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3.2 Comprehensive evaluation of radionuclide angiocardiography

Using radionuclide angiocardiography, we examine the dynamics of blood flow through the central circulation , ie through the heart cavities, large vessels and lungs. The examination consists of scanning the transit and dilution of the radioactive bolus with the right heart, lungs, left heart and systemic circulation with a scintillation camera . Computer processing creates images of significant phases of bolus flow and curves of time transit and bolus dilution in the ventricles and lungs. On scintigraphic image we can visually monitor the flow of radioactive bolus different parts of the heart and lungs, and thus recognize any serious abnormalities in the central cicirculation and some anatomical abnormalities. Mathematical processing and dilution curves pass bolus chambers of the heart and lungs will receive a number of quantitative parameters of central hemodynamics, enabling detailed examination and detection of subtle pathological deviations. By comparing the curves from the right and left heart, the value of cardiopulmonary mean transit time is obtained . By mathematical analysis of the curve from the lungs (pulmogram) we can quantify the LP shunt (calculate the short-circuit flow and the Qp/Qs value). By analyzing the relevant curves, it is possible to further quantify PL short circuits, calculate the values of the right ventricular ejection fraction, cardiac volume , cardiopulmonary blood volume, in combination with radionuclide ventriculography also regurgitation fraction .

Data storage

Under le indication for examination or executing. premedication with inactive Sn-pyrophosphate (see below) and the scintillation camera detector are placed above the precordium area in the anterior or modified LAO projection.

Prepare about 400-600 MBq (for children about 7MBq / kg) 99m Tc in a volume of max. 1ml for the syringe . and insert the needle into the internal jugular vein or an anecubital vein. We start saving the dynamic study and then quickly apply the contents of the syringe. By rapid application of a small volume of concentrated radioindicator, a compact discrete bolus of radioactivity
will move through the bloodstream towards the heart , the passage of which through the central circulation and gradual dilution will be mapped by the camera *).

*) The condition for quality images and especially the correct analysis of the curves is that the radio indicator actually enters the heart as a
short compact bolus. With normal application to the anecubital vein, the bolus in the venous circulation is often prolonged (in up to 25% of cases), or even divided and fragmented. Such a deformed bolus can greatly distort the analysis of central hemodynamics (eg a fragmented bolus can simulate a short-circuit wave on a pulmogram). Additional mathematical corrections (eg by the deconvolution method) usually fail here. For reliable and greater provision of a quality bolus, there is an anatomically appropriate route of bolus administration - administration to the internal jugular vein. It is also recommended to apply a bolus in inspiration.

Recommended selection of dynamic study storage :

Matrix 64 64 , 16 bit

Group 1: 100 images after 0.2 sec. (for slower cardiac operation 0.5 sec./frame)

Group 2: 50 frames after 1 sec.

Group 3: 10 images after 30 sec.

(If the acquisition program cannot group, a higher number of frames must be preselected, eg 300 frames after 0.3 sec.)

If the value t only the first flow (usually for the diagnosis of congenital heart defects) do not perform premedication inactive Sn-pyrophosphate and charging scintigraphic studies will terminate once it has been evident for several seconds recirkulce system (watch for perzistent oscilloscope or computer screen). If we want to calculate the minute heart volume, then we save the study until the end. In this case, it is necessary to premedicate with inactive Sn-pyrophosphate about 20 minutes before bolus administration, or use another intravascular indicator o r labeled with 99m Tc (erythrocytes labeled in vitro, labeled plasma proteins). In addition, to calculate the minute heart volume, we insert the patient's weight in [ kg ] in the comment ., height in [ cm ] and blood volume in [ ml. ] . We determine the volume of blood either by the dilution method or we read it empirically from the tables according to the height, weight and sex of the patient. To calculate the right ventricular ejection fraction, it is necessary to monitor the heart rate during the first bolus transit and record this value for use in evaluation.

Data evaluation

After invoking the appropriate radiocardiographic scintigraphic study using the basic OSTNUCLINE system (if the individual groups are recorded as separate studies, we will invoke them all using the command "Next" - combine for evaluation in one study) run a comprehensive program RKG - bolus angiocardiography (its first part ).

