The aim of this study was to compare the ability of conventional versus computed tomography angiography (CTA) to predictprocedural success and 30-min wire crossing rates in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for chronic total occlusion (CTO) lesions.
Coronary CTA can be used to assess the morphology of CTO lesions.
We examined 205 consecutive patients (218 CTO lesions) who underwent coronary CTA pre-PCI. The J-CTO (Multicenter CTO Registry of Japan) score (the sum of the following 5 binary parameters: blunt proximal cap, calcification, bending >45°, and length of occluded segment >20 mm plus previously failed PCI attempt) was calculated using both CTA and conventional coronary angiography and compared.
The median patient age was 69 years (interquartile range: 62 to 75 years), 82.4% were male, and a retrograde approach was attempted in 72 (33.0%) cases. The procedural success rate of the CTO-PCI procedures was 82.6%, and 29.4% of cases achieved 30-min wire crossing. The areas under the curve of the CTA-derived J-CTO score for predicting procedural success and 30-min wire crossing were significantly greater than those derived from conventional angiography (0.855 vs. 0.698; p < 0.001 for procedural success and 0.812 vs. 0.692; p < 0.001, for 30-min wire crossing). In addition, the areas under the curve of CTA-derived evaluations of calcification, bending, and occlusion length were significantly higher than those of derived from angiography for predicting procedural success.
The CTA-derived J-CTO score was a more useful predictor of both procedural success and 30-min wire crossing than the J-CTO score derived from conventional angiography.