Neue wege der bildgebenden herzdiagnostik mit der elektronenstrahltomographie

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

Friedrich D Knollmann, R. Felix

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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.

Translated title of the contributionModern cardiac imaging with electron beam tomography
Original languageGerman
JournalZeitschrift fur Kardiologie
Volume89
Issue numberSUPPL. 7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Coronary disease
  • Electron beam computed tomography
  • Imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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