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European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 87-92

Quantitative simultaneous 99mTc-ECD/123I-FP-CIT SPECT in Parkinson’s disease and multiple system atrophy

  • Georges El FakhriAffiliated withDivision of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Email author 
  • , Marie-Odile HabertAffiliated withU678 INSERM - UPMC, CHU Pitié-SalpêtrièreDepartment of Nuclear Medicine, CHU Pitié-Salpêtrière
  • , Philippe MaksudAffiliated withU678 INSERM - UPMC, CHU Pitié-SalpêtrièreDepartment of Nuclear Medicine, CHU Pitié-Salpêtrière
  • , Aurélie KasAffiliated withDepartment of Nuclear Medicine, CHU Pitié-Salpêtrière
  • , Zoulikha MalekAffiliated withU678 INSERM - UPMC, CHU Pitié-SalpêtrièreDepartment of Nuclear Medicine, CHU Pitié-Salpêtrière
  • , Marie Foley KijewskiAffiliated withDivision of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • , Lucette LacomblezAffiliated withFédération des Maladies du Système Nerveux, CHU Pitié-SalpêtrièreDepartment of Pharmacology, CHU Pitié-Salpêtrière

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility and utility of dual-isotope SPECT for differential diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (IPD) and multiple system atrophy (MSA).

Methods

Simultaneous 99mTc-ECD/123I-FP-CIT studies were performed in nine normal controls, five IPD patients, and five MSA patients. Projections were corrected for scatter, cross-talk, and high-energy penetration, and iteratively reconstructed while correcting for patient-specific attenuation and variable collimator response. Perfusion and dopamine transporter (DAT) function were assessed using voxel-based statistical parametric mapping (SPM2) and volume of interest quantitation. DAT binding potential (BP) and asymmetry index (AI) were estimated in the putamen and caudate nucleus.

Results

Striatal BP was lower in IPD (55%) and MSA (23%) compared to normal controls (p<0.01) , and in IPD compared to MSA (p<0.05). AI was greater for IPD than for MSA and controls in both the caudate nucleus and the putamen (p<0.05). There was significantly decreased perfusion in the left and right nucleus lentiformis in MSA compared to IPD and controls (p<0.05).

Conclusion

Dual-isotope studies are both feasible in and promising for the diagnosis of parkinsonian syndromes.

Keywords

Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease Multiple system atrophy 99mTc-ECD 123I-FP-CIT Dual-isotope SPECT