The degree of angulation of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) has emerged as an important factor in assessing eligibility for endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). The authors developed an automatic algorithm that reduces variability of measurement of aortoiliac angulation. For highly structured manual methods, intraobserver variability was 8.2 degrees ± 5.0 (31% ± 20) and interobserver variability was 5.6 degrees ± 2.5 (20% ± 9.1) compared with 0.6 degrees ± 0.8 (2.2% ± 3.6) (intraobserver) and 0.4 degrees ± 0.4 (1.4% ± 1.9) (interobserver) for the automatic algorithm (P < .01). In phantoms, the automatically measured angles were equivalent to reference values (P < .05). This algorithm was also faster than manual methods and has the potential to enhance the clinical utility and reliability of computed tomographic angiography for preoperative assessment for EVAR.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine