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Magn Reson Med Sci. 2008;7(4):169-78.

Diagnosis of unruptured intracranial aneurysms: 3T MR angiography versus 64-channel multi-detector row CT angiography.

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Department of Radiology, Ehime University School of Medicine, Ehime, Japan. hirazka@m.ehime-u.ac.jp

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:

We compared 3-dimensional time-of-flight magnetic resonance angiography (3D TOF MRA) using a 3-tesla (T) MR unit with 64-channel multi-detector row computed tomographic angiography (64-MDCTA) for detection and characterization of angiographically proven unruptured intracranial aneurysms.

METHODS:

Thirty-eight patients with 47 aneurysms and 8 patients without aneurysms underwent 3T, 3D TOF MRA; 64-MDCTA; and intra-arterial angiography. As a first study, 3 radiologists blinded to pertinent clinical information independently reviewed MRA and CTA images. We evaluated diagnostic accuracy using an alternative free-response receiver operating characteristic (AFROC) analysis and evaluated the sensitivity and specificity of each technique. Next, 2 radiologists used volume-rendering images generated from MRA or CTA data to evaluate the morphology of the 47 aneurysms detected, and MRA and CTA results were compared. Three-dimensional digital angiography (DA) images were used as the standard of reference.

RESULTS:

On the AFROC analysis, the value of the mean area under the AFROC curve (A(1)) was 0.91 for both modalities. Mean sensitivity of 89% and specificity of 76% for MRA were not significantly different from sensitivity of 87% and specificity of 79% for CTA. Therefore, when used to evaluate aneurysmal morphology, both modalities appear satisfactory for determining these vascular anomalies.

CONCLUSION:

Three-tesla, 3D TOF MRA and 64-MDCTA are excellent modalities with high diagnostic accuracy for evaluating unruptured intracranial aneurysms and no significant difference between them in diagnostic performance.

PMID:
19110511
DOI:
10.2463/mrms.7.169
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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