[Quantification of coronary artery stenoses: comparison of 64-slice and dual source CT angiography with cardiac catheterization].
ABSTRACT Until now stenoses of the coronary arteries have been evaluated visually with CT angiography. Therefore, the results were highly dependent on subjective factors inherent in the examiner. New software tools for semiquantitative analysis (CT-QCA, quantitative coronary assessment) might be adequate to improve the diagnostic accuracy und reproducibility.
CTAs of 20 patients were analyzed. Ten patients each were evaluated using 64-slice CT (64SCT) and dual source CT (DSCT) (Somatom Sensation 64 and Somatom Definition, Siemens Medical Solutions, Forchheim), respectively. Two radiologists independently evaluated the data visually and with the help of a software tool (Syngo Circulation, Siemens Medical Solutions, Forchheim). The results of the quantitative assessment of the invasive heart catheterization served as the reference standard. Sensitivity and specificity as well as the correlation coefficient, the systematic error, and the interobserver agreement (kappa) were determined.
In each of both patient groups 12 stenoses were detected. For the detection of stenoses >75%, sensitivity and specificity for the visual evaluation using the 64SCT were 100% and 90%, and with the CT-QCA both were 100%. For the DSCT sensitivity and specificity were 100% for both the visual and semiautomated evaluation. The Bland-Altman plot of the results of the 64SCT showed an overestimation of 3.3% (+/-62.7%/56.2%) compared to the heart catheterization. The results of the DSCT exhibited an overestimation of 6.2% (+/-33.1%/19.8%). The interobserver agreement of the CT-QCA and the visual evaluation showed a kappa value of 0.75 and for DSCT of 1.0.
The results showed a good correlation of grading stenosis between the software-assisted evaluation and the results of the coronary catheter angiography. The promising results of the DSCT are due to a superior temporal resolution compared to the 64SCT. Confirmation of these data by trials in larger patient collectives is warranted.