Value of blood-pool subtraction in cardiac indium-111-labeled platelet imaging

J. Machac, S. Vallabhajosula, M. E. Goldman, S. J. Goldsmith, C. Palestro, A. Strashun, R. Vaquer, Robert A. Phillips, V. Fuster

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Scopus citations


Blood-pool subtraction has been proposed to enhance 111In-labeled platelet imaging of intracardiac thrombi. We tested the accuracy of labeled platelet imaging, with and without blood-pool subtraction, in ten subjects with cardiac thrombi of varying age, eight with endocarditis being treated with antimicrobial therapy and ten normal controls. Imaging was performed early after labeled platelet injection (24 hr or less) and late (48 hr or more). Blood-pool subtraction was carried out. All images were graded subjectively by four experienced, 'blinder' readers. Detection accuracy was measured by the sensitivity at three fixed levels of specificity estimated from receiver operator characteristic curve analysis and tested by three-way analysis of variance. Detection accuracy was generally improved on delayed images. Blood-pool subtraction did not improve accuracy. Although blood-pool subtraction increased detection sensitivity, this was offset by decreased specificity. For this population studied, blood-pool subtraction did not improve subjective detection of abnormal platelet deposition by 111In platelet imaging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1445-1455
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


Dive into the research topics of 'Value of blood-pool subtraction in cardiac indium-111-labeled platelet imaging'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this