Visual evaluation of bolus passage images
We begin the evaluation of a dynamic radiocardiographic study by visually monitoring the flow of a radioactive bolus through individual parts of the heart and lungs on scintigraphic images. We can thus identify possible more serious abnormalities in the central circulation and some anatomical deviations. The display will show a series of sequential images properly nasumovanch passage of tracer c e ntrln circulation, together with the corresponding time intervals. This series of paintings is offered for preliminary visual evaluation . If we do not find any pathology in the images, we can use the implicitly built-in text of the standard normal evaluation , eg:

"After bolus injection of the radiolabel, unexposed cavities of the right heart are imaged, followed by filling of the unexpanded lung and pulmonary artery, which are emptied reasonably rapidly into the normally configured left heart and aortic cavities.

At the same time, this preliminarily generates a standard formulation of a normal conclusion:

"Conclusion: We do not observe pathological changes in central hemodynamics in the visual evaluation of sequential scintigrams of bolus passage through the small circulation or in the quantitative analysis of circulation curves."

however, which can be modified during further evaluation (see below). In the pathological case, we choose a non-standard variant of verbal evaluation, in which we enter free text into the marked box using the keyboard ; with this variant, no standard formulation of the conclusion is generated either. A series of images, including verbal evaluation, can be printed for documentation (it is important only for more significant pathologies).

Designation of areas of interest
For the quantification of central hemodynamics, an important initial act is the designation of areas of interest (ROI) of individual parts of the central circulation. Using the arrows or the slider below the image, we step through the images in the study and gradually make the individual structures through which the radioactive bolus flows visible. Areas of interest are drawn in the order:

ROI 1 ......... bolus arrival site
ROI 2 ......... right ventricle
ROI 3 .........
right atrium (for assessment of LP shunt location)
ROI 4. ........ lungs
ROI 5 ......... left ventricle
ROI 6 .........
aorta (only for quantification of PL shunt)

When drawing the ROI from the right ventricle, make sure that the part of the right ventricle adjacent to the septum is not included. When defining the ROI of the lungs (usually on the left), the area of large branches of the lung must not be included, the medial border must be away from the aorta and the left ventricle. When marking left ventricular we pay attention, we did not work and the right part of the chamber (on the appropriate image-filled stage left Komrat is because the right ventricle has been emptied and n measurement to see) - we recommend marking the moment when the arrows or return rider image filled the right ventricle.

ROI 3 of the right atrium is optional and we mark it when we want to assess whether or not. The LP shunt is at the level of the ventricular or atrial septum. The ROI 6 of the aorta is also optional and we only mark it if we want to quantify the PL shunt.

Hemodynamic curves
(histograms) of the time course of activity (ie bolus passage and dilution) in these areas of interest are constructed from these areas of interest, which are corrected for the dead time of the camera-computer system (for a given system the effective dead time is about 6
m sec .). You can also set the appropriate compression or expansion of the timeline scale curves so that the curves are optimally displayed for each patient regardless of the flow time. One step of expansion or compression represents about 20% of the current length of the curve. To capture the dynamics of the first pass of the bolus, it is appropriate to perform such an expansion that, in addition to the entire primocirculation peak, the beginning of the recirculation wave is displayed. To capture the dynamics of system recirculation, it is necessary to have the entire recirculation wave displayed with reserve. The program sets the optimal time scale automatically, so manual modifications of expansion and compression are usually not necessary.

Mathematical model of bolus passage and dilution dynamics
Quantitative analysis and determination of hemodynamic parameters is performed on the basis of a mathematical model that captures the main features of the passage of a radioactive bolus through the heart cavities during gradual dilution. The most basic model is shown in Fig.3.2.1a.

a) The simplest model of passage and dilution of the bolus through the heart (dilution) chamber.
b) Time course of radioactivity in the dilution chamber measured by an external detector (scint. camera) after injection of a radioactive bolus into the inflow tube.

It consists of a flow tube which opens into a dilution chamber of volume V and flows out of it again. We assume that there is an immediate and perfect mixing of the inflowing and outflowing liquid in the chamber. Let the flow through this system be equal to Q [ ml./sec. ] . Inject a small drop (bolus) of radioactive solution with activity A 0 into the inflow tube . Upon arrival in the dilution chamber, the droplet is immediately diluted to the entire volume V and begins to gradually wash out with the inflowing and outflowing liquid . The activity in the dilution chamber (measured by the appropriate external detector, eg camera) will have a time course A (t) according to Fig.3.2.1b. The law of conservation of activity gives the equation.

