Reproducibility and repeatability of normal resting state 99mTc-HMPAO rCBF SPECT using brain atlas matching

The aim of this study was to assess regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in normal subjects at rest using
99 Tc m -HMPAO single photon emission tomography (SPET). Analysis of reproducibility and repeatability
was performed both before and after normalization of flow data. Six healthy volunteers were examined,
three times each, according to a routine rCBF protocol. A computerized brain atlas was used to evaluate
flow data in eight selected regions. The overall reproducibility of rCBF was evaluated from two scans
performed at an average interval of 3 months. Repeatability was evaluated from two scans, 3 h apart and
without re-injection of 99 Tc m -HMPAO. For the normalized (relative) flow data, the reproducibility was
+1.3% and the repeatability +2.2% (i.e. methodological errors dominate). For the non-normalized flow
data, the corresponding values were +14.8% and +5.9%. rCBF SPET with 99 Tc m -HMPAO is highly
reproducible provided that the flow data are normalized. The variation in flow between individuals at one
point in time and 3 months later was less than +5% for all brain regions.

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Jonsson C
Pagani M
Johansson L
Thurfjell L
Jacobsson H
Larsson S
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins., London, Regno Unito
Nuclear medicine communications (Online) 21 (2000): 9–18.
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