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Pediatr Nephrol. 2006 May;21(5):677-82. Epub 2006 Mar 7.

Electron-beam CT as a diagnostic modality in pediatric nephrology and renal transplant surgery.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Illinois at Chicago, 840 South Wood Street, Room 1438 CSB, Chicago, IL 60612-7324, USA.


Electron-beam computed tomography is an imaging technology with a variety of medical applications, primarily in cardiology due to its sub-second acquisition time enabling visualization of a beating heart. Recently, this technique has also been introduced into other fields because of lower radiation exposure compared to traditional computed tomography, as well as the strengths of post-procedural three-dimensional visualization. This report evaluates electron-beam computed tomography as a diagnostic modality in pediatric nephrology patients. Seven patients reflecting typical clinical scenarios in pediatric nephrology were reviewed with regard to the value of electron-beam computed tomography and its contribution to the diagnostic workup. Electron-beam computed tomography is noninvasive and allows three-dimensional post-processing, enabling highly accurate images while requiring less radiation and acquisition time. It is very useful for clinical questions that require a detailed description of vascular and renal anatomy.

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