A(t+dt) = A(t)
- --- . Q . dt , (3.2.1)


dA(t) =
- --- . Q . dt .(3.2.2)

If we choose the moment of arrival and stirring of the bolus as the beginning of the time reading, the solution is the differential equation (3.2.2)

.... ............... ...............-(Q/V).t
...... ..........A(t) = A0 . e .... .........,...........t 0 . ..................(3.2.3)

The decrease in chamber radioactivity will therefore be exponential . According to our idealized model, the rise should be instantaneous, but in reality it will have the shape according to Fig.3.2.1b (so-called gamma-functions are often used for interleaving, see below). From the functional relation (3.2.3) by integration we easily obtain the size of the area under the curve A (t) :

...... .......... ..................................V
...... .......... A(t) dt.... =.... A0 ... . .......(3.2.4)
...... .......... ..................................Q
...... ..........0

This important relationship can be expressed by the sentence :

The area (integral) under the time course curve of the bolus flow through the dilution chamber is directly proportional to the input activity A 0 and the volume of the chamber V and indirectly proportional to the flow Q through this chamber.
This theorem is sometimes referred to as the Steward-Hamilton principle.

A more complex model of the heart chamber is shown in Fig. 3.2.2a. Dilution chamber of the same features as the previous model, is connected in a closed circuit , which begins and ends in the reservoir representing vasculature containing complete blood Volume V B .

a) A more realistic model of the heart chamber is a dilution chamber ("pump") connected in a closed circuit with a reservoir representing the total blood volume in the vascular system.
b) The time course of radioactivity in the dilution chamber connected in this way after the injection of the radioactive bolus.

After injecting a bolus of activity A 0 into the inlet tube, the radioactivity in the dilution chamber will change with time according to the graph in Fig.3.2.b. The dilution curve will initially be the same as in the previous model, but will not go to zero later, but due to recirculation through the bloodstream, the radioactivity in the chamber will approach a certain asymptotic value A given by the dilution principle by diluting A0 activity in whole blood volume V B :

= A0 . ---. (3.2.5)

The relation therefore applies to the volume of the dilution chamber

V = VB .
---. (3.2.6)

In order to be able to use the relation (3.2.4) now, it is necessary to separate from the actual curve of the time course of radioactivity in the dilution chamber the part that corresponds to the primocirculation of the bolus without systemic recirculation. Therefore, we define the function A * (t), which arises by exponential extrapolation of the peak of the function A (t) corresponding to the first bolus flow (dashed curve in Fig. 3.2.2b). For this function A * (t) without recirculation, relations (3.2.3) and (3.2.4 ) will apply . Substituting for the unknown volume of the dilution chamber V from (3.2.6) to (3.2.4) we obtain an important relation

Q = VB .
--------- , (3.2.7)

A*(t) dt

according to which the flow Q can be determined by multiplying the total blood volume V B by the ratio of the asymptotic value of the activity A of the dilution chamber and the area (integral) under the curve of the first flow A * (t) through this chamber. Equation (3.2.7) has the remarkable property that it applies not only to the whole chamber, but also to any part of it (if A (t) kA (t), then also A kA and A * (t) kA * (t), so the corresponding coefficient k is truncated in a fraction). The prerequisite here is, of course, a perfect dilution. Equation (3.2.7) is the basis for determining blood flow through the heart - minute volume of heart - cardiac output.

The curves of the passage of the radioactive bolus through the individual parts of the central circulation begin with a significant peak of the first pass and continue with a less pronounced recirculation plate (in addition to the always present systemic recirculation, it can also be a short-circuit recirculation). Towards higher times, the descending part of the peak of the first pass is superimposed with this recirculation. Two methods are used to separate the "pure" peak of the first flow. The first of these was described above - it is an exponential fit of the fast part of the descending arm of the peak and extrapolation to longer times, thus creating the curve A * (t). The second method is the interpolation of the so - called gamma function (in fact, it is an integrand of the function G), which has a general shape

G(t) = Rl . (t-R0) R2 . e R3.(t-R0) , R2 0, R3 < 0 . (3.2.8)

The fitted gamma function is also extrapolated outside the interleaved section and replaces the primocirculation peak - a "pure" first flow curve is created .

The four parameters of the gamma function fit so that this function best captures the dynamics of the first passage of the bolus through the heart chamber or lungs. Parameter R0 expresses the time shift related to the time interval between the start of the dynamic study and the start of the bolus arrival at the site. The parameter R1 is related to the radioactivity of the bolus A 0 . The parameters R2 and R3 are the velocity coefficients of the ascending and descending parts of the curve. The usefulness of gamma-functions lies in the fact that they are able to fit even asymmetric peaks due to the fact that they are composed of two parts: the coefficient (t-R0) R2 describes the exponential increase at the bolus entry, while the coefficient e R3 (t-R0) describes the exponential decrease in radioactivity during bolus dilution and completion.

