Overview image of the lumen and vessel wall in coronary CT angiography - The plaque-loaded angiographic view

Masahiro Jinzaki, Minoru Yamada, Kozo Sato, Yutaka Tanami, Toshihisa Anzai, Kosuke Sasaki, Sachio Kuribayashi

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Background: There is no post-processing technique that can display an overview image of the lumen and vessel wall of a whole heart in one image. A merging coronary lumen view (Angiographic View) with a plaque image can provide a single, comprehensive image of plaque distribution. Methods and Results: A color-coded plaque image is assigned to different computed tomography attenuation ranges in the coronary artery to visualize plaques. This plaque image is re-formatted into a maximum intensity projection image and loaded onto the Angiographic View image. Conclusions: The integrated image of the coronary lumen and vessel wall of a whole heart is feasible. This image (Plaque-loaded Angiographic View) will give effective information in explaining the distribution of coronary lesions in patients as well as providing opportunities to discuss treatment strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-673
Number of pages3
JournalCirculation Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008 May 20



  • Cardiac CT
  • Computed tomography
  • Coronary artery disease
  • MDCT
  • Post-processing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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