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The potential role of iodine-123 metaiodobenzylguanidine imaging for identifying sustained ventricular tachycardia in patients with cardiomyopathy.
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Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) significantly reduce mortality in patients with depressed left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and heart failure (HF). However, shortcomings of LVEF to accurately identify those at greatest risk of ventricular tachyarrhythmias have led to the pursuit of alternative means to refine qualification criteria for ICD implantation. It is well established that imaging the cardiac nervous system with(123)I meta-iodobenzylguanidine ((123)I-mIBG) provides incremental prognostic value in patients with HF beyond LVEF. Whether (123)I-mIBG will also play an important role for identifying and/or predicting sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias in patients with cardiomyopathy and determining those who may benefit from ICD implantation is currently under investigation. Novel imaging approaches that pinpoint the site of ventricular arrhythmias and guide ventricular tachycardia ablation are presented.
Thomas Klein; Vasken Dilsizian; Qi Cao; Wengen Chen; Timm-Michael Dickfeld
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The Potential Role of Iodine-123 Metaiodobenzylguanidine Imaging for Identifying Sustained Ventricular Tachycardia in Patients with Cardiomyopathy
Thomas KleinAff1
Vasken DilsizianAff2
Qi CaoAff2
Wengen ChenAff2
Timm-Michael DickfeldAff1 Address:
Maryland Arrhythmia and Cardiology Imaging Group (MACIG), Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of Maryland Medical Center, 22 South Greene St, Baltimore, MD 21201 USA
Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center, 22 South Greene Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 USA


Sudden cardiac death is a significant public health issue, affecting 150,000-450,000 patients in the United States each year [1, 2]. Clinical trial data has shown that implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) significantly reduce mortality in patients with depressed left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and heart failure (HF), whereas antiarrhythmic medication has not been shown to have the same benefits compared to placebo [3, 4]. Identifying patients at risk for developing ventricular tachyarrhythmias who will benefit from ICD placement for primary prevention has been the objective of a multitude of large clinical trials over the past two decades. The focus has been on patients with structural heart disease, and the most valuable discriminator currently in use is LVEF. However, the majority of patients who suffer SCD do not have characteristics that would qualify them for an ICD for primary prevention [5, 6]. Furthermore, in a large randomized primary prevention ICD implantation trial, over two thirds of patients who received ICDs with depressed LVEF never received ICD therapy during a follow-up period of almost 2 years [7]. These shortcomings of LVEF to accurately identify those at greatest risk of ventricular arrhythmias (VTA) have led to the pursuit of alternative means to refine implantation qualification criteria for ICDs.

Signal-averaged electrocardiogram (ECG), microvolt T-wave alternans, electrophysiologic testing, serum markers (including brain natriuretic peptide), and autonomic function evaluation (including heart rate variability (HRV), baroreflex sensitivity, heart rate turbulence, and deceleration capacity of heart rate) have all been studied, and have produced variable results [8]. More recently, imaging the cardiac nervous system has proven to have incremental prognostic value in patients with HF beyond LVEF and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP).This article will summarize the data on imaging cardiac innervations with 123I meta-iodobenzylguanidine (123I-mIBG) SPECT and its potential role in predicting the risk of VTA and describe novel imaging approaches to identify the site of VTA to guide ventricular tachycardia (VT) ablation.

Imaging the Cardiac Sympathetic Nervous System

123I-mIBG has been the most common radiotracer studied for imaging cardiac innervation. It was first introduced in 1979 for imaging the adrenal medulla, and for the heart shortly thereafter [9]. 123I-mIBG is chemically modified from guanethidine, which is an analogue of the endogenous neurotransmitter norepinephrine, and uses the same uptake and storage mechanisms as norepinephrine. Two mechanisms of 123I-mIBG uptake from the synaptic cleft have been identified, one being neuronal and the other being non-neuronal, of which the former predominates in the human heart. This is evidenced by the fact that uptake is absent in enervated transplanted hearts [10]. Unlike norepinephrine, 123I-mIBG is not metabolized by monoamine oxidase or catechol-O-methyltransferase, and does not interact with postsynaptic receptors. Thus, cardiac 123I-mIBG reflects uptake in only presynaptic sympathetic fibers in the myocardium [11].

