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Detection and characterization of intracranial aneurysms with 16-channel multidetector row CT angiography: a prospective comparison of volume-rendered images and digital subtraction angiography.
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PMID:  17213425     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The aim of our study was to compare multidetector row CT angiography (MDCTA) with digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in the detection and characterization of intracranial aneurysms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In our blinded prospective study, 85 patients with suspected intracranial aneurysm (47 women, 38 men; age range, 19-83 years) underwent both 16-channel MDCTA and DSA. The MDCT angiograms were interpreted for the presence, location, size, ratio of the neck to the dome (N/D ratio), and lobularity of the aneurysms and relationship of the aneurysm with the adjacent arterial branches, by using volume-rendering techniques. MDCTA and DSA images (reference standard) were interpreted by 2 independent readers, and the results were compared. RESULTS: A total of 93 aneurysms were detected at DSA in 71 patients, whereas no aneurysms were detected in 14 patients. Compared with DSA, the overall sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of MDCTA on a per-aneurysm basis were 92.5%, 93.3%, and 92.6%, respectively, for both independent readers. For aneurysms of <3 mm, however, MDCTA had a sensitivity of 74.1% for reader 1 and 77.8% for reader 2. There was excellent agreement between readers in the detection of aneurysms (kappa = 0.822). In addition, MDCTA was also accurate in determining N/D ratio of aneurysms, aneurysm lobularity, and adjacent arterial branches. CONCLUSION: MDCTA is accurate in the detection and characterization of intracranial aneurysms and can be used as a reliable alternative imaging technique to DSA in selected cases.
D Y Yoon; K J Lim; C S Choi; B M Cho; S M Oh; S K Chang
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AJNR. American journal of neuroradiology     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0195-6108     ISO Abbreviation:  AJNR Am J Neuroradiol     Publication Date:  2007 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-01-10     Completed Date:  2007-03-14     Revised Date:  2008-02-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8003708     Medline TA:  AJNR Am J Neuroradiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  60-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Radiology, Kangdong Seong-Sim Hospital, Hallym University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Angiography, Digital Subtraction
Cerebral Angiography / methods*
Diagnosis, Differential
Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods*
Imaging, Three-Dimensional / methods*
Intracranial Aneurysm / radiography*
Middle Aged
Sensitivity and Specificity
Tomography, Spiral Computed / methods*

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