Quantitative gated SPECT: the effect of reconstruction filter on calculated left ventricular ejection fractions and volumes

Phys Med Biol. 2002 Apr 21;47(8):N99-105. doi: 10.1088/0031-9155/47/8/402.


Gated SPECT (GSPECT) offers the possibility of obtaining additional functional information from perfusion studies, including calculation of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). The calculation of LVEF relies upon the identification of the endocardial surface, which will be affected by the spatial resolution and statistical noise in the reconstructed images. The aim of this study was to compare LVEFs and ventricular volumes calculated from GSPECT using six reconstruction filters. GSPECT and radionuclide ventriculography (RNVG) were performed on 40 patients; filtered back projection was used to reconstruct the datasets with each filter. LVEFs and volumes were calculated using the Cedars-Sinai QGS package. The correlation coefficient between RNVG and GSPECT ranged from 0.81 to 0.86 with higher correlations for smoother filters. The narrowest prediction interval was 111 +/- 2%. There was a trend towards higher LVEF values with smoother filters, the ramp filter yielding LVEFs 2.55 +/- 3.10% (p < 0.001) lower than the Hann filter. There was an overall fall in ventricular volumes with smoother filters with a mean difference of 13.98 +/- 10.15 ml (p < 0.001) in EDV between the Butterworth-0.5 and Butterworth-0.3 filters. In conclusion, smoother reconstruction filters lead to lower volumes and higher ejection fractions with the QGS algorithm, with the Butterworth-0.4 filter giving the highest correlation with LVEFs from RNVG. Even if the optimal filter is chosen the uncertainty in the measured ejection fractions is still too great to be clinically acceptable.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Endocardium / pathology
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Perfusion
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon / instrumentation*
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon / methods*
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left