Prediction of reversible perfusion defects by quantitative analysis of post-exercise electrocardiogram-gated acquisition of technetium-99m 2-methoxyisobutylisonitrile myocardial perfusion scintigraphy

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the reliability of the quantitative analysis of regional wall thickening with electrocardiographic-gated technetium-99m 2-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (SESTAMIBI) in predicting the reversibility of stress-induced perfusion defects. The assumption was that a preserved resting wall thickening in a segment with stress-induced perfusion defect would predict normal resting perfusion. Twenty-five patients with suspected coronary artery disease underwent planar stress-rest SESTAMIBI scintigraphy. The wall thickening was quantitatively evaluated as percentage increase in counts from diastole to systole; a ratio defined as the wall thickening index (WTI) between patient and normal profile (mean - 2 SD) below 1 was considered abnormal. Improvement of the perfusion pattern at rest was observed in 76% (54/71) of segments with a stress-induced perfusion defect; 90% of these segments had a (WTI) > 0.8. Five segments (9%) showed fixed perfusion defects despite a WTI value > 0.8. In conclusion, quantitative analysis of regional wall thickening by electrocardiographic-gated SESTAMIBI identifies segments with reversible perfusion defects; this may overcome the need for studies at rest and may direct the detection of hypoperfused but viable myocardium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)796-799
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal Of Nuclear Medicine
Volume19
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1992

Keywords

  • Myocardial viability
  • Systolic thickening
  • Technetium-99m 2-methoxyisobutylisonitrile perfusion scintigraphy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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