In the RKG program, the fit of gamma-functions is used both for the curves from the right and left heart in determining the mean transit time of the central circulation, and for the pulmogram in the quantification of short circuits. Section of the curve, which has the gamma function interleave is determined automatically (with manual modification) - the starting point via the maximum second derivative, the endpoint for the downlink leg is defined by the condition defined by decrease decrease rate (usually 80% of the maximum rate of leaching of radioactivity ones) .

Cardiac output
The determination of volume of cardiac output (CO) is optional in the RKG program. If the answer is yes, we determine the value of the patient's total blood volume when asked by the program . This value is either determined by the dilution method and inserted at the request of the program, or (more often) the program determines it by an empirical formula from the height , weight and sex of the patient. Next, we choose from which curve we want to calculate the minute volume - we recommend either from the left ventricle or from the whole heart. The start and end point of the section of the descending (dilution) part, which intersects the exponential function, is then automatically defined (with the possibility of manual modification) on the curve selected in this way. Custom "pure" curve A *(t) of the first flow rate is then obtained by joining the section of the original curve A (t) from zero to the point of maximum rate of descent, and at this point the subsequent exponential function extrapolated to fusion with the horizontal axis. Next, the equilibrium point is defined , where the radioindicator is already evenly mixed in the bloodstream. Based on the ratio between the asymptotic activity ou A in equilibrium and the area (integral) under the curve of the first flow, calculate the minute heart volume according to the relation (3.2.7) derived in the previous paragraph. The calculated value is offered for approval, so that the calculation of the minute volume can be repeated arbitrarily for different curves and differently selected dilution sections on these curves.

Regurgitation fraction
Under normal circumstances, virtually all blood expelled by left ventricular systolic contraction becomes part of the systemic circulation. However, in some cardiopathies (mitral or aortic valve insufficiency), some of the expelled blood returns to the left ventricle during diastole - regurgitation occurs . To quantify this disorder, which reduces the effective performance of the heart, an important parameter is the so-called regurgitation fraction RGF , which indicates the percentage of heart rate that returns to the ventricle :

SVtot - SVef
--------- . 100 % , (3.2.9)

where SV tot is the total heart rate expelled by the heart chamber in one stroke, SV ef is the effective heart rate volume actually sent in one stroke to the systemic circulation.

To determine the regurgitation fraction, it is necessary to first perform a bolus radiocardiography including the equilibrium phase (during the first transit we monitor the heart rate) and then equilibrium ventriculography . First, we evaluate the ventriculography, from which we use the value of heart stroke volume SV ventr to determine regurgitation , which indicates the total ( apparent ) heart rate volume **) : SV tot = SV ventr . Then we evaluate the bolus radiocardiography, which will give us the value of the minute volume of heart CO [ liters / min ] - from the principle of the method it follows that it is a real (effective) flow drawn by the heart into the systemic circulation, regardless of possible regurgitation. If the heart rate at the first transit was f [ beats / min. ] , is the effective stroke volume SVef = CO / f [ ml. ] - does not include the regurgitation fraction. The value of the RGF regurgitation fraction is already directly based on the above relationship.
**) Total stroke volume expresses the amount of blood expelled from the heart during systole, regardless of whether part of this blood flows back into the atria during systole (mitral regurgitation) or subsequently returns to the ventricle in diastole (aortic regurgitation). Thus, the total heart rate includes the regurgitation fraction.

The question whether to count the regurgitation fraction appears in the RKG program when the minute heart volume was calculated. We then insert the heart rate read at the first bolus transit and the heart rate value obtained from the ventriculography.

According to our experience, a regurgitation fraction of around 10% can be considered a physiological limit, values ??of up to about 25% are assessed as mild regurgitation, above about 50% as severe regurgitation. In any case, it should be borne in mind that the result of the calculation may be affected by the quality of the bolus and the accuracy of the determination of the absolute volume of the ventricle.

