The standard non-invasive imaging technique used to assess the severity and extent of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA). However, manual grading of each patient's CCTA according to the CAD-Reporting and Data System (CAD-RADS) scoring is time-consuming and operator-dependent, especially in borderline cases. This work proposes a fully automated, and visually explainable, deep learning pipeline to be used as a decision support system for the CAD screening procedure. The pipeline performs two classification tasks: firstly, identifying patients who require further clinical investigations and secondly, classifying patients into subgroups based on the degree of stenosis, according to commonly used CAD-RADS thresholds.
Reference: CAD-RADS scoring of coronary CT angiography with Multi-Axis Vision Transformer: A clinically-inspired deep learning pipeline.
Gerbasi A, Dagliati A, Albi G, Chiesa M, Andreini D, Baggiano A, Mushtaq S, Pontone G, Bellazzi R, Colombo G. Comput Methods Programs Biomed. 2023 Dec 21;244:107989.