123I-mIBG cardiac images are usually acquired in the anterior planar view 5–40 minutes (early) and again 3–4 hours (delayed) after the injection of the radiotracer. From these planar images, the heart-to-mediastinal ratio (H/M) is calculated by dividing the mean counts per pixel from a cardiac region of interest by the mean counts per pixel from an area in the upper mediastinum. Delayed H/M ratio derived from the anterior planar view has been widely used to predict patient outcome and monitor response to medical treatment. In addition, 123I-mIBG washout rate (WR) is calculated by comparing early and delayed 123I-mIBG activities in the heart, reflecting the retention or turnover of 123I-mIBG in neurons. After each planar acquisition, a SPECT acquisition is performed, and images are analyzed in conventional orthogonal planes (short axis, vertical long axis, and horizontal long axis).

The reproducibility and inter-observer variability of 123I-mIBG in HF patients at single centers has been found to be acceptable and highly reproducible [12]. However, inter-institutional variations exist which have been attributed to the use of different collimators, image acquisition parameters, injected doses, region of interest settings, 123I-mIBG labeling methods, disease status, and 123I-mIBG isotopes[13]. Also, some patterns across patient populations have been noted. For example, in healthy subjects, inferior wall uptake of 123I-mIBG may decrease with age, especially in men [14]. Given the inter-institutional variations, a standardized protocol was recently proposed by the Cardiovascular Committee and the European Council of Nuclear Cardiology [11].

The Clinical Utility of123I-mIBG in HF

The autonomic nervous system is known to play a key role in the pathophysiology of HF. Neurohormonal feedback provides a means for compensation in the early stages of HF; however, as the disease progresses, chronic sympathetic output leads to detrimental effects, including interstitial fibrosis and left ventricular remodeling. Chronically elevated norepinephrine levels have been linked to an increased risk of mortality in HF [15]. Additionally, pharmacologic blockade of the sympathetic input to the heart decreases mortality in these patients [16, 17].

Multiple clinical trials have evaluated 123I-mIBGin HF patients. Patients with HF exhibit decreased cardiac uptake of 123I-mIBG (decreased H/M), and earlier release of 123I-mIBG from early to delayed imaging due to compromised neuronal integrity (increased WR). An inverse relationship has been shown between severity of HF classification and H/M 123I-mIBG ratio. Retrospective and single center studies over the past two decades have demonstrated that 123I-mIBGuptake predicts the risk of cardiac death cardiomyopathy (Table 1) [1825]. Preliminary data also suggest salutary effects of medical therapy on cardiac 123I-mIBG uptake and its relation to clinical outcomes [19, 26]. Several small series have demonstrated improvement in sympathetic innervation, as assessed with 123I-mIBGscintigraphy, resulting from cardiac resynchronization therapy and left ventricular assist device therapy, which paralleled multiple clinical parameters [2729]. Conversely, non-responders to CRT did not demonstrate the same improvements in sympathetic innervation [30, 31].

A meta-analysis of 18 small trials including 1755 patients was published in 2008, and demonstrated that decreased H/M and elevated WR portends a worse prognosis, with increased risk of cardiac death and cardiac events [32]. Based on the aforementioned data and similar results in previously published trials, 123I-mIBG has gained clinical use in Europe and Japan in HF patients and for cardiac transplantation candidacy since the 1990s. In the U.S., however, 123I-mIBG has not yet received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for cardiac application [33].

AdreView Myocardial Imaging for Risk Evaluation in Heart Failure (ADMIRE-HF) prospective, multinational, multicenter, open-label study which enrolled 961 patients with LVEF ≤ 35 % and New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class II-III was recently completed [34••]. Patients underwent both 123I-mIBGand myocardial perfusion imaging and were followed for two years. The subgroup of patients with 123I-mIBGH/M < 1.6 had a 2-year cardiac event rate (progression of NYHA class, potentially life threatening arrhythmias, or cardiac death) of 37 %, while those with H/M ≥ 1.6 had a 2-year event rate of 15 %. Each of the three components of the primary outcome were also significantly reduced in patients with H/M ≥ 1.6 (composite primary outcome: HR = 0.4, p < 0.001; HF progression: HR = 0.49, p = 0.002; life-threatening arrhythmia: HR = 0.37, p = 0.02; cardiac death: HR = 0.14, p = 0.006). LVEF, BNP, NYHA class, and H/M were significantly predictive of event occurrence in multivariate analysis. Although WR was predictive in univariate analysis, it did not remain so in multivariate analysis.

