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Multidetector computed tomography sizing of aortic annulus prior to transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR): Variability and impact of observer experience

Abstract : PURPOSE: To evaluate intra- and inter-observer variability of multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) sizing of the aortic annulus before transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and the effect of observer experience, aortic valve calcification and image quality. METHODS: MDCT examinations of 52 consecutive patients with tricuspid aortic valve (30 women, 22 men) with a mean age of 83±7 (SD) years (range: 64-93 years) were evaluated retrospectively. The maximum and minimum diameters, area and circumference of the aortic annulus were measured twice at diastole and systole with a standardized approach by three independent observers with different levels of experience (expert [observer 1]; resident with intensive 6 months practice [observer 2]; trained resident with starting experience [observer 3]). Observers were requested to recommend the valve prosthesis size. Calcification volume of the aortic valve and signal to noise ratio were evaluated. RESULTS: Intra- and inter-observer reproducibility was excellent for all aortic annulus dimensions, with an intraclass correlation coefficient ranging respectively from 0.84 to 0.98 and from 0.82 to 0.97. Agreement for selection of prosthesis size was almost perfect between the two most experienced observers (k=0.82) and substantial with the inexperienced observer (k=0.67). Aortic valve calcification did not influence intra-observer reproducibility. Image quality influenced reproducibility of the inexperienced observer. CONCLUSION: Intra- and inter-observer variability of aortic annulus sizing by MDCT is low. Nevertheless, the less experienced observer showed lower reliability suggesting a learning curve.
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S. Le Couteulx, J. Caudron, B. Dubourg, G. Cauchois, M. Dupré, et al.. Multidetector computed tomography sizing of aortic annulus prior to transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR): Variability and impact of observer experience. Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging, Elsevier, 2017, 99 (5), pp.279-289. ⟨10.1016/j.diii.2017.12.007⟩. ⟨inserm-02457269⟩

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