Imaging of peripheral arteries by 16-row multidetector computed tomography angiography: a feasible tool?

Original article


Mishra A, Bhaktarahalli JN, Ehtuish EF.

Department of Radiology, National Organ Transplant Program, Tripoli, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Libya.

Eur J Radiol. 2007 Mar;61(3):528-33.


OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of multidetector (16-row) computed tomography (MDCT) in imaging the upper and lower limb arterial tree in trauma and peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD). METHODS: Thirty-three patients underwent MDCT angiography (MDCTA) of the upper or the lower limb on 16-row MDCT scanner between November, 2004 and July, 2005. The findings were compared with the surgical outcome in cases with trauma and suspected arterial injuries or color Doppler correlation was obtained for patients of PAOD. RESULTS: MDCTA allowed a comprehensive diagnostic work-up in all trauma cases with suspected arterial injuries. In the 23 cases of PAOD, MDCT adequately demonstrated the presence of stenosis or occlusion, its degree and extent, the presence of collaterals and plaques. CONCLUSION: Our experience of CT angiography (CTA) with 16-row MDCT scanner has clearly demonstrated its efficacy as a promising, new, fast, accurate, safe and non-invasive imaging modality of choice in cases of trauma with suspected arterial injuries and as a useful screening modality in cases of PAOD for diagnosis and for grading.

Keywords: Multidetector CT angiography; Peripheral arterial occlusive disease; Catheter angiography