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Old June 7th, 2005, 21:28
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Detection of jeopardized myocardium with Tl-201

Reinjection of a second dose of Tl-201 before redistribution imaging has significantly improved the ability of myocardial perfusion imaging to detect jeopardized myocardium. However, PET studies and the results from coronary artery angioplasty and bypass surgery indicate that Tl-201 studies still underestimate the number of ischemic areas at stress that represent viable myocardium. To determine whether an imaging protocol using an early reinjection of Tl-201 immediately after acquisition of the stress images would improve the detection of jeopardized myocardium, 138 patients were studied with an early reinjection protocol and the incidence and magnitude of reversible defects were compared by SPECT to a second group of 143 patients who underwent the standard late reinjection protocol. Two observers independently evaluated 19 standard myocardial segments by visual examination in each patient. They determined the presence or absence of reversible defects, and, when present, their magnitude. The frequency of reversible defects always was less with early reinjection compared to the standard late reinjection; the difference reached statistical significance for one of the two observers (P < 0.05). It is concluded that early reinjection of Tl-201 in myocardial perfusion imaging does not increase and may decrease the sensitivity of the study for jeopardized myocardium.

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Clin Nucl Med. 1993 Jun;18(6):487-90. Related Articles, Links

Detection of jeopardized myocardium with Tl-201 myocardial perfusion imaging. Comparison of early and late reinjection protocols.

Klingensmith WC 3rd, Sutherland JD.

Department of Radiology, Porter Memorial Hospital, Denver, Colorado.
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