Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy: techniques, interpretation, indications and reporting

Ann Saudi Med. 2011 Nov-Dec;31(6):625-34. doi: 10.4103/0256-4947.87101.


Myocardial perfusion single photon emission-computed tomography (MPS) has been one of the most important and common non-invasive diagnostic cardiac test. Gated MPS provides simultaneous assessment of myocardial perfusion and function with only one study. With appropriate attention to the MPS techniques, appropriate clinical utilization and effective reporting, gated MPS will remain a useful diagnostic test for many years to come. The aim of this article is to review the basic techniques of MPS, a simplified systematic approach for study interpretation, current clinical indications and reporting. After reading this article the reader should develop an understanding of the techniques, interpretation, current clinical indications and reporting of MPS studies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adrenergic beta-1 Receptor Agonists
  • Coronary Artery Disease / diagnosis*
  • Diagnostic Errors / classification
  • Diagnostic Errors / prevention & control
  • Dobutamine
  • Echocardiography, Stress / methods*
  • Humans
  • Myocardial Perfusion Imaging / methods*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / methods
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Risk Assessment
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon / methods*


  • Adrenergic beta-1 Receptor Agonists
  • Dobutamine