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Optimal imaging is essential for catheter-based interventions in CHD. The three-dimensional models in volume-rendering technique currently in use are not standardised. This paper investigates the feasibility and impact of novel three-dimensional guidance with segmented and tessellated three-dimensional heart models in catheterisation of CHD. In addition, a nearly radiation-free two- to three-dimensional registration and a biplane overlay were used.
Methods and results
We analysed 60 consecutive cases in which segmented tessellated three-dimensional heart models were merged with live fluoroscopy images and aligned using the tracheal bifurcation as a fiducial mark. The models were generated from previous MRI or CT by dedicated medical software. We chose the stereo-lithography format, as this promises advantage over volume-rendering-technique models regarding visualisation. Prospects, potential benefits, and accuracy of the two- to three-dimensional registration were rated separately by two paediatric interventionalists on a five-point Likert scale. Fluoroscopy time, radiation dose, and contrast dye consumption were evaluated. Over a 10-month study period, two- to three-dimensional image fusion was applied to 60 out of 354 cases. Of the 60 catheterisations, 73.3% were performed in the context of interventions. The accuracy of two- to three-dimensional registration was sufficient in all cases. Three-dimensional guidance was rated superior to conventional biplane imaging in all 60 cases. We registered significantly smaller amounts of used contrast dye (p<0.01), lower levels of radiation dose (p<0.02), and less fluoroscopy time (p<0.01) during interventions concerning the aortic arch compared with a control group.
Two- to three-dimensional image fusion can be applied successfully in most catheter-based interventions of CHD. Meshes in stereo-lithography format are accurate and base for standardised and reproducible three-dimensional models.
To investigate the impact of flat-detector computed tomography on the clinical assessment of patients with cavopulmonary connections, and to evaluate the obtained diagnostic accuracy and supplementary information, as well as the value of overlaid three-dimensional reconstructions on fluoroscopic images during catheter-based interventions.
We analysed 31 consecutive patients retrospectively in whom flat-detector computed tomography was used to visualise the cavopulmonary connection. We investigated patients with cavopulmonary connections either early post-operatively (first group), before converting to a total cavopulmonary connection (second group), and patients with failing total cavopulmonary connection (third group). Flat-detector computed tomography based on a single rotational angiography was used to create a three-dimensional vascular model. The clinical value of flat-detector computed tomography was evaluated using standard categories of diagnostic utility. Used contrast volume and radiation exposure were quantified.
Within 18 months, flat-detector computed tomography was performed in 31 cases with cavopulmonary connections. The median age was 1.9 years (range 0.3–43 years). In the first group, we found anomalies in 4 out of 8 cases, which led to therapeutic or prophylactic procedures; in the second and third groups, we performed interventions in 14 out of 23 cases. The overall clinical value was always rated superior to conventional biplane angiography. The median dose area product was 91.8 microgray square metres (range 33.0–679.3 microgray square metres). The required contrast medium was 2.08 millilitres per kilogram (range 0.66–4.7 millilitres per kilogram).
Flat-detector computed tomography improves the diagnostic accuracy in cavopulmonary connections and provides additional diagnostic information, which may lead to therapeutic or prophylactic procedures. Overlaid three-dimensional images on fluoroscopy facilitate and provide security for interventions.
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