Quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) is a validated and widely accepted method to investigate changes in arterial dimension over time. Calibration of measurements is enabled by the use of the coronary catheter as a scaling device. The dimensions and laminar composition of coronary catheters, however, have changed significantly over recent years and the suitability of the current generation of coronary catheters for calibration purposes has not been validated. We therefore recorded 57 coronary guiding catheters on cinefilm, and compared their automated quantitative measurements (Cardiovascular Angiography Analysis System, CAAS) with their true values (precision micrometer). We found an overall underestimation of quantitatively derived dimensions, ranging from −8.9 to +4% for water-filled catheters and from −15.5 to −3.9% for contrast-filled catheters. In conclusion, while the current generation of coronary guiding catheters shows a wide variety in radiological quality, it can be clearly detected by the CAAS system, and is suitable for calibration of QCA measurements (with the exception of the DVI atherectomy catheter), provided that calibration is done on contrast-empty catheters.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1002/ccd.1810330115, hdl.handle.net/1765/60196
Journal Catheterization and Cardiovascular Diagnosis
Herrman, J.P.R, Keane, D.T.J, Ozaki, Y, den Boer, A, & Serruys, P.W.J.C. (1994). Radiological quality of coronary guiding catheters: A quantitative analysis. Catheterization and Cardiovascular Diagnosis, 33(1), 55–60. doi:10.1002/ccd.1810330115