated improved perfusion after surgery (p . 0.02)

  18. Detection of residual jeopardized myocardium 3 weeks after myocardial infarction by exercise testing with thallium-201 mycardial scintigraphy

    The usefulness of thallium-201 (Tl-201) exercise myocardial scintigraphy in identifying patients with multivessel coronary artery disease (MVCAD) and residual jeopardized myocardium after myocardial infarction (MI) was evaluated in 32 patients 3 weeks after MI. All patients underwent (1) limited multilead submaximal treadmill testing, (2) thallium-201 (Tl) myocardial scintigraphy at end-exercise and at rest, and (3) coronary and left ventricular angiography. Tl-201 perfusion defects were categorized as either reversible (ischemia) or irreversible (scar). The conventional exercise test was designated positive if there was ST depression > = 1mm and/or angina. Jeopardized myocardium (JEP) was defined angiographically as a segment of myocardium with normal or hypokinetic wall motion supplied by a significantly stenotic major coronary artery. MVCAD was defined as two or more significantly stenotic coronary arteries. Significant coronary stenosis was categorized as either 50 to 69% diameter narrowing or > = 70% diameter narrowing, thereby yielding, respectively, two subgroups each of jeopardized myocardium (JEP-50 and JEP-70) and MVCAD (MV-50 and MV-70). Clinical findings of angina, heart failure or ventricular arrhythmias during the late convalescent period after MI occurred in four of 10 patients (40%) with MV-50, five of 16 (31%) with MV-70, four of 10 (40%) with JEP-50 and five of 18 (28%) with JEP-70, and thus were insensitive for detecting MVCAD and JEP. Reversible ischemia and/or a positive conventional exercise test occurred in five of 10 patients (50%) with MV-50, 13 of 16 (81%) with MV-70, four of 10 (40%) with JEP-50 and 15 of 18 (83%) with JEP-70. All eight patients with both Tl-201 reversible ischemia and a positive conventional exercise test had JEP-70. In 30 of 31 patients (97%) with angiographic asynergy, Tl-201 scar was detected. No complications were associated with exercise testing

  19. Evaluation of coronary hemodynamics and exercise sup 201 Tl-myocardial scintigraphy in patients with vasospastic angina

    Matsumura, Kentaro; Nakase, Emiko; Haiyama, Tohru; Hasegawa, Akira; Saito, Takayuki (Kyoto Minami Hospital (Japan))

    1992-05-01

    To clarify the coronary hemodynamics and myocardial perfusion in patients with vasospastic angina, we performed exercise {sup 201}Tl-myocardial scintigraphy (planar and SPECT) in 72 patients and left coronary digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in 37 patients without significant organic coronary artery stenosis. Coronary artery spasm was documented by coronary angiography in all patients. Fifty-four patients (75%) developed exercise-induced {sup 201}Tl-myocardial perfusion defect on SPECT. {sup 201}Tl pulmonary uptake (L/H) was significantly increased in patients with vasospastic angina. Especially, L/H was higher in patients with multiple small perfusion defect on {sup 201}Tl-SPECT, so that exercise-induced left ventricular dysfunction existed in patients with vasospastic angina and especially in cases of multiple small perfusion defect on {sup 201}Tl-SPECT. The left coronary circulation time (CCT) was prolonged in patients with vasospastic angina. The mechanism of prolonged CCT is still unknown, but we suspected that prolonged CCT was induced by increased peripheral coronary vascular resistance in patients with vasospastic angina. It was concluded that the peripheral coronary circulation was disturbed in patients with vasospastic angina, but its abnormal coronary circulation had no relation to location of spasm-induced vessels. We concluded that impaired coronary microcirculation was taken a part of pathophysiology in vasospastic angina. (author).

  20. 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...

  1. Serial change in 123I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy in non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus

    We performed 123I-MIBG (MIBG) myocardial scintigraphy twice in patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) to investigate whether MIBG distribution was improved by pertinent clinical control. To determine the influential factors for MIBG distribution, we investigated the association between various clinical parameters and the serial change in MIBG uptake parameters. Twenty NIDDM patients with no cardiac disorders were evaluated. Planar images were taken at 30 minutes (early) and 3 hours (delayed) after MIBG injection. The heart-to-upper-mediastinum uptake ratio (H/M) and washout ratio (WR) were calculated as parameters for estimating cardiac sympathetic function. Patients were divided into two groups, eight in the improved group and twelve in the unimproved group, according to the serial change in H/M. The mean interval between the baseline and the follow up study was 2.1±0.6 year. Differences between the means of the laboratory data in patients in both groups were compared for the baseline and the follow up study by using the paired t-test. As a means of determining the influential factors for a serial change of MIBG uptake, Fisher's exact test was performed to evaluate the association between the serial change in cardiac MIBG parameters and changes in other clinical parameters, such as blood sugar (BS) control, BS control method (insulin therapy), serum cholesterol control, and severity of diabetic complications. We also analyzed the association between the changes in CVR-R (coefficient variance of R-R intervals at rest ECG) or NCV (velocity of posterior tibial nerve) and those of other clinical parameters. Associations among these neurological parameters (MIBG parameters, CVR-R and NCV) were also analyzed. Paired t-tests showed a significant decrease in fasting blood sugar and fructosamine in the improved group in the follow up study compared to those in the baseline study. Nevertheless, Fisher's exact test showed no significant association

  2. A new protocol of dual energy acquisition on stress 201Tl and rest 99mTc-tetrofosmin myocardial scintigraphy

    We carried out stress 201Tl (Tl) and rest 99mTc-tetrofosmin (TF) myocardial scintigraphy with dual energy acquisition in 24 patients with suspected ischemic heart disease performed coronary arteriography and elucidated the sensitivity of this method. One hour after light meal eating, TF (555 MBq) was injected intravenously at rest and after 3 minutes from injection of TF exercise or pharmacologic stress was performed. During stress Tl (111 MBq) was injected intravenously before end-point or at adequate point of pharmacologic stress. Dual energy acquisition using triple energy windows (TEW) was started after 5 minutes (early) and 4 hours (delayed) from stress. The sensitivity (Sn), specificity (Sp) and accuracy (Ac) in diagnosis of non-infarcted branches by using Tl (early)-TF (rest) and Tl (early)-Tl (delayed) were 79% vs. 53% (Sn), 78% vs. 96% (Sp) and 79% vs. 71% (Ac) respectively. Accordance of uptake score of infarcted region between TF (rest) and Tl (delayed) was 70%. In conclusion, this protocol is seemed to be useful as usual protocol for detection of myocardial ischemia and viability during about only 1 hour. (author)

  3. Clinical implications of increased lung uptake of 201Tl during exercise scintigraphy 2 weeks after myocardial infarction

    To determine the prevalence and clinical significance of increased lung 201Tl uptake during submaximal exercise myocardial scintigraphy performed 2 weeks after acute myocardial infarction, 61 patients underwent submaximal exercise testing (target heart rate, 120 beats/min), multigated blood pool imaging at rest and coronary angiography before hospital discharge. Thallium lung uptake on the initial anterior projection image was graded qualitatively by comparing the intensity of 201Tl activity in the lungs with that in the mediastinum. In 39 patients (64 percent), it was normal (equal to mediastinal activity) and in 22 (36 percent), it was increased (greater than mediastinal activity). Compared with patients with normal lung uptake, those with increased uptake had a greater prevalence of prior infarction (13 versus 36 percent, probability [p] less than 0.05), less global cardiac reserve as assessed by the four level New York Heart Association classification (p less than 0.05), more advanced Killip class in the coronary care unit (p less than 0.05), a higher Norris coronary prognostic index (2.6 +/- 1.9 versus 4.6 +/- 2.3 [mean +/- standard deviation], p less than 0.01), failure to achieve the target heart rate because of dyspnea, fatigue or angina (36 versus 86 percent, p less than 0.01), a greater prevalence of exercise-induced S-T segment depression (18 versus 45 percent, p less than 0.05), a greater number of anterior 201Tl myocardial defects (p less than 0.05); a lower radionuclide ejection fraction at rest (50.4 +/- 6.1 versus 39.6 +/- 9.3 percent, p less than 0.01) and a greater number of asynergic left ventricular segments (p less than 0.05). Thus, the occurrence of increased lung 201Tl uptake during submaximal exercise scintigraphy in the early postinfarction period is frequent and appears to be a marker of severe and functionally more important coronary artery disease associated with left ventricular dysfunction

  4. 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

  5. Thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy in coronary triple-vessel disease: An attempt to increase sensitivity using quantitative methods

    In order to increase the sensitivity of thallium-201 exercise scintigraphy in patients with triple vessel coronary disease (TVD), we first examined retrospectively myocardial scintigrams of 179 patients with TVD, as documented subsequently by cardiac catheterization. Ischemia had been diagnosed visually in 141 (79%), scar without ischemia in 25 (14%) and no apparent perfusion defect in 13 (7%) cases. The subset of TVD patients without scintigraphic ischemia (i.e. those with scar or no perfusion defect) was then compared to a control group with normal coronary angiography using four quantitative criteria: (1) in preset-count analog images, a quotient of the exposure times rest image/stress image; (2) in preset-time digital images, a quotient of counts/pixel in stress image/rest image using two different myocardial regions of interest (ROI); (3) a similar quotient using paracardial lung ROIs of three different sizes; (4) the absolute values of stress lung uptake. Quotients (1) and (2) were expected to be lower in TVD patients than in normal controls due to exercise-induced global ischemia, quotient (3) and value (4) were expected to be higher due to exercise-induced left ventricular dysfunction with increased lung uptake of thallium-201. All results showed a tendency to confirm these hypotheses; significant differences (P<0.05) between patients and controls were obtained in all lung quotients and in 3 of 12 myocardial quotients. No significant differences were observed in the exposure time quotients of preset-count images and in the stress lung uptake. Due to overlapping values, it was not possible to fix normal and pathological ranges of any quotient. It is concluded that the increased of ratio of stress/rest lung uptake reflecting exercise-induced pulmonary venous congestion seems to indicate TVD in apparently normal thallium-201 scintigrams in a large number of patients. (orig.)

  6. Thallium 201 scintigraphy in an infant with myocardial infarction following mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome

    A 4-month old boy with myocardial infarction following mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome is described. Angiocardiogram revealed multiple aneurysms of the right and left main coronary arteries, complete occlusion of the left anterior descending and left circumflex coronary arteries, and post-infarction aneurysm of the left ventricle. Thallium 201 scintigram demonstrated the infarcted area precisely and repeat examinations showed the improvement of the myocardial perfusion, which was probably due to the development of the collateral circulation. (orig.)

  7. Usefulness of 123I-Meta-iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) myocardial scintigraphy for evaluation of cardiac sympathetic nervous system function in diabetic patients

    The cardiac sympathetic nervous system function of diabetic patients with no definite cardiovascular complications other than hypertension was evaluated by 123I -MIBG myocardial scintigraphy. The subjects consisted of 82 diabetic patients, 59 men, 23 women, mean age 57 years, 17 with hypertension and 65 with normal blood pressure, and they were compared with normal controls (8 men and 3 women, mean age 54 years). Myocardial scintigraphy was performed 10 minutes and 4 hours after administration of MIBG. The superior mediastinum and whole myocardium were set as regions of interest, and the heart-to-mediastinum ratio (H/M ratio) and the washout rate (%WR) were calculated. The mean observation period was 18±12 months, and 17 of the 65 diabetic patients with normal blood pressure before the study developed hypertension during the observation period. There were significant differences in H/M ratio and %WR between the diabetic patients and normal controls (H/M ratio; 1.96±0.34 vs 2.27±0.20, %WR; 24.71±16.99% vs 12.89±11.94). The diabetic patients with hypertension had higher morbidity with diabetic retinopathy and a lower H/M ratio. The 17 patients who developed hypertension during the observation period showed an increase in %WR and a reduction in the H/M ratio. Five patients who died during the observation period had a reduced H/M ratio and increased of %WR. 123I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy in diabetic patients was shown to be useful for detecting cardiac sympathetic nervous system dysfunction, predicting the development of hypertension, and identifying patients who had a poor outcome. Diabetic patients with abnormal signals on MIBG myocardial scintigraphy need to be monitored much more carefully. (K.H.)

  8. Is quantitative analysis superior to visual analysis of planar thallium 201 myocardial exercise scintigraphy in the evaluation of coronary artery disease? - Analysis of a prospective clinical study

    Niemeyer, Menco; Laarman, GertJan; Wall, Ernst; Cramer, Maarten-Jan; Verzijlbergen, Fred; Zwindermans, Aelko; Ascoop, Carl; Pauwels, Ernest K.J.

    1990-01-01

    textabstractQuantitative analysis of myocardial exercise scintigraphy has been previously reported to be superior to visual image interpretation for detection of the presence and extent of coronary artery disease. Computer analysis of perfusion defects and washout rate of thallium 201 was performed on scintigrams from a group of 131 consecutive patients (prospective group), using criteria defined from a previous group of 72 patients (initial group), and compared with visual interpretation of ...

  9. Radiation dose difference between state of the art myocardial perfusion scintigraphy and computed tomography coronary angiography in patients undergoing evaluation for suspected coronary artery disease.

    Tsay, I M; Subiakto, I; Asrar Ul Haq, M; Castles, A V; Allman, K; Hayat, U; Rudd, N; Barlis, P; van Gaal, W

    2016-02-01

    Minimisation of radiation exposure with cardiac imaging reduces the potential of secondary side effects. Radiation exposure from myocardial perfusion scintigraphy and computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) was compared. Overall doses were low with both modalities. Doses were lower in the CTCA group, but by only a small difference of 1.1 mSv. Radiation exposure should not be the primary consideration when choosing between these two modalities. PMID:26899890

  10. Usefulness of {sup 123}I-Meta-iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) myocardial scintigraphy for evaluation of cardiac sympathetic nervous system function in diabetic patients.

    Tamura, Koji; Nakatani, Yuko; Doi, Kenji; Adachi, Gakuji; Takada, Kou

    2001-11-01

    The cardiac sympathetic nervous system function of diabetic patients with no definite cardiovascular complications other than hypertension was evaluated by {sup 123}I -MIBG myocardial scintigraphy. The subjects consisted of 82 diabetic patients, 59 men, 23 women, mean age 57 years, 17 with hypertension and 65 with normal blood pressure, and they were compared with normal controls (8 men and 3 women, mean age 54 years). Myocardial scintigraphy was performed 10 minutes and 4 hours after administration of MIBG. The superior mediastinum and whole myocardium were set as regions of interest, and the heart-to-mediastinum ratio (H/M ratio) and the washout rate (%WR) were calculated. The mean observation period was 18{+-}12 months, and 17 of the 65 diabetic patients with normal blood pressure before the study developed hypertension during the observation period. There were significant differences in H/M ratio and %WR between the diabetic patients and normal controls (H/M ratio; 1.96{+-}0.34 vs 2.27{+-}0.20, %WR; 24.71{+-}16.99% vs 12.89{+-}11.94). The diabetic patients with hypertension had higher morbidity with diabetic retinopathy and a lower H/M ratio. The 17 patients who developed hypertension during the observation period showed an increase in %WR and a reduction in the H/M ratio. Five patients who died during the observation period had a reduced H/M ratio and increased of %WR. {sup 123}I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy in diabetic patients was shown to be useful for detecting cardiac sympathetic nervous system dysfunction, predicting the development of hypertension, and identifying patients who had a poor outcome. Diabetic patients with abnormal signals on MIBG myocardial scintigraphy need to be monitored much more carefully. (K.H.)

