Introduction and objectives The aim of this study was to compare magnetic resonance and gated-SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with chronic myocardial infarction. Methods Magnetic resonance imaging and gated-SPECT were performed in 104 patients (mean age, 61  years; 87.5% male) with a previous infarction. Left ventricular volumes and ejection fraction and classic late gadolinium enhancement viability criteria (<75% transmurality) were correlated with those of SPECT (uptake >50%) in the 17 segments of the left ventricle. Motion, thickening, and ischemia on gated-SPECT were analyzed in segments showing nonviable tissue or equivocal enhancement features (50%-75% transmurality). Results A good correlation was observed between the 2 techniques for volumes, ejection fraction (P<.05), and estimated necrotic mass (P<.01). In total, 82 of 264 segments (31%) with >75% enhancement had >50% SPECT uptake. Of the 106 equivocal segments (50%-75% enhancement) on magnetic resonance imaging, 68 (64%) had >50% uptake, 41 (38.7%) had normal motion, 46 (43.4%) had normal thickening, and 17 (16%) had ischemic criteria on SPECT. Conclusions A third of nonviable segments on magnetic resonance imaging showed >50% uptake on SPECT. Gated-SPECT can be useful in the analysis of motion, thickening, and ischemic criteria in segments with questionable viability on magnetic resonance imaging. © 2013 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L. Todos los derechos reservados.
- Magnetic resonance
- Myocardial infarction