In recent years coronary computed tomography (CT) has developed as a spectacular non-invasive technique to visualize the coronary arteries and its manifestations of coronary atherosclerosis. The coronary CT scanner has rapidly evolved from the initial 4-and 16-slice CT scanners, to the now considered state-of-the-art 64-slice CT scanners, while 256- and 320-slice CT-prototype scanners have now been introduced for clinical evaluation. It is expected that the CT technique will further evolve and eventually will become of sufficient diagnostic quality that it may replace invasive coronary angiography (CA) to reliably assess both non-obstructive and obstructive coronary lesions.
Chapter. 6473 words. Illustrated.
Subjects: Radiology ; Cardiovascular Medicine
Full text: subscription required