Computed tomographic angiography of the coronary arteries: Techniques and applications

Thomas C. Gerber, Jerome F. Breen, Ronald S. Kuzo, Birgit Kantor, Eric E. Williamson, Robert E. Safford, Richard L. Morin

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Abstract

Computed tomographic coronary angiography (CT-CA) is a direct but minimally invasive method of visualizing coronary arteries. Multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) is currently the CT modality most commonly used for coronary artery imaging. MDCT has been successfully used to detect stenoses in coronary arteries and coronary artery bypass grafts and to assess congenital coronary anomalies. Patients should not undergo CT-CA with MDCT if they have an irregular heart rhythm, a heart rate greater than 70 beats/min, and contraindications to pharmacologic agents for heart rate control, or if they have severe coronary artery disease or are likely to require revascularization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-55
Number of pages14
JournalSeminars in Ultrasound, CT and MRI
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2006

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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    Gerber, T. C., Breen, J. F., Kuzo, R. S., Kantor, B., Williamson, E. E., Safford, R. E., & Morin, R. L. (2006). Computed tomographic angiography of the coronary arteries: Techniques and applications. Seminars in Ultrasound, CT and MRI, 27(1), 42-55. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.sult.2005.11.005