Combined assessment of technetium-99m SESTAMIBI planar myocardial perfusion images at rest and during exercise with rest/exercise left ventricular wall motion studies evaluated from gated myocardial perfusion studies

Am Heart J. 1992 Jan;123(1):59-68. doi: 10.1016/0002-8703(92)90747-j.


The favorable physical characteristics of technetium-99m-labeled 2-methoxy-2-methylisopropyl-1-isonitril (Tc-SESTAMIBI) enable the combined evaluation of both myocardial perfusion and left ventricular wall motion. To assess the potential of rest and exercise regional myocardial function as an adjunct to planar myocardial perfusion imaging, 60 patients with coronary artery disease and documented arteriographic findings were studied with both protocols during a single study. Exact segmental concordance between myocardial perfusion and wall motion studies was 77% (701/900 segments). Overall sensitivity and specificity to detect hemodynamically significant coronary artery disease with Tc-SESTAMIBI myocardial perfusion imaging were 89% and 79%, respectively, with resting wall motion studies 83% and 71%, respectively, and with rest/exercise wall motion studies, 85% and 71%, respectively. If the results of both perfusion and rest/exercise studies were combined, sensitivity increased to 96% and specificity decreased to 64%. The differences with perfusion studies alone were not statistically significant. Thus despite a good correlation between regional left ventricular function and perfusion, no statistically significant incremental diagnostic value was found when the results of both perfusion and wall motion studies were combined.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Coronary Disease / diagnostic imaging*
  • Coronary Disease / physiopathology
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Gated Blood-Pool Imaging* / methods
  • Heart / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Organotechnetium Compounds*
  • Perfusion*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Technetium Tc 99m Sestamibi
  • Ventricular Function, Left*


  • Organotechnetium Compounds
  • Technetium Tc 99m Sestamibi