Read by QxMD icon Read


Helle Precht, Pieter H Kitslaar, Alexander Broersen, Jouke Dijkstra, Oke Gerke, Jesper Thygesen, Kenneth Egstrup, Jess Lambrechtsen
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to study the effect of iterative reconstruction (IR) software on quantitative plaque measurements in coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA). METHODS: Thirty patients with a three clinical risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) had one CCTA performed. Images were reconstructed using FBP, 30% and 60% adaptive statistical IR (ASIR). Coronary plaque analysis was performed as per patient and per vessel (LM, LAD, CX and RCA) measurements...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Matthew J Budoff, Nove Kalia, Jason Cole, Rine Nakanishi, Negin Nezarat, Joseph L Thomas
BACKGROUND: Although several studies have shown promise for noninvasive angiography by coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA), few prospective multicenter trials have been conducted. This study evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of Visipaque enhanced CCTA to detect obstructive coronary stenosis compared with quantitative coronary angiography (QCA). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Three sites prospectively enrolled 77 patients (58.1% men, 54 years) with chest pain referred for invasive coronary angiography (ICA)...
October 14, 2016: Coronary Artery Disease
Girish Dwivedi, Yingwei Liu, Shrankhala Tewari, Joao Inacio, Matthieu Pelletier-Galarneau, Benjamin J W Chow
BACKGROUND: Coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography (CCTA) has the ability to detect, characterize, and quantify atherosclerotic plaques. The aim of our study was to evaluate the prognostic power of CCTA-quantified plaque subtypes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 36 patients with adverse events and 36 Morise score-matched patients who remained event free on follow-up were identified. Using CCTA images, plaque subtype volumes in the major epicardial arteries were analyzed using predetermined attenuation ranges in Hounsfield units (HU): 1 to 30 HU (low attenuating), 31 to 70 HU (intermediate attenuating), 71 to 150 HU (high attenuating), and mean coronary lumen+2 SD to 1000 HU (calcified)...
November 2016: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
Jin Gu, He-Shui Shi, Ping Han, Jie Yu, Gui-Na Ma, Sheng Wu
This study sought to compare the image quality and radiation dose of coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) from prospectively triggered 128-slice CT (128-MSCT) versus dual-source 64-slice CT (DSCT). The study was approved by the Medical Ethics Committee at Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Eighty consecutive patients with stable heart rates lower than 70 bpm were enrolled. Forty patients were scanned with 128-MSCT, and the other 40 patients were scanned with DSCT...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Andrea Igoren Guaricci, Gianluca Pontone, Laura Fusini, Maria De Luca, Francesco Pio Cafarelli, Marco Guglielmo, Andrea Baggiano, Virginia Beltrama, Giuseppe Muscogiuri, Saima Mushtaq, Edoardo Conte, Giuseppe Guglielmi, Daniele Andreini, Natale Daniele Brunetti, Matteo Di Biase, Antonio L Bartorelli, Mauro Pepi
AIMS: To evaluate the relationship between an incremental model including cardiovascular risk factors, carotid disease, and inflammatory biomarkers to predict the presence of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 134 consecutive and asymptomatic intermediate-risk patients (mean age 61 ± 9 years, 52% men) were enrolled. Each subject underwent circulating levels assessment of interleukin (IL)-2r, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and carotid and coronary artery evaluation using carotid ultrasound and coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA), respectively...
October 14, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Michinobu Nagao, Yuzo Yamasaki, Takeshi Kamitani, Satoshi Kawanami, Masatoshi Kondo, Hiromichi Sonoda, Taisuke Fujioka, Hiroshi Honda
The purpose of this study is to analyze the geometrical characteristics of aortic root and left ventricular (LV) function in aortic stenosis (AS) using 256-slice coronary-computed tomography angiography (CCTA). Retrospective ECG-gated 256-slice CCTA data from 32 patients with tricuspid AS scheduled for aortic valve replacement, and 11 controls were analyzed. Aortic root geometry was measured using multiplanar reconstruction CT images. CCTA data set was transformed into 100 phases/cycle using motion coherence image processing...
October 13, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Lubomir Hadjiiski, Jordan Liu, Heang-Ping Chan, Chuan Zhou, Jun Wei, Aamer Chughtai, Jean Kuriakose, Prachi Agarwal, Ella Kazerooni
The detection of stenotic plaques strongly depends on the quality of the coronary arterial tree imaged with coronary CT angiography (cCTA). However, it is time consuming for the radiologist to select the best-quality vessels from the multiple-phase cCTA for interpretation in clinical practice. We are developing an automated method for selection of the best-quality vessels from coronary arterial trees in multiple-phase cCTA to facilitate radiologist's reading or computerized analysis. Our automated method consists of vessel segmentation, vessel registration, corresponding vessel branch matching, vessel quality measure (VQM) estimation, and automatic selection of best branches based on VQM...
