Lung uptake of201T1 in myocardial stress imaging: Correlation with echocardiographic and scintigraphic variables of myocardial ischaemia

A. Chiti, M. Brambilla, E. Inglese, G. L. Tarolo

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Abstract

The lung uptake of thallium-201 (201T1) in planar imaging was evaluated in 384 patients enrolled in the S1RT study (Italian Multicentre Study on Thallium Reinjection). AH patients underwent treadmill exercise, and at peak exercise 74 MBq of20l,Tl were injected. The patients were then evaluated after reinjection of 2lllTl under baseline conditions. The left ventricle was subdivided into 16 echocardiographic and 15 scintigraphic segments. The best correlates of visually scored (201T1 lung uptake, of the lung:heart ratio and lung wash-out were checked. The independent variables entered in the stepwise multiple-regression analysis were: the echocardiographic wall motion index, the scintigraphic perfusion score index, and the number of segments that improved by at least 1 and 2 grades after redistribution and after reinjection. We concluded that the lung.heart ratio and, in particular, lung wash-out do not correlate more closely than the visual score with the variables taken into consideration. This suggests that visually scored lung uptake of201T1 is still of value in nuclear cardiology practice. The scintigraphic variables associated with reinjection do not seem to offer any additional information with respect to redistribution variables. We also analysed the impact on201T1 lung uptake of several other index variables. Student's f-test revealed that no single variable significantly alters lung uptake after stress testing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)655-660
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Medicine Communications
Volume16
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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