123I-mIBG for Assessment of Ventricular Arrhythmia Risk

Activation of sympathetic nervous system is an important factor in the pathophysiology of ventricular tachyarrhythmias. All three known mechanisms of ventricular tachyarrhythmias, including enhanced automaticity, triggered automaticity, and reentrance, can be potentiated by the sympathetic nervous system. Sympathetic neuronal innervation has been shown to be denser in those with ventricular arrhythmias than in those without [37]. It is theorized that denervated but viable myocardium may demonstrate an exaggerated response to circulating catecholamines [38].

It was observed over two decades ago that abnormal 123I-mIBGuptake was present after myocardial infarction (MI) and correlated with ventricular ectopy [39] and with inducible ventricular tachyarrhythmias during invasive electrophysiologic testing [40], as well as in patients without coronary artery disease but with spontaneous ventricular tachyarrhythmias [41]. These small series sparked a long pursuit to uncover the predictive value of 123I-mIBGfor ventricular tachyarrhythmias, to refine the utilization of ICDs, and to determine a possible clinical role for cardiac 123I-mIBGtesting. Multiple studies have evaluated the value of 123I-mIBGimaging in diverse groups of patients to predict the risk of ventricular tachyarrhythmias, sudden cardiac death, and ICD discharges (Table 2) [4251].

HF Patients.

Prospective observational studies have shown that123I-mIBG may predict the risk of ICD discharges in patients with mild-to-moderate HF. In 97 patients with LVEF < 40 % and an average NYHA functional class II who underwent cardiac 123I-mIBG imaging, both WR and early and late H/M were predictive of sudden cardiac death [52]. Over a mean follow-up of 65 months, the prevalence of sudden cardiac death was significantly higher in patients with 123I-mIBG WR ≥ 27 % compared to those with WR < 27 %; 25%and 4 %, respectively. In another series of patients with NYHA class I-II HF and recent ICD implantation, 123I-mIBG WR, in addition to baroreflex sensitivity and heart rate variability, was found to correlate directly with the incidence of ICD firings [53].

The largest prospective, multicenter study to date designed to examine the predictive value of 123I-mIBGscintigraphy for predicting ICD implantation and discharge in HF patients was published in 2010. Among 116 patients (mean LVEF = 28 %, 96 % ischemic etiology, mean NYHA class = 2.9) who underwent 123I-mIBGcardiac imaging prior to ICD implantation, 52 % of patients with large 123I-mIBG defects (summed score > 26) received appropriate ICD therapy (primary endpoint) during a mean follow up period of 23 months versus only 5 % of patients with a smaller 123I-mIBG defect (p < 0.01). Moreover, 57 % of those with a large 123I-mIBG defect experienced the secondary endpoint of appropriate ICD discharge or cardiac death versus only 10 % of those with smaller defects (p < 0.01) [54••].

Non-HF Patients.

Populations known to be at risk for ventricular tachyarrhythmias but without a history of HF have also been evaluated for cardiac 123I-mIBG abnormalities. In patients with Brugada syndrome, 47 % were found to have regional 123I-mIBG defects, most commonly in the inferior and septal regions [55]. Among patients with long QT syndrome, 61 % were found to have regional 123I-mIBG defects, most commonly in the anteroseptal region. No difference in 123I-mIBG uptake pattern was noted between different long QT syndrome subtypes, between those with corrected QT (QTc) > 500 ms vs. those with QTc < 500 ms, or between those suffering from cardiac arrest or syncope [56]. Other groups for which 123I-mIBG imaging abnormalities may predict the risk for ventricular tachyarrhythmias are those with idiopathic ventricular fibrillation [43, 44], arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia [46],hypertrophic cardiomyopathy [47],Chagas cardiomyopathy [49], and after surgical correction of tetralogy of Fallot [57].

