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This article has been retracted as it is found to contain a substantial amount of material from the published paper “Value of multi-detector computed tomography angiography in predicting acute cardiac events in patients with type 2 diabetes” by Daliang Liu, Huijuan Jia, Wei Liu, Daqing Ma, Guangshan Tan, Wen He, Yucun Fu, and Le-Xin Wang published in Experimental Therapeutic Medicine in April 2014.

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  1. D. Liu, H. Jia, Y. Fu, W. He, and D. Ma, “Prognostic utility of coronary computed tomographic angiography: a 5-year follow-up in type 2 diabetes patients with suspected coronary artery disease,” Journal of Diabetes Research, vol. 2014, Article ID 103459, 7 pages, 2014.
Journal of Diabetes Research
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 103459, 7 pages
Clinical Study

Prognostic Utility of Coronary Computed Tomographic Angiography: A 5-Year Follow-Up in Type 2 Diabetes Patients with Suspected Coronary Artery Disease

1Department of Radiology, Beijing Friendship Hospital, Capital Medical University, 95 Yongan Road, Xicheng District, Beijing 100050, China
2Department of Radiology, Liaocheng People’s Hospital, 67 West-Dongchang Road, Liaocheng, Shandong 252000, China

Received 14 December 2013; Accepted 27 January 2014; Published 9 March 2014

Academic Editor: Keyur Parikh

Copyright © 2014 Daliang Liu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objectives. To analyze the predictive value of coronary computed tomography angiography on acute coronary artery events in patients with type 2 diabetes. Methods. Coronary computed tomography angiography was performed in 250 type 2 diabetic patients. After a follow-up for 5 years, 145 patients were excluded as they did not have any coronary events. The remaining 95 patients were divided into study group and control group. According to their density and shape, the coronary artery plaques were classified into 3 types and 4 types, respectively. Results. There is no statistically significant difference in the degree of stenosis between two groups. The proportion of calcified plaques in the study group was lower than in the control group. The proportion of mixed-calcified plaques in the study group was higher than in the other. Type III plaques have a 76.2% sensitivity and negative predictive value was 64.5% for acute coronary events; type IV plaques have a sensitivity of 52.6% and positive predictive value of 63% for chronic coronary events. Conclusions. CCTA may be used as a non-invasive modality for evaluating and predicting vulnerable coronary atherosclerosis plaques in patients with type 2 diabetes.