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Adaptive Statistical Iterative Reconstruction-V: Impact on Image Quality in Ultralow-Dose Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography


Benz, Dominik C; Gräni, Christoph; Mikulicic, Fran; Vontobel, Jan; Fuchs, Tobias A; Possner, Mathias; Clerc, Olivier F; Stehli, Julia; Gaemperli, Oliver; Pazhenkottil, Aju P; Buechel, Ronny R; Kaufmann, Philipp A (2016). Adaptive Statistical Iterative Reconstruction-V: Impact on Image Quality in Ultralow-Dose Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography. Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography, 40(6):958-963.

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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 clinically indicated CCTA on a 256-slice CT scanner using an ultralow-dose protocol. Data sets from each patient were reconstructed at 6 different levels of ASiR-V. Signal intensity was measured by placing a region of interest in the aortic root, LMA, and RCA. Similarly, noise was measured in the aortic root. Image quality was visually assessed by 2 readers. RESULTS Median radiation dose was 0.49 mSv. Image noise decreased with increasing levels of ASiR-V resulting in a significant increase in signal-to-noise ratio in the RCA and LMA (P < 0.001). Correspondingly, image quality significantly increased with higher levels of ASiR-V (P < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS ASiR-V yields substantial noise reduction and improved image quality enabling introduction of ultralow-dose CCTA.

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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 clinically indicated CCTA on a 256-slice CT scanner using an ultralow-dose protocol. Data sets from each patient were reconstructed at 6 different levels of ASiR-V. Signal intensity was measured by placing a region of interest in the aortic root, LMA, and RCA. Similarly, noise was measured in the aortic root. Image quality was visually assessed by 2 readers. RESULTS Median radiation dose was 0.49 mSv. Image noise decreased with increasing levels of ASiR-V resulting in a significant increase in signal-to-noise ratio in the RCA and LMA (P < 0.001). Correspondingly, image quality significantly increased with higher levels of ASiR-V (P < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS ASiR-V yields substantial noise reduction and improved image quality enabling introduction of ultralow-dose CCTA.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Nuclear Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Cardiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:25 August 2016
Deposited On:30 Aug 2016 12:24
Last Modified:06 Feb 2017 15:52
Publisher:Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISSN:0363-8715
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1097/RCT.0000000000000460
PubMed ID:27560012

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