2016: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
Tetsuma Kawaji, Hiroki Shiomi, Hiroshi Morishita, Takeshi Morimoto, Charles A Taylor, Shotaro Kanao, Koji Koizumi, Satoshi Kozawa, Kazuhisa Morihiro, Hirotoshi Watanabe, Junichi Tazaki, Masao Imai, Naritatsu Saito, Satoshi Shizuta, Koh Ono, Kaori Togashi, Takeshi Kimura
Non-invasive fractional flow reserve measured by coronary computed tomography angiography (FFRCT) has demonstrated a high diagnostic accuracy for detecting coronary artery disease (CAD) in selected patients in prior clinical trials. However, feasibility of FFRCT in unselected population have not been fully evaluated. Among 60 consecutive patients who had suspected significant CAD by coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) and were planned to undergo invasive coronary angiography, 48 patients were enrolled in this study comparing FFRCT with invasive fractional flow reserve (FFR) without any exclusion criteria for the quality of CCTA image...
October 7, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Asim Rizvi, Bríain Ó Hartaigh, Paul Knaapen, Jonathon Leipsic, Leslee J Shaw, Daniele Andreini, Gianluca Pontone, Subha Raman, Muhammad Akram Khan, Michael Ridner, Faisal Nabi, Alessia Gimelli, James Jang, Jason Cole, Ryo Nakazato, Christopher Zarins, Donghee Han, Ji Hyun Lee, Jackie Szymonifika, Millie J Gomez, Quynh A Truong, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Fay Y Lin, James K Min
BACKGROUND: Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) allows for non-invasive assessment of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) beyond measures of stenosis severity alone. This assessment includes atherosclerotic plaque characteristics (APCs) and calculation of fractional flow reserve (FFR) from CCTA (FFRCT). Similarly, stress imaging by myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) provides vital information. To date, the diagnostic performance of integrated CCTA assessment versus integrated MPS assessment for diagnosis of vessel-specific ischemia remains underexplored...
October 6, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Osman Beton, Hatice Kaplanoglu, Baki Hekimoglu, Mehmet Birhan Yilmaz
BACKGROUND: An understanding of the left main coronary artery (LMCA) anatomy is important for accurate diagnosis and therapeutic. We aimed to investigate LMCA anatomy via 128-multisliced coronary computed-tomography-angiography (CCTA) in patients with normal LMCA. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 201 CCTA studies were included in this study. Anatomical features of LMCA including cross-sectional areas of the LMCA ostial, LMCA distal, LAD ostial and LCX ostial, and degree of tapering and LMCA bifurcation angles (BA) in the form of LMCA-LCX BA, LMCA-LAD BA, LAD-LCX BA at end-diastole and end-systole...
October 7, 2016: Folia Morphologica (Warsz)
Joseph Brent Muhlestein, Fidela Ll Moreno
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: It is well known that there is a very high risk of cardiovascular complications among diabetic patients. In spite of all efforts at aggressive control of diabetes and its complications, the incidence of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality remains high, including in patients with no prior symptoms, underscoring a possible advantage for appropriate screening of asymptomatic patients for the presence of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). In this article, we sought primarily to review the results of studies designed to evaluate a possible role of coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) in the screening of asymptomatic diabetic patients for possible obstructive CAD...
November 2016: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Chest pain is a common presentation to the emergency department (ED), though the majority of patients are not diagnosed with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Many patients are admitted to the hospital due to fear of ACS. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to investigate controversies in low-risk chest pain evaluation, including risk of missed ACS, stress test, and coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA). DISCUSSION: Chest pain accounts for 10 million ED visits in the United States annually...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Michael C Turner
A 61-year-old woman presented to the emergency room with atypical chest pain, non-diagnostic electrocardiogram, and an initial troponin level that was normal. A coronary computed tomography angio (CCTA) was performed, and on initial review, it appeared to be normal. Subsequent review including evaluation of functional data from the retrospective scan identified a distal left anterior descending occlusion and an apical wall-motion abnormality with no other evidence of heart disease. This case illustrates the complementary contribution of anatomic and functional data and serves to remind us that on rare occasions, what looks "normal" is not always normal...
September 30, 2016: Echocardiography
Stefanie Mangold, Julian L Wichmann, U Joseph Schoepf, Damiano Caruso, Christian Tesche, Daniel H Steinberg, Akos Varga-Szemes, Andrew C Stubenrauch, Richard R Bayer, Matthew Biancalana, Konstantin Nikolaou, Carlo N De Cecco
PURPOSE: To investigate diagnostic accuracy of 3(rd)-generation dual-source CT (DSCT) coronary angiography in obese and non-obese patients. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 76 patients who underwent coronary CT angiography (CCTA) and invasive coronary angiography. Prospectively ECG-triggered acquisition was performed with automated tube voltage selection (ATVS). Patients were dichotomized based on body mass index in groups A (<30 kg/m(2), n = 37) and B (≥30 kg/m(2), n = 39) and based on tube voltage in groups C (<120 kV, n = 46) and D (120 kV, n = 30)...