Right ventricular ejection fraction
When a radioactive bolus flows through the pulsating (pumping) dilution chamber, the rate of decrease of the descending part of the primocirculatory peak is proportional to the heart rate and pulsed ejection fraction. Thus, by analyzing the dilution curve, it can in principle be used to determine the ejection fraction of the chamber. This is because there is a clear relationship between the ejection fraction EF and the average flow Q through the separation chamber

Q.= EF . VED . f. = EF . ---- , (3.2.10)

where V ED is the end-diastolic volume of the heart chamber, f is the heart rate and T is the period of the heart cycle. Substituting the flow Q from there into the basic exponential function (3.2.3) describing the dilution curve from the chamber, we get

EF.VED .f . t
- -------- . t
A(t)= A0 . e , (3.2.11)

where V is the average volume of the chamber during pulsation. The exact relationship between the average volume of ventricle V and its end-diastolic volume m V ED depends on the specific shape of the volume curve, but under a justified assumption of roughly cosine course of the cardiac cycle (symmetrical ejection and filling) we can consider V as the average between end-diastolic and end- systolic chamber volume:

V = ------- = -------------- = VED . ----- .
2 2 2

Substituting the last expression for V into (3.2.11), V ED is truncated and the equation describing the descending dilution section of the curve will read

2. f . EF
- ------ . t
2 - EF
A(t) = A0 . e.(3.2.12)

Thus, if we interpolate the descending arm of the peak of the first pass of the bolus through the heart chamber, the exponential function is intersected

- R .t
A(t) = A0 . e ,

then from the rate coefficient R of radioactivity leakage from the chamber determined in this way, we can determine the ejection fraction of the heart chamber :

2 . R2 . R
EF =----- . T = ------- ,(3.2.13)
2 + R (2+R) . f

where T is the period of the heart cycle and f is the heart rate.

In the practical implementation of this method, it should be taken into account that formula (3.2.13) applies only if the perfect dilution is fulfilled and that the input function is Dirac's d- function , ie the radio indicator came into the chamber as a perfect compact bolus . The condition for entering a perfect bolus is (partially) met for the right ventricle, but certainly not for the left ventricle. The method is therefore (limited) only applicable to the determination of the right ventricular ejection fraction.

The optional calculation of the right ventricular ejection fraction in the RKG program begins by defining a descending (dilution) section on the right ventricular curve through which the exponential is intersected. We enter the heart rate (which was read on the cardiomonitor during storage when the right ventricle was filled with a bolus) and the program calculates its ejection fraction based on the rate coefficient of the exponential function of radioactivity leakage from the right ventricle. The calculated EF value is displayed together with the right ventricular curve and is offered to agree or repeat the calculation (for example, with a modified section for exponential fitting).

Cardiopulmonary mean transit time
The mean transit time of the central circulation MTT is the time it takes for an element of blood to pass from the right ventricle through the central circulation through the lungs to the left ventricle. The simplest way to determine the cardiopulmonary transit time is to determine the time difference between the peaks of the primocirculation curves of the right and left ventricles ("peak to peak" method). However, since these curves are not symmetrical (the ascending part of the peak is significantly steeper than the descending part), the time difference between the peaks may differ somewhat from the actual transit time. A more accurate method of determining cardiopulmonary transit time is to determine the time difference between the centers of gravity (centroids) of the peaks of the first flow on the left and right ventricular curves. Time coordinate of the center of gravity (centroid) t C is defined by the requirement that the area (integral) below the fitted gamma function to the left and right of the center of gravity be the same :

G(t) dt = G(t) dt .
0 tC

The average transit time of the cardiolulmonary circulation MTT is then given by the difference of the time coordinates of the centers of gravity (centiodes) of the fitted gamma-functions of the left and right ventricles: MTT = t C (LK) - t C (PK) - in seconds.

If we have quantified the cardiac output Q, we can determine another parameter of central hemodynamics based on the MTT transit time - cardiopulmonary blood volume V K-P indicating the total volume of blood in the central circulation: V K-P = MTT. Q. In order for this volume to come out in milliliters, the MTT must be kept in seconds and the Q must be converted from the usual [ liters / min. ] to [ milliliters / second ] .

The determination of the transit time of the central circulation in the RKG program consists in the fact that the gamma-functions are interleaved by the primocirculation peaks on the curves of the right and left ventricles and the mean cardiopulmonary transit time (MTT) is calculated from the time difference of their centers of gravity (centroids). At a normal heart rate (approx. 60-80 beats / min.), The normal MTT values ??for adults are around 6-8 sec, in children (where there is a higher heart rate) around 3-5 sec. Rooms with d at an earlier stage was quantified evaluation minute volum heart, and calculates the total volume of blood in the pulmonary circulation in [ mL. ]. Normal values ??in adults here are around 500-800 ml. The calculated value of MTT and possibly also cardiopulmonary blood volume is displayed together with the curves from the right and left heart and is offered to agree or repeat the calculation (we can, for example, modify sections for gamma-function fit on the primocirculatory peaks of these curves).

