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In vivo validation of quantitative SPECT in the heart


Willowson, K and Bailey, DL and Bailey, EA and Baldock, C and Roach, PJ, In vivo validation of quantitative SPECT in the heart, Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, 30, (3) pp. 214-219. ISSN 1475-097X (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1475-097X.2010.00930.x


Background: We have previously developed and validated a method to achieve quantitative SPECT data based on CT-derived corrections, for the radionuclide 99mTc in phantoms and in man for lung scanning. This clinical study was performed to investigate the accuracy of this method when applied to cardiac blood pool imaging. The study involves tagging the radionuclide 99mTc to erythrocytes in a sample of the subjectís blood before it is re-injected. After a short time, the radiolabelled cells achieve an equilibrium concentration in the blood pool, such that SPECT imaging allows the radioactivity concentration of blood present in the left ventricle to be measured.

Methods and results: Absolute concentration of radioactivity inside the left ventricle of the heart was compared to true concentrations measured directly from a peripheral venous blood sample taken from the subject at the time of scanning. In 12 subjects, the average difference between the measured and true concentrations was found to be within ∼1% of the true value with a range of (-6 to +5)%.

Conclusions: This study demonstrates the accuracy of CT-based quantitative SPECT in clinical cardiac blood pool imaging, and we anticipate that similar accuracy could be achieved in the myocardium.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:attenuation, concentration, nuclear cardiology, radiotracer, scatter
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Medical and biological physics
Research Field:Medical physics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Baldock, C (Professor Clive Baldock)
ID Code:116162
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Strategic Research Funding
Deposited On:2017-05-03
Last Modified:2017-11-21

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