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Jørgen Frøkiær

Automatic calculation of myocardial external efficiency using a single 11C-acetate PET scan

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Background: Myocardial external efficiency (MEE) is defined as the ratio of kinetic energy associated with cardiac work [forward cardiac output (FCO)*mean systemic pressure] and the chemical energy from oxygen consumed (MVO2) by the left ventricular mass (LVM). We developed a fully automated method for estimating MEE based on a single 11C-acetate PET scan without ECG-gating. Methods and Results: Ten healthy controls, 34 patients with aortic valve stenosis (AVS), and 20 patients with mitral valve regurgitation (MVR) were recruited in a dual-center study. MVO2 was calculated using washout of 11C -acetate activity. FCO and LVM were calculated automatically using dynamic PET and parametric image formation. FCO and LVM were also obtained using cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) in all subjects. The correlation between MEEPET-CMR and MEEPET was high (r = 0.85, P < 0.001) without significant bias. MEEPET was 23.6 ± 4.2% for controls and was lowered in AVS (17.2 ± 4.3%, P < 0.001) and in MVR (18.0 ± 5.2%, P = 0.004). MEEPET was strongly associated with both NYHA class (P < 0.001) and the magnitude of valvular dysfunction (mean aortic gradient: P < 0.001, regurgitant fraction: P = 0.009). Conclusion: A single 11C-acetate PET yields accurate and automated MEE results on different scanners. MEE might provide an unbiased measurement of the phenotypic response to valvular disease.
Original languageDanish
JournalJournal of Nuclear Cardiology
Pages (from-to)1-8
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2018

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