The current status of quantitative SPECT/CT in the assessment of transthyretin cardiac amyloidosis

AbstractNuclear medicine bone scans differentiate ATTR cardiomyopathy (ATTR-CM) from light chain cardiac amyloidosis and other myocardial disorders, helping to make the diagnosis without biopsy. Standard bone scans are not absolutely quantitative, so are assessed by comparing the heart to other tissues. The standard visual scoring system compares heart to bone. This accurately diagnoses ATTR-CM and has been validated in a multicenter study, but has limitations. Semiquantitative techniques including heart/contralateral thorax (H/CL) and heart/whole body ratio (H/WB) improve on visual scoring but still rely on extracardiac sites as comparators. Absolute quantitation of myocardial uptake using quantitative SPECT should help overcome these shortcomings. In ATTR-CM, this technique is practical, accurately makes the diagnosis and provides information that is not identical to visual scores. However, more work needs to be done. The reproducibility in ATTR-CM must be tested. Larger studies need to be undertaken to determine whether quantitative SPECT measurements can assess prognosis, disease progression or treatment response. As ATTR-CM is relatively uncommon multicenter trials will help recruit enough subjects to answer these questions. Accurate measurement techniques are needed in ATTR-CM to enable appropriate use of proven therapy and to conduct trials of new therapeutic agents. Quantitative bone scans offer a promising avenue.
Source: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology - Category: Nuclear Medicine Source Type: research

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Source: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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Source: ESC Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Case Report Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Cardiac Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: 237 Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Cardiac Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: 230 Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Cardiac Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: 188 Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Cardiac Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: 146 Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Cardiac Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: 145 Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Cardiac Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: 143 Source Type: research
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