September 28, 2016: European Radiology
Reza Hanifehpour, Marzieh Motevalli, Hossein Ghanaati, Mona Shahriari, Mounes Aliyari Ghasabeh
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcium score (CACS) is a quantitative assessment of calcifications and an established predictor of cardiovascular events. OBJECTIVES: In this study, we evaluated the diagnostic accuracy, negative predictive value (NPV), positive predictive value (PPV), specificity and sensitivity of CACS less than 100 in predicting significant coronary artery stenosis in patients with risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) in a vessel-based analysis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A cross sectional study was carried out on a study population of 2527 consecutive stable patients with symptoms suggestive of CAD who were referred for coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA)...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Radiology: a Quarterly Journal Published By the Iranian Radiological Society
Edoardo Conte, Andrea Annoni, Gianluca Pontone, Saima Mushtaq, Marco Guglielmo, Andrea Baggiano, Valentina Volpato, Cecilia Agalbato, Alice Bonomi, Fabrizio Veglia, Alberto Formenti, Cesare Fiorentini, Antonio L Bartorelli, Mauro Pepi, Daniele Andreini
AIMS: Recent studies suggested that even non-obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) increases major cardiovascular adverse events (MACE) rate. Aim of this study was to evaluate whether coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) may detect specific plaque characteristics that may affect prognosis in patients with non-obstructive CAD. METHODS: We enrolled 245 patients who underwent CCTA between April 2004 and April 2007 for suspected CAD and were found to have non-obstructive CAD...
September 27, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Ravi T Mathai, Dalia M Fahmy, Hanaa L Sadek, Waleed M Renno
BACKGROUND: Congenital anomalies of the coronary arteries(CAs) are rare and are often diagnosed incidentally during a conventional coronaryangiography. Recently, the incidence of these congenital defects is on the rise particularly after the introduction of the electrocardiography (ECG) gated coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA). This innovative radiological screening modality has led to the most precise mapping of the course of the CAs on Computed Tomographic Scan. The aim of the study is to determine the prevalence and describe theCAscongenital anomalies and their variations in Kuwaiti population at a single institution experience...
October 6, 2016: Folia Morphologica (Warsz)
Zhennan Li, Zhihui Hou, Weihua Yin, Kun Liu, Yang Gao, Haiyan Xu, Fangfang Yu, Zhanhong Ma, Wei Yu, Li Yang, Bin Lu
BACKGROUND: There are limited data assessing statin therapy in patients with nonobstructive coronary plaque on coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA). METHODS: Two hundred six consecutive patients with mild noncalcified plaque on CCTA were enrolled in this multicenter prospective observational study. Subjects were divided into 3 groups according to subsequent statin therapy: intensive statin therapy (n = 55), moderate statins (n = 85), and no statin (n = 66)...
October 2016: American Heart Journal
Aryeh Shalev, Ryo Nakazato, Reza Arsanjani, Rine Nakanishi, Hyung-Bok Park, Yuka Otaki, Victor Y Cheng, Heidi Gransar, Troy M LaBounty, Sean W Hayes, Daniel S Berman, James K Min
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: SYNTAX score is a useful metric determined at the time of invasive coronary angiography (ICA) to assess the complexity of coronary artery disease, and improves prediction of complications at the time of percutaneous complex intervention (PCI). We aimed to determine whether SYNTAX score can be reliably determined from coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) and whether a CCTA-derived SYNTAX score can predict complex PCI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: SYNTAX scores were calculated on per-patient, per-vessel, and per-segment basis in 154 consecutive patients who underwent CCTA and ICA...
September 19, 2016: Academic Radiology
Hongning Song, Qing Zhou, Qing Deng, Jinling Chen, Lan Zhang, Tuantuan Tan, Ruiqiang Guo
BACKGROUND: Accurate assessment of left atrial appendage (LAA) morphology is crucial in determining an LAA occlusion strategy. The aim of this study was to develop a novel echocardiographic volume-rendered imaging technique to visualize LAA morphology. METHODS: This was a retrospective study. Forty patients with atrial fibrillation who underwent three-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and cardiac computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) before catheter ablation were enrolled...
September 15, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Fetch more papers »
Fetching more papers... Fetching...
Read by QxMD. Sign in or create an account to discover new knowledge that matter to you.
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"