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

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

  12. Diagnosis of occlusion site in the left anterior descending coronary artery in patients with anterior myocardial infarction. Comparison of thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy and 12-lead electrocardiography

    Yang, Xinchun; Imai, Kamon; Saito, Satoshi; Ozawa, Yukio; Kan-matuse, Katuo [Nihon Univ., Tokyo (Japan). School of Medicine

    1995-03-01

    To evaluate whether the site of occlusion/stenosis in the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) could be diagnosed by noninvasive techniques, thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy (TMS), 12-lead electrocardiography (ECG), and coronary arteriography were performed in 33 patients with anterior acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The subjects were divided into two groups according to the location of stenosis: ie, either proximal to the first diagonal branch (PRO, n=18), or beyond the first diagonal branch (NON-PRO, n=15). The location of the anterior interventricular groove was defined as 0 degrees. The extent of persistent perfusion defect was greater in the PRO group than in the NON-PRO group (0.43{+-}0.12 vs 0.31{+-}0.14, p<0.01). The left margin of the defect in the basal short-axis layer was at 75{+-}30deg in the PRO group and at -19{+-}43deg in the NON-PRO group (p<0.001). A defect with a left margin at >30deg in the basal layer was found in 94% (17/18) of the patients in the PRO group and in 6% (1/15) of the patients in the NON-PRO group (p<0.001). An abnormal Q wave in leads aVL/I was found in 78% (14/18) of the patients in the PRO group and in 20% (3/15) of the patients in the NON-PRO group (p<0.001). The sensitivity, specificity and total predictive accuracy of detection of proximal lesions of the LAD were 94%, 93% and 94% by TMS, and 78%, 80% and 79% by ECG, respectively. A significant difference in accuracy existed between TMS and ECG (p<0.05). These data suggest that it is possible to diagnose the site of occlusion/stenosis of the LAD as either proximal or non-proximal in patients with anterior AMI by TMS and ECG. (author).

  13. Clinical evaluation of serial thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy in special reference to left ventricular function in patients with acute myocardial infarction

    In 20 patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), serial Tl-201 myocardial scintigraphy was performed and scintigraphic infarct size (SIS) was determined 1 (or less), 2 and 8 weeks after AMI. Hemodynamic indices were determined with a Swan-Ganz catheter at a mean of 27.7 hours after AMI. Left ventricular ejection fraction (EF) was determined with Tc-99m HSA cardiac blood pool scintigram at 8 weeks after AMI. Mapping ECG was also observed serially. Of 20 patients, SIS decreased in 12, was unchanged in 2 and increased in 5. No image defect was observed on the initial scintigram in one case. When the patients were classified into two groups, i.e. those with initial SIS more than 25% and those with initial SIS less than 25%, hemodynamic indices were demonstrated to be more markedly impaired in the former than in the latter. However, when all patients were pooled, correlations between the initial SIS and hemodynamic indies (CI, SI, SWI, PADP) were poor. There was a good correlation between SIS and EF both determined 8 weeks after AMI. When the patients were clasified into the improved and unimproved groups according to the per cent change of SIS (CIS), both hemodynamic indices on admission and EF at 8 weeks were better in the improved than in the unimproved group, and especially significant correlation was found between CIS and each of SI and PADP. There was a good correlation between maximum ΣST in mapping ECG and SIS at 1 week after AMI. (author)

  14. Alternating myocardial sympathetic neural function of athlete's heart in professional cycle racers examined with iodine-123-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy

    Myocardial sympathetic neural function in professional athletes who had the long-term tremendous cardiac load has not been fully investigated by myocardial iodine-123-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) uptake in comparison with power spectral analysis (PSA) in electrocardiography. Eleven male professional cycle racers and age-matched 11 male healthy volunteers were enrolled in this study. The low frequency components in the power spectral density (LF), the high frequency components in the power spectral density (HF), the LF/HF ratio and mean R-R interval were derived from PSA and time-domain analysis of heart rate variability in electrocardiography. The mean heart-to-mediastinum uptake ratio (H/M ratio) of the MIBG uptake, in professional cycle racers was significantly lower than that in healthy volunteers (p<0.01) and HF power in professional cycle racers was significantly higher than that in healthy volunteers (p<0.05). In the group of professional cycle racers, the H/M ratio showed a significant correlation with the R-R interval, as indices of parasympathetic nerve activity (r=0.80, p<0.01), but not with the LF/HF ratio as an index of sympathetic nerve activity. These results may indicate that parasympathetic nerve activity has an effect on MIBG uptake in a cyclist's heart. (author)

  15. Assessment of myocardial damage in dilated-phase hypertrophic cardiomyopathy by using indium-111-antimyosin Fab myocardial scintigraphy

    For the detection of myocardial cell damage, an 111In-antimyosin Fab study was carried out on seven patients (Group A) in the dilated phase of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, seven patients (Group B) with dilated cardiomyopathy, and eight control patients (Group C). Imaging was done 48 hr after intravenous injection of 74 MBq of 111In-antimyosin Fab. Myocardial antimyosin uptake was visually graded as 0, +1, +2 or +3. A score of +2 or +3 was considered positive. The heart/lung ratio of antimyosin uptake (antimyosin index) also was determined. Antimyosin uptake was positive in seven (100%), nine (90%) and no (0%) patients in Groups A, B, and C, respectively. The antimyosin index in Groups A and B was 2.46 ± 0.49 and 2.04 ± 0.24, respectively, findings were significantly higher than that in Group C (1.51 ± 0.13) (p less than 0.01). Positive biopsy findings were noted in only two patients in Group A. Thus, antimyosin uptake was increased in dilated phase hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and dilated cardiomyopathy, which suggests ongoing necrotic changes in these patients

  16. Myocardial imaging using thallium 201 scintigraphy after dipyridamole infusion: A case history

    Coronary artery disease frequently occurs in combination with peripheral vascular disorders and is an important cause of morbidity and mortality during or after peripheral vascular surgery. However, the detection of coronary artery disease in patients with peripheral vascular disease may be complicated, since most of these patients are unable to perform conventional exercise testing. The authors report a sixty-two-year-old man with an infrarenally located aneurysm of the abdominal aorta who underwent thallium 201 scintigraphy combined with dipyridamole infusion as an alternative exercise test. The subsequent thallium 201 images showed perfusion defects indicative of severe coronary artery disease. Coronary angiography showed an occluded right coronary artery and a significant proximal stenosis in the left anterior descending coronary artery. The patient underwent successful aortocoronary bypass surgery, and two months later, the aortic aneurysm was operated on without complications. As a result, dipyridamole thallium 201 scintigraphy should be considered as a valuable diagnostic test to detect coronary artery disease in patients with peripheral vascular disorders

  17. Method for preparing 99mTc-labelled radiopharmaceuticals for myocardial scintigraphy

    Radiopharmaceuticals which preferably concentrate in myocardial tissue are prepared, in particular technetium compounds with the reducing ligand molecule DMPE. A method is introduced to convert pertechnetate in one step into the proposed compound by means of a saline, slow-oxidizing and lyophilized form of the reducing ligand DMPE, preferably DMPE x 2HCl

  18. Usefulness of thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy during hyperventilation and accelerated exercise test in patients with vasospastic angina and nearly normal coronary artery

    The usefulness of thallium-201 (201Tl) myocardial scintigraphy was studied in 109 patients with vasospastic angina who had nearly normal coronary arteries (degree of stenosis 201Tl myocardial scintigraphy was compared between four groups, 34 patients performing graded bicycle ergometer exercise starting at a work load of 50 W with increments of 25 W every 3 min (Ergo(3) group), 14 patients performing hyperventilation for 5 min (HV(5) group), 31 patients performing bicycle ergometer exercise with increments of 25 W every 1 min after 5 min hyperventilation (HV(5)+Ergo(1) group), and 30 patients at rest (Rest group). The value of the visual redistribution rate on 201Tl myocardial scintigrams in the HV(5)+Ergo(l) group (65%) was higher than that in the patients of other groups (Ergo(3) 41%, HV(5) 43%, Rest 33%). However, there were no significant differences between the four groups. Stress 201Tl imaging after hyperventilation and accelerated exercise is useful to disclose ischemic evidence in about two thirds of patients with vasospastic angina and nearly normal coronary arteries, whereas about 40% of patients had visual redistribution on 201Tl myocardial scintigrams by performing standard procedures. (author)

  19. Mapping of the image quality in myocardial scintigraphy: A national study

    The aim of this study was to make a survey over the physical parameters and how they affect the image quality and the final diagnosis for myocardial perfusion SPECT in Sweden. Another aim was to evaluate the need for standardized acquisition and processing protocols for myocardial perfusion SPECT. All thirty nuclear medicine departments in Sweden that perform myocardial perfusion SPECT participated in the study. A thorax heart phantom was used to simulate two patients. All studies were acquired and processed with the parameters used clinically in each hospital respectively. A quantitative and a qualitative evaluation were performed. At each hospital, the local nuclear medicine physician interpreted the images as if they were true patient images. There are great differences in the acquiring and processing parameters used in myocardial perfusion SPECT studies in Sweden. The image quality varies greatly for the different hospital but was approved for the majority of the hospitals. Images from two hospitals were considered to be too poor to be diagnosed. The interpretations of the local nuclear medicine physicians differ but the majority has reported an adequate diagnosis. One third of the hospitals have reported false positive defects. All steps in the chain from the acquisition to the evaluation of the medicine physician must be performed with high quality. The determinative factors are the noise reduction filter, the orientation of the slices in the heart and the judgement of the local medicine physician. The acquiring and processing parameters proposed by EANM should be used. The hospitals are also recommended to investigate in the time and resources available, in order to educate all staff involved in the evaluation of myocardial studies

  20. Assessment of cardiac outcome in pancreas kidney transplant recipients using 99mTc-MIBI myocardial perfusion scintigraphy

    Full text: Simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation (SPK) in diabetic patients (patients) 99mTc-MIBI myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPI) in predicting cardiac outcome post SPK. One hundred and forty patients underwent SPK at our institution over a 15-year period. Sixty-six subjects were excluded because of incomplete follow-up (n=54) or death from non-cardiac causes (n=12). Seventy-four patients (44 men, 30 women) with age 44.3+/-7.4 yrs (range: 31-62yrs) were followed for up to 14 yrs post SPK. The mean interval between SPK and MPI was 48.1+/-37.1 months (median: 37.5, range: 6-132 months). MPI was performed using a standard two-day protocol with Adenosine or Dipyridamole and a dual-head gamma camera using 900 configuration, attenuation and scatter correction and resolution recovery. Images were reported by at least one experienced observer using standard software. MPI were classified as normal (n=33), infarct (n=4), small (n=32) or large (n=2) areas of impaired coronary flow reserve (CFR) or a combination of infarct and impaired CFR (n=3). Cardiac events were considered if infarct, angina, death or coronary revascularisation occurred. Two patients underwent coronary artery bypass surgery five yrs post SPK (both two yrs post MPI) and one patient developed angina six yrs post SPK (three yrs post MPI). In these patients, MPI showed only small areas of impaired CFR. The negative and positive predictive values for MPI were 100 and 9%, respectively. In summary, MPI has excellent NPV post SPK. The PPV is poor, suggesting that myocardial perfusion defects correlate only weakly with overall atherosclerotic risk profile post SPK. Copyright (2002) The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine Inc

  1. Homocysteine levels are associated with the results of 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine myocardial scintigraphy in type 2 diabetic patients

    Elevated total plasma homocysteine (tHcy) levels and cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction are associated with a high mortality in type 2 diabetic patients. We tested the hypothesis that hyperhomocysteinemia is associated with insulin resistance and cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction in type 2 diabetic patients not receiving insulin treatment. The study group consisted of 17 type 2 diabetic patients with high tHcy levels (>15 mmol/l, age 58±5 years, high tHcy group). The control group consisted of 23 age-matched type 2 diabetic patients with normal tHcy levels (≤15 mmol/l, age 58±9 years, normal tHcy group). Cardiovascular autonomic function was assessed by baroreflex sensitivity, heart rate variability, plasma norepinephrine concentrations, and cardiac 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) scintigraphy. Early and delayed 123I-MIBG myocardial uptake values were lower (p123I-MIBG was higher (p123I-MIBG at the delayed phase. Our results demonstrate that high levels of tHcy are associated with depressed cardiovascular autonomic function and insulin resistance in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. (orig.)

  2. Small average differences in attenuation corrected images between men and women in myocardial perfusion scintigraphy: a novel normal stress database

    The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the Society of Nuclear Medicine state that incorporation of attenuation-corrected (AC) images in myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) will improve image quality, interpretive certainty, and diagnostic accuracy. However, commonly used software packages for MPS usually include normal stress databases for non-attenuation corrected (NC) images but not for attenuation-corrected (AC) images. The aim of the study was to develop and compare different normal stress databases for MPS in relation to NC vs. AC images, male vs. female gender, and presence vs. absence of obesity. The principal hypothesis was that differences in mean count values between men and women would be smaller with AC than NC images, thereby allowing for construction and use of gender-independent AC stress database. Normal stress perfusion databases were developed with data from 126 male and 205 female patients with normal MPS. The following comparisons were performed for all patients and separately for normal weight vs. obese patients: men vs. women for AC; men vs. women for NC; AC vs. NC for men; and AC vs. NC for women. When comparing AC for men vs. women, only minor differences in mean count values were observed, and there were no differences for normal weight vs. obese patients. For all other analyses major differences were found, particularly for the inferior wall. The results support the hypothesis that it is possible to use not only gender independent but also weight independent AC stress databases

  3. Influence of hypertensive left ventricular hypertrophy on detection of ischemic area with exercise thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy

    Sixty-four patients with single left anterior descending artery disease having effort angina (group A: 40 patients with hypertrophic hypertension, group B: 10 patients with hypertrophic hypertension, group C: 14 patients with non-hypertrophic hypertension) were assessed to determine the influence of hypertensive left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy on detection of ischemic area. The criterion of hypertrophy by two-dimensional echocardiography was >12 mm in the wall thickness of interventricular septal or posterior wall. Population in Group B might show low detectability in ischemic area by 201Tl myocardial scintigraphy (positive thallium rate 60%, defect score 2.7±3.6), and high lung thallium uptake and high frequence of ECG positive among three groups. In semiquantitative analysis, the washout rate of the posterolateral wall and %RD (delayed %uptake-initial %uptake) of the septal wall in patients with Group B were lowest among three groups. However, the washout rate in the septal wall against the posterior wall, and the initial %uptake and the delayed %uptake of the septal wall were not significantly different among three groups. We could conclude that the decreased washout rate in nonischemic area with hypertensive LV hypertrophy might make the ischemic area masked. (author)

  4. Scintigraphy with technetium dimercaptosuccinic acid (99m Tc DMSA)

    Renal uptake of 99m Tc DMSA was used to evaluate the renal function of 16 healthy subjects (controls) and 115 patients with various urinary tract diseases. Scintigraphic examination was carried out 6 hours after an intravenous injection of the product. In the 16 controls Tc DMSA uptake was 25.7+-2.48% in the right kidney and 24.4+-2.86% in the left kidney. In 36 patients with one single hypertrophied kidney, there was a correlation (r=0.850) between creatinine clearance and Tc DMSA uptake, which was higher than in normal subjects (39.23+-9.9%). In the group of 68 patients with unilateral (31) or bilateral (37) renal disease, a significant correlation (r=0,725) was observed between kidney-to-kidney ratios of urea clearance and Tc DMSA uptake, so that renal impairment could be quantified. Quantitative scintigraphy did not appear to be of assistance in the remaining 11 patients with obstructive uropathy, as it overestimated renal function. The results obtained with 99 m Tc DMSA scintigraphy should be helpful in choosing between nephrectomy and conservative surgery and in assessing the degree of compensatory hypertrophy in single kidneys

