Tc-99m SPECT VS Rubidium-82 PET

Case Report no. 1

A Tc-99m SPECT Rest and Stress scan was performed on an 80 year old female with a positive exercise treadmill test. A dose of 1375 MBq (37 mCi) was used for the Stress portion of the scan.

Interpretation: LAD ischemia or potential artifact causing a false positive.

case report

The patient was referred to PET for a Rest and Stress Rb-82 scan a few weeks following the initial Tc-99m SPECT scan.

Interpretation of the Rb-82 PET scan revealed moderate LAD ischemia and LCX ischemia. The results of the PET scan revealed additional areas and degree of ischemia compared to the SPECT scan.

case report 1b

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Case Report no. 2

A Tc-99m SPECT Rest and Stress scan was performed on an 58 year old female with atypical chest pain.

Interpretation: Mild reversible defect in anterior wall and apex suggestive of ischemia in the LAD territory.

case report 2a

A Rb-82 PET rest and stress scan was performed.

Interpretation: Normal perfusion.

Outcome: Patient did not require invasive coronary angiography.

case report 2b

Circ J 2013; 77:839

Case Report no. 3

A Tc-99m SPECT Rest and Stress scan was performed on an 79 year old male with atypical chest pain.

Interpretation: Moderate to severe defects at rest and stress in the RCA territory and apex indicating non-transmural scar without ischemia.

case report 3a

A Rb-82 PET rest and stress scan was performed.

Interpretation: Defects at stress with resolution at rest indicate ischemia in the RCA ± LCX. Coronary angiography demonstrated a total occlusion in the mid RCA, 90% stenosis in the LCX, luminal irregularities in the left main and 40% stenosis in the LAD.

Outcome: PET demonstrated superior sensitivity for the detection of significant CAD in comparison with SPECT.

case report 3b

Circ J 2013; 77:839