In patients who had undergone cardiac surgery (coronary artery bypass graft) and whose hearts showed abnormal movement during the cardiac cycle, we studied the accuracy of functional assessment using ECG-gated single-photon emission tomography (SPET) and the automated software developed by Germano et al. by comparing the findings with magnetic resonance (MR) images acquired three-dimensionally. Sixteen patients who had undergone cardiac surgery underwent 99mTc-sestamibi gated SPET (MIBI-g-SPET) and MRI on the same day. Left ventricular end-diastolic and end-systolic volumes (EDV, ESV) and ejection fraction (LVEF) were measured using MIBI-g-SPET and the aforementioned algorithm. Regional wall thickening was assessed using a four-point scale on MIBI-g-SPET and cine MRI. There was a good correlation between MIBI-g-SPET and MRI in respect of EDV (r=0.89), ESV (r=0.93) and LVEF (r=0.89). A high degree of agreement was found between the wall thickening scores obtained by MIBI-g-SPET and MRI in total segments (kappa=0.62) and in septal segments (kappa=0.67). It is concluded that ECG-gated perfusion SPET can provide regional and global functional information, including absolute volumes, in patients following cardiac surgery.