Integration of 3-Dimensional Scar Models from 123I-mIBGNeuro-Cardiac Imaging to Guide Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation

The localized information of abnormal 123I-mIBG uptake pattern in the heart has raised the possibility that regional inhomogeneities of innervation may be related to ventricular arrhythmias and could provide guidance for VT ablations. Magnetic resonance imaging (MR), positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) have all been well validated to provide detailed information about the cardiac anatomy or the myocardial scar, which is usually the target for substrate-guided ventricular tachycardia ablations [58•, 59, 60, 61]. The current “gold standard” of defining myocardial scar is based on endocardial bipolar voltage recordings. Using a 3D mapping system a roving mapping catheter is moved sequentially along the endocardial surface of the left ventricle. Assuming that the voltage amplitude will be lower on scarred myocardium due to a paucity of live cells, a tiered classification with >1.5 mV for normal myocardium, 0.5-1.5 mV for abnormal myocardium and <0.5 mV for scar is generally accepted for defining scar and its border zone in the left ventricle [62]. These clinical criteria were derived from several animal and patient studies correlating bipolar endocardial voltage recordings to areas of previous myocardial infarction.

Only recently has PET imaging been used to guide and facilitate VT ablation [58•]. Investigators at the University of Maryland showed a good correlation between PET-derived metabolic scar maps and endocardial voltage maps in patients undergoing VT ablation (r = 0.89, p < 0.05). Additionally, 3D scar reconstructions were successfully registered in patients with a commercial mapping system with an acceptable registration error of 3.7 ± 0.7 mm. Scar size, location, and border zone accurately predicted high-resolution voltage map findings (r = 0.87; p < 0.05). After integration of metabolic maps relevant information was available during the procedure. Low voltage recordings within wall segment displaying preserved metabolic activity were shown to be due to suboptimal catheter contact rather than actual myocardial wall disease. Integrated scar maps revealed metabolically active channels within the myocardial scar, which were not detected by voltage mapping. Moreover, PET/CT maps correctly predicted non-transmural epicardial scar that was confirmed with epicardial mapping despite normal endocardial map. Similar results were obtained when using SPECT rather than PET radiopharmaceuticals [59].

An alternate attractive approach is the combination of PET with either CT or MR. While PET provides the metabolic differentiation between normal, hibernating, and scarred myocardium detailed anatomic information can be obtained from CT or MR with a spatial resolution of ≤1 mm or 2–3 mm, respectively. Fusing both datasets can enable a synergistic metabolic and morphological evaluation, which extends beyond what each imaging technique can offer as a stand-alone technology. New elastic algorithms are able to register PET with CT or MR images from separate scanners fast and with an accuracy that is similar to manual elastic registration performed by human experts using up to 32 anatomic landmarks [63].

Current ongoing studies evaluate the utility of regional 123I-mIBG abnormalities to guide ablation in patients with preexisting cardiomyopathy and ventricular arrhythmias. 3D reconstructions of the regional left ventricular 123I-mIBG innervation have been compared to high density voltage maps. Using the conventional 17-segment analysis [64], the concordance between voltage-defined scar and 123I-mIBG denervation defect was found to be 75 %. Among the 25 % discordant segments, 20 % of the mismatch segments exhibited a larger123I-mIBG defect size when compared to the voltage scar. While 90 % of subsequent successful VT ablation sites were found in the area of voltage-defined scar, 10 % were located in an area of abnormal 123I-mIBG uptake that exhibited preserved voltage [65]. In a subset of patients who underwent repeat 123I-mIBG imaging within 6 months of VT ablation, there was a trend toward increased late H/M among patients with recurrent VT and decreased late H/M in those without recurrent VT. While this difference did not reach statistical significance, it was hypothesized that regeneration of sympathetic nerves within areas of scar may predispose these patients to VT, and may be reflected by increased 123I-mIBG (Fig. 1) [66].

Assessment of Cardiac Innervation with PET Radiotracers

Position emitting radiotracers have also been used to image the cardiac sympathetic nervous system using PET [67, 68]. The most common PET radiotracer studied for this purpose has been carbon-11 labeled hydroxyephedrine (11C-HED). 11C-HED is taken up by cardiac presynaptic neurons but not metabolized by synaptic degradation enzymes. Similar to the 123I-mIBG planar and SPECT data, decreased 11C-HED PET retention in patients with HF has been associated with increased cardiac mortality and need for cardiac transplantation [69, 70]. PET imaging of the cardiac nervous system is advantageous over single photon imaging due to its superior spacial and temporal resolution compared to planar and SPECT techniques. However, widespread clinical use of 11C-HED is limited due to its relatively short 20 minute half-life and complex production requiring an onsite cyclotron, which makes the entire production costly [68].

