Physician visual assessment was associated with higher stenosis severity readings than quantitative coronary angiography for coronary lesions treated with PCI in China, according to data published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
“Over the past 2 decades, the decision to perform PCI has typically occurred at the time of angiography, which makes the accuracy of operator assessment particularly crucial,” Haibo Zhang, MD, from the National Clinical Research Center of Cardiovascular Diseases, State Key Laboratory of Cardiovascular Disease and Division of Cardiology at Fuwai Hospital and the National Center for Cardiovascular Diseases at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, and colleagues wrote. “Limitations in [physician visual assessment] accuracy have been described for decades with substantial, well-documented interobserver and intraobserver variability compared with computer-assisted methods.”
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