Quantitative comparison of prone and supine myocardial SPECT MIBI images

Clin Nucl Med. 1995 Aug;20(8):678-84. doi: 10.1097/00003072-199508000-00003.


The myocardial count distribution and the stress/rest ratio distribution were compared between prone and supine Tc-99m MIBI myocardial SPECT acquisitions. Ninety-nine male patients with a low stress supine inferior wall count underwent stress and rest acquisitions in the supine and prone positions successively. For each study, values depicting the inferior, anterior, septal, and lateral wall counts were extracted from a medioventricular normalized circumferential profile and underwent a statistical analysis (Student's paired t-test). On prone imaging, when compared to supine imaging, counts showed a highly significant mean relative increase of 11% +/- 1% in the inferior wall and of 7% +/- 1% in the septum. Conversely, these counts showed a significant mean relative decrease of 4% +/- 1% in the anterior wall and of 3% +/- 1% in the lateral wall. Moreover, the inferior wall stress/rest ratio showed a highly significant mean relative increase (6% +/- 2%). The prone position is probably preferable for interpreting the inferior wall and septum, where relative counts are enhanced, as with TI-201, and because the inferior stress-rest discrepancies are reduced in that position. But the anterior and lateral wall information is impaired in the prone position. The authors suggest, in case of a low stress supine inferior count, the combination of both positions, which is feasible with Tc-99m MIBI, in order to prevent a misleading interpretation.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Coronary Disease / diagnostic imaging*
  • Heart / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prone Position
  • Supine Position
  • Technetium Tc 99m Sestamibi*
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon / methods*


  • Technetium Tc 99m Sestamibi