Reduced cardiac neural regeneration after myocardial infarction has been theorized to be associated with arrhythmia risk. This was tested in a swine model, in which perfusion was assessed by 13 N-ammonia and innervation by 11C-epinephrine 4 to 12 weeks after myocardial infarction induced by balloon occlusion of the left anterior descending artery. Inducible VT was present in seven of the 11 animals studied, and in those with inducible VT, a significantly larger area of perfusion/innervation mismatch was present [71]. These findings lead to the PARAPET study, a prospective, observational trial, which will assess if hibernating myocardium or inhomogeneity of sympathetic innervation measured with PET can predict sudden cardiac death or cardiovascular mortality [72].


The clinical and prognostic value of imaging the cardiac nervous system in HF with123I-mIBG is well established. While the radiotracer has not yet received FDA approval for cardiac application in the US, its potential role may also expand to the arena of electrophysiology, identifying and/or predicting sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias in patients with cardiomyopathy, determining those who may benefit from ICD implantation, and pinpointing the site of ventricular arrhythmias to guide ventricular tachycardia ablation procedures.


This article is part of the Topical Collection on Nuclear Cardiology

Conflict of Interest

Thomas Klein declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Vasken Dilsizian has received an investigator-initiated research grant from GE Healthcare; and is on the Advisory Board for GE Healthcare.

Qi Cao declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Wengen Chen declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Timm-Michael Dickfeld has received a research grant from GE.

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Fig. 1 

Four-hour delayed MIBG images in panels A and B show decreased uptake of MIBG after ablation in a patient with VT. Panels C and D show increased uptake of MIBG after ablation in a different patient with VT. (A and C: before ablation, B and D: after ablation)

[TableWrap ID: Tab1] Table 1 

Relevant Studies studies on mIBG Scintigraphy scintigraphy for Prognosis prognosis in HF

Year Author n= Etiology (% ICM) Mean baseline LVEF (%) NYHA Class Mean Follow-up (months) Result
1992 Merlet, et al. [18] 90 27 22 II-IV 11 H/M was more valuable in predicting survival than x-ray cardiothoracic ratio, echocardio-graphic end-diastolic diameter and radionuclide LVEF
1998 Nakata, et al. [35] 414 32 49 1.6 (mean) 22 Late H/M, early H/M, use of nitrates, and LVEF were all predictive of cardiac death, but late H/M was the most powerful predictor
1999 Cohen-Solal, et al. [20] 93 26 25 2.6 (mean) 10 In patients with chronic HF, late H/M and peak oxygen consumption were predictive of death or heart transplantation, but only peak VO2 was significant by multivariate analysis
1999 Merlet, et al. [24] 112 0 21 II-IV 27 Of several variables tested, only late H/M and LVEF were predictive of mortality in idiopathic nonischemic cardiomyopathy
2001 Imamura, et al. [23] 171 56 27 1.9 (mean) 27 Elevated WR was an independent predictor of cardiac death; elevated WR and BNP predicted progressive HF
2001 Ogita, et al. [25] 79 57 29 1.8 (mean) 31 WR ≥ 27 % predicted SCD, HF death, and worsening HF
2002 Gerson, et al. [26] 22 0 25 II-IV 7.2 Patients with abnormal baseline 123I-mIBG uptake demonstrated improvement in 123I-mIBG uptake with carvedilol treatment, which correlated with improvement in LVEF.
2003 Kasama, et al. [36] 30 0 33 2.8 (mean) 6 Spironolactone decreased total defect score, and WR and increased H/M in HF patients to placebo. These changes correlated with improvement in LVEF, LV end-diastolic volume, and NYHA class.
2003 Yamada, et al. [21] 65 63 28 2.1 (mean) 34 In multivariate analysis, only WR (not H/M or HRV) was predictive of cardiac events
2005 Nakata, et al. [19] 88 27 27 2.6 (mean) 43 Less severe 123I-mIBG defect correlated with improved treatment effect from beta-blockers and/or ACE inhibitors (Mortality reduction from 36 % to 12 % in those with H/M ≥ 1.53, from 53 % to 37 % in those with H/M < 1.53)
2008 Agostini, et al. [22] 290 42 32 2.5 (mean) 24 In this retrospective analysis, decreased H/M LVEF were both predictive of major cardiac events
2008 Kasama, et al. 208 42 32 2.6 (mean) 53 Patients underwent serial 123I-mIBG imaging, and ∆ WR was shown to be an incremental predictor of cardiac death and sudden death
2010 Jacobson, et al. [34••] 961 66 27 2.16 (mean) 17 Late H/M, in addition to LVEF, BNP, and NYHA class was an independent predictor of HF progression, arrhythmic events, and cardiac death.

