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Pazhenkottil, A P; Buechel, R R; Herzog, B A; Nkoulou, R N; Valenta, I; Fehlmann, U; Ghadri, J; Wolfrum, M; Husmann, L; Kaufmann, P A (2010). Ultrafast assessment of left ventricular dyssynchrony from nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging on a new high-speed gamma camera. European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, 37(11):2086-2092.

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PURPOSE: To validate the ultrafast assessment of left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony by phase analysis using high-speed nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) on a new gamma camera with cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT) solid-state detector technology.
METHODS: In 46 patients rest MPI with 960 MBq (99m)Tc-tetrofosmin was acquired on a dual-head detector SPECT camera (Ventri, GE Healthcare) and an ultrafast CZT camera (Discovery NM 530c, GE Healthcare) with acquisition times of 15 and 5 min, respectively. LV dyssynchrony was assessed using the Emory Cardiac Toolbox with established values for histogram bandwidth (male <62.4°; female <49.7°) and standard deviations (male <24.4°; female <22.1°) as the gold standard. Evaluating CZT scan times of 0.5, 1, 2, 3 and 5 min (list mode) in 16 patients revealed the preferred scan time to be 5 min, which was then applied in all 46 patients. Intraclass correlation and the level of agreement in dyssynchrony detection between the CZT and Ventri cameras were assessed.
RESULTS: In LV dyssynchrony the mean histogram bandwidths with the CZT camera (n = 8) and the Ventri camera (n = 9) were 123.3 ± 50.6° and 130.2 ± 43.2° (p not significant) and 42.4 ± 13.6° vs. 43.2 ± 12.7° (p not significant). Normal bandwidths and SD obtained with the CZT camera (35.9 ± 7.7°, 12.6 ± 3.5°) and the Ventri camera (34.8 ± 6.6°, 11.1 ± 2.1°, both p not significant) excluded dyssynchrony in 38 and 37 patients, respectively. Intraclass correlation and the level of agreement between the CZT camera with a 5-min scan time and the Ventri camera were 0.94 (p < 0.001, SEE 14.4) and 96% for histogram bandwidth and 0.96 (p < 0.001, SEE 3.9) and 98% for SD.
CONCLUSION: This ultrafast CZT camera allows accurate assessment of LV dyssynchrony with a scan time of only 5 min, facilitating repeat measurements which would potentially be helpful for parameter optimization for cardiac resynchronization therapy.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Nuclear Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:11 Feb 2011 08:09
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:38
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s00259-010-1507-0
PubMed ID:20556604

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