  5. Evaluation of false-positive results on Tc myocardial scintigraphy in patients with coronary artery bypass grafting including left internal thoracic artery-left anterior descending artery grafting

    Stress myocardial scintigraphy in patients who have undergone coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) frequently shows false-positive results. To investigate the reason for these false-positive results, two different stress tests-adenosine triphosphate (ATP) stress testing and ergometer exercise testing, and Tc-tetrofosmin myocardial scintigraphy were performed with a 1-day stress/rest protocol. The subjects were 6 patients with a history of myocardial infarction (MI) and 14 patients with a history of angina pectoris (AP) who had undergone CABG that included left internal thoracic artery-left anterior descending artery grafting. Graft patency was confirmed with coronary angiography. Short-axis images were reconstructed with single photon emission tomography. The severity of perfusion defects on short-axis images was evaluated quantitatively with a normal database as severity score, and the difference in severity score between stress and rest was defined as fill-in. Fill-in on the ATP stress test was 3.1±7.0 in the AP group and 16.3±13.2 in the MI group (p<0.01). Fill-in on the exercise stress test was 2.7±8.3 in the AP group and 34.8±20.6 in the MI group (p<0.01). In the MI group, fill-in on the exercise stress test was significantly greater than that on the ATP stress test (p<0.05). The exercise time and the amount of exercise stress in patients with MI were significantly greater than those in patients with AP. In conclusion, coronary flow reserve may play a role in false positive-finding on myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in patients who have undergone CABG. (author)

  6. Detection of myocardial lesions by dipyridamole thallium-201 scintigraphy in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

    Momose, Shigeki [Saint Marianna Univ., Kawasaki, Kanagawa (Japan). School of Medicine

    1995-06-01

    Dipyridamole thallium-201 (Tl) scintigraphic studies to evaluate microcirculation of the heart were performed in 54 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who had neither cardiac complaints nor myocardial damages on ECG. Twenty seven of 54 RA patients showed some perfusion defects in this study. The values of ESR, CRP and rheumatoid factors of IgM and IgG classes were significantly higher in these patients with perfusion defect compared with those in the rest of RA patients with normal perfusion. The scintigraphic perfusion defects improved relating with the reduction of inflammatory activities of RA. The histological specimens of heart in 12 RA autopsy cases were reviewed to study the etiology of these perfusion defects. In 7 of 12 cases, microvasculitis and microthrombosis were observed without any macroscopic findings compatible with myocardial infarction. Our results suggest that RA patients have frequently microcirculatory disturbances in the heart due to microvasculitis without any clinical symptoms of ECG changes. (author).

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

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

  8. Thallium scintigraphy in human transplants: A way to detect myocardial damage

    An original index has been derived from thallium images to detect histopathologic changes in heart transplant patients. One hundred eighty-four static and end-diastolic images with thallium were recorded 5 minutes after injection in the left anterior oblique projection. Twenty patients and 14 healthy volunteers were studied. The epicardial and endocardial borders were determined, and the difference of these values was considered the myocardial area. The results in heart transplants were compared with the results of endomyocardial biopsies (N = 142). A significant decrease (p less than 0.01) was found in the index of the myocardial area between normal biopsy results and mild and moderate rejection. Differences were not detected between studies performed in several postoperative periods in the absence of rejection. The results in healthy volunteers prove that the index does not change between studies performed at different times in the same subject, although the value obtained from the end-diastolic image was more constant. On the basis of these results, it is possible to suggest that the decrease in the myocardial area during rejection is the result of a fall of thallium uptake by the myocardium. Capillary endothelial hyperplasia, perivascular infiltration, and myocytolysis can justify these changes, although the presence of other histologic findings, such as intramyocardial edema, could influence the value of this index. We conclude that the uptake of thallium decreases during acute rejection episodes; the results obtained from the images, in this work, are an expression of this event

  9. The development of radioiodinated fatty acids for myocardial imaging

    Since free fatty acids are the principal energy source for the normally oxygenated myocardium, the use of iodine-123-labeled fatty acid analogues is an attractive approach for myocardial imaging. Interest in the use of these substances results from divergent fatty acid metabolic pathways in ischemic (triglyceride storage) versus normoxic tissue (β-oxidative clearance), following flow-dependent delivery. Iodine-123-labeled fatty acids may offer a unique opportunity to identity myocardial viability using single photon emission tomography. The development of structurally-modified fatty acids became of interest because of the relatively long acquisition periods required for SPECT. The significant time required by early generation single- or dual-head SPECT systems for data acquisition requires minimal redistribution during the acquisition period to ensure accurate evaluation of the regional fatty acid distribution pattern after re-construction. Research has focussed on the evaluation of structural modifications which can be introduced into the fatty acid chain which would inhibit the subsequent β-oxidative catabolism which normally results in rapid myocardial clearance. Introduction of a methyl group in position-3 of the fatty acid carbon chain has been shown to significantly delay myocardial clearance and iodine-123-labeled 15-(p-iodophenyl)-3- R,S-methylpentadecanoic acid (BMIPP) is a new tracer based on this strategy

  10. Clinical usefulness of 123I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy as a marker of the severity and prognosis of congestive heart failure

    To evaluate the clinical usefulness of 123I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy in patients with congestive heart failure. Myocardial dynamic imaging was performed immediately after 123I-MIBG administration at 1 frame/sec for 500 sec in 52 patients with or without congestive heart failure. The %uptake/ROI, dynamic heart to mediastinum uptake ratio (H/M) and dynamic washout rate (WR) were calculated from their time activity curves to assess the relationship between the NYHA functional class and these values. In 52 other patients with heart failure, the initial and delayed MIBG anterior planar images were obtained, and H/M in delayed images and WR between initial and delayed images were measured. The patients were followed up for 31.8±16.8 months, and their survival rates were compared among three groups, H/M123I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy is very useful to diagnose the severity and prognosis in patients with congestive heart failure. (K.H.)

  11. Attenuation correction for myocardial scintigraphy: state-of-the-art; Schwaechungskorrektur bei der Myokardszintigraphie: Aktueller Stand

    Lindner, O.; Kammeier, A.; Fricke, E. [Inst. fuer Molekulare Biophysik, Radiopharmazie und Nuklearmedizin, Herz- und Diabeteszentrum NRW, Universitaetsklinik der Ruhr-Univ. Bochum, Bad Oeynhausen (Germany)

    2004-09-01

    Myocardial perfusion imaging has been proved as an accurate, noninvasive method for diagnosis of coronary artery disease with a high prognostic value. However image artifacts, which decrease sensitivity and in particular specificity, degrade the clinical impact of this method. Soft tissue attenuation is regarded as one of the most important factors of impaired image quality. Different approaches to correct for tissue attenuation have been implemented by the camera manufacturers. The principle is to derive an attenuation map from the transmission data and to correct the emission data for nonuniform photon attenuation with this map. There have been several reports published demonstrating an improved specificity with no substantial change in sensitivity by this method. To accurately perform attenuation correction quality control measurements and adequate training of technologists and physicians are mandatory. (orig.)

  12. Myocardial scintigraphy. Clinical use and consequence in a non-invasive cardiological department

    Dümcke, Christine Elisabeth; Graff, J; Rasmussen, SPL;

    2006-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is increasingly used for the diagnosis of ischaemic heart disease. The method is particularly applied as a gate keeper before coronary angiography (CAG) in patients with intermediate probability for ischaemic heart disease. This study aimed to...... analyse the clinical use of MPI in a university hospital without invasive cardiological laboratory. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In the period 01.01.2002 to 31.12.2003, 259 patients (141 women, 118 men) were referred to MPI from our department of cardiology. RESULTS: Normal MPI was seen in 111 patients (43......%), whereas reversible ischaemia was seen in 88 patients (34%) and led to referral of 52 patients (59%) to CAG. 17 patients (19%) continued clinical control, and 19 cases (22%) were closed. Correlating results between MPI and all performed CAGs were found in 42 patients (61%), and divergent results were seen...

  13. 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.)

  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. 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. Increased accuracy of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT myocardial perfusion scintigraphy using iterative reconstruction of images

    Stević Miloš

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Filtered back projection (FBP is a common way of processing myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI studies. There are artifacts in FBP which can cause falsepositive results. Iterative reconstruction (IR is developed to reduce false positive findings in MPI studies. The aim of this study was to evaluate the difference in the number of false positive findings in MPI studies, between FBP and IR processing. Methods. We examined 107 patients with angina pectoris with MPI and coronary angiography (CAG, 77 man and 30 woman, aged 32−82. MPI studies were processed with FBP and with IR. Positive finding at MPI was visualization of the perfusion defect. Positive finding at CAG was stenosis of coronary artery. Perfusion defect at MPI without coronary artery stenosis at CAG was considered like false positive. The results were statistically analyzed with bivariate correlation, and with one sample t-test. Results. There were 20.6% normal, and 79.4% pathologic findings at FBP, 30.8% normal and 69.2% pathologic with IR and 37.4% normal and 62.6% pathologic at CAG. FBP produced 19 false-positive findings, at IR 11 false positive findings. The correlation between FBP and CAG was 0.658 (p < 0.01 and between IR and CAG 0.784 (p < 0.01. The number of false positive findings at MPI with IR was significantly lower than at FBP (p < 0.01. Conclusion. Our study shows that IR processing MPI scintigraphy has less number of false positive findings, therefore it is our choice for processing MPI studies.

  17. Diagnostic cutoff points for 123I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy in a Caucasian population with Parkinson's disease

    Molecular imaging with 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) has been used in Parkinson's disease (PD), but there is no consensual index to discriminate between normal and PD patients in the Caucasian population. The purpose of this study was to determine diagnostic cutoff points in the quantification of MIBG cardiac uptake in our population of PD patients. We have also calculated the reproducibility over a range of interpretation expertise. The study included 14 PD patients and 14 normal age- and sex-matched controls. Heart to mediastinum ratios (H/M) were calculated at 15 min (H/M15m) and 4 h (H/M4h) post-injection by three observers with different interpretation expertise, one of whom drew the regions of interest at three different times. The intraobserver and interobserver reliability was calculated (interclass correlation coefficient and coefficient of variability). Diagnosis was estimated by maximizing the Youden index for H/M and washout ratios. Discrimination ability was assessed by the area under the curve (AUC). Sensitivity and specificity were reported, using our thresholds. The parameter with the best diagnostic accuracy was the H/M4h ratio, with a major AUC (0.976 area under the receiver-operating characteristic curve). The threshold was 1.43 with a 95% confidence interval of 1.37-1.50. Using this threshold, the sensitivity and specificity were 93 and 100%. The interobserver and intraobserver variabilities measuring this ratio were 3.2 and 3.1%, respectively. The diagnostic cutoff point for 123I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy in a Caucasian population with PD was 1.43 for the H/M4h index, with a good sensitivity and specificity. The technique is easy to use, with a good reproducibility over a range of interpretation expertise. (orig.)

  18. The safety of anginine in patients undergoing myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS)- a nurses' perspective

    Full text: Anginine-augmented MPS improves detection rate of myocardial viability and reversible ischaemia. However, anginine can cause significant hypotension. The aims of this study were to determine i) safety of anginine in patients with an intermediate to high risk of myocardial ischaemia undergoing MPS; ii) frequency and degree of fall in systolic blood pressure (SBP); iii) BP monitoring requirements; and iv) type of patient(s) prone to side effects. 63 patients (33M, 30F, mean age-67.2y) were included. Each was cannulated, drank two glasses of water, and lay supine prior to administration of anginine (1 x puff sublingually). 99Tcm-MIBI was administered 3-5 minutes later. BP measurements were obtained every five minutes for 20 minutes. SBP fell in 46/63 patients (range 5 - 40mmHg, mean 1 6mmHg, in 14 fall >20mmHg), and rose in 14/63. Maximal fall occurred 5-15 minutes post-administration of anginine (14 at 5min, 15 at 10min, 17 at 15min), returning toward baseline by 20 minutes in all patients. Seven patients developed a headache and two light-headedness; in all SBP fell >10mmHg. The quality of the scans was unaffected. There were 22(35%) abnormal studies - 14 reversible defects, two fixed defects, six cardiomyopathy (mean SBP tall 8.1mmHg, 8.6mmHg with normal study). LVEF was obtained in 33 patients; SBP fell in 24 (mean LVEF 57.8%), and rose in nine (mean LVEF 56.8%). The frequency and extent of hypotension in relation to age, sex, LVEF, or scan findings was not statistically significant. Anginine is sate to administer to patients undergoing MPS. Careful monitoring of the BP is recommended during the initial 20 minutes post-administration. No particular patient type was identified at higher risk. Copyright (2000) The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine Inc

  19. Clinical study of right ventricular visualization by 201Tl myocardial scintigraphy

    Thallium-201 myocardial scans of 65 patients were retrospectively reviewed to evaluate the ability to detect right ventricular (RV) overloading. The degree of right ventricular visualization (RVV) was graded as a scale of (-)-(+++) according to RV uptake of the tracer: (-) = none; (+-) = slight RVV; (+) = less than left ventricular visualization (LVV); (++) = equal to LVV; (+++) = greater than LVV. Increased RV uptake was frequently seen in patients with chronic lung disease or congenital heart disease. The best projection angle for RVV was 60 deg in patients with grades (+-) and (+). The degree of RVV was compared with the data from cardiac catheterization performed in 25 of the patients. More increased uptake of the tracer was significantly associated with higher values of RV systolic pressure, pulmonary arterial systolic pressure, mean pulmonary arterial pressure, and pulmonary arterial resistant index. RV end-diastolic pressure, cardiac index, RV work index, RV stroke-work index, and heart rate were independent of the intensity of tracer uptake. The ratio of the RV to the left ventricle was significantly higher with increasing tracer uptake, although there was no significant difference between the groups with (+-) and grade (+). It was also correlated well with RV hemodynamic parameters. (Namekawa, K.)

