A new method for noninvasive quantitation of segmental myocardial wall thickening using technetium-99m 2-methoxy-isobutylisonitrile scintigraphy - Results in normal subjects

C. Marcassa, P. Marzullo, O. Parodi, G. Sambuceti, A. L'Abbate

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Abstract

A quantitative index of regional myocardial wall motion obtained from electrocardiogram-gated perfusion images has been assessed. The assumption for the proposed algorithm is that, according to the partial volume effect, the recovery counts by the instrumentation is a function of the object size. Systo-diastolic changes in the detected radioactivity would therefore reflect changes in myocardial wall thickness. Ten normal volunteers were studied in control condition by 99mTc 2-methoxy-isobutyl-isonitrile scintigraphy. Electrocardiogram (ECG)-gated images were acquired in multiple projections. End-diastolic and end-systolic activity was measured along radii from the center to the edge of the left ventricle. Data are displayed as circumferential profiles and the percent systolic thickening determined according to the formula (end-systolic profile - end-diastolic profile) (end-diastolic profile + background) x 100). The intra- and interobserver variabilities were ±5.4% and ±4.1%, respectively. Analysis of regional systolic thickening showed a heterogeneous pattern, with a maximal and minimum value of 35% and 27% located to the infero-apical and to the proximal anterior wall, respectively. Our values correlate well with those reported for normals using cine computed tomography or nuclear magnetic resonance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-177
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine
Volume31
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1990

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  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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