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Variability of quantitative coronary angiography: an evaluation of on-site versus core laboratory analysis

Variability of quantitative coronary angiography: an evaluation of on-site versus core laboratory analysis

International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging 19(6): 457-464

To assess the validity of locally performed off-line quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) measurement in clinical trials, we carried out a comparative study between on-site QCA analysis and analysis performed at an independent external core laboratory. One local operator analyzed the pre, post and follow-up angiograms of 116 patients participating in the Stenting in Small Coronary Arteries Study (SISCA) prior to final QCA analysis in the core laboratory. The mean values of the reference diameter (RD), minimal lumen diameter (MLD) and diameter stenosis (DS) showed acceptable agreement between study site and core laboratory. However, on the level of individuals the interobserver differences were large, affecting the outcome of restenosis rate significantly, and in a such way that the conclusions in the SISCA trial might have come out differently if a core laboratory had not been used. This emphasizes the importance of using independent core laboratories in coronary interventional trials.

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PMID: 14690184

DOI: 10.1023/b:caim.0000004327.52633.d2

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