  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. Initial experience with myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) in patients awaiting lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS)

    Full text: LVRS is an effective therapeutic option for patients with end-stage chronic airway limitation (CAL). Pre-operative cardiac assessment in such patients is vital for a favourable outcome. We reviewed the role of MPS in the pre-operative cardiac risk stratification of patients undergoing LVRS. Of 37 patients who underwent LVRS, 25 patients (11M/14F; mean age 59.9 yrs) were evaluated pre-operatively with a MPS. Two had a history of ischaemic heart disease. 17 patients were given dipyridamole (IV - 0.05mg/kg), and eight patients were given dobutamine (IV). The LVEF was determined in 11/25 patients (range - 54-79%, mean 65.5%). Reversible defects were reported in two patients; one involving the antero-lateral wall, confirmed with coronary catheterisation (C/C) (100% LAD lesion) and treated successfully with angioplasty, and 1 involving the inferior wall (false positive on C/C). Two fixed defects were reported, each involving the inferior wall and consistent with a history of prior inferior wall myocardial infarction. The post-operative course was favourable in all patients who had a MPS, except in one who died from sepsis, while another developed mild biventricular failure three months post-operatively. Both these patients had a normal MPS. In those who did not have a MPS study, 2/12 patients died in the post-operative period; one from sepsis (normal C/C), and the other from biventricular failure. No other cardiac complications were documented. Although the population size was small, MPS assisted in the pre-operative cardiac risk stratification and management of patients undergoing LVRS. Copyright (2000) The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine Inc

  2. The accuracy and side effects of pharmacologic stress thallium myocardial scintigraphy with adenosine triphosphate disodium (ATP) infusion in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease

    The diagnostic accuracy and side effects of pharmacologic stress thallium myocardial scintigraphy with ATP infusion were studied in 172 patients with or without coronary artery disease. ATP was infused for five minutes at a rate of 0.16 mg/kg/min (group A) or 0.18 mg/kg/min (group B) via antecubital vein. One hundred and eleven (67 of group A, 44 of group B) of 172 patients underwent coronary arteriography (CAG). In 111 patients received CAG, overall sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of this method were 88%, 84% and 87%, respectively. In 67 patients of group A, these were 92%, 81% and 90%. In 44 patients of group B, 79%, 87% and 82% were documented (NS, between groups A and B). Chest pain, flushing, bradycardia and ST depression were included in side effects caused by ATP infusion. At least one of these side effects were observed in 84% of the all 172 patients, 89% of group A and 75% of group B (NS). But, all of the side effects were spontaneously alleviated within two minutes without any therapy. In conclusion, pharmacologic stress myocardial scintigraphy with ATP infusion is very accurate and safe, and infusion rate of 0.16 mg/kg/min is optimal for this purpose. (author)

  3. Noninvasive diagnostic test choices for the evaluation of coronary artery disease in women: a multivariate comparison of cardiac fluoroscopy, exercise electrocardiography and exercise thallium myocardial perfusion scintigraphy

    Several diagnostic noninvasive tests to detect coronary and multivessel coronary disease are available for women. However, all are imperfect and it is not yet clear whether one particular test provides substantially more information than others. The aim of this study was to evaluate clinical findings, exercise electrocardiography, exercise thallium myocardial scintigraphy and cardiac fluoroscopy in 92 symptomatic women without previous infarction and determine which tests were most useful in determining the presence of coronary disease and its severity. Univariate analysis revealed two clinical, eight exercise electrocardiographic, seven myocardial scintigraphic and seven fluoroscopic variables predictive of coronary or multivessel disease with 70% or greater stenosis. The multivariate discriminant function analysis selected a reversible thallium defect, coronary calcification and character of chest pain syndrome as the variables most predictive of presence or absence of coronary disease. The ranked order of variables most predictive of multivessel disease were cardiac fluoroscopy score, thallium score and extent of ST segment depression in 14 electrocardiographic leads. Each provided statistically significant information to the model. The estimate of predictive accuracy was 89% for coronary disease and 97% for multivessel coronary disease. The results suggest that cardiac fluoroscopy or thallium scintigraphy provide significantly more diagnostic information than exercise electrocardiography in women over a wide range of clinical patient subsets

  4. Cardiac resynchronization therapy evaluated by myocardial scintigraphy with 99mTc-MIBI: changes in left ventricular uptake, dyssynchrony, and function

    99mTc-MIBI gated myocardial scintigraphy (GMS) evaluates myocyte integrity and perfusion, left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony and function. Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) may improve the clinical symptoms of heart failure (HF), but its benefits for LV function are less pronounced. We assessed whether changes in myocardial 99mTc-MIBI uptake after CRT are related to improvement in clinical symptoms, LV synchrony and performance, and whether GMS adds information for patient selection for CRT. A group of 30 patients with severe HF were prospectively studied before and 3 months after CRT. Variables analysed were HF functional class, QRS duration, LV ejection fraction (LVEF) by echocardiography, myocardial 99mTc-MIBI uptake, LV end-diastolic volume (EDV) and end-systolic volume (ESV), phase analysis LV dyssynchrony indices, and regional motion by GMS. After CRT, patients were divided into two groups according to improvement in LVEF: group 1 (12 patients) with increase in LVEF of 5 or more points, and group 2 (18 patients) without a significant increase. After CRT, both groups showed a significant improvement in HF functional class, reduced QRS width and increased septal wall 99mTc-MIBI uptake. Only group 1 showed favourable changes in EDV, ESV, LV dyssynchrony indices, and regional motion. Before CRT, EDV, and ESV were lower in group 1 than in group 2. Anterior and inferior wall 99mTc-MIBI uptakes were higher in group 1 than in group 2 (p99mTc-MIBI uptake. (orig.)

  5. Dual myocardial single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) using thallium-201 and I-123-β-methyl-i-pentadecanoic acid in patients with Duchenne's progressive muscular dystrophy

    Dual single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) was performed in 31 patients with Duchenne's progressive muscular dystrophy (DMD) using 123I-β-methyl pentadecanoic acid (BMIPP) for myocardial fatty acid metabolism and 201thallium (Tl)-chloride for myocardial perfusion. The left ventricle was divided into 9 segments, and accumulation of the radiotracers was assessed visually for each segment to calculate defect score for each tracer. There was some degree of decrease in myocardial accumulation of both tracers in all DMD patients. Reduced accumulation was most common at the apex (BMIPP: 67%, Tl: 63%), followed by the posterior wall, lateral wall, and anterior wall. On the other hand, reduced accumulation was less common at the septum. BMIPP showed a higher accumulation than Tl in all segments but the septum. When BMIPP defect score was larger than Tl defect score, BMIPP defect score tended to increase during 4 years follow-up (p Tl defect score revealed a slight fibrosis or normal myocardium. It can be concluded that the dual SPECT myocardial scintigraphy using BMIPP and Tl provides accurate information about disease progression of the heart in patients with DMD by detecting abnormalities of the myocardial metabolism of each substance, thereby enabling the assessment of left ventricular function. (author)

  6. Serial change in {sup 123}I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy in non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus

    Nagamachi, Shigeki; Jinnouchi, Seishi; Kurose, Takeshi; Nishii, Ryuichi; Futami, Shigemi; Tamura, Shozo; Matsukura, Shigeru [Miyazaki Medical Coll., Kiyotake (Japan); Kawai, Keiichi

    2002-02-01

    We performed {sup 123}I-MIBG (MIBG) myocardial scintigraphy twice in patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) to investigate whether MIBG distribution was improved by pertinent clinical control. To determine the influential factors for MIBG distribution, we investigated the association between various clinical parameters and the serial change in MIBG uptake parameters. Twenty NIDDM patients with no cardiac disorders were evaluated. Planar images were taken at 30 minutes (early) and 3 hours (delayed) after MIBG injection. The heart-to-upper-mediastinum uptake ratio (H/M) and washout ratio (WR) were calculated as parameters for estimating cardiac sympathetic function. Patients were divided into two groups, eight in the improved group and twelve in the unimproved group, according to the serial change in H/M. The mean interval between the baseline and the follow up study was 2.1{+-}0.6 year. Differences between the means of the laboratory data in patients in both groups were compared for the baseline and the follow up study by using the paired t-test. As a means of determining the influential factors for a serial change of MIBG uptake, Fisher's exact test was performed to evaluate the association between the serial change in cardiac MIBG parameters and changes in other clinical parameters, such as blood sugar (BS) control, BS control method (insulin therapy), serum cholesterol control, and severity of diabetic complications. We also analyzed the association between the changes in CV{sub R-R} (coefficient variance of R-R intervals at rest ECG) or NCV (velocity of posterior tibial nerve) and those of other clinical parameters. Associations among these neurological parameters (MIBG parameters, CV{sub R-R} and NCV) were also analyzed. Paired t-tests showed a significant decrease in fasting blood sugar and fructosamine in the improved group in the follow up study compared to those in the baseline study. Nevertheless, Fisher's exact test showed

  7. Thallium-201 perfusion scintigraphy in the evaluation of late myocardial damage in left-side breast cancer treated with adjuvant radiotherapy

    Purpose: To evaluate late myocardial damage after adjuvant radiotherapy using a mixed-beam (photons plus electrons) technique to treat the internal mammary lymph nodes in left-side breast cancer. Methods and Materials: A bicycle ergometer stress test coupled with thallium-201 perfusion scintigraphy and analysis by single-photon computed tomography (CT) was performed on 19 patients treated with left-side breast/chest wall and internal mammary radiation for breast cancer between 1987 and 1993. To be sure that we would evaluate late toxicity caused by the irradiation, patients had to fulfill the following eligibility criteria: left-side breast cancer, treatment between 1987 and 1993 and no recurrence during follow-up, age ≤75 years, no known risk for coronary artery disease, no previous chemotherapy, internal mammary field treated with an association of photons and electrons, and CT scan-based treatment planning. Results: Median age at scintigraphy was 59 years. Two patients did not reach optimal exercise level and were not evaluable. Among the 17 evaluable patients representing 91.6 patient years of follow-up, there were no perfusion defects by visual or quantitative analysis. Conclusion: The mixed-beam technique seemed to spare the heart from harmful irradiation and to protect the myocardium. Results need to be confirmed on the long-term use of this technique

  8. Angiography-based prediction of outcome after coronary artery bypass surgery versus changes in myocardial perfusion scintigraphy

    Eckardt, Rozy; Kjeldsen, Bo Juel; Haghfelt, Torben; Grupe, Peter; Johansen, Allan; Andersen, Lars Ib; Hesse, Birger

    2011-01-01

    scintigraphy before and 6 months after CABG, the results being kept secret from the surgeon. Based on clinical and angiographic findings, the surgeons filled in a questionnaire indicating the predicted changes in coronary blood flow in each of the three coronary artery territories and in the LVEF. Symptomatic...

  9. Relation between serum PAP (prostate acid phosphatase) and bone scintigraphy in prostatic cancer

    Seventy-seven patients with prostatic cancer were treated at our department in the last 5 years. Of these patients 30 cases were followed by bone scintigraphy and serum PAP. In 27 follow-up scintigraphy procedures changes of bone scintigraphy corresponded to changes in serum PAP levels. Changes of PAP levels did not always correspond to changes of scintigraphy, but almost all cases in which the level of PAP increased in a short period showed progression of bone metastasis. A 3-month interval between bone scintigraphy procedure in stage D2 prostatic cancer patients is generally recommended. However, we think that in prostatic cancer patients follow-up bone scintigraphy at regular short intervals is unnecessary if there is no change in serum PAP levels, symptoms or physical condition. Bone scintigraphy should be performed when the tumor marker changes rapidly or when any physical symptom appears. (author)

  10. The use of I-123 metaiodobenzylguanidine myocardial scintigraphy to evaluate the efficacy of olprinone hydrochloride in an experimental adriamycin-induced cardiomyopathy

    Adriamycin (ADR) has a strong antitumor effect on a number of malignant diseases, however, it can cause serious adverse effects, such as cardiac failure and fatal myocardial disorder. We evaluated the therapeutic effectiveness of olprinone hydrochloride (OH) and its ability to protect myocardium during ADR administration in a rabbit cardiomyopathy model. Twenty-seven 3-month-old male New Zealand white rabbits weighing 2.3-2.8 kg were placed in 4 groups: Group A (control group) received intravenous saline solution, 3 times a week for 8 weeks; Group B (cardiomyopathy model group) received intravenous injection of ADR 3 times per week for 8 weeks; Group C received daily ADR administration concurrently with OH intravenous administration for 8 weeks; and Group D received daily intravenous administration of OH which was begun 3 weeks after starting daily ADR administration. Electrocardiography, hematologic and biochemical examination, echocardiography, myocardial scintigraphy (123I-m-iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG)) and histopathological examination were used to evaluate each group and the results were compared. The incidence of myocardical disorder caused by ADR was lower in Group C, as compared with Group B. However, there were no differences between groups D and B. Our findings show that when OH administration began at the same time as ADR administration, it inhibited ADR-induced cardiomyopathy, and possibly prevented heart failure, thanks to its protective effect on the myocardium. (author)

  11. Evaluation of the quality of the radiopharmaceutical 99mTc-MIBI and its influence on image quality in myocardial perfusion scintigraphy

    This study evaluated the quality of the 99mTc-MIBI radiopharmaceutical from different manufacturers, used in three nuclear medicine services (NMS) in Recife-PE, through labeling procedure of each service. It was observed their biodistribution by quantifying the activity present in the organs of interest (heart / liver), the influence and interference in image quality and in myocardial scintigraphy diagnosis exam. In these NMS (A, B and C) were done quality controls in the eluates of 99Mo/99mTc generators (radionuclidic, chemical and radiochemical purity and pH) and of the 99mTc-MIBI radiopharmaceutical (radiochemical purity and pH) used in myocardial scintigraphy exam. In the case of radiochemical purity (RCP), was used the thin layer chromatography technique; after the chromatographic ran on, the plates were analyzed both in the dose calibrator, and in scintillation camera of each NMS. The radiopharmaceutical biodistribution was evaluated through the activities present in the heart and liver images in 60 patients, using the technique of combined images counting. Five nuclear physicians analyzed 24 images through myocardial perfusion visual interpretation during stress, it was verified the agreement degree among them. The results of the quality control showed that all eluate samples were in agreement with the manufacturers in relation to radionuclidic purity and pH. In relation to chemical purity, 10% of the services samples B and C showed Al+3 values above 10 ppm. In the RCP, it was observed that using the scintillation camera, only 22% of the samples would be discarded, while with dose calibrator would be 78%, indicating that the scintillation camera is more sensitive in chromatographic pale analysis. For the labeled radiopharmaceutical, the services B and C presented respectively one and three samples with RCP percentage below 90%. However, C service presented the lowest medium to liver/heart proportions, showing that this factor does not depends on the labeling

  12. Effect of beta-blockade on low-dose dobutamine-induced changes in left ventricular function in healthy volunteers: assessment by gated SPET myocardial perfusion scintigraphy

    Everaert, H.; Vanhove, C.; Franken, P.R. [Division of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital, Free University of Brussels (AZ VUB), Brussels (Belgium)

    2000-04-01

    Viability studies are often performed in patients receiving beta-blocking agents. However, the intake of beta-blocking agents could influence the identification of viable myocardium when low-dose dobutamine is used to demonstrate inotropic reserve. The aim of this study was to quantify the effect of beta-blockade on global and regional left ventricular function in healthy volunteers using low-dose dobutamine gated single-photon emission tomographic (SPET) myocardial perfusion scintigraphy. Ten subjects were studied once ''on'' and once ''off'' beta-blocker therapy (metoprolol succinate, 100 mg day{sup -1}). On each occasion four consecutive gated SPET acquisitions (of 7 min duration) were recorded after injection of 925 MBq technetium-99m tetrofosmin on a triple-headed camera equipped with focussing (Cardiofocal) collimators. Acquisitions were made at rest (baseline 1 and 2) and 5 min after the beginning of the infusion of 5 and 10 {mu}g kg{sup -1} min{sup -1} dobutamine. Wall thickening (WT) was quantified using a method based on circumferential profile analysis. Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) was obtained using the Cedars-Sinai algorithm. Blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) were recorded at the end of each acquisition. At baseline LVEF, WT and systolic BP values under beta-blockade were not significantly different from those obtained in the non-beta-blocked state. The mean HR and diastolic BP at baseline were lower under beta-blockade. Dobutamine administration (at 5 and 10 {mu}g kg{sup -1} min{sup -1}) induced a significant increase in WT, LVEF and systolic BP in all subjects both on and off beta-blockade. The increases in WT, LVEF and systolic BP in the beta-blocked state were less pronounced but not significantly different. HR increased significantly at 10 {mu}g kg{sup -1} min{sup -1} dobutamine without beta-blocker administration, while no increase in HR was observed in the beta-blocked state. Beta

  13. Effect of beta-blockade on low-dose dobutamine-induced changes in left ventricular function in healthy volunteers: assessment by gated SPET myocardial perfusion scintigraphy

    Viability studies are often performed in patients receiving beta-blocking agents. However, the intake of beta-blocking agents could influence the identification of viable myocardium when low-dose dobutamine is used to demonstrate inotropic reserve. The aim of this study was to quantify the effect of beta-blockade on global and regional left ventricular function in healthy volunteers using low-dose dobutamine gated single-photon emission tomographic (SPET) myocardial perfusion scintigraphy. Ten subjects were studied once ''on'' and once ''off'' beta-blocker therapy (metoprolol succinate, 100 mg day-1). On each occasion four consecutive gated SPET acquisitions (of 7 min duration) were recorded after injection of 925 MBq technetium-99m tetrofosmin on a triple-headed camera equipped with focussing (Cardiofocal) collimators. Acquisitions were made at rest (baseline 1 and 2) and 5 min after the beginning of the infusion of 5 and 10 μg kg-1 min-1 dobutamine. Wall thickening (WT) was quantified using a method based on circumferential profile analysis. Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) was obtained using the Cedars-Sinai algorithm. Blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) were recorded at the end of each acquisition. At baseline LVEF, WT and systolic BP values under beta-blockade were not significantly different from those obtained in the non-beta-blocked state. The mean HR and diastolic BP at baseline were lower under beta-blockade. Dobutamine administration (at 5 and 10 μg kg-1 min-1) induced a significant increase in WT, LVEF and systolic BP in all subjects both on and off beta-blockade. The increases in WT, LVEF and systolic BP in the beta-blocked state were less pronounced but not significantly different. HR increased significantly at 10 μg kg-1 min-1 dobutamine without beta-blocker administration, while no increase in HR was observed in the beta-blocked state. Beta-blocker therapy in healthy subjects attenuates the inotropic and chronotropic myocardial

  14. Tc99m- hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid (HIDA) scintigraphy in clinical practice

    There have been evolutionary changes in the management of pathological conditions of the hepatobiliary system over recent years, particularly with an increasing emphasis on modern hepatobiliary surgical techniques. Concurrent advances have occurred in imaging technology and availability, leading to a greater use of ultrasound, multidetector computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the primary evaluation of hepatobiliary disease. Radionuclide imaging using technetium99m (Tc99m) hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid (HIDA) derivatives is an established technique that complements morphological imaging, providing valuable functional information in both pre- and postoperative evaluation of patients with suspected or known hepatobiliary disease. This review discusses the current clinical indications for Tc99m HIDA scintigraphy using clinical cases to demonstrate how this technique continues to play a valuable diagnostic role in the assessment of the functional integrity of the hepatobiliary system.

