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Gated single-photon emission tomography imaging protocol to evaluate myocardial stunning after exercise.

This study was designed to apply ECG-gating to stress myocardial perfusion single-photon emission tomography (SPET) for the evaluation of myocardial stunning after exercise. Technetium-99m sestamibi was selected as the perfusion agent and a rest/exercise 1-day protocol was employed. Fourteen patients without coronary stenosis and 33 patients with coronary stenosis were enrolled in the study. We carried out three data acquisitions with ECG-gating: a 15-min data acquisition starting 30 min after the rest injection ( AC1), a 5-min acquisition starting 5 min after the stress injection (AC2) and a 15-min acquisition starting 20 min after the stress injection ( AC3). Calculation of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) values was performed by means of automatic determination of the endocardial surface for all gating intervals in the cardiac cycle. Measured global EF values in 14 patients without coronary stenosis were 52.3% +/- 7.6% ( AC1), 60.6% +/- 8.9% (AC2) and 55.6% +/- 5.6% ( AC3), and those in 11 patients with severe ischaemia were 53.6% +/- 8.0% ( AC1), 45.6% +/- 12.1% (AC2) and 49.7% +/- 10.7%. The magnitude of the depression of post-stress LVEF relative to the rest LVEF correlated with the severity of ischaemia (r = 0.594, P = 0.002), and segments manifesting post-stress functional depression were associated with ischaemic segments showing reversible perfusion defects. Stress myocardial perfusion SPET with ECG-gating is a feasible method for the evaluation of myocardial stunning as well as exercise-induced ischaemia.[1]


  1. Gated single-photon emission tomography imaging protocol to evaluate myocardial stunning after exercise. Hashimoto, J., Kubo, A., Iwasaki, R., Iwanaga, S., Mitamura, H., Ogawa, S., Kosuda, S. European journal of nuclear medicine. (1999) [Pubmed]
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