Can 3D-CTA surpass DSA in diagnosis of cerebral aneurysm?

Y. Kato, K. Katada, M. Hayakawa, M. Nakane, Y. Ogura, K. Sano, T. Kanno

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After introducing of Helical scanning CT (HCT) and 3D-CTA (three-dimensional CT angiography), various improvements to these methods have been made every year to achieve better imaging quality. The current resolution permits visualisation of the internal structure of tumors, although as yet insufficiently clearly. We suggest that these improvements can be more efficient than conventional cerebral aneurysms angiography. In this study, we compared HCT and 3D-CTA with conventional cerebral angiography in patients, with cerebral aneurysms at our facility. We also examined whether 3D-CTA has the possibility of independent clinical application and can surpass conventional DSA in diagnostic efficacy. In this paper, we found this information insufficient in clipping operations using 3D-CTA only when 1) It was difficult to distinguish a crooked infundibular dilation from an aneurysm, 2) Imaging threshold influenced the measured value of the vascular diameter and 3) It was also difficult to confirm whether the peripheral vessels adhere to the aneurysm. In conclusion, from the result of the comparison between 3D-CTA and DSA in this study, it was concluded that 3D-CTA is a reliable alternative method to conventional angiography in the diagnosis of anterior circulation and most aneurysms of regular size. In such cases it may be possible to obtain the same quality of preoperative information, but it is less invasive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-250
Number of pages6
JournalActa Neurochirurgica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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