The accuracy and repeatability of a new ambulatory radionuclide detector (VEST) for left ventricular systolic (ejection fraction) and diastolic (peak filling rate) measurements were assessed. Seventeen patients underwent equilibrium radionuclide angiography immediately before and immediately after a VEST study. The accuracy was evaluated at the beginning and at the end of the VEST studies. Limits of agreement for the ejection fraction were -1%: 2% at the beginning of the VEST study and -4% at the end. Limits of agreement for the peak filling rate were -0.6: 0.6 at the beginning of the VEST study and -0.7: 0.5 at the end. For both measurements the limits of agreement were well within the clinical range. Repeatability was evaluated in a second group of 11 patients who underwent VEST studies in 2 separate days. The coefficient of repeatability (twice the standard deviation of the differences between the 2 studies) was 13 for the ejection fraction and 0.4 for the peak filling rate. Thus, the VEST is an accurate and repeatable method to measure both the ejection fraction and peak filling rate.
- Left ventricular diastolic function
- Left ventricular systolic function
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging