Intravenous flat detector CT angiography for non-invasive visualisation of intracranial flow diverter: technical feasibility

Eur Radiol. 2011 Aug;21(8):1797-801. doi: 10.1007/s00330-011-2113-7. Epub 2011 Mar 30.


Objective: To demonstrate the feasibility of intravenous Flat Detector CT Angiography (FD-CTA) for visualisation of intracranial Flow Diverting Devices. Flow Diverting Devices are used increasingly for treatment of intracranial aneurysms. A close follow up is necessary because it becomes obvious that a significant proportion of aneurysms treated with these devices remain patent. A minimally invasive method is highly desirable.

Methods: In two patients treated with flow diverters a Flat Detector CT (FD-CT) with intravenous contrast medium application was performed. Post-processing was performed using commercially available software.

Results: In both patients the lumen of the device and the lumen of the aneurysm could be clearly evaluated. Some beam hardening artefacts due to the marker wires of the device were obvious.

Conclusion: Flat Detector CT with intravenous contrast material application to evaluate flow-diverting devices seems to be feasible. Further studies are necessary to perform comparative evaluation of FD-CTA with angiography and other techniques like MRA or conventional CT angiography.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Angiography, Digital Subtraction
  • Cerebral Angiography / methods*
  • Cerebrovascular Circulation*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / diagnostic imaging*
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / therapy*
  • Radiographic Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*