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Multislice computed tomography (CT) is an emerging technique for the non-invasive detection of coronary stenoses. While the diagnostic accuracy of 4-slice scanners was limited, 16-slice CT imagers showed promising results due to increased temporal and spatial resolution. These technical advances prompted us to evaluate the diagnostic performance of 64-slice(More)
The aim of our study was to assess the prevalence of variants and anomalies of the coronary artery tree in patients who underwent 64-slice computed tomography coronary angiography (CT-CA) for suspected or known coronary artery disease. A total of 543 patients (389 male, mean age 60.5 ± 10.9) were reviewed for coronary artery variants and anomalies including(More)
AIMS Although previous generations of multislice computed tomography (CT) have demonstrated accurate detection of obstructive bypass graft disease, progression of coronary disease is a more frequent cause for ischaemic symptoms late after bypass graft surgery. We explored the diagnostic performance of 64-slice CT in symptomatic patients after bypass(More)
PURPOSE To prospectively evaluate the effect of experience with coronary computed tomographic (CT) angiography on the capability to detect coronary stenoses of 50% or more. MATERIALS AND METHODS The institutional review board approved the study protocol. All patients gave consent to undergo CT angiography before conventional coronary angiography after(More)
Coronary artery disease remains the leading cause of death in the Western world. Non-invasive coronary artery imaging challenges any diagnostic modality because the coronary arteries are small and tortuous, whereas cardiac contraction and respiration cause motion artifacts. Therefore, non-invasive coronary imaging requires high spatial and temporal(More)
OBJECTIVES We assessed the usefulness of 64-slice computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) to detect or rule out coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with various estimated pretest probabilities of CAD. BACKGROUND The pretest probability of the presence of CAD may impact the diagnostic performance of CTCA. METHODS Sixty-four-slice CTCA(More)
BACKGROUND Surveillance conventional coronary angiography (CCA) is recommended 2 to 6 months after stent-supported left main coronary artery (LMCA) percutaneous coronary intervention due to the unpredictable occurrence of in-stent restenosis (ISR), with its attendant risks. Multislice computed tomography (MSCT) is a promising technique for noninvasive(More)
AIMS The aim was to validate, update, and extend the Diamond-Forrester model for estimating the probability of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) in a contemporary cohort. METHODS AND RESULTS Prospectively collected data from 14 hospitals on patients with chest pain without a history of CAD and referred for conventional coronary angiography (CCA)(More)
The progressive refinement of broadband transducers with frequencies higher than 10 MHz and improved near-field resolution has enhanced the potential of sonography to evaluate a variety of nerve entrapment syndromes occurring in the upper limb, such as suprascapular neuropathy in the area of the spinoglenoid-supraspinous notch, the quadrilateral space(More)
Tendons and nerves represent probably one of the best application of musculoskeletal US due to the high lesion detection rate and accuracy of US combined with its low cost, wide availability, and ease of use. The refinement of high-frequency broadband linear-array transducers, and sensitive color and power Doppler technology, have improved the ability of US(More)