If modeling needs to be repeated in order to investigate the fitting results, or if background fitting was not enabled, please select the STRESS button
or the corresponding REST button to start kinetic modeling of the TACs. A dialog box comes up showing the currently configured model with the starting parameter values, for example
If needed, the model can be switched to a different model applicable for the tracer. Also, the starting parameters can be adjusted. For modeling the Stress data one would probably double or triple the initial flow value.
As soon as the user confirms with Yes the data are loaded into the PKIN kinetic modeling tool. If the Show Kinetic Modeling Tool box is not checked, the model is regionally fitted in the background and the results returned. Otherwise, the kinetic modeling tool PKIN is opened in a separate window with the data loaded (see below). This is the recommended way of operation, because the fitting process can be precisely monitored and adjusted if needed.
With the All models box not enabled the model selection in the PKIN interface is restricted to cardiac models.
The Baseline correction box enabled allows correcting the Myocardium TACs for the activity remaining from a previous scan.
The PKIN dialog window initially shows the first TAC in the curve display as green Measured points, and the Model Curve with the default model parameters in blue. Use the Fit all regions button to fit the model to the TACs of all myocardial segments. The Parameters and the Model Curves are updated accordingly.
Please inspect the fitting results by stepping through the different segments using the indicated Region arrow buttons. Successful fits are characterized by residuals distributed around the zero line without a systematic trend (lower curve window), and a relatively small standard error of the important model parameters (MBF primarily). If the error is too high, the results are not reliable, and you are recommended to use a different model with fewer fit parameters. Spillover from the right ventricle (vRV parameter) is negligible in non-septal regions. Therefore is only fitted for septal regions, and fixed at zero everywhere else.
A quick summary of the result parameters can be shown by the View Par
button in the Tools list selection. The summary
contains the parameters of all segments, their average, median and standard deviation as well as criteria for the goodness-of-fit across the segments. For a thorough explanation of the kinetic modeling tool and the calculated information please refer to the PMOD Kinetic Modeling Tool User's Guide.
Saving the Modeling Information
Although it is not mandatory, we recommend saving the full kinetic modeling information (TACs, models and parameters) in a .km file which can always be further analyzed with the PKIN tool. This data can be saved using the Save KM File button in the Tools list.
Returning to the Cardiac Tool
Finally, confirm the PKIN dialog with Ok in order to accept the modeling results. The PKIN dialog is closed and the result parameters are returned to the PCARDP tool. Note that for models with parametric mapping these calculations are also done before the results are shown and the user interface is enabled again.