Clinical utility of coronary computed tomography angiography in patients diagnosed with high-grade stenosis of the coronary arteries

Choongki Kim, Sung Jin Hong, Sanghoon Shin, Chul Min Ahn, Jung Sun Kim, Byeong Keuk Kim, Young Guk Ko, Byoung Wook Choi, Donghoon Choi, Yangsoo Jang, Myeong Ki Hong

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OBJECTIVES: We purposed to evaluate the reliability of coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) in patients with a CCTA finding of high-grade stenosis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between May 2015 and March 2017, patients who underwent invasive coronary angiography (ICA) because of detection of high-grade stenosis by CCTA ( ≥ 70% stenosis of epicardial arteries or ≥ 50% of the left main coronary artery; Coronary Artery Disease Reporting and Data System grade 4 or 5) were selected for this study from our prospective registry cohort. RESULTS: Among 646 eligible patients, only 263 (41%) patients were correctly diagnosed with significant coronary artery disease on ICA as same as CCTA findings. The per-vessel analysis revealed that 620 (68%) of 916 affected vessels had confirmed concordant significant stenosis between the CCTA and ICA results. The concordance rate was 49% among the segments with identified plaques in the per-segment analysis. Revascularization of the target vessel identified with severe stenosis by CCTA was performed in 228 (35%) patients. A logistic regression analysis revealed that smoking [odds ratio (OR): 1.59, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.04-2.42, P = 0.03], taller height (OR: 1.02, 95% CI: 1.00-1.05, P = 0.016), and presence of typical symptoms of angina (OR: 1.86, 95% CI: 1.34-2.59, P < 0.001) were found to increase the probability of diagnostic concordance. A greater calcified segment involvement score (OR: 0.88, 95% CI: 0.82-0.94, P < 0.001) was associated with a lower diagnostic concordance. CONCLUSION: The diagnostic discordance between CCTA and ICA was frequently observed in patients who were diagnosed with a CCTA finding of high-grade stenosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-519
Number of pages9
JournalCoronary artery disease
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Nov 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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