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Invest Radiol. 2004 Apr;39(4):223-9.

Multisegment and halfscan reconstruction of 16-slice computed tomography for detection of coronary artery stenoses.

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Department of Radiology, Charité, Medical School of the Freie Universität and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany. marc.dewey@charite.de

Abstract

RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES:

To compare the diagnostic accuracy and image quality of 2 reconstruction algorithms (multisegment and halfscan) for computed tomography (CT) coronary angiography in patients without beta-blocker medication.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Thirty-four patients with 42 significant coronary stenoses in 136 main coronary branches were examined using a 16-slice CT scanner (Aquilion, Toshiba, Otawara, Japan). Twenty-seven patients (79%) had heart rates above 65 beats/min.

RESULTS:

Without exclusion of branches the sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, and rate of nonassessable segments with multisegment versus halfscan reconstruction were 88 versus 74%, 91 versus 71%, 90 versus 72%, and 2 versus 21% (P < 0.01), respectively. Multisegment reconstruction improved the average vessel length free of motion artifacts by 56% compared with halfscan reconstruction (P < 0.01). Image quality in terms of vessel continuity and visibility of side branches (P < 0.005) was significantly better using multisegment reconstruction.

CONCLUSIONS:

Multisegment reconstruction has superior diagnostic accuracy and image quality compared with halfscan reconstruction in patients with normal heart rates.

PMID:
15021326
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