Juergen K. Willmann, M.D.

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  • Retrospectively ECG-gated multi-detector row CT of the chest: Does ECG-gating improve three-dimensional visualization of the bronchial tree? ROFO-FORTSCHRITTE AUF DEM GEBIET DER RONTGENSTRAHLEN UND DER BILDGEBENDEN VERFAHREN Schertler, T., Wildermuth, S., Willmann, J. K., Crook, D. W., Marincek, B., Boehm, T. 2004; 176 (4): 513-521


    To determine the impact of retrospectively ECG-gated multi-detector row CT (MDCT) on three-dimensional (3D) visualization of the bronchial tree and virtual bronchoscopy (VB) as compared to non-ECG-gated data acquisition.Contrast-enhanced retrospectively ECG-gated and non-ECG-gated MDCT of the chest was performed in 25 consecutive patients referred for assessment of coronary artery bypass grafts and pathology of the ascending aorta. ECG-gated MDCT data were reconstructed in diastole using an absolute reverse delay of - 400 msec in all patients. In 10 patients additional reconstructions at - 200 msec, - 300 msec, and - 500 msec prior to the R-wave were performed. Shaded surface display (SSD) and virtual bronchoscopy (VB) for visualization of the bronchial segments was performed with ECG-gated and non-ECG-gated MDCT data. The visualization of the bronchial tree underwent blinded scoring. Effective radiation dose and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) for both techniques were compared.There was no significant difference in visualizing single bronchial segments using ECG-gated compared to non-ECG-gated MDCT data. However, the total sum of scores for all bronchial segments visualized with non-ECG-gated MDCT was significantly higher compared to ECG-gated MDCT (P < 0.05). The summary scores for visualization of bronchial segments for different diastolic reconstructions did not differ significantly. The effective radiation dose and the SNR were significantly higher with the ECG-gated acquisition technique (P < 0.05).The bronchial tree is significantly better visualized when using non-ECG-gated MDCT compared to ECG-gated MDCT. Additionally, non-ECG-gated techniques require less radiation exposure. Thus, the current retrospective ECG-gating technique does not provide any additional benefit for 3D visualization of the bronchial tree and VB.

    View details for DOI 10.1055/s-2004-812777

    View details for Web of Science ID 000221116000007

    View details for PubMedID 15088175

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