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Comparison of early and late reinjection of Thallium

Thallium-201 (201Tl) late reinjection after stress-redistribution imaging improves the detection of viable myocardium. Recently, early reinjection of 201Tl immediately after stress imaging was proposed as a new method for distinguishing ischemic myocardium, hibernating myocardium, and myocardial scar. However, there are no data on the influence of the timing of reinjection on "fill-in." This study was designed to assess whether the reinjection time influences "fill-in" in chronic coronary artery disease. Thirty-three patients with chronic coronary artery disease were studied. All patients underwent exercise 201Tl tomography. Immediately after stress imaging, 37 MBq of thallium was reinjected earlier than usual and early reinjection delayed image (ERDI) was acquired 3 h later. With the same protocol, all patients also underwent a second study involving late reinjection of 201Tl within 1 week. An additional 37 MBq of thallium was reinjected 3 h after stress imaging, and late reinjection delayed image (LRDI) was obtained 10 min later. All images were analyzed qualitatively using a 4-point grading uptake score. Of the 72 hypoperfused segments on stress images, 66 segments showed fill-in and 6 showed persistent defects on ERDI, and of the same 72 segments 55 segments displayed fill-in and the remaining 17 showed persistent defects on LRDI (p<0.05). The delta uptake score (the uptake score of the delayed image minus that of stress image) in early reinjection was 1.60+/-0.80, which was significantly higher than that in late reinjection (1.24+/-0.94, p<0.01). A small dose of thallium reinjected immediately after stress imaging with delayed images obtained 3 h later is convenient and might provide another technique for determining myocardial viability.

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Comparison of filled-in myocardial segments after early and late reinjection of thallium-201--influence of the timing of reinjection on fill-in.

Yoshida H, Sakata K, Mochiduki M, Shirotani M.

Department of Cardiology, Shizuoka General Hospital, Japan.

PMID: 9583443
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