Inability of seven-pinhole myocardial tomography to obtain accurate 201Tl kinetic data Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Antibiotics, Antineoplastic
  • Neoplasms
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors
  • Sirolimus


  • Seven-pinhole myocardial tomography has been reported to enhance the accuracy of thallium-201 (201Tl) studies in detecting patients with coronary artery disease. To determine if this approach can accurately assess regional 201Tl kinetics, 12 dogs with temporary occlusion (mean 15 min) of either the left anterior descending (LAD) (n = 6) or left circumflex (LCX) (n = 6) coronary artery were studied. Thallium-201 was injected and serial 7-pinhole images were acquired during occlusion and following reflow (mean duration 175 min). Time-activity analysis was obtained from normal and ischemic regions of interest in the central pinhole image and the reconstructed tomographic images (TOMO-ROI). Time-activity data from corresponding normal and ischemic regions were also obtained using a circumferential graph program (TOMO-MAX). In addition, regional myocardial 201Tl activity was recorded continuously with a cadmium telluride radiation probe sutured directly to the posterior myocardial wall. Defects in 201Tl distribution with subsequent partial or complete redistribution were present in 11 of 12 central pinhole images and tomographic studies. In the normal and ischemic anterior myocardial segments the percentage change in 201Tl activity in the central pinhole image from occlusion to the end of reflow correlated well with the percentage change in activity for both TOMO-ROI (r = 0.93) and TOMO-MAX (r = 0.85). In the normal posterior segments the percentage change in 201Tl activity in the central pinhole image correlated well with TOMO-ROI (r = 0.98) and TOMO-MAX (r = 0.87).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

publication date

  • October 1983



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/BF00252940

Additional Document Info

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  • 425

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  • 30


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