Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 11–25 | Cite as

Pediatric thoracic CT angiography

  • Donald P. FrushEmail author
  • J. René Herlong


One of the principal benefits of contemporary multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT) has been the ability to obtain high-quality data sets for evaluation of the cardiovascular system. The benefits of the greater number of detector rows and submillimeter image thicknesses were quickly recognized and are especially advantageous in children. For example, since imaging is performed so quickly, issues with motion are minimized. This is a substantial benefit of CTA compared with MR imaging, the traditional noninvasive cross sectional modality for pediatric cardiovascular imaging. This, together with faster and more powerful computers, including improved transfer and storage capabilities, offers improved depiction of the heart, great vessels, other vasculature, and adjacent intrathoracic structures in a fashion that is well accepted by clinical colleagues. In order to be successful, however, one must have an understanding of the technology and often unique technical considerations in infants and children. With this familiarity, excellent cardiovascular examinations can be performed even in the most challenging case.


CT angiography Multidetector row computed tomography Cardiovascular system 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Pediatric Radiology, 1905 McGovern-Davison Children’s Health Center, Department of RadiologyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of PediatricsDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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