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Serial thallium-201 myocardial perfusion scanning in acute myocardial infarction.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6938183     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Serial myocardial perfusion scanning was performed in 30 patients with acute myocardial infarction. Scanning was commenced less than six hours after onset of symptoms in 12 patients, 6-24 hr in eight and 24-120 hr in ten. All 30 patients showed thallium defects corresponding to the ECG site of infarction. When initial and four-hour scans were compared, constant defects were present in ten patients and changing defects in 20. Of the 169 segments with defects on the initial scan, 117 (69%) remained constant, 41 (24%) improved, and 11 (7%) deteriorated. More defects changed in the patients scanned earlier (less than 6 hr) than in the patients scanned later (more than 6 hr) (42% vs 23% P less than 0.025), and more defects changed in patients with subendocardial compared to transmural infarction (49% vs 26% P less than 0.025). During a mean follow-up period of 18 months, seven patients died, two developed left ventricular failure, seven had angina and 14 remained asymptomatic. The non-survivors had significantly larger thallium defects than the survivors (55 +/- 15% vs 37 +/- 14%, P less than 0.005). Serial change on thallium scanning was not related to the clinical course. Perfusion defects on serial thallium scanning are useful in detecting and localising early myocardial infarction and the size of defects is related to the subsequent clinical course. Changing perfusion defects on serial scanning suggesting peri-infarctional ischaemia are common, and make assessment of therapeutic interventions to limit infarct size difficult, but are not related to the clinical course.
R F Dunn; D T Kelly; S B Freedman; R F Uren
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian and New Zealand journal of medicine     Volume:  10     ISSN:  0004-8291     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Med     Publication Date:  1980 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-05-26     Completed Date:  1981-05-26     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1264322     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Med     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  629-35     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Middle Aged
Myocardial Infarction / radionuclide imaging*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Radioisotopes; 7440-28-0/Thallium

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