Stress thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy for the detection of individual coronary arterial lesions in patients with and without previous myocardial infarction

Pierre Rigo, Ian K. Bailey, Lawrence S.C. Griffith, Bertram Pitt, Henry N. Wagner, Lewis C. Becker

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Abstract

The value of stress thallium-201 scintigraphy for detecting Individual coronary arterial stenoses was analyzed in 141 patients with angio-graphically proved coronary artery disease, 101 with and 40 without a previous myocardial infarction. In patients without infarction, the sensitivity for detecting greater than 50 percent narrowing in the left anterior descending, the right and the left circumflex coronary artery was 66, 53 and 24 percent, respectively. In those with a previous infarction, the sensitivity for demonstrating disease in the artery corresponding to the site of Infarction was 100 percent for the left anterior descending, 79 percent for the right and 63 percent for the left circumflex coronary artery. In patients with a prior anterior infarction, concomitant right or left circumflex coronary arterial lesions were detected in only 1 of 12 cases, whereas in those with previous inferior or inferolateral infarction, the sensitivity for left anterior descending coronary artery disease was 69 percent. Because of the reasonably high sensitivity for detecting left anterior descending arterial disease, Irrespective of the presence and location of previous infarction, myocardial scintigraphy was useful in identifying multivessel disease in patients with a previous inferior infarction. However, because of its relative insensitivity for right or left circumflex coronary artery disease, scintigraphy proved to be a poor predictor of multivessel disease in patients with a prior anterior infarction and in patients without previous myocardial infarction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-216
Number of pages8
JournalThe American journal of cardiology
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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