  15. 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...

  16. Prona positioning in patients submitted to myocardial perfusion scintigraphy; Posicao prona em pacientes submetidos a cintilografia de perfusao miocardica

    Cunha, C.J.; Ferreira, F.C.L.; Dullius, M.A.; Souza, S.O.; Souza, D.N. [Universidade Federal de Sergipe (UFS), Sao Cristovao, SE (Brazil). Dept. de Fisica; Carvalho, C.R.A. [Clinica de Medicina Nuclear Endocrinologia e Diabetes, Aracaju, SE (Brazil)

    2011-10-26

    The myocardium perfusion scintigraphy corresponds at the nuclear medicine to one of best diagnostic methods for myocardium diseases. However, artefacts generated by the diaphragmatic tissue can induce to false positive diagnostic when does not occurs association of the image in supine position with the prone position. Images acquired at the two positions were analysed and the evaluation of tomographic images were estimation and consequently, a more completed diagnostic

  17. 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.

  18. Clinical significance of exercise-induced ST segment depression in patients with lateral myocardial infarction involving the left circumflex artery. Evaluation by exercise 99mTc-MIBI myocardial scintigraphy

    The aim of this study is to clarify the causes of exercise-induced ST-segment depression in patients with broad lateral old myocardial infraction involving left circumflex branch (LCX) (LCX-OMI) without ischemia on exercise scintigraphy. Twenty one patients (M/F=11/10, age=62±19 years) with myocardial infraction involving LCX (LCX-MI), but without fill-in on exercise and rest MIBI quantitative gated SPECT (QGS), were selected. They were divided into two groups of Group ST(+) (n=11, with significant ST depression (max-2.8±0.4 mm), Group ST (-) (n=10) without ST depression. On 20 SPECT segments of both exercise and rest SPECT, we scored uptake score as defect score (DS) (0=normal to 3=defect) and wall motion as wall motion score (WMS) (0=normal to -5=dyskinesis) and summed DS (TDS) and WMS (TWMS) in LCX region, furthermore, calculated the difference of TWMS (ΔTWMS {exercise-rest}), end diastolic volume (EDV) and ejection fraction (EF) during exercise were compared between the two groups. Group ST(+) showed significantly (p2-4 without ischemia in LCX-MI was observed in patients with broad LCX-MI, low EF, and was related to impaired wall motion in LCX region. ST depression in V2-4 was considered to appear as miller image of ST elevation at postero-inferior wall due to disturbed wall motion on exercise. (author)

  19. Evaluation of hemodynamic significance of coronary fistulae. Diagnostic integration between coronary angiography and stress/rest myocardial scintigraphy

    It is here reported on the importance of the integration of data obtained from digital coronary angiography and stress/rest 99mTc sestamibi myocardial perfusion single photon emission tomography in evaluationing the hemodynamic significance of coronary arteriovenous fistulae. Coronary fistulae were detected with coronary angiography in 9 patients. All patients underwent clinical examination, trans thoracic echocardiography, stress electrocardiogram and stress/rest 99mTc sestamibi myocardial perfusion single photon emission tomography. Stress/rest 99mTc sestamibi myocardial perfusion single photon tomography and stress electrocardiogram showed stress-induced myocardial ischemia in 2 patients. The first patient with familial predisposition and risk factors for ischemic heart disease presented a mesocardic heart murmur on clinical examination. At stress ECG (125 Watt, 153 b/m max frequency 93%, arterial pressure 230 mmHg, max frequency pressure product 35200) ischemic alterations were recorded at the first minute of the second stage of the Bruce protocol. Coronary angiography detected a circumflex artery fistula in the coronary sinus. Stress/rest 99mTc sestamibi myocardial perfusion single photon emission tomography for the evaluation of stress/rest perfusion detected a reversible perfusion defect of the proximal portion of the posterolateral and lateral walls, thus confirming the hemodynamic importance of the flow through the fistula during stress cycloergometric testing. In the second patient familial predisposition to ischemic heart disease and previous inferior wall myocardial infarction and non-significant stress ECG, coronary angiography identified a seclusive stenosis of the right coronary artery and anomaly between the anterior interventricular artery and the left pulmonary artery. The presence of the contrast medium in the left pulmonary artery identified a flow from the left ventricle to the left pulmonary artery. Good angiographic results were obtained

  20. Radio-isotopic myocardial study

    The non invasive study of the myocardium with radio-isotopes is effected either with radio-elements labeling on recently infarcted myocardium, such as PYP Tc 99m, or after I.V. injection of Tl 201 extracted by normal myocardium or after I.V. injection of radio-element which study the myocardial metabolism. The fixation of PYP Tc 99m, bordering that of calcium, appears 24 hours after the onset of the myocardial infarction; then it reduces and disappears a week later; its persistency gives evidence of an evolution to ventricular anevrism. The relatively low sensitivity and specificity of this test should induce to reserve if for precise cases. 201 Tl realizes a map of the myocardial flow because this radio-isotope reflects with damping the variations of coronary flow. The scintigraphy is made either after stress test or after I.V. injection of dipyridamole, and the sensitivity and specificity of the test is better than electrocardiographic exercise stress test. The predictive value of the test for a patient highly depends of the prevalence of the coronary disease for this patient; however the results of Tl scintigraphy are far from an ideal test; quantitative or semi-quantitative analysis of the image compared to the analogical image seems to improve sensitivity for detection of coronary disease. After myocardial infarction, its best use is to detect a left anterior descending stenosis after posterior or inferior infarction. Among the possible radio-elements of myocardial metabolism, scintigraphy with fatty acids opens interesting prospects for the study of the myocardial clearance of the radio-isotope, that reflects the global or regional myocardial metabolism

  1. A comparative study between TL-201 SPECT myocardial perfusion scintigraphy and dobutamine stress echocardiography in the detection of coronary artery disease at the Philippine Heart Center

    Although thallium-201 SPECT myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) has shown considerable accuracy for the detection of coronary artery disease (CAD), dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE), a relatively new method for the detection of CAD had been recently utilized at the Philippine Heart Center. To assess its diagnostic worth versus that of thallium-201 spect myocardial scintigraphy (MPS), we studied 18 patients who underwent both procedures. Coronary angiography (CA) was used as the gold standard. MPS was performed with maximal treadmill exercise or with dipyridamole (0.568 mg/kg over 4 minutes) and Tl-201 was injected at peak stress. DSE was performed by infusing dobutamine at an increment of 5 μg/kg/min up to a maximum of 40. Atropine (0.01%) was added when 85% of maximum predicted heart rate is not achieved. Significant stenosis (>70%) was found in 16 out of 18 patients by CA. The sensitivity for the presence of CAD was 88% (14/16) and 69% (11/16) for MPS and DSE respectively. Specificity was 100% (2/2) for both. PPV was 100% for both while NPV was 50% and 29% for MPS and DSE respectively. Diagnostic accuracies were 89% and 72% for MPS and DSE respectively (P>0.05). Sensitivity for detecting left anterior descending artery (LAD) lesion was 71% 64% for MPS and DSE respectively; specificity was 75% and 100% respectively. For the left circumplex artery (LCX) lesion, both MPS and DSE had a sensitivity of 62% and specificity of 60%. Likewise for the right coronary artery (RCA) lesion, both had a sensitivity of 66% and specificity of 50%. Diagnostic accuracies were equal for both tests at 72% for LAD; 61% for LCX; and 61% for RCA. Kappa tests for association shows ρ values of >0.05 for overall and individual CAD detection suggesting no significant difference between MPS and DSE. Although there is a trend showing better detection of CAD with MPS, this particular study shows that both tests are comparable with regards to detection of the presence of CAD and of

  2. 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

  3. The effect of β-blocker on hamster model BIO 53.58 with dilated cardiomyopathy determined using 123I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy

    123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) myocardial scintigraphy is currently used to evaluate cardiac sympathetic nerve function, but MIBG also has the capacity to evaluate dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) severity and therapeutic effectiveness. In this study, we administered β-blockers to a DCM hamster model and evaluated the effect of therapy using MIBG. We also pathologically compared the effects of myocardial fibrosis suppression. BIO 53.58 hamsters were divided into the following five groups based on β-blocker administration: vehicle (COT), 2 mg/kg/day carvedilol (CLT), 20 mg/kg/day (CHT) carvedilol, 4 mg/kg/day (MLT) metoprolol, 40 mg/kg/day (MHT) metoprolol. F1B hamsters were administered a vehicle (COF). Plasma catecholamine, noradrenaline (p-NADR), adrenaline (p-ADR), and dopamine (p-DOPA) were assayed, and MIBG was performed. The count ratio of the heart to the mediastinum (H/M) and left ventricle myocardial washout ratio (WR) were calculated. We then performed an autopsy and calculated the percent change in fibrotic area from myocardial sections. H/M of the initial image in the COT group was significantly lower at 2.4±0.2 than the 2.9±0.7 in the COF group (p<0.05). The CLT and CHT groups had higher H/M values compared to the COT group (3.1±0.6, 3.0±0.6 versus 2.4±0.2: p<0.05). Significant correlations were evident between the H/M of the delayed image and p-NADR and p-DOPA (p<0.05, p<0.01, respectively) as well as between WR and p-NADR and p-DOPA (p<0.05). Percent change in fibrotic area was significantly lower in the β-blocker groups than in the COT group (p<0.05). Significant negative correlations were seen between the H/M of the delayed image and the percent change in fibrosis area. The delayed image H/M and WR acutely reflected cardiac disorder and sympathetic nerve function disorder in BIO 53.58 hamsters. In the carvedilol-administered groups, there was improvement compared to the initial H/M image, indicating the efficacy of the β-blocker in DCM

  4. Evaluation of viability of infarcted myocardium by low dose dobutamine stress echocardiography. Comparison with exercise stress 201Tl myocardial scintigraphy

    Exercise stress 201Tl myocardial single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is recognized to be a excellent method for identifying viability after myocardial infarction, but it is expensive and needs a longer time for data acquisition than echocardiography. We therefore performed this study to evaluate the effectiveness of low dose (5-10 μg/kg/min) dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) in 30 patients (61±8 years old: 24 men and 6 women) within 4 weeks after myocardial infarction in identifying viable myocardium, compared to results obtained by SPECT. Defining an akinetic or dyskinetic segment obtained by rest echocardiography as a definite infarct area, altogether 96 segments out of 716 segments were shown to be infarct areas. Of these, 75 (78%) segments were identified as viable by DSE, and 77 (80%) by SPECT. Only 2 segments were shown to be discrepant on DSE and SPECT. Subsequently, the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy rates for DSE were 96%, 100% and 96%, respectively. In conclusion, DSE is as effective and useful as SPECT in the evaluation of viability after myocardial infarction. (author)

  5. Mapping of the image quality in myocardial scintigraphy: A national study; Kartlaeggning av bildkvalitet vid myokardscintigrafi: en nationell studie

    Ohlson, Maria; Gustafsson, Agnetha (Radiofysikavd., Universitetssjukhuset, Linkoeping (SE)); Gretarsdottir, Jakobina (Diagnostik, Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset, Goeteborg (SE)); Olsson, Eva (Fysiologiska kliniken, Universitetssjukhuset, Linkoeping (SE)); Johansson, Lena (Klinisk Fysiologi, Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset, Goeteborg (SE))

    2008-04-15

    The aim of this study was to make a survey over the physical parameters and how they affect the image quality and the final diagnosis for myocardial perfusion SPECT in Sweden. Another aim was to evaluate the need for standardized acquisition and processing protocols for myocardial perfusion SPECT. All thirty nuclear medicine departments in Sweden that perform myocardial perfusion SPECT participated in the study. A thorax heart phantom was used to simulate two patients. All studies were acquired and processed with the parameters used clinically in each hospital respectively. A quantitative and a qualitative evaluation were performed. At each hospital, the local nuclear medicine physician interpreted the images as if they were true patient images. There are great differences in the acquiring and processing parameters used in myocardial perfusion SPECT studies in Sweden. The image quality varies greatly for the different hospital but was approved for the majority of the hospitals. Images from two hospitals were considered to be too poor to be diagnosed. The interpretations of the local nuclear medicine physicians differ but the majority has reported an adequate diagnosis. One third of the hospitals have reported false positive defects. All steps in the chain from the acquisition to the evaluation of the medicine physician must be performed with high quality. The determinative factors are the noise reduction filter, the orientation of the slices in the heart and the judgement of the local medicine physician. The acquiring and processing parameters proposed by EANM should be used. The hospitals are also recommended to investigate in the time and resources available, in order to educate all staff involved in the evaluation of myocardial studies

  6. Abdominal visceral fat accumulation is associated with the results of {sup 123}I-metaiodobenzylguanidine myocardial scintigraphy in type 2 diabetic patients

    Anan, Futoshi [Oita Red Cross Hospital, Department of Cardiology, Oita (Japan); Oita University, Department of Internal Medicine I, Oita (Japan); Masaki, Takayuki; Takahashi, Naohiko; Yoshimatsu, Hironobu [Oita University, Department of Internal Medicine I, Oita (Japan); Yonemochi, Hidetoshi; Nakagawa, Mikiko; Saikawa, Tetsunori [Oita University, Department of Cardiovascular Science, Oita (Japan); Eshima, Nobuoki [Oita University, Department of Biostatistics, School of Medicine, Oita (Japan)

    2007-08-15

    We tested the hypothesis that increased abdominal visceral accumulation (VFA) is associated with insulin resistance and cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction in type 2 diabetic patients not receiving insulin treatment. The fat distribution was evaluated by measuring the VFA by abdominal computed tomography at the umbilical level. The study group consisted of 24 type 2 diabetic patients with high VFA ({>=}100 cm{sup 2}, age 60 {+-} 8 years, high VFA group). The control group consisted of 19 age-matched type 2 diabetic patients with normal VFA (<100 cm{sup 2}, age 60 {+-} 7 years, normal VFA group). Cardiovascular autonomic function was assessed by baroreflex sensitivity, heart rate variability, plasma norepinephrine concentrations, and cardiac {sup 123}I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) scintigraphy. Early and delayed {sup 123}I-MIBG myocardial uptake values were lower (p < 0.005 and p < 0.0001, respectively) and the percent washout rate of {sup 123}I-MIBG was higher (p < 0.0005) in the high VFA group than in the normal VFA group. The fasting plasma insulin concentrations (p < 0.005) and the homeostasis model assessment (HOMA) index values (p < 0.0005) were higher in the high VFA group than in normal VFA group. Multiple regression analysis revealed that the level of VFA was independently predicted by the HOMA index values and the myocardial uptake of {sup 123}I-MIBG during the delayed phase. Our results demonstrate that the level of VFA is associated with depressed cardiovascular autonomic function and insulin resistance in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. (orig.)

