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Reproducibility of thallium-201 myocardial imaging.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Circulation
0009-7322
Publisher
Ovid Technologies Wolters Kluwer -American Heart Association
Publication Date
Volume
55
Issue
3
Pages
497–503
Identifiers
PMID: 837485
Source
Medline

Abstract

Seventy-six thallium-201 myocardial perfusion studies were performed on twenty-five patients to assess their reproducibility and the effect ofvarying the level of exercise on the results of imaging. Each patient had a thallium-201 study at rest. Fourteen patients had studies on two occasions at maximum exercise, and twelve patients had studies both at light and at maximum exercise. Of 70 segments in the 14 patients assessed on each of two maximum exercise tests, 64 (91%) were reproducible. Only 53% (16/30) of the ischemic defects present at maximum exercise were seen in the light exercise study in the 12 patients assessed at two levels of exercise. Correlation of perfusion defects with arteriographically proven significant coronary stenosis was good for the left anterior descending and right coronary arteries, but not as good for circumflex artery disease. Thallium-201 myocardial imaging at maximum exercise is reproducible within acceptable limits, but careful attention to exercise technique is essential for valid comparative studies.

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