Comparison of Sulfur Hexafluoride Microbubble (SonoVue)-Enhanced Myocardial Contrast Echocardiography With Gated Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography for Detection of Significant Coronary Artery Disease

R Senior, A Moreo, N Gaibazzi, L Agati, K Tiemann, B Shivalkar, S von Bardeleben, L Galiuto, H Lardoux, G (Giuseppe) Trocino, I Carrio, D Le Guludec, G Sambuceti, H Becher, P Colonna, Folkert ten Cate, E Bramucci, Abi Cohen, G Bezante, C AggeliJD (Jarik) Kasprzak

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Objectives The purpose of this study was to compare sulfur hexafluoride microbubble (SonoVue)-enhanced myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) with single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) relative to coronary angiography (CA) for assessment of coronary artery disease (CAD). Background Small-scale studies have shown that myocardial perfusion assessed by SonoVue-enhanced MCE is a viable alternative to SPECT for CAD assessment. However, large multicenter studies are lacking. Methods Patients referred for myocardial ischemia testing at 34 centers underwent rest/vasodilator SonoVue-enhanced flash-replenishment MCE, standard Tc-99m-labeled electrocardiography-gated SPECT, and quantitative CA within 1 month. Myocardial ischemia assessments by 3 independent, blinded readers for MCE and 3 readers for SPECT were collapsed into 1 diagnosis per patient per technique and were compared to CA (reference standard) read by 1 independent blinded reader. Results Of 628 enrolled patients who received SonoVue (71% males; mean age: 64 years; >1 cardiovascular [CV] risk factor in 99% of patients) 516 patients underwent all 3 examinations, of whom 161 (31.2%) had >= 70% stenosis ( 131 had single-vessel disease [SVD]; 30 had multivessel disease), and 310 (60.1%) had >= 50% stenosis. Higher sensitivity was obtained with MCE than with SPECT (75.2% vs. 49.1%, respectively; p < 0.0001), although specificity was lower (52.4% vs. 80.6%, respectively; p < 0. Conclusions SonoVue-enhanced MCE demonstrated superior sensitivity but lower specificity for detection of CAD compared to SPECT in a population with a high incidence of CV risk factors and intermediate-high prevalence of CAD. (A phase III study to compare SonoVue (R) enhanced myocardial echocardiography [MCE] to single photon emission computerized tomography [ECG-GATED SPECT], at rest and at peak of low-dose Dipyridamole stress test, in the assessment of significant coronary artery disease [CAD] in patients with suspect or known CAD using Coronary Angiography as Gold Standard-SonoVue MCE vs SPECT; EUCTR2007-003492-39-GR) (c) 2013 by the American College of Cardiology Foundation
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1353-1361
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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