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Reproducibility of coronary atherosclerotic plaque characteristics in populations with low, intermediate, and high prevalence of coronary artery disease by multidetector computer tomography: a guide to reliable visual coronary plaque assessments.
Int J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2016 Oct; 32(10):1555-66.IJ

Abstract

To evaluate the interobserver agreement of visual coronary plaque characteristics by 320-slice multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) in three populations with low, intermediate and high CAD prevalence and to identify determinants for the reproducible assessment of these plaque characteristics. 150 patients, 50 asymptomatic subjects from the general population (low CAD prevalence), 50 symptomatic non-acute coronary syndrome (non-ACS) patients (intermediate CAD prevalence), and 50 ACS patients (high CAD prevalence), matched according to age and gender, were retrospectively enrolled. All coronary segments were evaluated for overall image quality, evaluability, presence of CAD, coronary stenosis, plaque composition, plaque focality, and spotty calcification by four readers. Interobserver agreement was assessed using Fleiss' Kappa (κ) and intra-class correlation (ICC). Widely used clinical parameters (overall scan quality, presence of CAD, and determination of coronary stenosis) showed good agreement among the four readers, (ICC = 0.66, κ = 0.73, ICC = 0.74, respectively). When accounting for heart rate, body mass index, plaque location, and coronary stenosis above/below 50 %, interobserver agreement for plaque composition, presence of CAD, and coronary stenosis improved to either good or excellent, (κ = 0.61, κ = 0.81, ICC = 0.78, respectively). Spotty calcification was the least reproducible parameter investigated (κ = 0.33). Across subpopulations, reproducibility of coronary plaque characteristics generally decreased with increasing CAD prevalence except for plaque composition, (limits of agreement: ±2.03, ±1.96, ±1.79 for low, intermediate and high CAD prevalence, respectively). 320-slice MDCT can be used to assess coronary plaque characteristics, except for spotty calcification. Reproducibility estimates are influenced by heart rate, body size, plaque location, and degree of luminal stenosis.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Cardiology, The Heart Center, Rigshospitalet, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Blegdamsvej 9, 2100, Copenhagen, Denmark. martinadeknegt@gmail.com. Department of Cardiology, Hvidovre Hospital, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. martinadeknegt@gmail.com.Department of Cardiology, The Heart Center, Rigshospitalet, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Blegdamsvej 9, 2100, Copenhagen, Denmark. Department of Cardiology, Hvidovre Hospital, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.Department of Cardiology, The Heart Center, Rigshospitalet, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Blegdamsvej 9, 2100, Copenhagen, Denmark.Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Herlev Hospital, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.Department of Cardiology, The Heart Center, Rigshospitalet, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Blegdamsvej 9, 2100, Copenhagen, Denmark.Department of Cardiology, Hvidovre Hospital, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.Department of Cardiology, The Heart Center, Rigshospitalet, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Blegdamsvej 9, 2100, Copenhagen, Denmark. Department of Radiology, Rigshospitalet, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

27378095

Citation

de Knegt, Martina C., et al. "Reproducibility of Coronary Atherosclerotic Plaque Characteristics in Populations With Low, Intermediate, and High Prevalence of Coronary Artery Disease By Multidetector Computer Tomography: a Guide to Reliable Visual Coronary Plaque Assessments." The International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging, vol. 32, no. 10, 2016, pp. 1555-66.
de Knegt MC, Linde JJ, Fuchs A, et al. Reproducibility of coronary atherosclerotic plaque characteristics in populations with low, intermediate, and high prevalence of coronary artery disease by multidetector computer tomography: a guide to reliable visual coronary plaque assessments. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2016;32(10):1555-66.
de Knegt, M. C., Linde, J. J., Fuchs, A., Nordestgaard, B. G., Køber, L. V., Hove, J. D., & Kofoed, K. F. (2016). Reproducibility of coronary atherosclerotic plaque characteristics in populations with low, intermediate, and high prevalence of coronary artery disease by multidetector computer tomography: a guide to reliable visual coronary plaque assessments. The International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging, 32(10), 1555-66. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10554-016-0932-y
de Knegt MC, et al. Reproducibility of Coronary Atherosclerotic Plaque Characteristics in Populations With Low, Intermediate, and High Prevalence of Coronary Artery Disease By Multidetector Computer Tomography: a Guide to Reliable Visual Coronary Plaque Assessments. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2016;32(10):1555-66. PubMed PMID: 27378095.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Reproducibility of coronary atherosclerotic plaque characteristics in populations with low, intermediate, and high prevalence of coronary artery disease by multidetector computer tomography: a guide to reliable visual coronary plaque assessments. AU - de Knegt,Martina C, AU - Linde,Jesper J, AU - Fuchs,Andreas, AU - Nordestgaard,Børge G, AU - Køber,Lars V, AU - Hove,Jens D, AU - Kofoed,Klaus F, Y1 - 2016/07/04/ PY - 2016/03/17/received PY - 2016/06/25/accepted PY - 2016/7/6/entrez PY - 2016/7/6/pubmed PY - 2017/4/25/medline KW - Agreement KW - Cardiac Computed Tomography Angiography KW - Coronary plaque KW - Multidetector computed tomography KW - Reproducibility SP - 1555 EP - 66 JF - The international journal of cardiovascular imaging JO - Int J Cardiovasc Imaging VL - 32 IS - 10 N2 - To evaluate the interobserver agreement of visual coronary plaque characteristics by 320-slice multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) in three populations with low, intermediate and high CAD prevalence and to identify determinants for the reproducible assessment of these plaque characteristics. 150 patients, 50 asymptomatic subjects from the general population (low CAD prevalence), 50 symptomatic non-acute coronary syndrome (non-ACS) patients (intermediate CAD prevalence), and 50 ACS patients (high CAD prevalence), matched according to age and gender, were retrospectively enrolled. All coronary segments were evaluated for overall image quality, evaluability, presence of CAD, coronary stenosis, plaque composition, plaque focality, and spotty calcification by four readers. Interobserver agreement was assessed using Fleiss' Kappa (κ) and intra-class correlation (ICC). Widely used clinical parameters (overall scan quality, presence of CAD, and determination of coronary stenosis) showed good agreement among the four readers, (ICC = 0.66, κ = 0.73, ICC = 0.74, respectively). When accounting for heart rate, body mass index, plaque location, and coronary stenosis above/below 50 %, interobserver agreement for plaque composition, presence of CAD, and coronary stenosis improved to either good or excellent, (κ = 0.61, κ = 0.81, ICC = 0.78, respectively). Spotty calcification was the least reproducible parameter investigated (κ = 0.33). Across subpopulations, reproducibility of coronary plaque characteristics generally decreased with increasing CAD prevalence except for plaque composition, (limits of agreement: ±2.03, ±1.96, ±1.79 for low, intermediate and high CAD prevalence, respectively). 320-slice MDCT can be used to assess coronary plaque characteristics, except for spotty calcification. Reproducibility estimates are influenced by heart rate, body size, plaque location, and degree of luminal stenosis. SN - 1875-8312 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/27378095/Reproducibility_of_coronary_atherosclerotic_plaque_characteristics_in_populations_with_low_intermediate_and_high_prevalence_of_coronary_artery_disease_by_multidetector_computer_tomography:_a_guide_to_reliable_visual_coronary_plaque_assessments_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1007/s10554-016-0932-y DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -