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- Received December 26, 1985
- Revision received April 2, 1986
- Accepted April 16, 1986
- Published online September 1, 1986.
- Timothy M. Bateman, MD, FACC*,1,
- Richard J. Gray, MD, FACC1,
- James S. Whiting, PhD1,
- Jack M. Matloff, MD, FACC1,
- Daniel S. Berman, MD, FACC1 and
- James S. Forrester, MD, FACC1
- ↵*Address for reprints: Timothy M. Bateman, MD, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 8700 Beverly Boulevard, Room 6215, Los Angeles, California 90048.
Evaluation of the patency of coronary bypass grafts has previously required hospitalization for invasive angiography. This report of three cases documents the unique capability of cardiac cine computed tomography to easily and accurately define coronary bypass graft patency. In each case, the findings altered therapeutic decisions. This early experience justifies wider application of this technique and suggests that it may eliminate the need for diagnostically motivated graft angiography. Large scale studies to establish the sensitivity and specificity of cardiac cine computed tomography for determining graft patency are indicated.
- Received December 26, 1985.
- Revision received April 2, 1986.
- Accepted April 16, 1986.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation