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J Clin Epidemiol. 2008 Jun;61(6):572-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2007.07.004. Epub 2008 Feb 21.

Multi Detector-Row Computed Tomography (MDCT) had excellent reproducibility of coronary calcium measurements.

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Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 100, 3584 CX Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess reproducibility of coronary calcium measurements with Multi Detector-Row Computed Tomography (MDCT) imaging and to evaluate whether different measurement protocols, slice thickness, and cardiovascular risk factors affect inter and intra-observer reproducibility.

STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING:

In a cross-sectional design, the study population comprised 199 healthy postmenopausal women. Coronary calcium was assessed using a 16-MDCT (Philips Mx 8000 IDT 16). Images were made using 1.5 and 3.0mm slice thicknesses. To assess inter and intra-observer reproducibility, the images were read by two observers. One observer read the images of 52 subjects twice. The Agatston score, a volume, and a mass measurement were used to quantify coronary calcium. Reproducibility was determined by estimation of mean, absolute, and relative differences between scores of the observers and by estimation of intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC).

RESULTS:

60.3% participants (n=120) had a positive calcium score. Median Agatston score for the first observer was 2.20 with a range of 0-2,019. The reproducibility of coronary calcium measurements between and within observers was excellent with ICC of >0.95, and small mean, absolute, and relative differences. Reproducibility findings were similar for 1.5mm slices as for 3.0mm slices, and equal for Agatston, volume, and mass measurements.

CONCLUSION:

Reproducibilility of coronary calcium measurement using MDCT is excellent, irrespective of slice thickness and type of calcium parameter.

PMID:
18471661
DOI:
10.1016/j.jclinepi.2007.07.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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