Comparison of observer performance with 16 mm cinefluorography and 70 mm camera fluorography in coronary arteriography

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      Clinical 16 mm cinefluorography and 70 mm camera fluorography were compared in 30 unselected patients undergoing coronary arteriography. Accuracy in detecting coronary arterial stenosis and collateral vessels and in assessing the degree of stenosis was similar with the two techniques. With both methods, there were significant inter- and intraobserver differences in estimating the degree of stenosis. These differences indicate that coronary arteriography is only a semiquantitative method for making decisions about treatment, prognosis and follow-up of patients. The use of more than one observer increases the likelihood that stenotic lesions will be detected. Interobserver variation in detecting collateral circulation is small.
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