Reproducibility of thallium-201 exercise SPECT studies

N. P. Alazraki, E. G. Krawczynska, E. G. DePuey, J. A. Ziffer, J. P. Vansant, Roderic I. Pettigrew, A. Taylor, S. B. King, E. V. Garcia

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A detailed analysis of intrapatient reproducibility of exercise SPECT thallium studies is presented. Methods: Twenty patients in stable condition were re-examined with exercise-redistribution SPECT 201Tl within 3-9 days without intervening procedures. At peak stress, 3.5 mCi 201Tl were given intravenously 1 min prior to exercise termination. SPECT imaging started at 5 and 180 min. Acquisition and processing protocols were the same for all studies. Coronary angiography was performed on 19 patients and showed coronary artery disease (CAD) in 18, and no CAD in one; one patient did not have coronary arteriography. Results: For 16 of 20 patients, exercise levels and ECG were comparable for both studies. Ten patients reproduced ST-segment depression; two reproduced angina; one had left bundle branch block (LBBB) on both studies after 1 min of exercise. The remaining seven patients had no ECG changes or symptoms during exercise. Four of 20 (20%) thallium scans differed: three in degree of redistribution and one (5%) in presence of a second stress defect. In three of four patients whose thallium studies showed some nonreproducibility, there were differences in exercise. Thallium results were identical in 15 of 16 patients whose ECG/exercise tests were reproducible (94%). Interobserver agreement was 95%. Conclusion: There was excellent reproducibility of 201Tl SPECT scintigraphy in patients who reproduced exercise test performance and symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1237-1244
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994


  • cardiac SPECT
  • coronary artery disease
  • reproducibility
  • thallium-201

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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