Spiral computed tomography angiography (SCTA) and color coded duplex ultrasound (CCDUS): two complementary diagnostic techniques for assessment of extracranial cerebral artery stenosis

Clin Exp Hypertens. 2002 Oct-Nov;24(7-8):659-68. doi: 10.1081/ceh-120015342.


Atherosclerotic lesions of the extracranial cerebral arteries account for ischemic stroke in over half of all cases. The risk of stroke associated with symptomatic carotid artery disease is related to the severity of the stenosis. Results of the two major clinical trials, North American Symptomatic Carotid Endarterectomy Trial (NASCET) and European Carotid Surgery Trial (ECST), showed that patients with symptomatic carotid artery disease may benefit from carotid endarterectomy. Therefore, detection and quantification of stenosis are essential. Discrepancies in the angiographic criteria used in both NASCET and ECST trials resulted in continued controversy about the most accurate method of measuring carotid artery stenosis. Moreover, to avoid complications related to the angiography procedure, a good evaluation of vessel wall and plaque composition need to be considered. Both SCTA and CCDUS are non invasive techniques that could overcome angiographic complications and give detailed information on stenosis grading and plaque characteristics. They have been used to evaluate carotid stenosis as a single or combined methods.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Carotid Artery, Common / diagnostic imaging
  • Carotid Stenosis / complications
  • Carotid Stenosis / diagnosis
  • Carotid Stenosis / epidemiology
  • Cerebral Arterial Diseases / complications
  • Cerebral Arterial Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Cerebral Arterial Diseases / epidemiology
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Europe / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography*
  • North America / epidemiology
  • Syndrome
  • Tomography, Spiral Computed*
  • Ultrasonography, Doppler, Duplex*