[TableWrap ID: Tab2] Table 2 

Relevant studies on mIBG scintigraphy and ventricular tachyarrhythmias

Year Author n= Patient Population Mean baseline LVEF (%) Mean Follow-up (months) Result
1991 McGhie, et al. [39] 27 Post-MI - - Higher total defect score on 123I-mIBG correlated with the presence of VT and ventricular ectopy within 10 days post-MI
2001 Daliento, et al. [57] 22 Post-surgical correction of tetralogy of Fallot - - Those with VTA on 24-hour Holter monitoring had significantly reduced 123I-mIBG uptake and increased WR than those without.
2003 Arora, et al. [42] 17 Prior ICD discharges 39 - 10 patients with a history of ICD discharges had significantly lower H/M and higher WR, as well as reduced values for several HRV parameters, than 7 patients without prior ICD discharges
2003 Terai, et al. [47] 44 HCM 59 - Mean WR was significantly higher in 15 patients with VTA on 24-hour Holter monitor than in 29 without.
2006 Paul et al. [43] 20 Idiopathic VTA with structurally normal hearts 72 86 18 recurrent episodes occurred in 4 patients with abnormal 123I-mIBG uptake, whereas only 2 episodes occurred in 1 patient with normal 123I-mIBG uptake.
2007 Kioka, et al. [52] 97 CHF (53 % ICM, mean NYHA class 2.1) 29 65 Early and late H/M and WR were all predictive of SCD
2008 Bax, et al. [50] 50 CHF (62 % ICM) 32 - Patients underwent 123I-mIBG prior to EP testing. 4-hour 123I-mIBG TDS ≥ 37 predicted EP positivity.
2009 Akutsu, et al. [44] 86 Prior VTA 59 132 H/M ≤ 2.8 predicted recurrence of VTA (HR 3.6 [95 % confidence interval, 1.4-9.2, P = 0.007]).
2009 Koutelou, et al. [53] 25 Compensated CHF (NYHA class I-II) and recent ICD implantation. 36 32 WR, in addition to HRV and baroreflex sensitivity, predicted ICD discharges
2010 Boogers, et al. [54••] 116 HF 28 23 123I-mIBG SPECT was performed before ICD implantation. Those with late 123I-mIBG SPECT defect score > 26 had a greater risk of appropriate ICD therapy (52 % vs. 5 %, p < 0.01).
2010 Nishisato, et al. [45] 60 Diverse group of patients undergoing ICD implantation 49 29 At the time of ICD implant, 123I-mIBG planar and technetium SPECT perfusion imaging were performed. H/M ≤ 1.9 with summed perfusion score ≥ 12 independently predicted elevated risk of ICD discharge.
2011 Paul, et al. [46] 42 Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy - 143 Patients underwent 123I-mIBG SPECT, and 59 % were found to have abnormal uptake. Abnormal uptake predicted future VTA.
2011 Miranda, et al. [49] 26 Chagas cardiomyopathy with and without VTA 53 - Compared to patients without of VTA on 24-hour Holter monitoring, those with VTA had an increased 123I-mIBG defect score.
2012 Kasama, et al. [51] 56 Dilated cardiomyopathy 31 54 Late potentials and 123I-mIBG imaging was performed. Those with late potential positivity and WR > 50 % had an elevated risk of SCD.
2012 Marshall et al. [48] 27 HF patients receiving an ICD for primary prevention 24 16 Low H/M and high total 123I-mIBG SPECT defect score at the time of ICD implantation predicts future ICD discharges

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Keywords: Keywords Cardiac mIBG, Cardiomyopathy, Ventricular tachycardia, Cardiac arrhythmia, Heart failure, Ablation therapy, Cardiomyopathy.

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