Rationale and Objectives: The performance of a semiautomatic technique for internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis quantification of the internal carotid artery in contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography was evaluated. Materials and Methods: The degree of stenosis of 52 ICAs was quantified by measuring the cross-sectional area along the center lumen line. This was performed both by 3 independent observers and the semiautomated method. The degree of stenosis was defined as the amount of cross-sectional lumen reduction. Results: Agreement between the method and observers was good (weighted-kappa, kappa(w) = 0.89). Reproducibility of measurements of the semiautomated technique was better (kappa(w) = 0.97) than that of the observers (kappa(w) = 0.76), and the evaluated technique was considerably less time-consuming. Conclusions: Because the user interaction is limited, this technique can be used to replace an expert observer in 3-dimensional stenosis quantification of the ICA at CE-MRA in clinical practice.
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|Titolo:||Evaluation of semiautomated internal carotid artery stenosis quantification from 3-dimensional contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiograms|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2004|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|