Serial 99mTc pyrophosphate scintigrams were obtained 7 hr to 15 days after experimental acute myocardial infarction produced by permanent or transient coronary occlusion. Scintigrams were interpreted visually and the increased radioactivity in the precordial image was quantitated and compared to extent of infarction found histologically. Results of these studies indicate: 1) 99mTc pyrophosphate imaging is an extremely sensitive for detection of acute myocardial infarction, i.e., infarction in excess of 1% of the left ventricular mass was detected. 2) Early detection of acute infarction is a function of blood flow since 7 hr after infarction scans were negative after permanent occlusion but were strongly positive after transient occlusion. 3) Radioactivity in the precordial image was inversely related to extent of infarction after permanent occlusion and directly related to extent of infarction after transient occlusion. 4) 99mTc pyrophosphate localized in areas with significant histologic infarction but the distribution of radioactivity was not proportional to extent of infarction.
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