Myocardial perfusion imaging with technetium-99m sestamibi SPECT in the evaluation of coronary artery disease

Jamshid Maddahi, Hosen Kiat, Kenneth F. Van Train, Florence Prigent, John Friedman, Ernest V. Garcia, Naomi Alazraki, E. Gordon DePuey, Ken Nichols, Daniel S. Berman

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Technetium-99m (Tc-99m) sestamibi is a new myocardial perfusion imaging agent that offers significant advantages over thallium-201 (Tl-201) for myocardial perfusion imaging. The results of the current clinical trials using acquisition and processing parameters similar to those for Tl-201 and a separate (2-day) injection protocol suggest that Tc-99m sestamibi and Tl-201 single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) provide similar information with respect to detection of myocardial perfusion defects, assessment of the pattern of defect reversibility, overall detection of coronary artery disease (CAD) and detection of disease in individual coronary arteries. Tc-99m sestamibi SPECT appears to be superior to Tc-99m sestamibi planar imaging because the former provides a higher defect contrast and is more accurate for detection of disease in individual coronary arteries. Research is currently under way addressing optimization of acquisition and processing of Tc-99m sestamibi studies and development of quantitative algorithms for detection and localization of CAD and sizing of transmural and nontransmural myocardial perfusion defects. It is expected that with the implementation of the final results of these new developments, further significant improvement in image quality will be attained, which in turn will further increase the confidence in image interpretation. Development of algorithms for analysis of end-diastolic myocardial images may allow better evaluation of small and nontransmural myocardial defects. Furthermore, gated studies may provide valuable information with respect to regional myocardial wall motion and wall thickening. With the implementation of algorithms for attenuation and scatter correction, the overall specificity of Tc-99m sestamibi SPECT should improve significantly because of a substantial decrease in the occurrence of attenuation-related image artifacts. Simultaneous assessment of ventricular function by performing first-pass studies may provide important additional information to that obtained from analysis of myocardial perfusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E55-E62
JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology
Issue number13
StatePublished - 16 Oct 1990
Externally publishedYes


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