Alan W Ahlberg

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OBJECTIVES We sought to evaluate the clinical use and cost-analysis of acute rest technetium-99m (Tc-99m) tetrofosmin single-photon emission computed tomographic (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with chest pain and a normal electrocardiogram (ECG). BACKGROUND Current approaches used in emergency departments (EDs) for treating patients(More)
Beta-blocker therapy may delay or completely prevent myocardial ischemia during exercise testing, as assessed by ST-segment shifts, myocardial perfusion defects, or echocardiographic wall motion abnormalities. However, the impact of beta-blocker therapy on these end points during dobutamine stress testing has not been well established. The purpose of this(More)
INTRODUCTION The prognostic value of a blunted heart rate response (BHR) during ECG-gated vasodilator stress SPECT MPI in relation to ventricular function on long-term cardiovascular events is not well established. We performed this study to evaluate the incremental prognostic value of BHR during pharmacological stress SPECT MPI. METHODS Consecutive(More)
BACKGROUND The ability of stress radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging to predict adverse cardiac events is well accepted. As left ventricular systolic function has also been shown to be an important prognostic indicator, the objective of this study was to determine whether electrocardiography (ECG)-gated single photon emission computed tomography(More)
BACKGROUND Combining vasodilator and exercise stress reduces noncardiac side effects, improves image quality, and enhances the detection of ischemia, compared with suboptimal exercise or vasodilator stress alone. However, prognostic data with combined protocols are limited. METHODS AND RESULTS Consecutive patients (n = 2064) who underwent symptom-limited(More)
BACKGROUND The role of single photon emission computed tomography myocardial perfusion imaging (SPECT MPI) in cardiac evaluation of the very elderly patients is unclear. We investigated the clinical value of SPECT MPI in very elderly patients (≥80 years) with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) as well as in comparison to younger patients. METHODS AND(More)
OBJECTIVES The goal of this study was to examine the effect of acute beta-blockade on dipyridamole Tc-99m sestamibi myocardial perfusion imaging (DMPI). BACKGROUND Studies suggest that antianginal drugs may reduce the presence and severity of myocardial perfusion defects with dipyridamole stress. However, there are no data regarding specific drugs. (More)
BACKGROUND Despite growing recognition of attenuation correction (AC) utilizing an external radiation source, prognostic studies using AC are lacking. METHODS Consecutive patients (n = 419) who underwent stress Tc-99m sestamibi SPECT imaging with AC but without ECG-gating, due to arrhythmia, were followed for cardiac death or non-fatal myocardial(More)
BACKGROUND The field of nuclear cardiology is limited by image quality and length of procedure. The use of depth-dependent resolution recovery algorithms in conjunction with iterative reconstruction holds promise to improve image quality and reduce acquisition time. This study compared the Astonish algorithm employing depth-dependent resolution recovery and(More)
BACKGROUND Whether left ventricular ejection fraction (EF) obtained by gated rubidium 82 positron emission tomography (PET) myocardial imaging can identify patients at risk for future cardiac events is unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS Consecutive patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease who underwent dipyridamole stress gated Rb-82 PET imaging(More)