The composition and extent of coronary artery plaque detected by multislice computed tomographic angiography provides incremental prognostic value in patients with suspected coronary artery disease.
ABSTRACT Multislice computed tomographic coronary angiography (CTCA) provides accurate noninvasive assessment of coronary artery disease (CAD). However, data on the prognostic value of CTCA in patients with suspected CAD are only beginning to emerge. The aim of the study was to assess the prognostic value of CTCA in patients with suspected CAD. Patients (males = 259, females = 235; mean age 58.2 ± 9.8 years) with suspected CAD who underwent 16- or 64-slice CTCA were followed for 1,308 ± 318 days for cardiac death, nonfatal myocaridal infarction (MI) and late (>90 days after CTCA) revascularization. Patient outcomes were related to clinical and CTCA data. Cox proportional-hazards model was applied in stepwise forward fashion to identify outcome predictors. Coronary artery plaque was found in 340 patients. Cardiac events occurred in 40 patients including cardiac death (n = 9), nonfatal MI (n = 8) and late revascularization (n = 23). A multivariable analysis identified the following independent predictors for adverse cardiac events: obstructive plaque in a proximal coronary artery segment (hazard ratio (HR) 2.73; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.35-5.54; P = 0.005), the number of segments with noncalcified plaque(s) (HR 1.53 per segment; 95%CI: 1.21-1.92; P < 0.001), the number of segments with mixed plaque(s) (HR 1.56 per segment; 95%CI: 1.27-1.92; P < 0.001) and the number of segments with calcified plaque(s) (HR 1.21 per segment; 95%CI: 1.07-1.37; P = 0.002). In patients with suspected CAD, both the extent and composition of atherosclerotic plaque as determined by CTCA are prognostic of subsequent cardiac events.
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ABSTRACT: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Invasive cardiac angiography with fractional flow reserve measurement allows for the anatomical and functional assessment of CAD. Given the invasive nature of invasive cardiac angiography and the risks of procedure-related complications, research has focused upon noninvasive methods for anatomical and functional measures of CAD. As such, there is growing interest in the development of hybrid imaging because it may provide incremental diagnostic information over each imaging modality alone. We will provide an overview of the evidence to date on the anatomical and functional stratification of CAD and current hybrid techniques.Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy 10/2013; 11(10):1301-10.
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ABSTRACT: Plaque constitution on computed tomography coronary angiography (CTA) is associated with prognosis. At present only visual assessment of plaque constitution is possible. An accurate automatic, quantitative approach for CTA plaque constitution assessment would improve reproducibility and allows higher accuracy. The present study assessed the feasibility of a fully automatic and quantitative analysis of atherosclerosis on CTA. Clinically derived CTA and intravascular ultrasound virtual histology (IVUS VH) datasets were used to investigate the correlation between quantitatively automatically derived CTA parameters and IVUS VH. A total of 57 patients underwent CTA prior to IVUS VH. First, quantitative CTA quantitative computed tomography (QCT) was performed. Per lesion stenosis parameters and plaque volumes were assessed. Using predefined HU thresholds, CTA plaque volume was differentiated in 4 different plaque types necrotic core (NC), dense calcium (DC), fibrotic (FI) and fibro-fatty tissue (FF). At the identical level of the coronary, the same parameters were derived from IVUS VH. Bland-Altman analyses were performed to assess the agreement between QCT and IVUS VH. Assessment of plaque volume using QCT in 108 lesions showed excellent correlation with IVUS VH (r = 0.928, p < 0.001) (Fig. 1). The correlation of both FF and FI volume on IVUS VH and QCT was good (r = 0.714, p < 0.001 and r = 0.695, p < 0.001 respectively) with corresponding bias and 95 % limits of agreement of 24 mm(3) (-42; 90) and 7.7 mm(3) (-54; 70). Furthermore, NC and DC were well-correlated in both modalities (r = 0.523, p < 0.001) and (r = 0.736, p < 0.001). Automatic, quantitative CTA tissue characterization is feasible using a dedicated software tool. Fig. 1 Schematic illustration of the characterization of coronary plaque on CTA: cross-correlation with IVUS VH. First, the 3-dimensional centerline was generated from the CTA data set using an automatic tree extraction algorithm (Panel I). Using a unique registration a complete pullback series of IVUS images was mapped on the CTA volume using true anatomical markers (Panel II). Fully automatic lumen and vessel wall contour detection was performed for both imaging modalities (Panel III). Finally, fusion-based quantification of atherosclerotic lesions was based on the lumen and vessel wall contours as well as the corresponding reference lines (estimate of normal tapering of the coronary artery), as shown in panel IV. At the level of the minimal lumen area (MLA) (yellow lines), stenosis parameters, could be calculated for both imaging techniques. Additionally, plaque volumes and plaque types were derived for the whole coronary artery lesion, ranging from the proximal to distal lesion marker (blue markers). Fibrotic tissue was labeled in dark green, Fibro-fatty tissue in light green, dense calcium in white and necrotic core was labeled in red.The international journal of cardiovascular imaging 02/2013; · 2.15 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography has been increasingly used in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease due to improved spatial and temporal resolution with high diagnostic value being reported when compared to invasive coronary angiography. Diagnostic performance of coronary CT angiography has been significantly improved with the technological developments in multislice CT scanners from the early generation of 4-slice CT to the latest 320- slice CT scanners. Despite the promising diagnostic value, coronary CT angiography is still limited in some areas, such as inferior temporal resolution, motion-related artifacts and high false positive results due to severe calcification. The aim of this review is to present an overview of the technical developments of multislice CT and diagnostic value of coronary CT angiography in coronary artery disease based on different generations of multislice CT scanners. Prognostic value of coronary CT angiography in coronary artery disease is also discussed, while limitations and challenges of coronary CT angiography are highlighted.World journal of cardiology. 12/2013; 5(12):473-483.