Dynamic molecular imaging of cardiac innervation using a dual head pinhole SPECT system
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Dynamic molecular imaging of cardiac innervation using a dual head pinhole SPECT system

  • Author(s): Hu, Jicun;
  • Boutchko, Rostyslav;
  • Sitek, Arkadiusz;
  • Reutter, Bryan W.;
  • Huesman, Ronald H.;
  • Gullberg, Grant T.
  • et al.

Typically 123I-MIBG is used for the study of innervation and function of the sympathetic nervous system in heart failure. The protocol involves two studies: first a planar or SPECT scan is performed to measure initial uptake of the tracer, followed some 3-4 hours later by another study measuring the wash-out of the tracer from the heart. A fast wash-out is indicative of a compromised heart. In this work, a dual head pinhole SPECT system was used for imaging the distribution and kinetics of 123I-MIBG in the myocardium of spontaneous hypertensive rats (SHR) and normotensive Wistar Kyoto (WKY) rats. The system geometry was calibrated based on a nonlinear point projection fitting method using a three-point source phantom. The angle variation effect of the parameters was modeled with a sinusoidal function. A dynamic acquisition was performed by injecting 123I-MIBG into rats immediately after starting the data acquisition. The detectors rotated continuously performing a 360o data acquisition every 90 seconds. We applied the factor analysis (FA)method and region of interest (ROI) sampling method to obtain time activity curves (TACs)in the blood pool and myocardium and then applied two-compartment modeling to estimate the kinetic parameters. Since the initial injection bolus is too fast for obtaining a consistent tomographic data set in the first few minutes of the study, we applied the FA method directly to projections during the first rotation. Then the time active curves for blood and myocardial tissue were obtained from ROI sampling. The method was applied to determine if there were differences in the kinetics between SHR and WKY rats and requires less time by replacing the delayed scan at 3-4 hours after injection with a dynamic acquisition over 90 to 120 minutes. The results of a faster washout and a smaller distribution volume of 123IMIBG near the end of life in the SHR model of hypertrophic cardiomyopthy may be indicative of a failing heart in late stages of heart failure.

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