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International Journal of Molecular Imaging
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 434790, 8 pages
Clinical Study

Renal Function in Relation to Cardiac 123I-MIBG Scintigraphy in Patients with Chronic Heart Failure

1Department of Cardiology, Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, Oosterpark 9, 1091 AC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2Department of Nuclear Medicine, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, P.O. Box 22700, 1100 DE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3Cardiology Centres of the Netherlands, IJsbaanpad 10 C, 1076 CV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Received 25 October 2011; Accepted 13 February 2012

Academic Editor: Darrell R. Fisher

Copyright © 2012 Derk O. Verschure et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The aim of this study was to explore if estimates of renal function could explain variability of 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (123I-MIBG) assessed myocardial sympathetic activity. Furthermore estimates of renal function were compared to 123I-MIBG as predictors of cardiac death in chronic heart failure (CHF). Semi-quantitative parameters of 123I-MIBG myocardial uptake and washout were calculated using early heart/mediastinum ratio (H/M), late H/M and washout. Renal function was calculated as estimated Creatinine Clearance (e-CC) and as estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (e-GFR). Thirty-nine patients with CHF (24 males; age: years; NYHA II/III/IV: 17/20/2; LVEF: ) were studied. Variability in any of the semi-quantitative 123I-MIBG myocardial parameters could not be explained by e-CC or e-GFR. During follow-up ( months) there were 6 cardiac deaths. Cox proportional hazard regression analysis showed that late H/M was the only independent predictor for cardiac death (Chi-square 3.2, regression coefficient: −4.095; standard error: 2.063; hazard ratio: 0.17 [95% CI: 0.000–0.950]). Addition of estimates of renal function did not significantly change the Chi-square of the model. Semi-quantitative 123I-MIBG myocardial parameters are independent of estimates of renal function. In addition, cardiac sympathetic innervation assessed by 123I-MIBG scintigraphy seems to be superior to renal function in the prediction of cardiac death in CHF patients.