Objective: To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of 64-slice computed tomography (CT) coronary angiography (CA) for the detection of significant coronary artery stenosis (≥50% lumen reduction) as compared to invasive coronary angiography (ICA) in a population of patients with chest pain and high risk. Materials andmethods: 44 patients (30 male;mean age 60.2±12.1yrs) with chest pain were prospectively enrolled. In patients with heart rate ≥70 bpm an oral dose of 100 mg of β -blocker was administered. For CT-CA (Sensation 64, Siemens, Germany) an intravenous bolus of 100 ml of iodinated contrast material (Iomeron 400, Bracco, Italy) was injected. The average scan time was 13.3±0.9s. Two observers evaluated CT-CA vs. ICA as a reference standard for the detection of significant (≥50% lumen reduction) coronary artery stenosis. Results: ICA demonstrated the absence of coronary artery disease (CAD) in 13.6% of the patients (6/44), the presence of non significant CAD 4.6% (2/44), single vessel disease in 27.2% (12/44) and multi-vessel disease in 54.6% (24/44) of the patients. None of the patients was excluded from the study population. Ninety-three significant obstructive coronary lesions were observed. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value of CTCA were 98.6% (70/71), 92.4% (97/105), 89.7% (70/78) and 99% (97/98), respectively.All patients with at least one significant coronary lesion were correctly identified by CT-CA. Conclusions: CT-CA is a reliable alternative to ICA in a selected population of patients with chest pain and high risk. (www.actabiomedica.it).

Coronary artery disease, Diagnostic accuracy, High risk, Invasive coronary angiography, Multislice computed tomography
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Maffei, E, Palumbo, A, Martini, C, Ugo, F, Lina, D, Aldrovandi, A, … Cademartiri, F. (2010). Diagnostic accuracy of computedtomography coronary angiography in a high risk symptomatic population. Acta Biomedica, 81(1), 47–53. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/90136