Location and size of acute transmural myocardial infarction estimated from thallium-201 scintiscans. A clinicopathological study.
A clinicopathological study was performed in 23 patients who died from acute transmural myocardial infarction and who had been studied with thallium-201 during the acute phase. Twenty patients died within five days and three later than five days after scintigraphy. The scintigraphic location and the estimated size of infarction in vivo were correlated with postmortem findings. There was good agreement in 91% between scintigraphic and postmortem location of infarction and in 70% between the ECG and postmortem findings. The size of infarction as determined from computer-processed schematic drawings of postmortem slices of the heart correlated well with the size determined from processed schematic drawings of the scintiscans (r = 0.91 for anterior infarction, r = 0.97 for inferior infarction, r = 0.86 for anterior-inferior infarction). It is concluded that thallium-201 scintigraphy provided more precise location of infarction than the ECG and that the size of the scintigraphically abnormal area reflected the extent of necrotic myocardium.
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