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BACKGROUND Coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) is increasingly being used for evaluation of coronary artery disease (CAD). As a result of the widely reported potential of carcinogenic risk from x-ray based examinations, many strategies have been developed for dose reduction with CTA. OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to assess the(More)
AIMS Single-source, dual-energy coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) with monochromatic image reconstruction allows significant noise reduction. The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of monochromatic CCTA image reconstruction on coronary stent imaging, as the latter is known to be affected by artefacts from highly attenuating strut(More)
RATIONALE Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) suffer from significantly more cardiovascular comorbidity and mortality than would be anticipated from conventional risk factors. The aim of this study was to determine whether COPD patients have a higher coronary artery calcium score (CACS) and epicardial fat burden, compared to control(More)
BACKGROUND Aortic regurgitation (AR) after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) for severe aortic valve stenosis results in major haemodynamic changes. Influence of post-implant AR and aortic valve calcification on outcome in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) is unclear. METHODS Short-term outcome was defined as a combined 30-day(More)
AIMS To compare the predictive value of epicardial and intrathoracic fat volume (EFV, IFV), coronary artery calcium (CAC) score, and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) for major adverse cardiac events (MACE). METHODS AND RESULTS Follow-up was obtained in 275 patients with known or suspected coronary(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of attenuation correction (AC) for cardiac (18)F-labelled fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) using MR-based attenuation maps. METHODS We included 23 patients with no known cardiac history undergoing whole-body FDG PET/CT imaging for oncological indications on a PET/CT(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of the latest coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) techniques allowing a radiation- and contrast-sparing protocol on image quality in unselected patients referred for exclusion of suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). MATERIALS AND METHODS This prospective study was(More)
OBJECTIVE To provide data on the value of fused cardiac hybrid imaging with coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) and positron emission tomography myocardial perfusion imaging (PET-MPI) in patients with complex coronary artery anomalies (CCAA). DESIGN/SETTING This is a retrospective, single-center study. PATIENTS Seven consecutive patients(More)
BACKGROUND Anomalous coronary arteries originating from the opposite sinus of Valsalva (ACAOS) are associated with adverse cardiac events. Discrimination between ACAOS and coronary artery disease (CAD)-related perfusion defects may be difficult. The aim of the present study was to investigate the value of hybrid coronary computed tomography angiography(More)
OBJECTIVE The clinical utility of a latest generation iterative reconstruction algorithm (adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction [ASiR-V]) has yet to be elucidated for coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA). This study evaluates the impact of ASiR-V on signal, noise and image quality in CCTA. METHODS Sixty-five patients underwent(More)