  7. Usefulness and limitations of {sup 99m}Tc-3,3-diphosphono-1,2-propanodicarboxylic acid scintigraphy in the aetiological diagnosis of amyloidotic cardiomyopathy

    Rapezzi, Claudio; Quarta, Candida Cristina; Longhi, Simone; Gallo, Pamela; Gagliardi, Christian; Branzi, Angelo [University of Bologna and Policlinico S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, Institute of Cardiology, Bologna (Italy); Guidalotti, Pier Luigi; Pettinato, Cinzia [S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, Nuclear Medicine Unit, Bologna (Italy); Leone, Ornella [University of Bologna and S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, Department of Pathology, Bologna (Italy); Ferlini, Alessandra [University of Ferrara, Department of Diagnostic and Experimental Medicine, Section of Medical Genetics, Ferrara (Italy); Salvi, Fabrizio [Ospedale Bellaria, Department of Neurology, Bologna (Italy)

    2011-03-15

    We previously reported in a small series of patients that {sup 99m}Tc-3,3-diphosphono-1,2-propanodicarboxylic acid ({sup 99m}Tc-DPD) scintigraphy tested positive in transthyretin-related (TTR) (both mutant and wild-type) but not in primary (AL) amyloidotic cardiomyopathy (AC). We extended our study to a larger cohort of patients with AC. We evaluated (1) 45 patients with TTR-related AC (28 mutant and 17 wild-type), (2) 34 with AL-related AC and (3) 15 non-affected controls. Myocardial uptake of {sup 99m}Tc-DPD (740 MBq i.v.) was semiquantitatively and visually assessed at 5 min and at 3 h. Heart retention (HR) and heart to whole-body retention ratio (H/WB) of late {sup 99m}Tc-DPD uptake were higher among TTR-related AC (HR 7.8%; H/WB 10.4) compared with both unaffected controls (HR 3.5%; H/WB 5.7; p < 0.0001) and AL-related AC (HR 4.0%; H/WB 6.1; p < 0.0001). For the diagnosis of TTR-related AC, positive and negative predictive accuracy of visual scoring of cardiac retention were: 80 and 100% (visual score {>=}1); 88 and 100% (visual score {>=}2); and 100 and 68% (visual score = 3). At adjusted linear regression analysis, TTR aetiology turned out to be the only positive predictor of increasing {sup 99m}Tc-DPD uptake in terms of both HR [{beta} 2.5, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.5-3.5; p < 0.0001] and H/WB ({beta} 3.5, 95% CI 2.1-4.9; p < 0.0001). While {sup 99m}Tc-DPD scintigraphy was confirmed to be useful for differentiating TTR from AL-related AC, diagnostic accuracy was lower than previously reported due to a mild degree of tracer uptake in about one third of AL patients. {sup 99m}Tc-DPD scintigraphy can provide an accurate differential diagnosis in cases of absent or intense uptake evaluated by visual score. (orig.)

  8. Abdominal visceral fat accumulation is associated with the results of 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine myocardial scintigraphy in type 2 diabetic patients

    We tested the hypothesis that increased abdominal visceral accumulation (VFA) is associated with insulin resistance and cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction in type 2 diabetic patients not receiving insulin treatment. The fat distribution was evaluated by measuring the VFA by abdominal computed tomography at the umbilical level. The study group consisted of 24 type 2 diabetic patients with high VFA (≥100 cm2, age 60 ± 8 years, high VFA group). The control group consisted of 19 age-matched type 2 diabetic patients with normal VFA (2, age 60 ± 7 years, normal VFA group). Cardiovascular autonomic function was assessed by baroreflex sensitivity, heart rate variability, plasma norepinephrine concentrations, and cardiac 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) scintigraphy. Early and delayed 123I-MIBG myocardial uptake values were lower (p 123I-MIBG was higher (p 123I-MIBG during the delayed phase. Our results demonstrate that the level of VFA is associated with depressed cardiovascular autonomic function and insulin resistance in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. (orig.)

  9. Selection of patients for myocardial perfusion scintigraphy based on fuzzy sets theory applied to clinical-epidemiological data and treadmill test results

    P.S. Duarte

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Coronary artery disease (CAD is a worldwide leading cause of death. The standard method for evaluating critical partial occlusions is coronary arteriography, a catheterization technique which is invasive, time consuming, and costly. There are noninvasive approaches for the early detection of CAD. The basis for the noninvasive diagnosis of CAD has been laid in a sequential analysis of the risk factors, and the results of the treadmill test and myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS. Many investigators have demonstrated that the diagnostic applications of MPS are appropriate for patients who have an intermediate likelihood of disease. Although this information is useful, it is only partially utilized in clinical practice due to the difficulty to properly classify the patients. Since the seminal work of Lotfi Zadeh, fuzzy logic has been applied in numerous areas. In the present study, we proposed and tested a model to select patients for MPS based on fuzzy sets theory. A group of 1053 patients was used to develop the model and another group of 1045 patients was used to test it. Receiver operating characteristic curves were used to compare the performance of the fuzzy model against expert physician opinions, and showed that the performance of the fuzzy model was equal or superior to that of the physicians. Therefore, we conclude that the fuzzy model could be a useful tool to assist the general practitioner in the selection of patients for MPS.

  10. Selection of patients from myocardial perfusion scintigraphy based on fuzzy sets theory applied to clinical-epidemiological data and treadmill test results

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a worldwide leading cause of death. The standard method for evaluating critical partial occlusions is coronary arteriography, a catheterization technique which is invasive, time consuming, and costly. There are noninvasive approaches for the early detection of CAD. The basis for the noninvasive diagnosis of CAD has been laid in a sequential analysis of the risk factors, and the results of the treadmill test and myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS). Many investigators have demonstrated that the diagnostic applications of MPS are appropriate for patients who have an intermediate likelihood of disease. Although this information is useful, it is only partially utilized in clinical practice due to the difficulty to properly classify the patients. Since the seminal work of Lotfi Zadeh, fuzzy logic has been applied in numerous areas. In the present study, we proposed and tested a model to select patients for MPS based on fuzzy sets theory. A group of 1053 patients was used to develop the model and another group of 1045 patients was used to test it. Receiver operating characteristic curves were used to compare the performance of the fuzzy model against expert physician opinions, and showed that the performance of the fuzzy model was equal or superior to that of the physicians. Therefore, we conclude that the fuzzy model could be a useful tool to assist the general practitioner in the selection of patients for MPS. (author)

  11. Administration of endo venous dipyridamole in myocardial scintigraphy with tetrofosmin-Tc99m in patients with complete left bundle branch block. Preliminary results

    The partial results of the administration of endovenous dipyridamole are compared with physical effort in 7 patients with complete left bundle branch block (CLBB) during myocardial scintigraphy with Tetrofosmin-TC99m. Exercise was undertaken according to the habitual protocol of our laboratory. The following segments were analyzed: septum, apex, inferoapical, posterolateral, anterolateral, anterior, inferior, postero-inferior and postero-basal. The highest heart rate (HR) on exertion was 90 n8 % and the maximum load was 61n 24 W. Heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure under basal conditions had no significant changes, but when the stresses were compared they did (p<0.05). The global concordance for the reversibility or not of the uptake defect of the radiopharmaceutical was 96 %, k=0.83, whereas for identifying the type of defect it was 92 %, k=0.84. The worst concordance was for the septum 85 %, k=0.80; however, it was not significant in relation to other analyzed segments. Congruency was 71 % in the diagnostic result. Due probably to the unsuitability of the sample of studied patients, our results show a good concordance between the use of dipyridamole and physical effort with stress methods when only the images obtained are evaluated

  12. Synthesis, formulation and quality control of methoxy isobutyl isonitrile as a 99m Tc radiopharmaceutical kit for myocardial perfusion scintigraphy

    99m Tc - MIBI is a lipophile cationic 99m Tc complex which has been found to accumulate in viable myocardial tissue. The chemical structure of Isonitriles in particular Methoxy Isobutyl Isonitrile (MIBI) as well as the procedures of synthesis, formulation of kit and labelling with 99m Tc is discussed. Investigation of effective factors and finding the optimum parameters to obtain the highest labelling efficiency and radiochemical purity of 99m Tc - MIBI complex is also included in this research work

  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. Prediction of single versus multivessel disease following myocardial infarction using 201-thallium scintigraphy and electrocardiographic stress testing

    Fifty patients were evaluated who suffered a single myocardial infarction with graded electrocardiographic stress testing, 201-thallium myocardial perfusion imaging and coronary angiography to assess the role of noninvasive indices as predictors of single versus multivessel coronary artery disease. Multivessel involvement was defined angiographically as the presence of two or more major coronary arteries with at least a 70% intraluminal diameter narrowing. Multivessel disease was defined scintigraphically as the presence of stress and/or redistribution perfusion defects in the distribution of more than one coronary artery. The results of stress electrocardiography were not useful in differentiating patients with single (9/16 positive) versus multivessel (22/34 positive) disease. The degree of exercise-induced ST-segment depression was also not helpful. Stress 201-thallium imaging did offer limited additional information with correct predictions of multivessel disease in 21 of 26 patients. Predictions of single-vessel disease were accurate in 11 of 24 patients. Eleven of these 13 incorrect predictions of single-vessel disease were due to the relative insensitivity of the thallium stress image to perceive defect in the anterior wall when the left anterior descending artery had significant obstruction at catheterization. Further refinements of stress perfusion imaging are needed before this method can be used to reliably separate patients with single and multivessel disease after myocardial infarction

  15. The safety of dipyridamole myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) in patients with end-stage chronic airways limitations (CAL)

    Full text: Dipyridamole MPS is a well-established investigative technique in the diagnosis and pre-operative risk stratification of patients with possible coronary artery disease. However, there remains a concern of its use in patients with end-stage chronic airways limitations (CAL). Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) is a recent therapeutic option for such patients. The options for non-invasive pre-operative cardiac assessment in such patients are limited. This study reviewed the safety of dipyridamole use in such a clinical setting. 20 patients (10M, 10F, mean age 64.8 yrs) were evaluated. None had any history of ischaemic heart disease. Dipyridamole was administered intravenously at a dose of 0.05 mg/kg. Six patients remained asymptomatic throughout the procedure, while none experienced any chest pain. Two patients experienced moderate dyspnoea, which was rapidly relieved with aminophylline (100mg IV) during the recovery phase of the study. Two others developed mild dyspnoea; one settled spontaneously, while the other responded promptly to aminophylline. Aminophylline was administered to nine other patients to reverse minor symptoms (headache, flushing sensation). One other patient developed marked hypotension (SBP fell >20mmHg) and bradycardia, but no ECG changes for myocardial ischaemia. He responded well to aminophylline. His myocardial perfusion scan demonstrated extensive reversible myocardial ischaemia. Although the population size was small, dipyridamole appears safe to use in patients with end-stage CAL. Copyright (2000) The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine Inc

  16. 14C octanoic acid breath tests correlate with scintigraphy in the critically ill

    Full text: Gastric stasis is common in the critically ill and reduces tolerance to nasogastric feeding. Scintigraphic measurement of gastric emptying is rarely used in the critically ill for practical reasons. Breath testing would be a more convenient way of determining gastric emptying. The purpose of this study was to validate 14C octanoic acid breath tests against scintigraphy in ventilated patients. 21 unselected mechanically ventilated patients receiving enteral nutrition via a nasogastric tube (14M, mean age 58yrs) were fed a dual radiolabelled nutrient meal consisting of 100ml Ensure, 74KBq 14C octanoic acid and 20MBq 99Tc sulphur colloid. 12 normal volunteers (9M mean age 38yrs) were also studied to establish normal ranges. Dynamic scintigraphic images were collected with subjects in 20 deg LAO position over 4 hours utilising a GE Starcam 300M mobile gamma camera. Breath samples were collected using the RAH 'Rapid-14' collection methodology at baseline and every 10 -15 minutes for 4 hours. Gastric emptying parameters were calculated and correlated. Normal breath test mean t- = 117min (SD=46). Delayed gastric emptying was seen in some of the critically ill patients, mean t- - 143 mm (SD=86). Strongest correlations were between normals scintigraphic t- (t-s) and breath test t- (t-B), r=0.96 (p-B, r=0.75 (p-s and t-B, n=16, r=0.73 (p14C octanoic acid breath tests in normal subjects and the critically ill. This may be a useful alternative for measurement of gastric emptying in the critically ill. Copyright (2002) The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine Inc

  17. Tc-99m p-aminohippuric acid renal scintigraphy: results of preliminary animal and human studies

    Purpose: Tc-99m p-aminohippuric acid (PAH) is a new radiopharmaceutical labeled with Tc-99m in presence of calcium three sodium salt of DTPA by use of Sn(II) - reduction method. Tc-99m PAH is rapidly secreted by the kidneys in a manner consistent with tubular secretion, as confirmed by rat probenecid studies. The present study aimed at evaluating Tc-99m PAH as renal imaging agent. Methods: After bolus injection of radiopharmaceutical in a Wister rat (17 MBq) and in 10 healthy subjects - 2 normal volunteers and 8 potential kidney. donors (111 MBq) dynamic images were acquired for 20 min in three frame groups. In all patients Tc-99m MAG3 and Tc-99m DTPA studies were also performed several days later, in l day intervals to acquire renal studies for comparison. The scintigraphic images and time/activity curves were analyzed. Results: Rat study gave typical three-phase renogram and satisfactory renal functional images with no significant extrarenal background. During Tc-99m PAH scintigraphy in humans rapid disappearance of radiopharmaceutical from the vascular system and high uptake in kidneys followed by its very fast elimination and low residual activity at the end of the study were registered. Anterior whole body images obtained at 40 min and 3 h post injection to evaluate the distribution of 99mTc-PAH within the body showed neither gallbladder nor liver activity. Mean values of the following semi-quantitative parameters were calculated; time to peak (Tmax): 3.65±0.91, time from peak to 50% of peak activity (T1/2): 6.91±2.71, percentage of residual activity in each kidney at the end of the study: 26±2.71 and split renal function: 51.26±3.92. Mean values of Tmax and T1/2 obtained with Tc-99m PAH were significantly lower in comparison with Tc-99m DTPA. Mean values of relative function did not show any significant difference between three tracers. Conclusion: Our preliminary results confirmed good biological characteristics of 99mTc-PAH, indicating its potential

  18. Evaluation of the therapeutic effect of percutaneous nephroureterolithotomy by Tc-99m diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA) renal scintigraphy

    To evaluate the therapeutic effects of percutaneous nephroureterolithotomy, the renal function of eleven patients with renal calculi was studied, pre- and post-intervention. Renal function was determined, by renal scintigraphy with the renal agent, Tc-99m diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA). In each renal scintigram the renogram curve was analyzed and the following was determined by deconvolution analysis; the renal fraction of blood flow (RFBF), DTPA-glomerular filtration ratio (GFR) and the renal mean transit time (MTT). The successful results in percutaneous nephroureterolithotomy (PNL) was proven using the radionuclide technique in most cases. From these results it can be concluded that renal scintigraphy is an effective procedure to evaluate the effect of PNL for treating renal calculi and secondary hydronephrosis. (author)

  19. Estimation of acute myocardial infarct size in patients with successful coronary reperfusion by counts-based method (mirror image ROI method) using technetium-99m pyrophosphate myocardial scintigraphy

    The present study was to assess the usefulness of counts-based method in myocardial planar imaging with Tc-99m pyrophosphate (PYP) in determining myocardial infarct (MI) size. The subjects were 39 patients successfully treated with coronary thrombolytic therapy 6 hours after the onset of MI. Four to 6 days after the onset of MI, Tc-99m PYP images were obtained 4 hrs after iv injection of Tc-99m PYP (740 MBq). MI counts obtained by counts-based method in an anterior view (mirror image ROI method) were compared with the total serum concentration of creatine kinase (CK) and left ventricular ejection fraction (EF). There was a significant correlation between MI counts and the total serum concentration of CK. Similar findings were obtained for both anterior and inferior MI. MI counts showed a negative correlation with EF calculated from both blood pool scintiscanning and left ventriculography during the chronic stage. For patients with successful coronary perfusion, MI counts obtained by counts-based method are considered to become an indicator for MI size and chronic left ventricular function. (N.K.)

