DOI: 10.1007/s00259-018-3935-1Pages: 521-529

Combined evaluation of regional coronary artery calcium and myocardial perfusion by 82Rb PET/CT in the identification of obstructive coronary artery disease

1. University Federico II, Department of Advanced Biomedical Sciences

2. National Council of Research, Institute of Biostructure and Bioimaging

3. University Federico II, Department of Translational Medical Sciences

4. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Department of Medicine

5. UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine

Correspondence to:
Alberto Cuocolo




Cardiac imaging with PET/CT allows measurement of coronary artery calcium (CAC), myocardial perfusion and coronary vascular function. We investigated whether the combined assessment of regional CAC score, ischemic total perfusion deficit (ITPD) and quantitative coronary vascular function would further improve the diagnostic accuracy of PET/CT in predicting obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD).


We analyzed 113 patients with suspected CAD referred to 82Rb PET/CT myocardial perfusion imaging with available coronary angiographic data. Obstructive CAD was defined as ≥75% stenosis. The receiver operating characteristic area under curve (AUC) was applied to evaluate the ability of CAC score, ITPD, hyperemic myocardial blood flow (MBF) and coronary flow reserve (CFR) to identify CAD.


Vessels with obstructive CAD (71 vessels) had higher ITPD (4.6 ± 6.2 vs. 0.6 ± 1.3) and lower hyperemic MBF (1.01 ± 0.5 vs. 1.75 ± 0.6 ml/min/g) and CFR (1.56 ± 0.6 vs. 2.38 ± 0.7; all p < 0.001) than those without. In prediction of per-vessel CAD, the AUCs for the models including CAC/ITPD/hyperemic MBF (0.869) and CAC/ITPD/CFR (0.875) were higher (both p < 0.01) than for the model including CAC/ITPD (0.790). Compared with CAC/ITPD, continuous net reclassification improvement was 0.69 (95% bootstrap confidence interval, CI, 0.365–1.088) for the CAC/ITPD/hyperemic MBF model and 0.99 (95% bootstrap CI 0.64–1.26) for the CAC/ITPD/CFR model.


Hyperemic MBF and CFR provide incremental information about the presence of CAD over CAC score and perfusion imaging parameters. The combined use of CAC, myocardial perfusion imaging and quantitative coronary vascular function in may help predict more accurately the presence of obstructive CAD.

To access the full text, please Sign in

If you have institutional access, please click here

  • Accepted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Online: Jan 25, 2018

Article Tools