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Articles by K. Kajinami
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  I Matsunari , H Aoki , Y Nomura , N Takeda , W. P Chen , J Taki , K Nakajima , S. G Nekolla , S Kinuya and K. Kajinami
  Background—

Although both 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (123I-MIBG) imaging and 11C-hydroxyephedrine (11C-HED) positron emission tomography (PET) are used for assessing cardiac sympathetic innervation, their relationship remains unknown. The aims were to determine whether 123I-MIBG parameters such as heart-to-mediastinum ratio (H/M) are associated with quantitative measures by 11C-HED PET and to compare image quality, defect size, and location between 123I-MIBG single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and 11C-HED PET.

Methods and Results—

Twenty-one patients (mean left ventricular ejection fraction, 39±15%) underwent 123I-MIBG imaging and 11C-HED PET. Early (15-minute), late (3-hour) H/M, and washout rate (WR) were calculated for 123I-MIBG. Myocardial retention and WR was calculated for 11C-HED. Using a polar map approach, defect was defined as the area with relative activity <60% of the maximum. Both the early (r=0.76) and late (r=0.84) 123I-MIBG H/M were correlated with 11C-HED retention. 123I-MIBG WR was correlated with 11C-HED WR (r=0.57). Defect size could not be measured in 3 patients because of poor quality 123I-MIBG SPECT, whereas 11C-HED defect was measurable in all patients. Although defect size measured by early or late 123I-MIBG SPECT was closely correlated with that by 11C-HED PET (early: r=0.94; late: r=0.88), the late 123I-MIBG overestimated defect size particularly in the inferior and septal regions.

Conclusions—

123I-MIBG H/M gives a reliable estimate of cardiac sympathetic innervation as measured by 11C-HED PET. Furthermore, despite the close correlation in defect size, 11C-HED PET appears to be more suitable for assessing regional abnormalities than does 123I-MIBG SPECT.

 
 
 
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