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The effect of heart motion on parameter bias in dynamic cardiac SPECT

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3 Author(s)
Ross, S.G. ; Dept. of Radiol., Utah Univ., Salt Lake City, UT, USA ; Gullberg, G.T. ; Huesman, R.H.

Dynamic cardiac SPECT can be used to estimate kinetic rate parameters which describe the wash-in and wash-out of tracer activity between the blood and the myocardial tissue. These kinetic parameters can in turn be correlated to myocardial perfusion. There are, however, many physical aspects associated with dynamic SPECT which can introduce errors into the estimates. This paper describes a study which investigates the effect of heart motion on kinetic parameter estimates. Dynamic SPECT simulations are performed using a beating version of the MCAT phantom. The results demonstrate that cardiac motion has a significant effect on the blood, tissue, and background content of regions of interest. This in turn affects estimates of wash-in, while it has very little effect on estimates of wash-out. The effect of cardiac motion on parameter estimates appears not to be as great as effects introduced by photon noise and geometric collimator response. It is also shown that cardiac motion results in little extravascular contamination of the left ventricle blood region of interest

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Nuclear Science Symposium, 1996. Conference Record., 1996 IEEE  (Volume:3 )

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2-9 Nov 1996