Radiation dosimetry of 82Rb in humans under pharmacologic stress

Srinivasan Senthamizhchelvan, Paco E. Bravo, Martin A. Lodge, Jennifer Merrill, Frank Michael Bengel, George Sgouros

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82Rb is used with PET for cardiac perfusion studies. Using human biokinetic measurements, in vivo, we recently reported on the resting-state dosimetry of this agent. The objective of this study was to obtain 82Rb dose estimates under stress. Methods: 82Rb biokinetics were obtained in 10 healthy volunteers (5 male, 5 female; mean age ± SD, 33 ± 10 y; age range, 18-50 y) using whole-body PET/CT. The 76-s half-life of 82Rb and the corresponding need for pharmacologic vasodilation require that all imaging be completed within 10 min. To accommodate these constraints, while acquiring the data needed for dosimetry we used the following protocol. First, a whole-body attenuation correction CT scan was obtained. Then, a series of 3 whole-body PET scans was acquired after a single infusion of 1.53 ± 0.12 GBq of 82Rb at rest. Four minutes after the infusion of a 0.56 mg/kg dose of the vasodilator, dipyridamole, 3 serial whole-body PET scans were acquired after a single infusion of 1.50 ± 0.16 GBq of 82Rb under stress. The time-integrated activity coefficient (TIAC) for stress was obtained by scaling the mean rest TIAC obtained from our previous rest study by the stress-to-rest TIAC ratio obtained from the rest-stress measurements described in this report. Results: The highest mean organ-absorbed doses under stress were as follows: heart wall, 5.1, kidneys, 5.0, lungs, 2.8, and pancreas, 2.4 μGy/MBq (19, 19, 10.4, and 8.9 mrad/mCi, respectively). The mean effective doses under stress were 1.14 ± 0.10 and 1.28 ± 0.10 μSv/MBq using the tissue-weighting factors of the International Commission on Radiological Protection, publications 60 and 103, respectively. Conclusion: Appreciable differences in source-organ biokinetics were observed for heart wall and kidneys during stress when compared with the previously reported rest study. The organ receiving the highest dose during stress was the heart wall. The mean effective dose calculated during stress was not significantly different from that obtained at rest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-491
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011


  • Dipyridamole
  • Myocardium
  • Rb
  • Stress dosimetry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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