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Basic Res Cardiol. 2008 Mar;103(2):161-73. doi: 10.1007/s00395-008-0699-y.

Imaging of the heart with computed tomography.

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  • 1Siemens Medical Solutions, Forchheim, Germany.

Abstract

Imaging of the heart with computed tomography (CT) was already introduced in the 1980Is and has meanwhile entered clinical routine as a consequence of the rapid evolution of CT technology during the last decade. In this review article, we give an overview on the technology and clinical performance of different CT-scanner generations used for cardiac imaging, such as Electron Beam CT (EBCT), single-slice CT und multi-detector row CT (MDCT) with 4, 16 and 64 simultaneously acquired slices. We identify the limitations of current CT-scanners, indicate potential of improvement and discuss alternative system concepts such as CT with area detectors and dual source CT (DSCT).

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