Automated quantification of coronary plaque with computed tomography: comparison with intravascular ultrasound using a dedicated registration algorithm for fusion-based quantification

MJ Boogers, A Broersen, JE Velzen, FR de Graaf, HM El-Naggar, PH Kitslaar, J (Jouke) Dijkstra, V Delgado, Eric Boersma, A de Roos, JD Schuijf, MJ Schalij, JHC (Johan) Reiber, JJ Bax, JW Jukema

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Aims Previous studies have used semi-automated approaches for coronary plaque quantification on multi-detector row computed tomography (CT), while an automated quantitative approach using a dedicated registration algorithm is currently lacking. Accordingly, the study aimed to demonstrate the feasibility and accuracy of automated coronary plaque quantification on cardiac CT using dedicated software with a novel 3D coregistration algorithm of CT and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) data sets. Methods and results Patients who had undergone CT and IVUS were enrolled. Automated lumen and vessel wall contour detection was performed for both imaging modalities. Dedicated automated quantitative software (QCT) with a unique registration algorithm was used to fuse a complete IVUS run with a CT angiography volume using true anatomical markers. At the level of the minimal lumen area (MLA), percentage lumen area stenosis, plaque burden, and degree of remodelling were obtained on CT. Additionall Conclusion Automated quantification of coronary plaque on CT is feasible using dedicated quantitative software with a novel 3D registration algorithm.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1007-1016
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Heart Journal
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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