Novel Dynamic Four-Dimensional CT Angiography Revealing 2-Type Motions of Cerebral Arteries
Background and Purpose—We developed a novel dynamic 4-dimensional CT angiography to accurately evaluate dynamics in cerebral aneurysm.
Methods—Dynamic 4-dimensional CT angiography achieved high-resolution 3-dimensional imaging with temporal resolution in a beating heart using dynamic scanning data sets reconstructed with a retrospective simulated R-R interval reconstruction algorithm.
Results—Movie artifacts disappeared on dynamic 4-dimensional CT angiography movies of 2 kinds of stationary phantoms (titanium clips and dry bone). In the virtual pulsating aneurysm model, pulsation on the dynamic 4-dimensional CT angiography movie resembled actual movement in terms of pulsation size. In a clinical study, dynamic 4-dimensional CT angiography showed 2-type motions: pulsation and anatomic positional changes of the cerebral artery.
Conclusions—This newly developed 4-dimensional visualizing technique may deliver some clues to clarify the pathophysiology of cerebral aneurysms.
- Received July 13, 2010.
- Revision received September 10, 2010.
- Accepted September 29, 2010.
- © 2011 American Heart Association, Inc.