Accuracy of dual-source computed tomography coronary angiography: evaluation with a standardised protocol for cardiac surgeons

Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2009 Dec;36(6):1011-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ejcts.2009.06.027. Epub 2009 Jul 30.


Background: This study assesses the accuracy of the new dual-source computed tomography (DSCT) for detection of coronary artery disease (CAD) compared with invasive coronary angiography (ICA) with a specifically designed data presentation protocol for cardiac surgeons.

Methods: Forty patients (30 males/10 females) underwent ICA and DSCT. Best-quality images were prepared by radiologists. Evaluation of 12 segments of significant coronary stenosis was done by two cardiac surgeons with a data presentation protocol including different coronary views in two-/three-dimensional (2D/3D) images. No beta-blockers were administered prior to DSCT.

Results: ICA revealed CAD in 21 patients and valvular disease but no CAD in 19 patients. In DSCT, 20/21 patients were diagnosed with CAD (at least one significant stenosis per patient). In 11/21 patients, all 12 segments were assessed correctly; in 7/21 patients one segment and in 3/21 patients two segments were evaluated incorrectly. Of all 21 patients with CAD, 239/252 segments (95%) were correctly evaluated. In 18/19 patients without CAD, DSCT correctly ruled-out the ICA results in 226/228 segments (99%). In total, 465/480 segments were correctly assessed (97%). Of 480 segments, only six were considered not assessable. DSCT assessments of the segments showed a sensitivity of 91%, specificity of 99%, a positive predictive value of 92% and a negative predictive value of 99%.

Conclusions: The accuracy of DSCT coronary angiography especially for exclusion of CAD is promising. The introduced data presentation protocol allows for the independent evaluation by cardiac surgeons after pre-arrangement from the radiologists.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Coronary Angiography / methods*
  • Coronary Stenosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Coronary Stenosis / surgery
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted / methods
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*