Quantification of intracardiac shunts
Under normal circumstances (without the presence of a shunt), the radioactive bolus is carried (with gradual dilution) by blood from the right heart through the pulmonary circulation to the left heart (Fig. 3.2.3). On the pulmogram curve, in addition to the significant peak of the first bolus flow, it appears after about 30-50 sec. only a lower peak of systemic recirculation caused by the return of considerably diluted activity through the systemic circulation back to the heart and lungs.

a) Schematic representation of the route of passage of the bolus of the radio indicator of the central circulation.
b) Manifestations of short circuits in the circulation curves of the passage and dilution of the bolus in the heart chambers, lungs and aorta.

However, in some disorders (atrial or ventricular septal defect) part of the blood flows from the left heart cavities to the right heart cavities and then into the pulmonary circulation *) - there is a left-right (LP) shunt and thus premature recirculation of blood in the pulmonary circulation.
*) Rarely, a short circuit between the aorta and the lungs ("tube") can occur, in which the short-circuit recirculation takes place only through the lungs and omits the right ventricle .
This short-circuit flow carries with it part of the bolus activity. On the pulmogram curve, the LP short circuit manifests itself by the fact that soon after the peak of the first flow another wave appears, reflecting the premature recirculation of blood in the lungs caused by the short circuit - Fig.3.2.3b, Fig.3.2.4a. The magnitude of this recirculation wave relative to the magnitude of the primocirculation wave is a measure of the severity of the LP short circuit. The central hemodynamics the Schemes
and matically illustrated in obr.3.2.3a. Under normal circumstances, the pulmonary flow rate Qp is equal to the systemic flow rate Qs. In the presence of an LP short circuit, the lung flow Qp is formed by the sum of the system Qs and the short-circuit Qz flow: Qp = Qs + Qz. It follows that Qz = Qp - Qs and Qs = Qp - Qz.

a) Quantification of L.-P. short circuit by pulmogram decomposition
b) Quantification of P.-L. short circuit by decomposition of the aortic passage curve of the radioindicator.

Primocirculation, short-circuit recirculation and system recirculation partially overlap in time and intersect. To quantify the short circuit, it is necessary to decompose the pulmogram into a part corresponding to the first bolus flow and a part representing premature (short-circuit) recirculation - Fig.3.2.4a. The first part of the pulmogram (from the beginning of the primocirculation peak to the point of maximum decrease) first interpolates the gamma function and extrapolates to higher times until it merges with the horizontal axis. This gamma function represents the first bolus flow through the pulmonary circulation and the area S1 below it (its integral) is proportional to the pulmonary flow Qp . This fitted first flow curve is then subtracted from the original pulmogram. This creates a difference curve, on which there is no longer a peak of the first flow, there is only recirculation both systemic (late) and possibly short - circuited (premature). Our task now is to separate the pure short-circuit wave from the system recirculation on the difference curve, with which it partially intersects. For this purpose, a broad peak of the differential system recirculation to RivCo prolome more gamma function and extrapolate it to the left into shorter times, which may be precisely superimposed recirculation system with short circuit (early) recirculation. By subtracting this extrapolated curve (gamma-function) of the system recirculation from the original difference curve, we already get a "pure" curve of premature (short-circuit) recirculation. The area S2 (integral) below it is proportional to the flow Qz by the short circuit. The difference of areas S1 - S2 is proportional to the system flow Qs - Fig. 3.2.4a.

Two parameters are used to quantify the LP short circuit . The first is the shunt flow rate Qz expressed as a percentage of the total lung flow rate Qp :

Qz S2
---- = --- . 100 [ % ] ( 0 ) .

Without the presence of a short circuit, this parameter is close to zero, the normal limit is about 12%. The second parameter used to quantify the LP shunt is the ratio of lung and system flow Qp /Qs :

Qp S1
---- = ------ ( 1 ) . *)
Qs S1
- S2

Without the presence of a shunt, the parameter Qp /Qs is close to one, the limit of the normal is about 1.15.
*) This relationship is only valid when no right-left (PL) short circuit is present. If a PL short circuit occurs, the fraction given by the PL short circuit flow rate must be subtracted from the primary circulation area S1: S1 * (Qz P-L / Qs), where Qz P-L is the PL short circuit flow, Qs is the system flow. Thus, the general relationship for the pulmonary to systemic flow ratio will be Qp / Qs = S1. (1-Qz P-L / Qs) / (S1 - S2).

