Body weight-dependent Rubidium-82 activity results in constant image quality in myocardial perfusion imaging with PET

J. D. van Dijk*, M. Dotinga, P.L. Jager, C. H. Slump, J.P. Ottervanger, M. Mouden, J.A. van Dalen

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    Abstract

    Background: Clinical practice shows degrading image quality in heavier patients who undergo myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with Rubidium-82 (Rb-82) PET when using a fixed tracer activity. Our aim was to derive and validate a patient-specific activity protocol resulting in a constant image quality in PET MPI. Methods: We included 251 patients who underwent rest MPI with Rb-82 PET (Discovery 670, GE Healthcare). 132 patients were included retrospectively and were scanned using a fixed activity of 740 MBq. The total number of measured prompts was normalized to activity and correlated to body weight, mass per body length and body mass index to find the best predicting parameter. Next, a patient-specific activity was derived and subsequently validated in 119 additional patients. Image quality was scored by three experts on a four-point scale. Results: Both image quality and prompts decreased in heavier patients when using a fixed activity (p <.005). Body weight was used to derive a new activity formula: Activity = 8.3 MBq/kg. When applying this formula, both measured prompts and scored image quality became independent of body weight (p >.60). Conclusion: Administrating a Rb-82 activity that linearly depends on body weight resulted in a constant image quality across all patients and is recommended.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-9
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of nuclear cardiology
    Early online date4 Sep 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print/First online - 4 Sep 2019

    Keywords

    • UT-Hybrid-D
    • myocardial perfusion imaging
    • patient dose
    • Radiation dose reduction
    • rubidium-82
    • tracer activity

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