Juergen K. Willmann, M.D.

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  • Time-effectiveness, observer-dependence, and accuracy of measurements of left ventricular ejection fraction using 4-channel MDCT ROFO-FORTSCHRITTE AUF DEM GEBIET DER RONTGENSTRAHLEN UND DER BILDGEBENDEN VERFAHREN Boehm, T., Alkadhi, H., Roffi, M., Willmann, J. K., Desbiolles, L. M., Marincek, B., Wildermuth, S. 2004; 176 (4): 529-537


    To evaluate the time-effectiveness, inter-observer variance, and accuracy of left ventricular ejection fraction (EF) measurements using retrospectively ECG-gated four-channel multi-detector row CT (MDCT) angiography in comparison with biplane cine-ventriculography.Twenty consecutive patients underwent retrospectively ECG-gated MDCT angiography and conventional coronary angiography with biplane ventriculography. Raw MDCT data were reconstructed at 0 % - 90 % of the cardiac cycle in increments of 10 %. Ten geometrically identical multiplanar reformations parallel to the short axis of the heart were reconstructed in each patient. Three blinded readers segmented the left ventricle in the end-systolic and end-diastolic phase using standardized window settings in order to determine the EF. The EF was measured with biplane cine-ventriculography by two blinded readers and was compared with MDCT. The time needed for post-processing was recorded and the inter-observer agreement for both imaging techniques was assessed.Mean post-processing time was 63 +/- 3 min per patient for MDCT and 5.5 +/- 1.2 min for ventriculography. MDCT and ventriculography showed a good correlation (r = 0.83, p < 0.0001) for measurement of the EF. Mean errors of EF measurements for the three MDCT readers compared with the mean of the ventriculography were - 6.3 +/- 6.6 %, - 4.7 +/- 7.1 % and - 4.6 +/- 5.7 %, respectively. The mean differences between the three readers assessing MDCT were - 1.6 +/- 3.2 % (reader 1 versus 2, r = 0.96), - 1.6 +/- 5.6 % (1 versus 3, r = 0.95) and - 0.011 +/- 2.9 % (2 versus 3, r = 0.97, p < 0.0001). The mean differences between the two readers assessing ventriculography was 0.32 +/- 5.1 % (r = 0.88, p < 0.0001).MDCT correlates well with biplane cine-ventriculography but has the tendency to underestimate the left ventricular EF. Measurements using MDCT have a high inter-observer agreement, however, the time needed for additional MDCT data post-processing is still unacceptably long.

    View details for DOI 10.1055/s-2004-813012

    View details for Web of Science ID 000221116000009

    View details for PubMedID 15088177

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