The significance of incidental noncardiac findings in Tc-99m sestamibi myocardial perfusion imaging: illustrated by a case

Tex Heart Inst J. 1999;26(3):229-31.


Technetium 99m sestamibi is widely used in the evaluation of myocardial perfusion imaging. Although the aim of such imaging is cardiac evaluation, numerous other organs are included in the imaging field. Failure to identify incidental abnormal findings in these organs delays diagnosis and treatment. In common with other radiopharmaceutical agents, technetium 99m sestamibi is distributed throughout the body and accumulates in multiple tissues. When interpreting studies that involve this radiotracer, the physician must be aware of its physiologic distribution, in order to recognize abnormal uptake. We present an illustrative case in which areas of decreased tracer activity were noted incidentally during the evaluation of unprocessed single photon emission computed tomography data. These findings were due to metastasis of colon cancer to the liver.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma, Mucinous / diagnostic imaging
  • Adenocarcinoma, Mucinous / secondary*
  • Aged
  • Colonic Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Coronary Disease / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Liver / diagnostic imaging*
  • Liver Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Liver Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Male
  • Radiography
  • Technetium*
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon


  • Technetium