Myocardial Perfusion by Coronary Computed Tomography in the Evaluation of Myocardial Ischemia: Simultaneous Stress Protocol with SPECT

Abstract Background: Functional assessment to rule out myocardial ischemia using coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is extremely important and data on the Brazilian population are still limited. Objective: To assess the diagnostic performance of myocardial perfusion by CCTA in the detection of severe obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) compared with single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT). To analyze the importance of anatomical knowledge to understand the presence of myocardial perfusion defects on SPECT imaging that is not identified on computed tomography (CT) scan. Method: A total of 35 patients were evaluated by a simultaneous pharmacologic stress protocol. Fisher ’ s exact test was used to compare proportions. The patients were grouped according to the presence or absence of significant CAD. The area under the ROC curve was used to identify the diagnostic performance of CCTA and SPECT in perfusion assessment. P
Source: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research

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Abstract Background: Functional assessment to rule out myocardial ischemia using coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is extremely important and data on the Brazilian population are still limited. Objective: To assess the diagnostic performance of myocardial perfusion by CCTA in the detection of severe obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) compared with single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT). To analyze the importance of anatomical knowledge to understand the presence of myocardial perfusion defects on SPECT imaging that is not identified on computed tomography (CT) scan. Method: A total of 3...
Source: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewThe purpose of this article is to review the imaging findings and current imaging techniques of acute pulmonary embolism (PE) and chronic thromboembolic disease. Special considerations are also discussed, including pregnancy, congenital heart disease, lower extremity computed tomography (CT), and the isolated subsegmental PE.Recent FindingsCT pulmonary angiography and planar ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) lung scintigraphy are the primary means of evaluating pulmonary embolic disease. Magnetic resonance angiography avoids ionizing radiation and iodinated contrast in select patients. V/Q SPECT/CT provi...
Source: Current Respiratory Care Reports - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
Conclusions: In this pilot study, we have demonstrated the feasibility and potential utility of V/Q PET/CT for the management of patients with suspected acute PE. V/Q PET/CT may be of particular relevance in cases of equivocal findings or isolated subsegmental findings on CTPA, adding further discriminatory information to allow important decision-making regarding application or withholding of treatment courses of therapeutic anticoagulation, which may confer an increased risk of bleeding. Given the other advantages of V/Q PET/CT (reduced acquisition time, low radiation dose), and with increasing availability of 68Ga-genera...
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Authors: Tags: Outcomes/Infectious Disease/Pulmonary II Source Type: research
In conclusion, pulmonary embolism is an important complication of pregnancy. Understanding the recommendations from various specialty groups allows us to be better consultants and assist in the management of these patients. References 1. Righini M, Robert-Ebadi H, Elias A, et al. Diagnosis of pulmonary embolism during pregnancy. Ann Intern Med. 2018; 169:766-773 2. Kirsch J, Brown RKJ, Henry TS, et al. ACR Appropriateness Criteria ® Suspected Pulmonary Embolism. Available at https://acsearch.acr.org/docs/69404/Narrative/. American College of Radiology. Accessed January 2019. 3. Parker JA, Coleman RE, Grady E, et al. SN...
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Authors: Tags: Educational Exhibit Posters Source Type: research
Conclusion: Hybrid SPECT/CT (Q) imaging has a high diagnostic accuracy for detecting PTE than planar (Q) scans interpreted with chest radiographs. In addition, low dose CT used in SPECT/CT was able to identify other non-embolic pathologies (eg: pneumonia, emphysematous bullae, tumor or lymphadenopathy) responsible for perfusion defects which could have been missed on chest radiography thereby increasing the specificity. Modified PIOPED II had a higher number of non-diagnostic results compared to PISAPED which increases the latter's clinical utility.
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Authors: Tags: Cardiovascular Clinical Science Posters Source Type: research
Moyamoya disease (MMD) and Moyamoya syndrome (MMS) are referring to a progressive steno-occlusive vasculopathy at terminal portions of the bilateral internal carotid arteries and their proximal branches with prominent collateral artery formation. They can be found throughout the world and cause irreversible damage to the cerebral hemodynamics due to the progressive nature. Prompt diagnosis and accurate assessment could significantly improve the prognosis of MMD and MMS. Some imaging modalities could be used for diagnosis and nonquantitative evaluation of MMD and MMS, such as conventional computed tomography (CT) and magnet...
Source: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography - Category: Radiology Tags: Neuroradiology Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewPulmonary embolism (PE) is a common condition with high morbidity and mortality particularly if misdiagnosed or untreated. It has non-specific clinical manifestations, often presenting similarly to other cardiovascular conditions. The aim of this review is to summarize the clinical presentation, diagnostic algorithms, and imaging studies utilized to efficiently make or exclude the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism.Recent FindingsRecent cohort studies have raised questions about the classic presentations of PE (particularly with regard to syncope) or lack thereof. Diagnosis of PE continues to evolve w...
Source: Current Cardiology Reports - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of reviewCT angiography has become the gold standard for evaluation of suspected pulmonary embolism; however, continuous evolution in radiology has led to new imaging approaches that offer improved options for detection and characterization of pulmonary embolism while exposing patients to lower contrast and radiation dose. The purpose of this review is to summarize state of the art imaging approaches for the evaluation of pulmonary embolism, focusing on technical innovations in this field.Recent findingsThe introduction of dual-energy CT has resulted in the ability to add functional and prognostic informati...
Source: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) and Lantheus Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LNTH), parent company of Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. have started a second Phase 3 clinical trial of flurpiridaz 18F, an investigational agent being evaluated for the detection of coronary artery disease. Flurpiridaz18F is designed as a positron emission tomography (PET) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) agent. The companies agreed in April 2017 to work together on Phase 3 development and commercialization of flurpiridaz F 18. In the prospective, open-label AURORA study, patients with suspected coronary artery disease and for whom an intracoronary angio...
Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Blog Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Diagnostics Imaging Research & Development GE Healthcare Lantheus Medical Imaging Source Type: news
Conclusion In this case series, a large proportion of patients with isolated SSPE on V/Q imaging were not identified on corroborating CTPA performed within 48 h. In patients with isolated SSPE (identified by isolated subsegmental mismatch on V/Q single-photon emission computed tomography), we found no difference in risk of recurrent suspected VTE or all-cause mortality in those treated with anticoagulation and those not treated.
Source: Nuclear Medicine Communications - Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
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