Automated analysis of coronary artery disease by computed tomography

Juan Gaztanaga, Mario J. Garcia

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Computer-assisted detection systems are widely used in many areas of radiology. Coronary computed tomography angiography is a growing area of clinical cardiology and computer-assisted detection systems play an integral part in analysis. Truly automated systems are still in clinical-trial stages, but manually assisted programs are in clinical use today for calcium scoring as well as plaque burden, composition, and stenosis analysis. They are being used as a tool for confirmation more than for diagnosis. Accurate plaque-composition analysis would be a critical tool for better understanding the mechanisms and effectiveness of novel therapies for coronary atherosclerosis. A need for a complete quick, safe, noninvasive plaque analysis is the goal of automated coronary stenosis detection systems; however, their potential clinical benefit remains unknown.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-301
Number of pages7
JournalMount Sinai Journal of Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012


  • Calcium scoring
  • Computer-assisted detection system
  • Coronary atherosclerosis
  • Coronary computer tomography angiography
  • Plaque analysis
  • Plaque burden
  • Plaque composition
  • Stenosis analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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