276 Pound Female
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Current complaint: Recurrent exertional chest pain similar to that before her angioplasty.
Height: 5' 0”
Weight: 276 pounds. Very obese.
Tracer dose: 26.2 mCi at peak treadmill stress
Timing: Tracer was injected at peak treadmill exercise. After a 30 minute delay, SPECT images were obtained on a conventional, dual-detector, dedicated cardiac SPECT system. Approximately one hour later, images were obtained on the CardiArc® scanner. No additional tracer was administered between the two scans.
Scan findings: The CardiArc® images reveal an inferior and inferobasal defect consistant with re-stenosis of previously dilated right coronary artery - later verified. This is poorly visualized on the conventional system images, but is identified by quantitative analysis of those images (below).
Discussion: The CardiArc® images have higher resolution, better target to background ration and less scatter than do same-day, same-injection images obtained with a conventional high-resolution, dual-detector system. These factors result in reduced partial-volume effect and higher lesion contrast.
Quantitative analysis of images from the dual-detector, conventional system identifies the same inferior / inferobasal abnormality (yellow arrows) seen visually on the CardiArc® images.
Final diagnosis: Recurrent stenosis of the right coronary artery.