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Radiology. 1999 May;211(2):497-506.

Intracranial aneurysms: detection with three-dimensional CT angiography with volume rendering--comparison with conventional angiographic and surgical findings.

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Department of Radiology, Kumamoto University School of Medicine, Japan.



To assess the diagnostic accuracy of three-dimensional (3D) computed tomographic (CT) angiography for intracranial aneurysms.


The 3D CT angiograms obtained in 49 patients with or without intracranial aneurysms were evaluated by four blinded observers. Results were compared with findings at conventional angiography or surgery. A volume-rendering method was used, and 13 images obtained in different directions were reviewed in each study. The diameter of aneurysms was divided into four sizes: large, greater than 13 mm; medium, 5-12 mm; small, 3-4 mm; and very small, less than 3 mm. Results were also evaluated by means of receiver operating characteristic analysis.


At conventional angiography, 47 aneurysms, including 14 less than 3 mm, were depicted in 35 patients. The mean sensitivity of CT angiography for very small aneurysms was 64%; small, 83%; medium, 95%; and large, 100%. Some very small aneurysms that were not depicted at conventional angiography were depicted at CT angiography, and one was proved at surgery.


CT angiography has good sensitivity for depiction of intracranial aneurysms 3 mm or larger and relatively good sensitivity for aneurysms less than 3 mm. CT angiography may be a noninvasive technique for detection of asymptomatic unruptured or ruptured aneurysms.

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