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A Journal on Heart and Vascular Diseases

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Angiology and Vascular Pathology
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Minerva Cardioangiologica 2009 August;57(4):495-509

language: English

Cardiac CT in 2009

Burgstahler C. 1, Brodoefel H. 2, Schroeder S. 3

1 Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Sports Medicine, Eberhard-Karls-University, Tuebingen, Germany
2 Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Eberhard-Karls-University, Tuebingen. Germany
3 Klinikum am Eichert, Goeppingen, Germany


Multislice computed tomography is an emerging diagnostic modality in cardiology practice. Within the last decade a rapid technical evolution from 4-slice scanners to 64-slice and – meanwhile 320-slice – scanners which faster gantry rotation time has taken place. These advances as well as improved post-processing tools account for a stabilization of image quality and allow assessing cardiac structures with high spatial and temporal resolution. Moreover, dedicated acquisition techniques have been employed to reduce radiation exposure to a minimum. Today cardiac computed tomography is not only able to depict the coronary arteries, but to get reliable information about cardiac function and cardiac structure. This review focuses on present clinical indications and future application of multi-slice computed tomography in clinical cardiology.

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