SPECT MPI works for CAD, Lantheus says

By AuntMinnie.com staff writers

January 27, 2009 -- Lantheus Medical Imaging of North Billerica, MA, said that a new study published in the January/February 2009 issue of the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology finds that the use of SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with its Cardiolite radiopharmaceutical is useful for diagnosing coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with new-onset heart failure.

The study assessed 201 patients at 14 sites in the U.S. and the U.K. All patients received a stress and rest SPECT MPI test using Cardiolite, and found that SPECT MPI had 96% sensitivity, 56% specificity, and a 96% negative predictive value for diagnosing extensive CAD.

The diagnostic values of SPECT MPI for more limited CAD were 82% sensitivity, 57% specificity, and 75% negative predictive value. These definitions were used to differentiate heart failure patients with extensive, etiologically relevant CAD from those with more limited, coexisting CAD, Lantheus reported.

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