Neue wege der bildgebenden herzdiagnostik mit der elektronenstrahltomographie

Translated title of the contribution: Modern cardiac imaging with electron beam tomography

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Abstract

Electron beam computed tomography is a noninvasive imaging tool for diagnosing heart disease. The method offers new insights into coronary heart disease, because the quantification of coronary artery calcification provides a fast, low-risk and cost efficent estimation of coronary risk with greater prognostic power than traditional risk estimates. With intravenous administration of an x-ray contrast agent, EBCT can detect coronary artery stenoses more accurately than other noninvasive methods. The quantification of myocardial blood flow by EBCT represents a realistic alternative to other methods of assessing myocardial perfusion. High temporal resolution allows for detailed analysis of cardiac dynamics. Other applications include the work-up of cardiac masses, pericardial disease, and investigations of the great vessels. As a dedicated cardiac imaging tool, EBCT provides new insights into cardiac physiology and disease, and offers a quantitative approach to many diagnostic problems. Limited availability, radiation exposure, and the need for a iodinated contrast agent still make EBCT an accessory modality at this time.

Original languageGerman
JournalZeitschrift fur Kardiologie
Volume89
Issue numberSUPPL. 7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Coronary disease
  • Electron beam computed tomography
  • Imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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