Evaluation of a new computerized analysis system developed for the processing of CT follow-up scans after EVR of infrarenal aneurysm
|J. Mattes, A. Chemelli, M. Wick, D. Soimu, C. Pontow, A. Lopez, M. Netzer, I. Chemelli-Steingruber. Evaluation of a new computerized analysis system developed for the processing of CT follow-up scans after EVR of infrarenal aneurysm. European journal of radiology, volume 81, number 3, pages 496-501, 3, 2012.|
|Journal||European journal of radiology|
Purpose: The aim of this retrospective study was to present a new computerized analysis system developed for the evaluation of follow-up CT scans after endovascular repair (EVR) of infrarenal aneurysm and to compare it to the conventional evaluation method as regards preciseness and ease of application. The system is based on the extraction of the surface of the stent-graft (SG) and that of the spinal canal and the overlay of surfaces obtained at different points in time. Materials and methods: A total of 116 CT follow-up data sets obtained from 49 patients after EVR of infrarenal aneurysm were evaluated using both, the conventional method and the new computerized system. Two parameters were analyzed: SG length and the distance between the most ventral point of the SG and the vertebral column. The correlation between the results of the two methods and the correlation between the results obtained by two independent observers (radiologist and layperson) using the new system were assessed by statistical analysis. Results: Comparison of the two methods yielded a very high correlation for both parameters, (correlation coefficients of around 0.9 and p < 0.001). Comparison of the results obtained by the two observers yielded an equally high correlation (correlation coefficients of around 0.9 and p < 0.001). Conclusion: Our results show that the new computerized system is as precise and reliable as the conventional method, but allows better visualization and quantification of SG changes by surface overlay. Moreover, it is easier to apply and less time-consuming and can be easily integrated into existing systems.