The purpose of this study was to determine the prognostic value of myocardial perfusion CT for major adverse cardiac events (MACE).
MATERIALS AND METHODS:
Data from six centers in Asia, Europe, and North America on 144 patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease who had undergone coronary CT angiography (CCTA) and dynamic myocardial perfusion CT with a dual-source CT system were analyzed. CCTA studies were acquired at rest. Dynamic myocardial perfusion CT was performed under vasodilator stress. CCTA data were evaluated for the presence of coronary artery stenosis (≥ 50% luminal narrowing) on a per-vessel basis. Myocardial perfusion CT data were qualitatively evaluated for perfusion defects in each vessel territory. Patient follow-up was performed 6, 12, and 18 months after imaging. The prognostic value of CT findings was assessed with Kaplan-Meier statistics and the multivariate Cox proportional hazards regression model.
According to the CCTA findings, 62 of 144 patients (43.1%) had at least one 50% or greater stenosis. According to the myocardial perfusion CT findings, 51 patients (35.4%) had one or more perfusion defects. Patients with at least one perfusion defect at myocardial perfusion CT were at increased risk of MACE (hazard ratio, 2.50; 95% CI, 1.34-4.65; p = 0.0040). This association remained significant after adjustment for age, sex, and clinical risk factors (hazard ratio, 2.41; 95% CI, 1.28-4.51; p = 0.0064) and after further adjustment for CCTA findings (hazard ratio, 2.03; 95% CI, 1.04-3.97; p = 0.0390). The number of territories with perfusion defects was strongly predictive of MACE with adjusted hazard ratios of 1.41, 3.44, and 4.76 for one, two, and three affected territories.
In assessment for future MACE, myocardial perfusion CT has incremental predictive value over clinical risk factors and detection of coronary artery stenosis with CCTA.