Journal of Nuclear Cardiology

, Volume 23, Issue 6, pp 1280–1287 | Cite as

Prognostic value of the cadmium-zinc-telluride camera: A comparison with a conventional (Anger) camera

  • Jorge Daniel OldanEmail author
  • Linda K. Shaw
  • Paul Hofmann
  • Matthew Phelan
  • Jeffrey Nelson
  • Robert Pagnanelli
  • Salvador Borges-Neto
Original Article



New multipinhole cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT) cameras allow for faster imaging and lower radiation doses for single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) studies, but assessment of prognostic ability is necessary.

Methods and Results

We collected data from all myocardial SPECT perfusion studies performed over 15 months at our institution, using either a CZT or conventional Anger camera. A Cox proportional hazards model was used to assess the relationship between camera type, imaging results, and either death or myocardial infarction (MI). Clinical variables including age, sex, body mass index (BMI), and historical risk factors were used for population description and model adjustments. We had 2,088 patients with a total of 69 deaths and 65 MIs (122 events altogether). A 3% increase in DDB (difference defect burden) represented a 12% increase in the risk of death or MI, whereas a 3% increase in rest defect burden or stress defect burden represented an 8% increase; these risks were the same for both cameras (P > .24, interaction tests).


The CZT camera has similar prognostic values for death and MI to conventional Anger cameras. This suggests that it may successfully be used to decrease patient dose.


Evidence-based medicine SPECT solid-state camera CZT outcomes 



Myocardial infarction


Coronary artery disease


Summed stress score


Summed difference score


Summed rest score


Stress defect burden


Rest defect burden


Difference defect burden



Jorge Oldan, Paul Hofmann, Linda K. Shaw, Matthew Phelan, and Salvador Borges-Neto have no conflicts of interest. Jorge Oldan and Salvador Borges-Neto are affiliated with Duke University Medical Center. Paul Hofmann, Linda K. Shaw, and Matthew Phelan are associated with the Duke Clinical Research Institute.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jorge Daniel Oldan
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  • Linda K. Shaw
    • 2
  • Paul Hofmann
    • 2
  • Matthew Phelan
    • 2
  • Jeffrey Nelson
    • 3
  • Robert Pagnanelli
    • 1
  • Salvador Borges-Neto
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of RadiologyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Duke Clinical Research InstituteDurhamUSA
  3. 3.Clinical Imaging Physics Group, Department of RadiologyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  4. 4.ClevelandUSA

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