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- Received October 5, 2007
- Revision received October 14, 2007
- Accepted October 17, 2007
- Published online January 1, 2008.
- Laurens F. Tops, MD⁎,⁎ (, )
- Subramaniam C. Krishnàn, MD†,
- Joanne D. Schuijf, MSc⁎,
- Martin J. Schalij, MD, PhD⁎ and
- Jeroen J. Bax, MD, PhD, FACC⁎,1
- ↵⁎Reprint requests and correspondence:
Dr. Laurens F. Tops, Department of Cardiology, Leiden University Medical Center, Albinusdreef 2, 2333 ZA Leiden, the Netherlands.
Multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT) has a high diagnostic accuracy to evaluate coronary artery stenoses. Additionally, the 4-dimensional aspect of cardiac MDCT allows a comprehensive evaluation of cardiac structure and function. Left ventricular volumes and systolic function can be accurately assessed with MDCT, and imaging of myocardial infarction is a promising application of cardiac MDCT. In addition, MDCT may provide anatomical visualization of heart valves. Also, evaluation of anatomy of the pulmonary veins and cardiac venous system render MDCT a valuable tool for the cardiologist performing electrophysiological procedures. In this article, the role of MDCT in the noninvasive evaluation of cardiac structure and function is discussed. An overview of the wide range of noncoronary applications of cardiac MDCT is provided, focusing on the assessment of left ventricular function, valvular heart disease, and cardiac venous anatomy.
- Received October 5, 2007.
- Revision received October 14, 2007.
- Accepted October 17, 2007.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation
- Cardiac Function Assessment With MDCT
- Assessment of Valvular Anatomy With MDCT
- Assessment of Left Atrium and Pulmonary Vein Anatomy
- Assessment of Coronary Venous Anatomy With MDCT
- Assessment of Cardiac Morphology: Specific Conditions
- Assessment of Surrounding Structures