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.
- Myocardial viability
- Systolic thickening
- Technetium-99m 2-methoxyisobutylisonitrile perfusion scintigraphy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging