Impact of analyzing fewer image frames per segment during offline volumetric radiofrequency based intravascular ultrasound measurements of target lesions prior to percutaneous coronary interventions

Jennfer Huisman, Marc Hartmann, Gary S. Mintz, Gert K. van Houwelingen, Martin G. Stoel, Frits H.A.F. de Man, Hans W. Louwerenburg, Clemens von Birgelen

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Abstract

In the present study, we evaluated the impact of a 50% reduction in number of image frames (every second frame) on the analysis time and variability of offline volumetric radiofrequency-based intravascular ultrasound (RF-IVUS) measurements in target lesions prior to percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). Volumetric RF-IVUS data of vessel geometry and plaque composition are generally obtained by a semi-automated analysis process that includes time-consuming manual contour editing. A reduction in the number of frames used for volumetric analysis may speed up the analysis, but could increase measurement variability. We repeatedly performed offline volumetric analyses in RF-IVUS image sets of 20 mm-long coronary segments that contained 30 de novo lesions prior to PCI. A 50% reduction in frames decreased the analysis time significantly (from 57.5 ± 7.3 to 35.7 ± 3.7 min; P < 0.0001) while geometric and compositional RF-IVUS measurements did not differ significantly from measurements obtained from all frames. The variability between measurements on the reduced number of frames versus all frames was comparable to the intra-observer measurement variability. In target lesions prior to PCI, offline volumetric RF-IVUS analyses can be performed using a reduced number of image frames (every second frame). This reduces the time of analysis without substantially increasing measurement variability
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479-489
JournalInternational journal of cardiovascular imaging
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • METIS-280514
  • IR-82372
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Intravascular ultrasound
  • Radiofrequency
  • Virtual histology
  • Plaque composition
  • Frame density
  • IVUS
  • VH-IVUS
  • Reproducibility
  • Variability
  • Atherosclerosis

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