  20. {sup 123}I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy in diabetic patients. Relationship with {sup 201}Tl uptake and cardiac autonomic function

    Nagamachi, Shigeki; Jinnouchi, Seishi; Kurose, Takeshi; Ohnishi, Takashi; Flores, L.G. II; Nakahara, Hiroshi; Futami, Shigemi; Tamura, Shozo; Matsukura, Shigeru [Miyazaki Medical Coll., Kiyotake (Japan)

    1998-12-01

    The purpose of this paper is to investigate the influence of diabetic myocardial damage (suspected myocardial damage; SMD) diagnosed by {sup 201}Tl-SPECT and diabetic cardiac autonomic neuropathy (AN) on myocardial MIBG uptake in patients with NIDDM. Eighty-seven diabetic patients divided into four subgroups: 23 with SMD (+) AN (+); 19 with SMD (+) AN (-); 27 with SMD (-) AN (+); 18 with SMD (-) AN (-), and 10 controls were studied. Both planar and SPECT images were taken at 30 minutes (early) and 3 hours (delayed) after {sup 123}I-MIBG injection. The heart to mediastinum uptake ratio (H/M) and washout ratio of {sup 123}I-MIBG (WR) were obtained from both planar images. Similarly, the difference between the {sup 201}Tl image and the {sup 123}I-MIBG image in the total uptake score (TUS) was taken as the difference in the total uptake score ({Delta}TUS) representing cardiac sympathetic denervation without SMD. On both early and delayed planar images, the mean H/M value in the subgroups of diabetic patients was significantly lower in the SMD (+) AN (+) group than in the control group, but among those subgroups, there was statistically significant difference between the SMD (+) AN (+) and SMD (-) AN (-) groups only on the delayed images. Regarding the WR value, there was no statistically significant difference among subjects. On SPECT image analysis, the diabetic subgroup with AN or SMD had statistically significant lower values for TUS than those of the control group. Among diabetics, there was a statistically significant differences between SMD [+] AN [+] and SMD [-] AN [-] on both early and delayed images. Similarly, the SMD [+] AN [-] group also had significantly lower values than those of SMD [-] AN [-] on early images. Regarding {Delta}TUS, there was a statistically significant differences between AN [+] subgroups and controls. Similarly, the mean value for {Delta}TUS was much higher in AN [+] subgroups than in AN [-] subgroups with or without SMD in diabetes

  1. [sup 123]I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy in diabetic patients. Relationship with [sup 201]Tl uptake and cardiac autonomic function

    Nagamachi, Shigeki; Jinnouchi, Seishi; Kurose, Takeshi; Ohnishi, Takashi; Flores, L.G. II; Nakahara, Hiroshi; Futami, Shigemi; Tamura, Shozo; Matsukura, Shigeru (Miyazaki Medical Coll., Kiyotake (Japan))

    1998-12-01

    The purpose of this paper is to investigate the influence of diabetic myocardial damage (suspected myocardial damage; SMD) diagnosed by [sup 201]Tl-SPECT and diabetic cardiac autonomic neuropathy (AN) on myocardial MIBG uptake in patients with NIDDM. Eighty-seven diabetic patients divided into four subgroups: 23 with SMD (+) AN (+); 19 with SMD (+) AN (-); 27 with SMD (-) AN (+); 18 with SMD (-) AN (-), and 10 controls were studied. Both planar and SPECT images were taken at 30 minutes (early) and 3 hours (delayed) after [sup 123]I-MIBG injection. The heart to mediastinum uptake ratio (H/M) and washout ratio of [sup 123]I-MIBG (WR) were obtained from both planar images. Similarly, the difference between the [sup 201]Tl image and the [sup 123]I-MIBG image in the total uptake score (TUS) was taken as the difference in the total uptake score ([Delta]TUS) representing cardiac sympathetic denervation without SMD. On both early and delayed planar images, the mean H/M value in the subgroups of diabetic patients was significantly lower in the SMD (+) AN (+) group than in the control group, but among those subgroups, there was statistically significant difference between the SMD (+) AN (+) and SMD (-) AN (-) groups only on the delayed images. Regarding the WR value, there was no statistically significant difference among subjects. On SPECT image analysis, the diabetic subgroup with AN or SMD had statistically significant lower values for TUS than those of the control group. Among diabetics, there was a statistically significant differences between SMD [+] AN [+] and SMD [-] AN [-] on both early and delayed images. Similarly, the SMD [+] AN [-] group also had significantly lower values than those of SMD [-] AN [-] on early images. Regarding [Delta]TUS, there was a statistically significant differences between AN [+] subgroups and controls. Similarly, the mean value for [Delta]TUS was much higher in AN [+] subgroups than in AN [-] subgroups with or without SMD in diabetes

  2. 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

  3. Contributions of myocardial scintigraphy in coronary heart disease in chronic hemodialysis: A prospective study of 52 cases

    We propose in this work to assess the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors in the chronic hemodialysis as well as diagnostic and prognostic performance of myocardial SPECT. We conducted a prospective study over a period of 5 years (1999-2004) assemble 52 chronic hemodialysis patients, 73 pour cent were treated at the hemodialysis unit of the principal Hospital Military - Tunis and 27 pour cent the hemodialysis unit of the polyclinic CNSS El Khadhra. The conventional periodic hemodialysis bicarbonate was the dialysis technique used in all our patients.

  4. Development of a computer-aided diagnosis system using fuzzy inference in 201TlCl exercise myocardial scintigraphy

    We have been working on the development of a computer-aided diagnosis system for images in nuclear medicine by using artificial neural networks. A physician's diagnosis of coronary artery disease in nuclear cardiology is performed not only on the basis of imaging data but also includes other factors such as measurement data from exercise scintigraphy. Therefore, we propose an expert system that uses fuzzy inference to estimate the number of abnormal vessels in cases of single- or multi-vessel disease (including normal vessels) of the coronary arteries. The main characteristic of this system is that it integrates information from various sources, including the physician's impressions. In this study, we investigated the system's clinical effectiveness. Results indicated a rate of agreement between the system's confidence level of inference and the physician's diagnosis of 62.2% and a rate of sensitivity of 83% for coronary artery disease. The computer made it possible to utilize vague factors such as a physician's assessment based on experience and intuition. These results demonstrate the usefulness of our proposed technique. (author)

  5. Comparison of 123I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy, brain perfusion SPECT, and voxel-based MRI morphometry for distinguishing between dementia with Lewy bodies and Alzheimer's disease

    This study aimed to compare the diagnostic value of 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) myocardial scintigraphy, N-isopropyl-p[123I]iodoamphetamine (IMP) brain perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) voxel-based morphometry (VBM) for the differentiation of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Thirty-five and 34 patients with probable DLB and probable AD, respectively, were enrolled. All patients underwent 123I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy, 123I-IMP brain perfusion SPECT, and brain MRI. For 123I-MIBG imaging, we calculated early and delayed heart-to-mediastinum (H/M) uptake ratios. Three-dimensional stereotactic surface projections (3D-SSP) were used to analyze the results of 123I-IMP SPECT. VBM with statistical parametric mapping 8 plus diffeomorphic anatomical registration using exponentiated Lie algebra (DARTEL) was used to analyze the brain MRI data. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curves (AUC) for discriminating DLB and AD was highest (0.882) for the delayed H/M ratio on 123I-MIBG scintigraphy. AUC for z-score measurement in the occipital lobe was 0.818 and that for the extent of gray matter (GM) atrophy in the whole brain was 0.788. AUC for the combination of 3D-SSP and VBM analysis was 0.836. The respective sensitivities and specificities for distinguishing DLB from AD were 97.1 and 100% for the delayed H/M ratio using 123I-MIBG scintigraphy; 88.6 and 73.5% for the occipital lobe z-score using 3D-SSP analysis; 85.7 and 64.7% for the extent of whole brain GM atrophy using voxel-based MRI morphometry; and 91.4 and 76.5% for the combination of 3D-SSP analysis and VBM. 123I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy was superior to brain perfusion SPECT and brain MRI using an advanced statistical technique to differentiate DLB and AD. (author)

  6. Effect of isosorbide-5-mononitrate on the mean pulmonary artery pressure and parameters of endocardial scintigraphy following uncomplicated myocardial infarction

    It was the aim of the study described here to find out whether it would be possible to validate the effects that isosorbide-5-mononitrate has on patients having suffered uncomplicated myocardial infarction, when given shortly after continuous infusions of glycerol trinitrate, which are generally withdrawn just before the infarct patient is transferred from the intensive care unit to a peripheral ward. In this connection it was also of interest, if an effect would be detectable after three to four weeks of treatment using a 3x20 mg regimen or if the effects of continuous treatment would be abolished by the development of tachyphylaxis. An unbiased evaluation of efficacy was achieved on the basis of determinations of the mean pulmonary artery pressure, of the enddiastolic volume of the left ventricle using technetium-99m and of the left-ventricular ejection fraction at rest. (Vhe)

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Effect of the reverse redistribution pattern on the left ventricular ejection fraction in the Tc- 99m MIBI SPECT myocardial perfusion scintigraphy

    Bekir Taşdemir

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The causes and prognostic significance of the reverse redistribution pattern (RRP is not clear yet. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the RRP effect on the left ventricular ejection fraction (EF. Methods: Imaging of the patients whose technetium-99m sestamibi myocardial perfusion scintigraphy was carried out and reported as normal were retrospectively examined. One-day protocol and/or pharmacologic stress testing applied patients were excluded. 21 patients with RRP met the inclusion criteria. All of these patients were included in the study as RRP group. Randomly selected 21 patients with non-RRP were included in the study as control group. Transient ischemic dilation (TID scores and EF values were automatically calculated with the Quantitative Gated SPECT (QGS program. Results: While a statistically significant difference was not found between the RRP and control groups in terms of age, sex, hypertension, family history, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes (p>0.05, there was a statistically significant difference in terms of smoking (p=0.019. TID scores in the RRP group were significantly lower compared to the control group (p<0.001. In addition, a statistically significant decrease was determined in the EF values in the rest images compared to the stress images in the RRP group (p=0.002. Furthermore, this decrease was significantly higher than in the control group (p= 0.034. Conclusion: The results related to the TID scores and EF values are suggesting the existence of an ischemic cause in the background of the RRP. Additionally, the relationship found between smoking and RRP may be associated with the tachycardia and / or coronary spasm-inducing effect of smoking. J Clin Exp Invest 2015; 6 (3: 286-290

  10. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy 2008 in Germany. Results of the fourth query; Myokard-Perfusions-Szintigraphie 2008 in Deutschland. Ergebnisse der vierten Erhebung

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

    2010-07-01

    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 4{sup th} 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.

  11. Diagnostic cutoff points for {sup 123}I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy in a Caucasian population with Parkinson's disease

    Muxi, Africa; Paredes, Pilar [Hospital Clinic, Universitat de Barcelona, Nuclear Medicine Department, Barcelona (Spain); Institut d' Investigacions Biomediques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Barcelona (Spain); RECAVA, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Barcelona (Spain); Agencia de Gestio d' Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR 2009 SGR 1049), Barcelona (Spain); Navales, Ignacio; Sola, Oriol; Domenech, Beatriz [Hospital Clinic, Universitat de Barcelona, Nuclear Medicine Department, Barcelona (Spain); Valldeoriola, Francesc; Gaig, Carles; Cerda, Andres de la; Tolosa, Eduardo [Hospital Clinic, Universitat de Barcelona, Movement Disorders Unit, Neurology Department, Barcelona (Spain); Institut d' Investigacions Biomediques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Barcelona (Spain); Lomena, Francisco [Hospital Clinic, Universitat de Barcelona, Nuclear Medicine Department, Barcelona (Spain); Institut d' Investigacions Biomediques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Barcelona (Spain); Pons, Francesca [Hospital Clinic, Universitat de Barcelona, Nuclear Medicine Department, Barcelona (Spain); Institut d' Investigacions Biomediques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Barcelona (Spain); Agencia de Gestio d' Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR 2009 SGR 1049), Barcelona (Spain)

    2011-06-15

    Molecular imaging with {sup 123}I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) has been used in Parkinson's disease (PD), but there is no consensual index to discriminate between normal and PD patients in the Caucasian population. The purpose of this study was to determine diagnostic cutoff points in the quantification of MIBG cardiac uptake in our population of PD patients. We have also calculated the reproducibility over a range of interpretation expertise. The study included 14 PD patients and 14 normal age- and sex-matched controls. Heart to mediastinum ratios (H/M) were calculated at 15 min (H/M15m) and 4 h (H/M4h) post-injection by three observers with different interpretation expertise, one of whom drew the regions of interest at three different times. The intraobserver and interobserver reliability was calculated (interclass correlation coefficient and coefficient of variability). Diagnosis was estimated by maximizing the Youden index for H/M and washout ratios. Discrimination ability was assessed by the area under the curve (AUC). Sensitivity and specificity were reported, using our thresholds. The parameter with the best diagnostic accuracy was the H/M4h ratio, with a major AUC (0.976 area under the receiver-operating characteristic curve). The threshold was 1.43 with a 95% confidence interval of 1.37-1.50. Using this threshold, the sensitivity and specificity were 93 and 100%. The interobserver and intraobserver variabilities measuring this ratio were 3.2 and 3.1%, respectively. The diagnostic cutoff point for {sup 123}I-MIBG myocardial scintigraphy in a Caucasian population with PD was 1.43 for the H/M4h index, with a good sensitivity and specificity. The technique is easy to use, with a good reproducibility over a range of interpretation expertise. (orig.)

  12. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in the detection of silent ischemia in asymptomatic diabetic patients Cintilografia de perfusão miocárdica na detecção da isquemia silenciosa em pacientes diabéticos assintomáticos

    Gláucia Celeste Rossatto Oki; Elizabeth João Pavin; Otávio Rizzi Coelho; Maria Cândida R. Parisi; Raitany C. Almeida; Elba Cristina Sá de Camargo Etchebehere; Edwaldo Eduardo Camargo; Celso Dario Ramos

    2013-01-01

    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...

