Adenosine Stress/Rest Myocardial Perfusion Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography

Case example illustrating value of stress testing ST when rest myocardial perfusion imaging is normal in the acute chest pain patient. Shown are adenosine stress/rest myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography images in a 55-year-old man with multiple risk factors for coronary artery disease presenting to the emergency department with 2 days of chest discomfort at rest. Rest sestamibi (MIBI) demonstrated minimal (borderline) perfusion defect in the inferior wall. Stress imaging revealed evidence of severe and extensive ischemia in the inferior and inferolateral wall (41% of the left ventricle). Coronary angiography revealed an occluded right coronary artery that was successfully stented.

Read about myocardial imaging studies in context: Hurst’s the Heart, 14e: Chapter 18. Nuclear Cardiology

Read more about myocardial imaging studies:

Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 20e: Chapter 236: Noninvasive Cardiac Imaging: Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, and Magnetic Resonance/Computed Tomography Imaging

Introduction to Diagnostic Radiology: Chapter 2. Introduction to Nuclear Medicine

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Melanie Allison, DNP, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC

Executive Editorial Specialist, McGraw-Hill Education

Melanie Allison is the Executive Editorial Specialist with McGraw-Hill Education. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education from The Johns Hopkins University. She earned her Master’s of Science in Nursing degree (MSN), specializing as an acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP), from Vanderbilt University. Melanie has more than 20 years of experience as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner in adult cardiology. She is a part-time faculty member at a top school of nursing, where she has taught for more than 15 years.

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