Comparative analysis of cadmium-zincum-telluride cameras dedicated to myocardial perfusion SPECT: A phantom study

Orazio Zoccarato, Domenico Lizio, Annarita Savi, Luca Indovina, Camilla Scabbio, Lucia Leva, Angelo Del Sole, Claudio Marcassa, Roberta Matheoud, Michela Lecchi, Marco Brambilla

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Background: This investigation used image data generated by an anthropomorphic phantom with a cardiac insert for a comparison between two solid state cameras: D-SPECT and D530c. Methods: For each camera, two sets (with and without a simulated transmural defect (TD)) of scans were acquired starting from the in vivo standard count statistics in the left ventricle (LV). Other two acquisitions corresponding to 150% and 50% of the reference count statistics were acquired. Five performance indices related to spatial resolution, contrast, and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) were analyzed. Results: D-SPECT showed a lower LV wall thickness and an inferior sharpness than D530c. No significant differences were found in terms of contrast between LV wall and the inner cavity, TD contrast or CNR. No significant differences were observed in CNR when moving from the reference level of count statistics down to 50% or up to 150% of the counts acquired on the LV. Conclusions: Our results show that D-SPECT and D530c have different performances. The lack of differences in the image performance indices along the range of count statistics explored, indicates that there is the possibility for a further reduction in the injected activity and/or the acquisition time, for both systems.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Nuclear Cardiology
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Cadmium-zincum-telluride
  • Cardiac

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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