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Title: Evaluation of pulmonary systemic blood flow using ECG gated acquisition
Authors: Lima, João J. Pedroso de 
Botelho, Maria Filomena R. 
Rafael, José A. S. 
Bernardo, João 
Gonçalves, Lino M. 
Pacheco, Maria de Fátima 
Santos, Cristina A. 
Pinto, António J. 
Cerqueira, Manuel D. 
Issue Date: 1993
Publisher: Society of Nuclear Medicine
Citation: Journal of Nuclear Medicine. 34:9 1441-1446
Abstract: We propose a functional parametric analysis method using ECG-gated 99mTc-labeled red blood cell (RBC) imaging for detection and characterization of periodic variations in local blood activity in the lungs during cardiac cycle. We validated in animal experiments that such count variations correlate with cyclical pulmonary blood flow and may be used for evaluation of systemic-to-pulmonary shunts. Clinical studies were performed in 48 patients. After labeling the ABC pool with 99mTc, ECG-gated gamma camera images of both lung fields were acquired and processed to obtain Fourier transforms of time/activity functions in selected regions. The first harmonic parametric images of amplitude and phase were derived. There was an excellent correlation (r = 0.92) between activity variations and pulsatile flow measured by our method with that obtained by the thermodilution method in dog experiments (n = 10) after implantation of a systemic-to-pulmonary shunt. Patient studies showed the technique to be sensitive in detecting and quantifying abnormal systemic-to-pulmonary blood flow. Lung pulsatile flow can thus be noninvasively measured from functional parametric phase and amplitude images; the technique may be useful for detecting and quantifying abnormal systemic-to-pulmonary blood flow in man
ISSN: 0161-5505
Rights: openAccess
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