Dobutamine echocardiography and resting-redistribution thallium-201 scintigraphy predicts recovery of hibernating myocardium after coronary revascularization

Am Heart J. 1994 Nov;128(5):864-9. doi: 10.1016/0002-8703(94)90581-9.


The value of dobutamine echocardiography and resting thallium-201 scintigraphy to predict reversal of regional left ventricular wall motion dysfunction after revascularization in patients with chronic coronary artery disease was assessed. Improvement in wall motion during dobutamine echocardiography and normal or mildly decreased uptake on thallium-201 scanning are strong predictors of reversible left ventricular dysfunction. Dobutamine echocardiography and resting thallium-201 scanning are simple and safe methods of assessing hibernating myocardium.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Angioplasty, Balloon, Coronary
  • Coronary Angiography
  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Coronary Disease / therapy*
  • Dobutamine*
  • Echocardiography*
  • Female
  • Heart / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Reperfusion Injury / diagnosis*
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Thallium Radioisotopes*
  • Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / diagnosis*
  • Ventricular Function, Left / physiology


  • Thallium Radioisotopes
  • Dobutamine