  13. Gastroesophageal reflux: the acid test, scintigraphy or the pH probe

    The best established technique for diagnosing gastroesophageal reflux in children is the 24 hr esophageal pH probe test. No simultaneous comparison of this technique with radionuclide scans has been reported. Therefore, simultaneous 1 hr pH monitoring and gastroesophageal scintigraphy were performed in 49 infants and children with suspected gastroesophageal reflux. Forty-seven of these patients also were later monitored by the 24 hr pH probe test. Upper gastrointestinal series were performed on all patients. All patients with a positive 1 hr pH monitoring also had positive simultaneous scintigraphy. All patients with positive scintigraphy and pH probe monitoring also had a positive upper gastrointestinal series for reflux. The sensitivity of gastroesophageal scintigraphy, when compared to the 24 hr probe as a standard, was 79%; its specificity was 93%. The sensitivity of the upper gastrointestinal series was 86%, when compared to the 24 hr pH probe test. However, its specificity was only 21%

  14. Gastroesophageal reflux: the acid test, scintigraphy or the pH probe

    Seibert, J.J.; Byrne, W.J.; Euler, A.R.; Latture, T.; Leach, M.; Campbell, M.

    1983-06-01

    The best established technique for diagnosing gastroesophageal reflux in children is the 24 hr esophageal pH probe test. No simultaneous comparison of this technique with radionuclide scans has been reported. Therefore, simultaneous 1 hr pH monitoring and gastroesophageal scintigraphy were performed in 49 infants and children with suspected gastroesophageal reflux. Forty-seven of these patients also were later monitored by the 24 hr pH probe test. Upper gastrointestinal series were performed on all patients. All patients with a positive 1 hr pH monitoring also had positive simultaneous scintigraphy. All patients with positive scintigraphy and pH probe monitoring also had a positive upper gastrointestinal series for reflux. The sensitivity of gastroesophageal scintigraphy, when compared to the 24 hr probe as a standard, was 79%; its specificity was 93%. The sensitivity of the upper gastrointestinal series was 86%, when compared to the 24 hr pH probe test. However, its specificity was only 21%.

  15. Serum fatty acid in patients with acute myocardial infarction in Gorgan

    Abdoljalal Marjani

    2012-01-01

    Introduction: The present study aimed to assess serum fatty acid in patients with acute myocardial infarction in Gorgan, Iran. Material and Methods: The study conducted on the thirty and five subjects with acute myocardial infarction who were referred to the intensive Coronary Care Unit in 5th Azar in Gorgan. Results: The content of palmitoleic acid (16:1) was significantly higher in serum fatty acid of the patients than of the control groups (P=0.019), whereas oleic acid (18:1), linoleic aci...

  16. Myocardial uptake of radioiodinated fatty acids under influence of beta-adrenoceptor antagonists in the dog

    The metabolic effects of Pindolol and Metoprolol on myocardial uptake and distribution of radioiodinated free fatty acids (131I-heptadecanoic acid) in the normal and acutely ischemic dog heart, are investigated. The study shows a decrease in uptake of 131I-heptadecanoic acid in the myocardium after administration of beta-blocking agents, which could have major implications: 1) for the administration of beta-blocking agents in the acute stage of myocardial infarction in clinical practice and 2) for the use of 131I-heptadecanoic acid as cardiac imaging agent in patients with or suspect for coronary artery disease whom are on beta-blocker therapy

  17. Serum fatty acid in patients with acute myocardial infarction in Gorgan

    Abdoljalal Marjani

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The present study aimed to assess serum fatty acid in patients with acute myocardial infarction in Gorgan, Iran. Material and Methods: The study conducted on the thirty and five subjects with acute myocardial infarction who were referred to the intensive Coronary Care Unit in 5th Azar in Gorgan. Results: The content of palmitoleic acid (16:1 was significantly higher in serum fatty acid of the patients than of the control groups (P=0.019, whereas oleic acid (18:1, linoleic acid (18:2, _-linolenic acid (18:3, arachidonic acid (20:4 and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA were significantly higher in the control groups than the patients (P<0.0001, P=0.013, P=0.042, P=0,001 and P=0.022 respectively. Conclusion: This study showed that the content of polyunsaturated fatty acids in serum fatty acid component was decreased in acute myocardial infarction patients. These results suggest that there may be some protective effects of poly unsaturated fatty acid against myocardial infarction.

  18. Myocardial fatty acid imaging using iodine-123-BMIPP in patients with hypertensive intracranial hemorrhage

    An evaluation of myocardial fatty acid metabolism in hypertensive patients with major complication has not been previously established. To assess the myocardial fatty acid metabolism in hypertensive patients with intracranial hemorrhage (IH), we performed myocardial image using 123I-15-p-iodophenyl-3-methyl pentadecanoic acid (BMIPP). Seventeen hypertensive patients with IH (HIH) and 27 hypertensive patients without IH (HT) were studied. A dose of 111 MBq of BMIPP was injected intravenously at rest, and a myocardial image was recorded 30 minutes after the injection. Myocardial perfusion image using Thallium-201 (Tl) was also performed within 2 weeks after BMIPP study. The regional myocardial uptakes of BMIPP and Tl were visually assessed in 17 segments with a four-point scoring system (0=absent to 3=normal uptake). Cardiac hypertrophy was evaluated by electrocardiogrpahy (ECG) and two-dimensional ultrasonic cardiography (UCG). Sum of uptake scores of Tl was similar in both groups (45.1±5.4 vs. 47.9±4.2), but that of BMIPP in HIH was lower than HT (35.9±7.9 vs 45.6±4.8, p<0.001). Evaluation of cardiac hypertrophy using ECG and UCG revealed no significant difference between two groups. HIH have much more eccentric hypertrophy in UCG study than HT (53% vs. 37%). These data suggest that hypertensive patients with intracranial hemorrhage have a more impaired myocardial fatty acid metabolism compared to the hypertensive patients with similar cardiac hypertrophy. BMIPP imaging might be useful to evaluate the severity of myocardial fatty acid metabolism in hypertensive patients. (author)

  19. Ascorbic acid improves embryonic cardiomyoblast cell survival and promotes vascularization in potential myocardial grafts in vivo

    Martinez, E. C.; Wang, J; Gan, S U; Singh, R.; Lee, C. N.; Kofidis, T

    2010-01-01

    Organ restoration via cell therapy and tissue transplantation is limited by impaired graft survival. We tested the hypothesis that ascorbic acid (AA) reduces cell death in myocardial grafts both in vitro and in vivo and introduced a new model of autologous graft vascularization for later transplantation. Luciferase (Fluc)- and green fluorescent protein (GFP)-expressing H9C2 cardiomyoblasts were seeded in gelatin scaffolds to form myocardial artificial grafts (MAGs). MAGs were supplemented wit...

  20. Adrenal scintigraphy

    The exact localization of adrenal lesions can be achieved by noninvasive procedures. Whereas radiological methods reflect morphological changes, scintigraphy of adrenal cortex and medulla depends on function. - Radiolabeled 6β-methyl-19-norcholesterol is used for adrenocortical scintigraphy in primary aldosteronism, Cushing's syndrome and hyperandrogenism. By dexamethasone suppression a correct classification of adrenocortical lesions by scintigraphy can be observed in about 89% with a specificity of 86%. 123-I- and 131-I-metaiodobenzylguanidine is used for specific scintigraphy of the adrenal medulla. This method is a safe and reliable method for localization of adrenal and extraadrenal pheochromocytomas. (orig.)

  1. Adrenal scintigraphy

    Fischer, M.; Vetter, H.

    1986-04-01

    The exact localization of adrenal lesions can be achieved by noninvasive procedures. Whereas radiological methods reflect morphological changes, scintigraphy of adrenal cortex and medulla depends on function. - Radiolabeled 6..beta..-methyl-19-norcholesterol is used for adrenocortical scintigraphy in primary aldosteronism, Cushing's syndrome and hyperandrogenism. By dexamethasone suppression a correct classification of adrenocortical lesions by scintigraphy can be observed in about 89% with a specificity of 86%. 123-I- and 131-I-metaiodobenzylguanidine is used for specific scintigraphy of the adrenal medulla. This method is a safe and reliable method for localization of adrenal and extraadrenal pheochromocytomas.

  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. Comparison of myocardial thallium and β-methyl iodophenyl pentadecanoic acid (BMIPP) distribution in cardiomyopathy hamster

    The usefulness of fatty acid imaging in the detection of cardiomyopathy was evaluated by comparing thallium and BMIPP myocardial distribution in Bio 14.6 Syrian Hamster (25 week ages). Autoradiography was performed in 3 using 3.7 MBq (100 μCi) of 125I-BMIPP and 37 MBq (1 mCi) of 201TlCl. In vivo pin-hole imaging was performed in 3 using 37 MBq (1 mCi) of 123I-BMIPP and 37 MBq (1 mCi) of 201TlCl. In all cardiomyopathy hamsters, decreased uptake of BMIPP compared to that of thallium was demonstrated. These findings suggest dilated cardiomyopathy is associated with severe focal alternation in the substrate used for the performance of myocardial work. In conclusion, myocardial imaging using BMIPP may be useful for early detection of myocardial degeneration compared to thallium in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. (author)

  4. Gated equilibrium bloodpool scintigraphy

    This thesis deals with the clinical applications of gated equilibrium bloodpool scintigraphy, performed with either a gamma camera or a portable detector system, the nuclear stethoscope. The main goal has been to define the value and limitations of noninvasive measurements of left ventricular ejection fraction as a parameter of cardiac performance in various disease states, both for diagnostic purposes as well as during follow-up after medical or surgical intervention. Secondly, it was attempted to extend the use of the equilibrium bloodpool techniques beyond the calculation of ejection fraction alone by considering the feasibility to determine ventricular volumes and by including the possibility of quantifying valvular regurgitation. In both cases, it has been tried to broaden the perspective of the observations by comparing them with results of other, invasive and non-invasive, procedures, in particular cardiac catheterization, M-mode echocardiography and myocardial perfusion scintigraphy. (Auth.)

  5. Lung scintigraphy

    A review of lung scintigraphy, perfusion scintigraphy with SPECT, lung ventilation SPECT, blood pool SPECT. The procedure of lung perfusion studies, radiopharmaceutical, administration and clinical applications, imaging processing .Results encountered and evaluation criteria after Biello and Pioped. Recommendations and general considerations have been studied about relation of this radiopharmaceutical with other pathologies

  6. Adrenal scintigraphy

    The following items are discussed:anatomy and physiology of adrenal glands, clinical indications of scintigraphy, radiobiology and radiochemistry, scintigraphic imaging, adrenocortical hyperfunction, aldosteronism and hypertension associated with low renin level, excess of androgen, adrenocortical hyperfunction and future perspectives of adrenal scintigraphy. (M.A.)

  7. Myocardial fatty acid utilisation during exercise induced ischemia in patients with coronary artery disease

    Aim: Reversible or irreversible myocardial damage due to ischemia correlates with altered membrane functions of the cells. To compare myocardial free fatty acid (FFA) metabolism and flow during exercise induced ischemia we studied ten patients with coronary artery disease but without previous myocardial infarction. Methods: A series of post-exercise single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) measurements was performed after injection of 123I labelled heptadecanoic acid (HDA). Myocardial perfusion was estimated from the separately performed exercise-redistribution thallium study. Fatty acid metabolic rate, thallium uptake and washout were calculated for anterior, lateral, posterior and septal segments. Results: The more reduced post-exercise FFA metabolic rate (-63±18%, mean ±1 SD) compared to flow (-36±16%) was related to the severity of myocardial ischemia and wall motion abnormalities. Conclusion: In this small group of patients, the reduced post-exercise FFA metabolic rate tentatively suggests a parsimonious workload of the exercising myocardium by reducing oxygen consumption in patients with coronary artery disease. (orig.)

  8. Dual myocardial single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) using thallium-201 and I-123-{beta}-methyl-i-pentadecanoic acid in patients with Duchenne's progressive muscular dystrophy

    Shimoyama, Katsuya [Kyorin Univ., Mitaka, Tokyo (Japan). School of Medicine

    1999-10-01

    Dual single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) was performed in 31 patients with Duchenne's progressive muscular dystrophy (DMD) using {sup 123}I-{beta}-methyl pentadecanoic acid (BMIPP) for myocardial fatty acid metabolism and {sup 201}thallium (Tl)-chloride for myocardial perfusion. The left ventricle was divided into 9 segments, and accumulation of the radiotracers was assessed visually for each segment to calculate defect score for each tracer. There was some degree of decrease in myocardial accumulation of both tracers in all DMD patients. Reduced accumulation was most common at the apex (BMIPP: 67%, Tl: 63%), followed by the posterior wall, lateral wall, and anterior wall. On the other hand, reduced accumulation was less common at the septum. BMIPP showed a higher accumulation than Tl in all segments but the septum. When BMIPP defect score was larger than Tl defect score, BMIPP defect score tended to increase during 4 years follow-up (p<0.042). However, when Tl defect score was larger than BMIPP defect score, an increase in Tl defect score was slight. A significant negative correlation was found between the sum of the BMIPP and Tl defect scores and the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) (r=0.66, p<0.0001). According to the histo-pathological study of two autopsied hearts, severe myocardial fibrosis was seen in segments with fixed perfusion defect. In addition, the mismatched segments of BMIPP defect score > Tl defect score revealed a slight fibrosis or normal myocardium. It can be concluded that the dual SPECT myocardial scintigraphy using BMIPP and Tl provides accurate information about disease progression of the heart in patients with DMD by detecting abnormalities of the myocardial metabolism of each substance, thereby enabling the assessment of left ventricular function. (author)

  9. Myocardial imaging with radioiodinated beta-methyl-branched fatty acid in cardiomyopathy

    The purpose of our experimental and clinical studies was to examine whether myocardial distribution of beta-methyl iodophenyl pentadecanoic acid (BMIPP) is different from that of thallium in cardiomyopathic hamsters and how single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) delineate the different between thallium and BMIPP distributions in patients with cardiomyopathy. Quantitative dual tracer autoradiography demonstrated an uncoupling of myocardial thallium and [I-125]BMIPP distributions as well as a regional heterogeneity of [I-125]BMIPP distribution in cardiomyopathic hamsters. In patients with septal or apical hypertrophy and normal contractility, SPECT showed reduced [I-123]BMIPP uptake in the thickened myocardium with normal or high thallium uptake. In patients with hypertrophy and systolic dysfunction as well as those with dilated cardiomyopathy, SPECT with thallium and [I-123]BMIPP showed similar heterogeneous distributions. In conclusion, SPECT with [I-123]BMIPP may provide unique features different from thallium imaging and may delineate regional abnormalities of myocardial fatty acid metabolism in cardiomyopathy. (author)

  10. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in patients with mitral valve prolapse: its advantage over stress electrocardiography in diagnosing associated coronary artery disease and its implications for the etiology of chest pain

    Patients with mitral valve prolapse (MVP) frequently experience chest pain which may, especially in older subjects and males, be difficult to differentiate from angina pectoris. Electrocardiographic (ECG) changes, ventricular arrhythmias, metabolic abnormalities and rare reports of myocardial infarction and sudden death further suggest the presence of an ischemic process in these patients. The recognition of accompanying coronary artery disease (CAD) and exclusion of other causes of ischemia, therefore, may be important in determining the prognosis and appropriate therapy for such patients. We performed stress ECGs and perfusion scintigrams in 25 patients with confirmed MVP who underwent cardiac catheterization for evaluation of chest pain. Stress ECGs were not helpful in diagnosing assosiated CAD, primarily because of a high incidence (53%, 10/19) of false positive tests, and had only a 48% overall accuracy. Scintigraphy was more accurate (p < 0.001), correctly classifying all patients. Scintigraphy was uniformly negative in patients with normal coronary arteriograms, suggesting that ischemia, if present as the cause of chest pain and ECG changes, must be either very localized or generalized