High reproducibility of myocardial perfusion defects in patients undergoing serial exercise thallium-201 tomography

John J. Mahmarian, Lemuel A. Moye ́, Mario S. Verani, Marilyn F. Bloom, Craig Pratt

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The purpose of this study was to define the reproducibility of sequential quantitative exercise thallium-201 tomography. This was an ancillary study of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial evaluating the shortterm efficacy of transdermal nitroglycerin patches in stable patients with angiographic coronary artery disease and no prior myocardial infarction. All 18 patients had a baseline tomographic perfusion defect involving ≥ 5% of the left ventricle after treadmill exercise. At a minimum of 3 days (mean 6.1 ± 1.8) after double-blind randomization to placebo, exercise thallium-201 tomography was repeated (study 2) using the same exercise protocol as in the baseline study (study 1). No significant differences in exercise parameters were observed from studies 1 to 2. Seventeen of 18 patients (94%) had an abnormal repeat exercise perfusion scan and 96% of initially abnormal vascular territories remained abnormal. The mean tomographic perfusion defect size was not significantly different from studies 1 (17.4 ± 13.3%) to 2 (16.6 ± 15.3%), nor were the components defined as scar and ischemia. A ≥ 10% change in total perfusion defect size in an individual patient defined the 95% confidence interval for exceeding the variability of the tomographic technique. Quantitative exercise thallium-201 tomography is highly reproducible and can be used to accurately interpret temporal changes in myocardial perfusion in individual patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1116-1119
Number of pages4
JournalThe American Journal of Cardiology
Issue number16
StatePublished - Jun 1 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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