PMID: 3973267Mar 1, 1985

Clinical use of ultrashort-lived radionuclide krypton-81m for noninvasive analysis of right ventricular performance in normal subjects and patients with right ventricular dysfunction

Journal of the American College of Cardiology
C A NienaberW H Bleifeld


The ultrashort-lived radionuclide krypton-81m, eluted in 5% dextrose from a bedside rubidium-81m generator, was intravenously infused for rapid imaging of the right-sided heart chambers in the right anterior oblique projection adjusted for optimal right atrioventricular separation. Left-sided heart and lung background was minimized by rapid decay and efficient exhalation of krypton-81m, requiring no algorithm for background correction. A double region of interest method decreased the variability in the assessment of ejection fraction to 5%. In 10 normal subjects, 11 patients with pulmonary hypertension, 4 patients with right ventricular outflow tract obstruction and 4 patients with right ventricular infarction, right ventricular ejection fraction determined by krypton-81m equilibrium blood pool imaging ranged from 14 to 76%. The correlation between these values and those determined by cineangiography according to Simpson's rule was close: r = 0.93 for all data points (p less than 0.001), r = 0.92 for studies at rest (p less than 0.001) and r = 0.93 for exercise studies (p less than 0.001). Exercise-related changes in right ventricular function revealed a disturbed functional reserve with pulmonary hypertension and right ventric...Continue Reading


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