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Cardiac CT: Contemporary Clinical Image Data Display, Analysis, and Quantification

  • Moritz H. Albrecht
  • Marwen Eid
  • Pal Spruill SuranyiEmail author
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Part of the Contemporary Medical Imaging book series (CMI)

Abstract

One of the most significant breakthroughs in cardiac CT imaging was being able to acquire isotropic resolution datasets with sufficient temporal resolution to take “snapshots” of this dynamic, ever-moving organ. Isotropic three-dimensional (3D) datasets acquired with either prospective triggering or retrospective gating, and further complicated by the dimension of time within the cardiac cycle, effectively yielding four-dimensional (4D) datasets, allow for a variety of post-processing techniques useful for advanced visualization of cardiovascular anatomy and pathology. Some of these techniques are fancy, colorful, and eye-pleasing or just serve as an aid to student or patient education, but others have become a crucial part of our clinical routine when evaluating cardiac CT images and discussing findings with non-radiology physicians.

Keywords

Cardiac CT Isotropic resolution datasets in cardiac CT 3D volume rendering techniques Segmentation of the heart in cardiac CT Multi-planar reformatting images in cardiac CT Coronary artery calcium scoring Plaque composition analysis 

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© Humana Press 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Moritz H. Albrecht
    • 1
  • Marwen Eid
    • 2
  • Pal Spruill Suranyi
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic and Interventional RadiologyUniversity Hospital FrankfurtFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.Division of Cardiovascular Imaging, Department of Radiology and Radiological ScienceMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA
  3. 3.Division of CardiologyDepartment of Medicine, Medical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA

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