Coronary CT Angiography Derived Fractional Flow Reserve: The Game Changer in Noninvasive Testing

Bjarne Linde Nørgaard*, Jesper Møller Jensen, Philipp Blanke, Niels Peter Sand, Mark Rabbat, Jonathon Leipsic

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Abstract

Purpose of Review: To summarize the scientific basis of CT derived fractional flow reserve (FFRCT) and present an updated review on the evidence from clinical trials and real-world observational data Recent Findings: In prospective multicenter studies of patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD), FFRCT showed high diagnostic performance. More recently, FFRCT has advanced to the realm of clinical utility and real-world clinical practice with emerging data showing that FFRCT when compared to standard care is efficient in safely reducing downstream utilization of invasive coronary angiography (ICA), and costs, as well as improving the diagnostic yield of ICA. Moreover, FFRCT may broaden applicability of frontline coronary CTA testing to patients with high pre-test risk of CAD. Summary: Introducing FFRCT into clinical practice has the potential to significantly improve the management of patients with stable CAD. The optimal FFRCT testing interpretation strategy, as well as the relative cost-efficiency of FFRCT against standard noninvasive functional testing, need further investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112
JournalCurrent Cardiology Reports
Volume19
Number of pages10
ISSN1523-3782
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22. Sep 2017

Keywords

  • Coronary artery disease
  • coronary computed tomography angiography
  • fractional flow reserve
  • Coronary Artery Disease/diagnostic imaging
  • Fractional Flow Reserve, Myocardial
  • Multicenter Studies as Topic
  • Prospective Studies
  • Humans
  • Computed Tomography Angiography/economics
  • Coronary Angiography/economics

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