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Radiol Med. 2010 Dec;115(8):1167-78. doi: 10.1007/s11547-010-0580-6. Epub 2010 Sep 17.

Diagnostic accuracy of 64-slice CT in evaluating coronary artery bypass grafts and of the native coronary arteries.

[Article in English, Italian]

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  • 1Dipartimento di Diagnostica per Immagini, Imaging Molecolare, Radiologia Interventistica e Radioterapia, Universit√† di Tor Vergata, Viale Oxford 81, Rome, Italy.



Our aim was to evaluate the accuracy, sensitivity and specificity of 64-slice multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) in the assessment of occlusions and stenoses of arterial and venous bypass grafts and disease progression in the native vessels distal to the graft, and to compare the results with those of conventional coronary angiography.


We enrolled 78 individuals (45 men, 33 women; mean age 59) and evaluated 213 bypass grafts using a 64-slice MDCT scanner. All patients underwent conventional coronary angiography with a mean time interval between the two examinations of 2 days.


One patient was excluded due to arrhythmia during the examination. The 212 bypass grafts in the remaining 77 patients (98.7%) consisted of 115 (54%) venous grafts and 97 (46%) arterial grafts. In the 115 venous grafts, MDCT showed a sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of 100% in evaluating occluded grafts and a sensitivity of 94.4%, specificity of 98.4% and accuracy of 96.9% in evaluating significant stenoses. In evaluating occluded arterial grafts, sensitivity was 83.3%, specificity 100% and accuracy 98.9%, whereas in evaluating stenoses of arterial grafts, sensitivity was 100%, specificity 97.7% and accuracy 98%.


Sensitivity, specificity and accuracy in evaluating native coronary vessels distal to the graft allow for a complete assessment of the surgical and native circulation. The examination appears therefore to be exhaustive in ruling out or confirming the presence of diseased vessels in the postoperative follow-up.

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