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      Lung Uptake of Technetium-99m Tetrofosmin in Healthy Subjects Is Related to Smoking Habits

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          To determine the influence of smoking on lung uptake of technetium-99m tetrofosmin (Tc-TF) during myocardial perfusion imaging, we examined 50 healthy subjects with normal myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography findings, normal coronary angiograms, and no evidence of left ventricular hypertrophy. The 50 healthy subjects were divided into two groups. Group 1: 25 healthy subjects had smoking histories of at least 10 pack-years. Group 2: 25 healthy subjects were nonsmokers. Lung to heart ratios (L/H ratios) calculated from anterior planar images during exercise and rest states of Tc-TF myocardial perfusion imaging were obtained for all of the 50 healthy subjects. L/H ratios calculated from Tc-TF myocardial perfusion imaging in smokers were significantly higher than in nonsmokers during both exercise and rest states. However, no significant difference in L/H ratios was found between exercise and rest states in smokers and nonsmokers. In addition, a positive but nonsignificant correlation was found between smoking pack-years and either rest or exercise L/H ratios. When L/H ratios are used as a clinical diagnostic tool in Tc-TF myocardial perfusion imaging, we must consider that L/H ratios in smokers are higher than in nonsmokers.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          2002
          April 2002
          25 April 2002
          : 97
          : 2
          : 99-103
          Affiliations
          aDivision of Cardiology, bDepartment of Nuclear Medicine, cDepartment of Family Medicine and dDepartment of Medical Research, China Medical College Hospital, Taichung, eDepartment of Nuclear Medicine, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital and Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
          Article
          57680 Cardiology 2002;97:99–103
          10.1159/000057680
          11978957
          © 2002 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Figures: 1, Tables: 1, References: 25, Pages: 5
          Categories
          Diagnostic Cardiology

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