By Erik L. Ridley, AuntMinnie staff writer
November 11, 2010

Monday, November 29 | 3:30 p.m.-3:40 p.m. | SSE04-04 | Room S504AB
In this paper presentation, researchers will highlight the advantages of automated 3D quantitative coronary plaque analysis.

To improve risk stratification and monitoring of coronary artery disease, the researchers have recently developed software for automated noninvasive measurement of coronary plaque from CT angiography studies, said presenter Damini Dey, PhD, of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Following up on previous work -- published in the November 2010 issue of Radiology -- that found agreement between the software and invasive ultrasound for quantifying noncalcified plaque, the researchers sought to validate the automated quantitative plaque analysis and coronary artery remodeling index in comparison with expert readers.

"Our study shows that our automated plaque analysis allows close agreement with expert readers, at a fraction of the time needed," Dey told AuntMinnie.com. "The automated tool in this study could potentially be applied routinely to provide rapid, noninvasive quantitative assessment of coronary plaques from coronary CT angiography."





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