CT of Cardiac and Paracardiac Masses

  • Harold Goerne
  • Prabhakar Rajiah
Part of the Contemporary Medical Imaging book series (CMI)


There is a broad spectrum of cardiac and paracardiac masses, which includes nonneoplastic as well as neoplastic lesions, both benign and malignant lesions. In addition, there are several normal variants that may mimic masses. CT scan has become an important imaging modality in the evaluation of these cardiac and paracardiac masses due to several advantages such as high spatial resolution, good temporal resolution, wide field of view, and multiplanar reconstruction capabilities. It is particularly valuable in patients who have contraindications for undergoing MRI. CT is ideal for detection of calcifications and evaluation of vascular supply in cardiac masses. In this article, we review the role of CT in the evaluation of cardiac and paracardiac masses.


CT of cardiology Masses of the heart Tumors of the heart Neoplasm of the heart Myxoma Metastasis of the cardiac tumors Thrombus Paracardiac masses 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harold Goerne
    • 1
  • Prabhakar Rajiah
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Cardiothoracic Imaging, UT Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA
  2. 2.Department of Radiology, Cardiothoracic Imaging DivisionUT Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA

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