Unfortunately, the system recirculation subtraction method is not always applicable. Sometimes the wave of system recirculation is not well expressed on the pulmogram curve and therefore cannot be well interpolated, extrapolated and subtracted. In such a case, we are forced to try to extract the short-circuit recirculation wave from the initial section of the rise .fixed part of the difference curve. A suitable chosen part of this section of the difference curve is interpolated by the least squares method, the ascending speed of which is given by the gradient of the initial growth of the difference curve, but the velocity coefficient of the descending part (which is covered by system recirculation and is not visible) is assumed to be the same as in the previous gamma -function of the first flow. The gamma function is then considered as a short circuit and a recirculating wave area S2 below is used to quantify shunt flow Qz. The method without subtracting systemic recirculation is called the Maltz and Treves method. The accuracy and reproducibility of this method is usually not very good. It is quite difficult to determine a section here which is not yet strongly affected by systemic recirculation. V our the RKG program, the end point for short-circuit recirculation fitting is determined automatically as the first maximum convexity of the difference curve, of course with the possibility of manual shift.

In any case, the method without subtracting the system recirculation more or less overestimates the short circuit. For normals or weak shorts, this error would be significant and would prevent us from making a reliable decision on the presence and magnitude of such a (suspicious) short circuit. Fortunately, in these cases, the systemic recirculation wave is usually well expressed, and therefore the correct method with subtraction of systemic recirculation can be used. Recirculation system can not subtract space and especially for any major faults, the wave recirculation system is covered by a superposition gradually abolished repeated and still ce blurred waves of short-circuit recirculation. In these cases, however, the first short-circuit recirculation wave is substantially larger than the part of the system recirculation that could event. intervene, so by not subtracking of systemic recirculation we do not make of significant mistakes (if we set cautiously ascending section of the differential curve for fiting shunt -gamma function).

Right-left shunt
Demonstration and quantification of left-right (LP) short-circuit is the most common indication for bolus radiocardiography. Less common are disorders (mostly of congenital origin), in which part of the blood flows pathologically from the cavities of the right heart directly into the cavities of the left heart without going through the pulmonary circulation (Fig.3.2.3) - there is a
right-left (PL) shunt and thus premature recirculation of non-oxygenated blood in the systemic circulation. During radiocardiography, this shunt flow carries with it part of the bolus radioactivity. This results in the left ventricle appearing prematurely at about the same time (or earlier) as the lungs, so that the left ventricle appears premature (in short ,) wave in front of the main primocirculatory peak, approximately at the time the bolus reached the lungs. In a similar way, the PL short circuit is reflected in the time course curve of radioactivity in the aorta - a premature circulating wave caused by a short circuit appears in front of the main primocirculatory peak - Fig.3.2.3b below. The magnitude of this premature wave in relation to the magnitude of the main wave of the systemic circulation is a measure of the severity of the PL shunt - Fig. 3.2.4b.

As with the LP shunt, the shant and system circulation partially overlap and intersect. Therefore, to quantify the short circuit, it is again necessary to decompose the curve from the aorta into a portion corresponding to the main bolus flow and a portion representing the premature (short circuit) circulation. The main primocirculatory peak of the aortic curve intersects the gamma function and is extrapolated in both directions. This gamma function represents the normal first bolus flow through the systemic circulation and the area S1 (integral) below it is proportional to the physiological fraction of the systemic flow Qs. By subtracting the fitted and extrapolated to this gamma function from the systemic circulation pvo d From the aortic curve, a difference curve is created, on which there is no longer a peak of systemic circulation, there is only a premature circulation wave, and towards higher times, the curve of normal systemic recirculation rises. This premature circulation wave represents a short circuit and the area S2 (integral) below it is proportional to the flow Qz P-L by a right-left shunt . The total area S1 + S2 under both waves is proportional to the total system flow Qs. The ratio of shunt and system circulation flows is used to quantify the PL short circuit :

------ = ------ 100 [ % ] .
Qs S1 + S2

This parameter indicates the flow QzP-L by a right-left shunt expressed as a percentage of the total system flow - Fig. 3.2.4b.

