Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in Germany in 2009: Utilization and state of the practice

Oliver Lindner, Wolfgang Burchert, Frank M. Bengel, Rainer Zimmermann, Jürgen Vom Dahl, Michael Schäfers

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Purpose Since 2006, the working group Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine of the German Society of Nuclear Medicine, in cooperation with the working group Nuclear Cardiology of the German Cardiac Society, has been surveying the utilization and technical realization of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) in Germany. This paper presents the results of the reporting year 2009. Methods A total of 291 centres participated in the inquiry, including 179 private practices (PP), 86 hospitals (HO) and 26 university hospitals (UH). Results MPS of 98,103 patients were reported. The MPS numbers per million population (pmp) were estimated at 2,360; 76% of the MPS were performed in PP, 17% in HO and 7% in UH. The ratio of MPS to coronary angiography to revascularization was 0.5 to 2.3 to 1. Data from 134 centres which participated in the surveys from 2005 to 2009 showed a decrease in MPS utilization of 2.2%. Nearly half of the MPS were requested by ambulatory care cardiologists. Of all MPS studies, 89% were conducted with 99mTc perfusion tracers. Ergometry was the preferred stress test (69%). Adenosine was used in 16%, adenosine + exercise in 7%, dipyridamole in 3%, dipyridamole + exercise in 5% and dobutamine in

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1485-1492
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy
  • Numerical data
  • Utilization review
  • Utilization statistics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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