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Technetium-99m-tetrofosmin myocardial imaging: a comparison with thallium-201 and angiography.

Images recorded after intravenous administration of 99mTc-tetrofosmin were compared to those obtained with 201Tl in a series of 40 patients with angiographically documented coronary artery disease. These patients were part of a Phase II tetrofosmin study and presented anamnestic or laboratory evidence suggestive of ischemic heart disease. METHODS: Thirty-seven patients had one or more coronary obstructions greater or equal to 70% of luminal diameter. Three patients studied after bypass surgery or angioplasty had patent grafts, absence of disease progression or no significant restenosis. Twenty-six patients had evidence of previous myocardial infarction. All images were processed into a common display format by a core laboratory. They were identified by code and read by concensus of four investigators. Each segment was classified as normal or abnormal and these readings were combined and categorized into normal, reversible, fixed or mixed regional defects. RESULTS: There was good segmental correspondence between thallium and tetrofosmin (kappa values ranged from 0.43 to 1.00). The ability of thallium and tetrofosmin to recognize and localize myocardial infarction was excellent, since corresponding abnormalities were present in respectively 24 and 25 of the 26 patients with previous myocardial infarction. Abnormalities in noninfarcted territories were recognized with both tracers in 16 of 28 patients presenting with coronary lesions involving vessels unrelated to the infarct. CONCLUSION: In comparison to rest tetrofosmin, thallium redistribution shows more reversibility in areas with myocardial infarction but less reversibility in areas of myocardial ischemia. Current Phase II results suggest that tetrofosmin is a sensitive and reliable tracer for detecting myocardial infarction and ischemia. Results should be confirmed in a larger group of patients.[1]


  1. Technetium-99m-tetrofosmin myocardial imaging: a comparison with thallium-201 and angiography. Rigo, P., Leclercq, B., Itti, R., Lahiri, A., Braat, S. J. Nucl. Med. (1994) [Pubmed]
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