It should be noted that on the statistically highly fluctuating curve of the aorta, gamma-function interleaving and separation of circulating waves are quite problematic, so that the quantification of the PL short circuit is considerably more difficult and less accurate than for left-right shunts.

We will now briefly describe how the quantification of the LP short circuit is implemented in the RKG program. The start point of the main peak, the peak and the end point of the primocirculation peak are automatically defined on the lung-pulmogram curve (with the possibility of manual modification). The end point of the primocirculation peak is defined on the descending part of the curve at the point where the descent speed begins to decrease (so as not to include part of the short-circuit circulation). If we suspect that the automatically defined end point is somewhat to the right, we recommend moving it manually to a location just after the steepest descent of the curve. The gamma- f is first interspersed with the section of the main peak defined in this way function and subtracted from the original pulmogram. A difference curve is created capturing both systemic and possible short-circuit (and thus premature) recirculation. You will be asked if system recirculation can be read. We answer in the affirmative when both the system recirculation and the recirculation wave are clearly expressed on the pulmogram curve (we must not confuse short-circuit and system recirculation!). In this case, additional gamma functions are interleaved by the automatically defined wide system recirculation peak and subtracted from the original difference curve. Vz n ikne curve by the short-circuit recirculation from whose surface (integral) defined section (peak) is calculated the value of a short circuit, i.e. Qp / Qs and the percentage of short-circuit flow of blood. If the systemic recirculation is not clearly visible, we will answer in the negative. In the initial section of the difference The starting point of the short-circuit recirculation and the end point for the interpolation of the gamma function are then automatically defined (with the possibility of manual modification). The gamma function is then interleaved by the initial section on the difference curve defined in this way in the manner described in the theoretical part of this paragraph, the area (integral) of which quantifies the short circuit.

Mathematical analysis of LP short circuit in the evaluation of radionuclide angiocardiography
By decomposing the pulmogram curve into primary circulation, systemic recirculation and premature recirculation, we observe a hemodynamically significant left-right shunt . A comparison of the bolus passage curves through the right atrium and ventricle indicates a short circuit at the level of the ventricular septum.

At the end of the calculation, the pulmogram curve, divided into primocirculation, system and short-circuit recirculation curves, is displayed on the screen simultaneously (with color differentiation), together with the values of the most important calculated parameters of central hemodynamics; for documentation we can print.

Final protocol
Finally, the display shows a summary image containing the curves of the arrival of the bolus, right heart, pulmogram and left heart, images of the right and left heart as the bolus passes, along with the values of the calculated quantitative parameters. In the lower part, the texts of the verbal evaluation for the final editing (addition, reformulation) in confrontation with images, curves and values of quantitative parameters are displayed. At this point we also insert the final evaluation , or we will check and modify the automatically generated conclusion formulation. The resulting report prepared in this way is then printed on the printer in the required number of copies - Fig. 3.2.5.

Mathematical analysis and complex evaluation of radionuclide angiocardiography
Visual assessment: After intrajugular bolus injection of the radiolabel, the unexposed cavities of the right heart are imaged, followed by filling of the unexpanded lung and pulmonary artery, which are emptied reasonably rapidly into the normally configured cavities of the left heart and aorta. During the passage of the bolus through the left heart, we do not observe a premature occurrence of a radioindicator in the right heart and lungs.

Conclusion: In the visual evaluation of sequential scintigrams of the passage of the bolus through the cardiac circulation, nor in the quantitative analysis of circulation curves, we do not observe pathological changes in central hemodynamics.

Program structure
The RKG program consists of the following parts (capable of independent function):

RKG1 - display of a series of images, visual evaluation, marking of ROI, creation of curves
RKG2 - mathematical processing of curves: correction for dead time, expansion and compression of the scale, calculation of cardiac output and ejection fraction of the right ventricle
RKG3 - mathematics. processed curves: cardiopulmonary calculation. transit time (MTT) and
shunt quantification
RKG4 - display of results, editing of verbal description and printing of report

At the same time, this structure shows how to proceed when the program is interrupted or restarted in order to repeat a certain part of the calculations. For example, if we want to change only the verbal evaluation, just run RKG4. To re-quantify the short circuit or MTT, we start from RKG3. If we want to perform the whole m and thematic processing of curves again, we run the program from RKG2. Only if we want to mark the ROI differently, it is necessary to run the program from the beginning, ie from RKG1.

Occupancy of SAVE AREA after the end of the program :

SA1,2,3 - time course curves of radioactivity in marked ROIs
SA10 - image of left heart
SA12 - image of right heart

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