© 2005

CT of the Heart

Principles and Applications

  • U. Joseph Schoepf

Part of the Contemporary Cardiology book series (CONCARD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction and Historical Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. William Stanford
      Pages 3-12
  3. Technical Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. David G. Hill
      Pages 15-21
    3. Bernd M. Ohnesorge, Brian R. Westerman, U. Joseph Schoepf
      Pages 23-43
    4. Marc Kachelriess, Willi A. Kalender
      Pages 55-62
    5. Cynthia H. McCollough
      Pages 63-68
  4. Detection and Quantification of Coronary Calcium

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Christopher J. O’Donnell, Udo Hoffmann
      Pages 71-77
    3. Axel Schmermund, Stefan Möhlenkamp, Raimund Erbel
      Pages 79-82
    4. Axel Schmermund, Stefan Möhlenkamp, Raimund Erbel
      Pages 83-89
    5. Roman Fischbach, David Maintz
      Pages 111-127
    6. Stefan Ulzheimer, Kaiss Shanneik, Willi A. Kalender
      Pages 129-141
  5. Contrast-Enhanced CT of the Heart

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Reinhard Groell
      Pages 145-153
    3. Jürgen K. Willmann, Dominik Weishaupt
      Pages 155-160

About this book


The introduction of fast ECG-synchronized computed tomography (CT) techniques enables imaging of the heart with a combination of speed and spatial resolution unparalleled by other noninvasive imaging modalities. Applying these modalities for the evaluation of coronary artery disease is a topic of active current research. Coronary artery calcium measurements are investigated as a marker for cardiac risk stratification. With contrast-enhanced CT coronary angiography, coronary arteries can be visualized with unprecedented detail, so that noninvasive stenosis assessment appears within reach. With increasing accuracy CT enables evaluation of coronary artery bypass grafts and stents. The cross-sectional nature of CT may to some degree allow noninvasive assessment of the coronary artery wall. CT for evaluating cardiac perfusion, motion, and viability is being investigated.
In CT of the Heart, leading radiologists, cardiologists, physicists, engineers, and basic and clinical scientists from around the world survey the full scope of current developments, research, and scientific controversy regarding principles and applications of cardiac CT. Richly illustrated with numerous black-and-white and color images, the book discusses the interpretation of CT of the heart in a variety of clinical, physiologic, and pathologic applications. The authors emphasize current state-of-the-art uses of computed tomography, but also examine emerging developments at the horizon. They review the technical basis of CT image acquisition as well as the tools for image visualization and analysis.
Meticulous and comprehensive, CT of the Heart authoritatively defines the current status of computed tomography of the heart, offering a truly balanced view of its technology, applications, significance, and future potential.


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Editors and affiliations

  • U. Joseph Schoepf
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyMedical University of South CarolinaCharleston

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title CT of the Heart
  • Book Subtitle Principles and Applications
  • Editors U. Joseph Schoepf
  • Series Title Contemporary Cardiology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press Inc. 2005
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-58829-303-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-61737-481-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-59259-818-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 407
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Imaging / Radiology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals


From the reviews:

"The entire contents-from the introduction about the past, present, and future of CT of the heart through the technical underpinning of the method, and through various clinical, physiologic, an d pathologic applications of CT in studying the heart-art meticulous and comprehensive. This book fills and immense need"-Foreword by Alexander R. Margulis, MD, DSc., Weill Medical College of Cornell University

"...state-of-the-art text on computed tomography of the heart." - Texas Heart Institute Journal

"This excellent, new, profusely illustrated book demonstrates state-of-the-art imaging of the heart and also provides appropriate comparisons with the results from magentic resonance and ultrasound imaging methofs." - Comprehensive Therapy

"This book on a hot topic contains 38 chapters by 62 contributors. The illustrations are superb. The book will be very useful for those in this field." (American Journal of Cardiology, June, 2007)