Coronary computed tomography angiography using 128-slice dual-source computed tomography in patients with severe calcification.
Japanese journal of radiology
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PURPOSE: To compare coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) and coronary angiography (CAG) with regard to luminal graphic definition of calcified segments using 128-slice dual-source computed tomography (DSCT), specifically for patients with an Agatston score >400. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Of 1148 consecutive patients who underwent coronary CTA using a 128-slice DSCT, 132 subjects had severe calcification with an Agatston score >400. Thirty-nine of the 132 patients who had undergone CAG within 3 months before or after coronary CTA were included. We investigated the distribution of calcification, and we visually evaluated significant stenosis in the calcified and all segments. Results were compared with CAG. RESULTS: The target group in this study had a very high mean Agatston score of 1771 ± 1724. Results for sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), and negative predictive value (NPV) of 247 calcified vs all 325 segments were as follows: sensitivity 93.2 vs 92.2%, specificity 83.9 vs 87.5%, PPV 70.8 vs 69.6%, and NPV 96.7 vs 97.3%, respectively. CONCLUSION: 128-slice DSCT has potential for evaluation of calcified segments in the lumen, even in patients whose Agatston score exceeds 400.
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- DOI : 10.1007/s11604-017-0650-y
- Pubmed ID : 28550355