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The purpose of this study is to compare the MRI results with the new SPECT image reconstruction method, this study will allow us to determine whether a new more accurate method of looking at the heart by nuclear study can be used in routine clinical use.

Study summary:

Currently, up to one-third of all nuclear medicine studies are performed for cardiovascular disorders, and mostly are myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) using SPECT acquisition. MPI aims at detection of acute myocardial ischemia and the scarred myocardium and it is increasingly used to plan myocardial revascularization and to assess the effectiveness of medical and surgical interventions. However, nonuniform gamma-ray attenuation in the thoracic region may severely impair the accuracy of SPECT cardiac imaging and frequently result in image artifacts. Therefore, attenuation corrected must be applied. We have derived an algorithm (called EM-IntraSPECT) that is able to reconstruct tomographic cross-sections of a patient from SPECT studies alone. The reconstructed cross-sections in turn, may be used for attenuation correction of cardiac SPECT images thus improving quality analysis based of these images. In this research we intend to continue evaluation of the new attenuation compensation algorithm and to assess the clinical usefulness of this method. These goals can be reached by comparing the patient's cross sectional anatomical data reconstructed by EM-IntraSPECT and obtained from MRI. It is proposed that 10 patients already undergoing nuclear cardiac imaging for clinical purpose, with 99mTc sestamibi or 99mTc radiolabeled red cells will be selected. These patients would be utilized to reconstruct transmission images and determination of internal anatomical structures in the thoracic region from SPECT projections alone. Further, direct and quantitative comparison of the patient's anatomy obtained by the MRI and the SPECT methods will be performed. The same algorithm would be used for reconstruction of attenuation compensated emission SPECT cardiac images. Finally, the accuracy and the clinical usefulness of this new, attenuation corrected cardiac SPECT image reconstruction would be quantitatively evaluated. All these procedures apply only to the image data and NOT the patient.


Inclusion Criteria: - subjects scheduled for cardiac SPECT - subjects 18 years old or older Exclusion Criteria: - Females who are pregnant or think that they are pregnant will be excluded in this study. - Subjects who have a pacemaker, internal defibrillator, prostheses, artificial heart valves, cardiac stents, surgical clips, or TENS (transcutaneous electric nerve stimulator) - Subjects who are 300 lbs and over

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Brief Title:

Improve Nuclear Medicine Heart Imaging, Compare MRI Results With Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography Imaging

Official Title:

Evaluation of EM-IntraSPECT Reconstruction Algorithm by Comparison of Transmission Images Reconstructed From SPECT Projections Alone With MRI Studies

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Quick Facts

Healthy Volunteers
Oversight Has DMC
Study Is FDA Regulated
Study Is Section 801
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Study Source:

State University of New York - Upstate Medical University

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United States: Institutional Review Board

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Observational Model: Case-Only, Time Perspective:

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Overall Contact Information

Official Name:Andrzej Krol, PhD
Principal Investigator
State University of New York - Upstate Medical University

Study Dates

Start Date:January 1996
Completion Date:August 2011
Completion Type:Actual
Primary Completion Date:August 2011
Primary Completion Type:Actual
Verification Date:May 2015
Last Changed Date:May 13, 2015
First Received Date:March 12, 2008

Study Outcomes

There are no available Study Outcomes

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Study Agencies

Agency Class:Other
Agency Type:Lead Sponsor
Agency Name:State University of New York - Upstate Medical University

Samples and Retentions

Study Population: Subjects who are being evaluated for cardiac function/perfusion
Sample Method:Non-Probability Sample

Study References

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Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: January 21, 2020

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