Jensen, Maria Maj2; Schmidt, Ulla1; Huang, Chenxi3; Zerahn, Bo4
1 Internal Medicine, Herlev, Herlev and Gentofte Hospital, The Capital Region of Denmark2 unknown3 Gastroenterology, Herlev and Gentofte Hospital, The Capital Region of Denmark4 Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine, Herlev and Gentofte Hospital, The Capital Region of Denmark
PURPOSE: Estimation of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) with equilibrium 99MTc-HSA equilibrium radionuclide angiography (MUGA) is frequently used for assessing cardiac function. The purpose of this study was to compare intra- and interobserver variation between three different gamma cameras. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty-two patients, scanned in the same sequential order on the three cameras. Each acquisition was analyzed twice by two technologists. Inter- and intraobserver variations were calculated as the coefficient of variation and the 95% confidence interval for limits of agreement between each sequence of analyses for each of the three cameras. RESULTS: The lowest intraobserver variations in LVEF for the two NaI-detector cameras were 3.1% (-4.0% to 3.5%) for the planar and 3.4% (-4.2% to 4.5%) for SPECT (P ≤ 0.001-0.019), the highest result for the CZT SPECT camera was 2.6% (-2.9% to 3.1%). Similarly, interobserver variation was 4.8% (-4.8% to 6.4%) and 4.9% (-5.4% to 7.5%), respectively, for each of the NaI-detector cameras and 3.3% (-3.4% to 4.3%) for the CZT SPECT camera (P ≤ 0.001-0.008). DISCUSSION: The CZT detector camera was superior to both NaI detector cameras regarding intra- and interobserver variation. The CZT SPECT camera may identify changes in LVEF with greater certainty than its NaI detector-equipped counterparts.
Journal of Nuclear Cardiology : Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, 2014, Vol 21, Issue 2, p. 384-96