The objective of this study was to assess the efficacy and clinical value of 64-slice computed tomography angiography (CTA) with image fusion for demonstrating the perigastric venous anatomy.
Twenty-six patients with gastric cancer underwent abdominal CTA examinations. Computed tomography angiography of stomach and perigastric veins and arteries were reconstructed and fused using volume-rendering technique. The inflow and courses of perigastric veins as well as the spatial relationship among the perigastric veins, arteries, and stomach were compared with surgery.
Compared with surgical findings, the visualization rate of the 7 perigastric veins on CTA was 90.9% to 100%. There was a statistically significant decrease in number of short gastric veins identified on CTA compared with surgery (P = 0.004). There was no statistically significant difference between the 2 modalities in detecting other perigastric veins including the left gastric vein, right gastric vein, right gastroepiploic vein, left gastroepiploic vein, posterior gastric vein, and gastrocolic trunk (P = 0.317, P = 0.157, P = 1, P = 1, P = 0.317, P = 1, respectively).
Sixty-four–slice CTA with image fusion clearly depicts most of perigastric veins and their relationship with the stomach and perigastric arteries. It can facilitate gastrectomy.
From the *Department of Radiology, The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China; and †Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Sault Area Hospital.
Received for publication October 26, 2012; accepted November 13, 2012.
Reprints: CanHui Sun, MD, Department of Radiology, The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-Sen University, 58 Zhongshan Rd 2nd, Guangzhou 510080, China (e-mail: email@example.com).
Co–first authors Drs Li and Chu contributed equally to this research.
There is no conflict of interest or source of funding in this study.