Network-Based Approach for Modeling and Analyzing Coronary Angiography

Babak Ravandi 1 and Arash Ravandi 2 1 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Network Science Institute, Center for Complex Network Research, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115, USA2 MD, Devision of Orthopeadic Rheumatology, Friedrich–Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Waldkrankenhaus Erlangen, 91054 Erlangen, Germany11th International Conference on Complex Networks (CompleNet 2020). [conference] [arXiv] [Research Gate]

Significant intra-observer and inter-observer variability in the interpretation of coronary angiograms are reported. This variability is in part due to the common practices that rely on performing visual inspections by specialists (e.g., the thickness of coronaries). Quantitative Coronary Angiography (QCA) approaches are emerging to minimize observer's error and furthermore perform predictions and analysis on angiography images. However, QCA approaches suffer from the same problem as they mainly rely on performing visual inspections by utilizing image processing techniques.

In this work, we propose an approach to model and analyze the entire cardiovascular tree as a complex network derived from coronary angiography images. This approach enables to analyze the graph structure of coronary arteries. We conduct the assessments of network integration, degree distribution, and controllability on a healthy and a diseased coronary angiogram. Through our discussion and assessments, we propose modeling the cardiovascular system as a complex network is an essential phase to fully automate the interpretation of coronary angiographic images. We show how network science can provide a new perspective to look at coronary angiograms.

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