Through-Plane Movement at Multiple Aortic Levels on Dynamic Computed Tomography Angiography Is Limited in Patients With an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Jeroen C de Jonge, Herman J A Zandvoort, Evert-Jan P A Vonken, Frans L Moll, JA van Herwaarden

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To analyze the movement of the aorta in the craniocaudal direction (through-plane movement) during the cardiac cycle at several levels to determine any potential impact on endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).

METHODS: For this study, 30 patients (median age 73.0 years; 27 men) with an infrarenal AAA were randomly selected from a prospectively maintained EVAR database. All patients had undergone preoperative electrocardiogram-gated computed tomography angiography consisting of 8 phases. After semiautomatic segmentation, a 3-dimensional location probe was placed in the center of the aorta (center point) on the orthogonal slices at 12 different levels along the aorta and iliac arteries for all 8 phases. Movement of the center point during the cardiac cycle was analyzed for each level. Values are given as the median and interquartile range (IQR).

RESULTS: The median through-plane movement of all levels was 3.0 mm (IQR 2.8-3.2) and appeared to be lower in the region of the celiac and renal arteries: 2.6 mm (IQR 1.7-3.1) at 3 cm proximal to the most distal renal artery and 2.4 mm (IQR 1.9-2.9) at 1 cm distal to the most distal renal artery, respectively. The thoracic part of the aorta showed the largest through-plane motion: 4.1 mm (IQR 2.7-4.6).

CONCLUSION: This study quantifies aortic through-plane motion in the craniocaudal direction. Since through-plane movement appears to be limited, findings of previous studies investigating pulsatile in-plane distension seem to be representative for aortic distension.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)765-9
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Endovascular Therapy
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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