Background - Intravascular optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging provides limited information on the functional assessment of coronary stenosis. We evaluated a new approach to OCT image-based computation modeling, which can be used to estimate the fractional flow reserve (FFR) in patients with intermediate coronary stenosis. Methods and Results - Ninety-two patients with intermediate diameter stenosis in the left anterior descending artery underwent both FFR measurement with pressure wires and OCT examination. Using the OCT data, a computational fluid dynamics algorithm was used to calculate the computational FFR (FFR OCT). The diagnostic performance of the FFR OCT was assessed based on the pressure wire-based FFR. The median FFR and FFR OCT values were 0.86 (0.79-0.89) and 0.89 (0.82-0.94), respectively. The average diameter stenosis in quantitative coronary angiography and area stenosis in OCT were 58.1±13.4% and 67.5±13.5%, respectively. The FFR OCT was better correlated to the FFR than were the anatomic variables (r=0.72; P<0.001 versus r=0.46; P<0.001 for minimal luminal diameter on quantitative coronary angiography or r=0.57; P<0.001 for minimal lumen area on OCT). When functionally significant stenosis was defined as an FFR cutoff value of ≤0.8, FFR OCT resulted in 88.0% accuracy, 68.7% sensitivity, and 95.6% specificity. The positive and negative predictive values were 84.2% and 89.0%, respectively. Conclusions - The computation of FFR OCT enables assessment not only of anatomic information, but also of the functional significance of intermediate stenosis. This measurement may be a useful approach for the simultaneous evaluation of the functional and anatomic severity of coronary stenosis.
|Journal||Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions|
|Publication status||Published - 2016 Aug 1|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine