Postoperative multidetector computed tomography angiography after aneurysm clipping: comparison with digital subtraction angiography

J Comput Assist Tomogr. 2005 Jan-Feb;29(1):20-5. doi: 10.1097/01.rct.0000147980.83333.d1.


Objectives: To evaluate the usefulness of multidetector computed tomography angiography (MDCTA) as a noninvasive diagnostic modality for the detection of aneurysm remnants after clipping of intracranial aneurysms.

Methods: Thirty-eight patients who had aneurysm clipping and had undergone MDCTA and digital subtraction angiography (DSA) were enrolled in this study. In 16 of the 38 patients, MDCTA was performed with 16-channel MDCTA, in 20 patients with 4-channel MDCTA, and in 2 with both. Two neuroradiologists evaluated the image quality of MDCTA with a 3-point rating scale and the presence of the residual aneurysm sac with a 5-point rating scale. Receiver operating characteristic analysis was used to measure the diagnostic performance of MDCTA.

Results: Forty-nine surgically clipped aneurysms were evaluated in this study. The overall diagnostic accuracy of MDCTA was 88.1% (95% confidence interval: 0.761-0.954). The ability of 16-channel MDCTA to discriminate between surgical clips and parent vessels was superior to that of 4-channel MDCTA (P=0.005).

Conclusion: Multidetector computed tomography angiography is a valuable noninvasive diagnostic modality for the assessment of aneurysm remnants in patients after aneurysm clipping.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Angiography, Digital Subtraction*
  • Artifacts
  • Cerebral Angiography / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / diagnostic imaging*
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / surgery
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Care
  • ROC Curve
  • Radiographic Image Enhancement
  • Surgical Instruments
  • Tomography, Spiral Computed / methods*