Accuracy and safety of technetium-99m hexakis 2-methoxy-2-isobutyl isonitrile (Sestamibi) myocardial scintigraphy with high dose dipyridamole test in patients with effort angina pectoris: a multicenter study. Italian Group of Nuclear Cardiology
Parodi, O.; Marcassa, C.; Casucci, R.; Sambuceti, G.; Verna, E.; Galli, M.; Inglese, E.; Marzullo, P.; Pirelli, S.; Bisi, G.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology 18(6): 1439-1444
ISSN/ISBN: 0735-1097 PMID: 1834717 DOI: 10.1016/0735-1097(91)90672-v
Clinical and physiologic evidence indicates that maximal coronary vasodilation is not achieved in a large number of patients with use of the standard dose of dipyridamole (0.56 mg/kg body weight over 4 min). The feasibility, safety and accuracy of technetium-99m hexakis 2-methoxy-2-isobutyl isonitrile (Sestamibi) scintigraphy associated with intravenous high dose dipyridamole (0.56 mg/kg over 4 min followed 4 min later by an additional 0.28 mg/kg over 2 min) were evaluated in a multicenter study. Planar myocardial perfusion images were obtained at rest and after dipyridamole in 101 patients with effort chest pain and no prior myocardial infarction. High dose dipyridamole (62 patients) was used when typical chest pain or electrocardiographic (ECG) signs of ischemia, or both, did not occur during or after the standard dose (39 patients). With high dose dipyridamole, 34 patients had pain (18 patients) or ECG signs of ischemia (ST depression greater than or equal to 2 mm) (8 patients), or both (8 patients), whereas the other 28 patients had Sestamibi injection in the absence of symptoms or ECG changes. All patients underwent coronary angiography: 81 had significant coronary artery disease (greater than or equal to 50% reduction of lumen diameter) (affecting one vessel in 38, two vessels in 19 and three vessels in 24 patients) and 20 patients had normal coronary arteries. The overall sensitivity, specificity and predictive accuracy of Sestamibi scintigraphy were 81%, 90% and 83%, respectively.