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Multidetector computed tomographic angiography of the cardiovascular system
  1. Joshua Burrill1,
  2. Zaid Dabbagh2,
  3. Frank Gollub1,
  4. Mohamed Hamady1
  1. 1
    Department of Interventional Radiology, St Marys Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2
    Department of Radiology, Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield, Middlesex, UK
  1. Dr Joshua Burrill, Department of Interventional Radiology, St Marys Hospital, Praed Street, London W2 1NY, UK; medicine{at}burrill.demon.co.uk

Abstract

The introduction of multidetector computed tomography MDCT is considered a dramatic development in CT imaging that has direct implication in the imaging of various systems, in particular the cardiovascular system. The advantages of MDCT are an enormous increase in imaging acquisition speed, more coverage of the patient, and high spatial resolution. This article reviews the recent developments in CT angiography and discusses the clinical application relevant to diagnosis and endovascular treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

  • spiral computed tomography
  • multidetector CT
  • angiography
  • cardiovascular system
  • radiology

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  • Funding: None

  • Competing interests: None

  • Abbreviations:
    ALARA
    as low as reasonably achievable
    CTA
    computed tomographic angiography
    DSA
    digital subtraction angiography
    DUS
    Doppler ultrasound
    EBCT
    electron beam computed tomography
    MDCT
    multidetector computed tomography
    MIP
    maximum intensity projection
    MPR
    multiplanar reconstruction
    MRA
    magnetic resonance angiography
    PE
    pulmonary embolism
    PVD
    peripheral vascular disease
    RAS
    renal artery stenoses
    SPECT
    single photon emission computed tomography
    SSD
    surface shaded display
    VDR
    vessel density ratio
    VQ
    ventilationperfusion
    VRT
    volume rendering technique

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