Left ventricular ejection fraction assessment by Tl-201 gated SPECT: A comparison with echocardiography

David Harpaz, Arik Asman, Rafael Kuperstein, Mona Boaz, Pierre Chouraqui

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Background: Few studies including only a limited number of patients have compared left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) assessed by 2-dimensional echocardiography (2-DE) and electrocardiography-gated Tl-201 single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). Hypothesis: LVEF assessment by Tl-201 gated spect is comparablewith LVEF assessedby 2-DE in two different echocardiographic laboratories. Material andMethods: Patients (n=402) underwent Tl-201 gated SPECT in the same laboratory and 2-DE in 2 different laboratories. Patients were divided into 2 groups according to the study laboratory: group 1, at the tertiary hospital and group 2, at a community laboratory. Results: LVEF evaluations were similar (mean LVEF: 50.73%±11.67% by 2-DE vs 50.11%±11.41% by SPECT in group 1 and 57.27%±7.44% by 2-DE vs 57.41%±8.37% by SPECT in group 2). All LVEF measurements were highly correlated (r = 0.7, P<.001). Baseline characteristics differed between the groups, with a higher prevalence of past myocardial infarction in the in-hospital vs the community echo group (46.7% vs 22.2%, P<.01), resulting in a higher LVEF in the latter, both by 2-DE (mean 50.7%±11.7% vs 57.3% ±7.4%, P<.01) and SPECT (50.1%±11.4% vs 57.4%±8.4%, P<.01). Conclusions: The Tl-201 gated SPECT is a reliable clinical tool for LVEF assessment, with good correlationwhen compared to 2-DE. It may be routinely used as an alternative for patientswith poor acoustic visualization and should be performed systematically in patients undergoing myocardial perfusion imaging with Tl-201.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E56-E62
JournalClinical Cardiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2010


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