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Noninvasive assessment of coronary atherosclerotic plaque may be useful for risk stratification and treatment of atherosclerosis.
We studied 47 patients to investigate the accuracy of coronary plaque volume measurement acquired with 64-slice multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT), using newly developed quantification software, when compared with quantitative intracoronary ultrasound (QCU). Quantitative MSCT coronary angiography (QMSCT-CA) was performed to determine plaque volume for a matched region of interest (regional plaque burden) and in significant plaque defined as a plaque with ≥50% area obstruction in QCU, and compared with QCU. Dataset with image blurring and heavy calcification were excluded from analysis.
In 100 comparable regions of interest, regional plaque burden was highly correlated (coefficient r = 0.96; P < 0.001) between QCU and QMSCT-CA, but QMSCT-CA overestimated the plaque burden by a mean difference of 7 ± 33 mm3 (P = 0.03). In 76 significant plaques detected within the regions of interest, plaque volume determined by QMSCT-CA was highly correlated (r = 0.98; P < 0.001) with a slight underestimation of 2 ± 17 mm3 (P = not significant) when compared with QCU. Calcified and mixed plaque volume was slightly overestimated by 4 ± 19 mm3 (P = ns) and noncalcified plaque volume was significantly underestimated by 9 ± 11 mm3 (P < 0.001) with QMSCT-CA. Overall, the limits of agreement for plaque burden/volume measurement between QCU and QMSCT-CA were relatively large. Reproducibility for the measurements of regional plaque burden with QMSCT-CA was good, with a mean intraobserver and interobserver variability of 0% ± 16% and 4% ± 24%, respectively.
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