Methods and results: Analysts of four European IVUS centres performed independent IVUS analyses (in total 7,188 cross-sectional analyses) and obtained volumetric data to evaluate the reproducibility of volumetric VH-IVUS measurements in 36 coronary segments (length 20.0±0.4 mm) from patients with stable angina. Geometric and compositional VH-IVUS measurements were highly correlated for the different comparisons. Overall intraclass correlation for vessel, lumen, plaque volume and plaque burden were 0.98, 0.92 0.95, and 0.86, respectively; for fibrous, fibro-lipidic, necrotic core and calcified volumes overall intraclass correlations were 0.95, 0.93, 0.99, and 1.00, respectively. There were significant but small differences for vessel, lumen, fibrous and calcified volumes, and there was no significant difference for plaque volume. Of the plaque components necrotic core and calcified volume showed on average the highest reproducibility.
Conclusions: These findings underline the necessity to centrally analyse IVUS data obtained in multicentre studies addressing mild-to-moderately diseased coronary arteries. In addition, pooling VH-IVUS data from different studies, analysed at different centres, may be problematical.
- Coronary disease
- Intravascular ultrasound
- Virtual histology
- Measurement reproducibility