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Evaluation of cerebral arteriovenous malformation using ‘dual vessel fusion’ technology
  1. Liuqing Sheng1,2,
  2. Jun Li1,2,
  3. Huanhuan Li1,2,
  4. Guodong Li1,2,
  5. Gang Chen1,2,
  6. Weichu Xiang1,2,
  7. Qiang Wang1,2,
  8. Zhiqiang Gan1,2,
  9. Qi Sun3,
  10. Bing Yan3,
  11. Janina Beilner3,
  12. Lian-Ting Ma1,2
  1. 1Department of Neurosurgery, Wuhan General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Commend, PLA, Wuhan, China
  2. 2Institute for Neurosurgery of PLA, Wuhan, China
  3. 3Healthcare Sector, Siemens Ltd China, China
  1. Correspondence to Professor J Li, Department of Neurosurgery, Wuhan General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Commend, PLA, Wuhan 430070, China; lijun_whjz{at}hotmail.com

Abstract

Aim This study explored the value of using a vessel fusion technique for visualizing and evaluating the vessel structure of patients diagnosed with arteriovenous malformations (AVMs).

Materials and methods 10 patients with AVMs supplied by multiple cerebral arteries were investigated. The three-dimensional structure of the AVM nidus, feeding arteries, and draining veins were reconstructed from rotational angiographic images and then displayed on a single image in a fused manner.

Results In the vessel fusion image, the tangled cluster of vessels surrounding the AVMs could be clearly visualized in three-dimensional space from a selected optimal viewing angle. Each AVM nidus component with its specific feeding arteries and venous drainage could be accurately identified.

Conclusions The vessel fusion technique offered detailed anatomical information that enabled clinicians to better understand the AVM structure, which helped with treatment planning.

  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Artery
  • Angiography

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