Diagnostic value of multislice computed tomography angiography in coronary artery disease: a meta-analysis

Eur J Radiol. 2006 Nov;60(2):279-86. doi: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2006.06.009. Epub 2006 Aug 2.


Purpose: To perform a meta-analysis of the diagnostic value of multislice CT (MSCT) angiography in the detection of coronary artery disease (CAD) when compared to conventional coronary angiography.

Materials and methods: A search of PubMed and MEDLINE databases for English literature was performed. Only studies with at least 10 patients comparing MSCT angiography with conventional coronary angiography in the detection of CAD were included. Diagnostic value of MSCT angiography compared to coronary angiography was compared and analyzed at segment-, vessel- and patient-based assessment.

Results: 47 studies (67 comparisons) met the criteria and were included in our study. Pooled overall sensitivity, specificity and 95% confidence interval for MSCT angiography in the detection of CAD were 83% (79%, 89%), 93% (91%, 96%) at segment-based analysis; 90% (87%, 94%), 87% (80%, 93%) at vessel-based analysis; and 91% (88%, 95%), 86% (81%, 92%) at patient-based analysis, respectively. Diagnostic accuracy of MSCT angiography in evaluating assessable segments was significantly improved with 64-slice scanners when compared to that with 4- and 16-slice scanners (p<0.05).

Conclusion: Our meta-analysis showed that MSCT angiography has potential diagnostic accuracy in the detection of CAD. Diagnostic performance of MSCT angiography has been significantly improved with the latest 64-slice CT, with resultant high qualitative and quantitative diagnostic accuracy. 16-slice CT was limited in spatial resolution which makes it difficult to perform quantitative assessment of coronary artery stenoses.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Coronary Angiography*
  • Coronary Artery Disease / diagnostic imaging*
  • Coronary Artery Disease / pathology
  • Coronary Artery Disease / physiopathology
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*