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Clinical value of delayed thallium-201 myocardial imaging in suspected acute myocardial infarction.

Authors
  • McKillop, J H
  • Turner, J G
  • Gray, H W
  • Bessent, R G
  • Greig, W R
Type
Published Article
Journal
British heart journal
Publication Date
Aug 01, 1978
Volume
40
Issue
8
Pages
870–873
Identifiers
PMID: 687488
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Fifty patients with acute chest pain had thallium-201 myocardial imaging performed three to six days after emergency admission to hospital. The image was abnormal in 20 out of 22 patients with acute transmural myocardial infarcts but in only 1 of 5 with acute subendocardial infarcts. Indistinguishable scan abnormalities caused by old infarcts were seen in 7 patients, and caused by myocardial ischaemia in 1 patient. A single thallium-201 myocardial scan some days after the onset of symptoms appears to be of little value in the clinical assessment of patients with suspected acute myocardial infarction.

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