Danish study of Non-Invasive Testing in Coronary Artery Disease 3 (Dan-NICAD 3): Study design of a controlled study on optimal diagnostic strategy

Simon Winther, Laust Dupont Rasmussen, Jelmer Westra, Salma Raghad Karim Abdulzahra, Jonathan Nørtoft Dahl, Lars Christian Gormsen, Evald Høj Christiansen, Gitte Stokvad Brix, Jesper Mortensen, June Anita Ejlersen, Hanne Maare Søndergaard, Nicolaj Christopher Lyng Hansson, Niels Ramsing Holm, Lars Lyhne Knudsen, Ashkan Eftekhari, Peter L Møller, Palle Duun Rohde, Mette Nyegaard, Morten Böttcher

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INTRODUCTION: Current guideline recommend functional imaging for myocardial ischaemia if coronary CT angiography (CTA) has shown coronary artery disease (CAD) of uncertain functional significance. However, diagnostic accuracy of selective myocardial perfusion imaging after coronary CTA is currently unclear. The Danish study of Non-Invasive testing in Coronary Artery Disease 3 trial is designed to evaluate head to head the diagnostic accuracy of myocardial perfusion imaging with positron emission tomography (PET) using the tracers 82Rubidium (82Rb-PET) compared with oxygen-15 labelled water PET (15O-water-PET) in patients with symptoms of obstructive CAD and a coronary CT scan with suspected obstructive CAD.

METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This prospective, multicentre, cross-sectional study will include approximately 1000 symptomatic patients without previous CAD. Patients are included after referral to coronary CTA. All patients undergo a structured interview and blood is sampled for genetic and proteomic analysis and a coronary CTA. Patients with possible obstructive CAD at coronary CTA are examined with both 82Rb-PET, 15O-water-PET and invasive coronary angiography with three-vessel fractional flow reserve and thermodilution measurements of coronary flow reserve. After enrolment, patients are followed with Seattle Angina Questionnaires and follow-up PET scans in patients with an initially abnormal PET scan and for cardiovascular events in 10 years.

ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: Ethical approval was obtained from Danish regional committee on health research ethics. Written informed consent will be provided by all study participants. Results of this study will be disseminated via articles in international peer-reviewed journal.


TidsskriftOpen Heart
StatusUdgivet - jul. 2023


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