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Efficiently obtaining a reliable coronary artery centerline from computed tomography angiography data is relevant in clinical practice. Whereas numerous methods have been presented for this purpose, up to now no standardized evaluation methodology has been published to reliably evaluate and compare the performance of the existing or newly developed coronary(More)
In this paper we present a method for coronary artery motion tracking in 4D cardiac CT data sets. The algorithm allows the automatic construction of a 4D coronary motion model from pre-operative CT which can be used for guiding totally-endoscopic coronary artery bypass surgery (TECAB). The proposed approach is based on two steps: In the first step, the(More)
OBJECTIVES To validate published prediction models for the presence of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with new onset stable typical or atypical angina pectoris and to assess the incremental value of the CT coronary calcium score (CTCS). METHODS We searched the literature for clinical prediction rules for the diagnosis of obstructive(More)
BACKGROUND The diagnostic performance of the latest 64-slice CT scanner, with increased temporal (165 ms) and spatial (0.4 mm3) resolution, to detect significant stenoses in the clinically relevant coronary tree is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS We studied 52 patients (34 men; mean age, 59.6+/-12.1 years) with atypical chest pain, stable or unstable angina(More)
This paper presents a novel method for segmenting the coronary lumen in CTA data. The method is based on graph cuts, with edge-weights depending on the intensity of the centerline, and robust kernel regression. A quantitative evaluation in 28 coronary arteries from 12 patients is performed by comparing the semi-automatic segmentations to manual annotations.(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)
BACKGROUND Ventricular thrombus formation is a frequent and potentially dangerous complication in patients with ischemic heart disease. Although transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is generally used as diagnostic technique, we explored the role of contrast-enhanced (CE)-MRI to detect ventricular thrombi. METHODS AND RESULTS In 57 patients with acute(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(More)
This paper presents a 2-D/3-D registration method for the alignment of cardiac X-ray images to ECG gated CTA data of the coronary arteries. The purpose of our work is to provide visualization of instruments in relation to pre-operative CTA data during interventional cardiology for improved image guidance, especially in complex procedures. The method(More)