Coronary CT Angiography to Guide Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Georgios Tzimas, Gaurav S. Gulsin, Hidenobu Takagi, Niya Mileva, Jeroen Sonck, Olivier Muller, Jonathon A. Leipsic, Carlos Collet

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Coronary CT angiography (CCTA) has emerged as a powerful noninvasive tool for characterizing the presence, extent, and severity of coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with stable angina. Recent technological advancements in CT scanner hardware and software have augmented the rich information that can be derived from a single CCTA study. Beyond merely identifying the presence of CAD and assessing stenosis severity, CCTA now allows for the identification and characterization of plaques, lesion length, and fluoroscopic angle optimization, as well as enables the assessment of the physiologic extent of stenosis through CT-derived fractional flow reserve, and may even allow for the prediction of the response to revascularization. These and other features make CCTA capable of not only guiding invasive coronary angiography referral, but also give it the unique ability to help plan coronary intervention. This review summarizes current and future applications of CCTA in procedural planning for percutaneous coronary intervention, provides rationale for wider integration of CCTA in the workflow of the interventional cardiologist, and details how CCTA may help improve patient care and clinical outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere210171
JournalRadiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • CT Angiography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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