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CT Imaging of Coronary Arteries

  • Michele Porcu
  • Marco Francone
  • Giovanni Maria Argiolas
  • Giuseppe Cannavale
  • Mario Piga
  • Jasjit S. Suri
  • Iacopo Carbone
  • Carlo Catalano
  • Luca SabaEmail author

Abstract

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in Europe and in the USA, representing high sanitary costs for insurance and national health systems. Coronary angiography is still the gold standard for the real-time visualisation and assessment of coronary circle and a fundamental interventional tool for intravascular thrombolysis and stenting placement procedures, but nowadays a new imaging modality has emerged as reference technique for the diagnostic assessment of the coronary: CT angiography (CTA). This technique allows a non-invasive examination of the coronaries, including the evaluation of vessel lumen, the conditions of the coronary walls, the plaque type and morphology, and the relationships between the vessels and the heart. CTA has become a very important instrument to evaluate coronary arteries in particular for those symptomatic patients with a low-intermediate risk for CAD. In this chapter we present the state of the art of CTA of coronary arteries.

Keywords

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Left Anterior Descend Right Coronary Artery Coronary Artery Calcium Score Vessel Lumen 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michele Porcu
    • 1
  • Marco Francone
    • 2
  • Giovanni Maria Argiolas
    • 3
  • Giuseppe Cannavale
    • 2
  • Mario Piga
    • 4
  • Jasjit S. Suri
    • 5
  • Iacopo Carbone
    • 2
  • Carlo Catalano
    • 2
  • Luca Saba
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.University of CagliariCagliariItaly
  2. 2.Department of Radiology, Oncology and PathologyLa Sapienza UniversityRomeItaly
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyAzienda Ospedaliero Brotzu (A.O.B.)CagliariItaly
  4. 4.Department of RadiologyAzienda Ospedaliero Universitaria (A.O.U.)CagliariItaly
  5. 5.AtheroPoint LLCRosevilleUSA

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