Evaluation of the effect of reducing administered activity on assessment of function in cardiac gated SPECT
Department of Radiology
Cardiology | Radiology
BACKGROUND: We previously optimized several reconstruction strategies in SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with low dose for perfusion-defect detection. Here we investigate whether reducing the administered activity can also maintain the diagnostic accuracy in evaluating cardiac function.
METHODS: We quantified the myocardial motion in cardiac-gated stress 99m-Tc-sestamibi SPECT studies from 163 subjects acquired with full dose (29.8 +/- 3.6 mCi), and evaluated the agreement of the obtained motion/thickening and ejection fraction (EF) measures at various reduced dose levels (uniform reduction or personalized dose) with that at full dose. We also quantified the detectability of abnormal motion via a receiver-operating characteristics (ROC) study. For reconstruction we considered both filtered backprojection (FBP) without correction for degradations, and iterative ordered-subsets expectation-maximization (OS-EM) with resolution, attenuation and scatter corrections.
RESULTS: With dose level lowered to 25% of full dose, the obtained results on motion/thickening, EF and abnormal motion detection were statistically comparable to full dose in both reconstruction strategies, with Pearson's r > 0.9 for global motion measures between low dose and full dose.
CONCLUSIONS: The administered activity could be reduced to 25% of full dose without degrading the function assessment performance. Low dose reconstruction optimized for perfusion-defect detection can be reasonable for function assessment in gated SPECT.
CAD, MPI, SPECT, gated SPECT, image reconstruction
DOI of Published Version
J Nucl Cardiol. 2018 Nov 7. doi: 10.1007/s12350-018-01505-x. [Epub ahead of print] Link to article on publisher's site
Journal of nuclear cardiology : official publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Juan Ramon A, Yang Y, Wernick MN, Pretorius PH, Johnson KL, Slomka PJ, King MA. (2018). Evaluation of the effect of reducing administered activity on assessment of function in cardiac gated SPECT. Radiology Publications. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12350-018-01505-x. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/radiology_pubs/434