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Maximizing dose reductions with cardiac CT

  • Author(s): Budoff, Matthew J.
  • et al.

Multidetector computed tomography has come a long way in a short time, quickly becoming a standard tool in the cardiac imaging armamentarium. The promise of plaque imaging, combined with both anatomical visualization and stenosis detection, has made this a preferred first line test of many cardiologists and radiologists. This test is well suited to rule out coronary artery disease (obstruction) and still diagnosing subclinical plaque, with may be a good target for anti-atherosclerotic therapies. There has been recent criticism against CT imaging, and cardiac CT specifically, due to the high radiation doses that being employed. New advances have allowed for dramatic dose reductions. These include more routinely performed methods such as dose modulation, and newer methods such as prospective gating or minimizing the field of view. This paper will review the different applications to reduce cardiac CT radiation doses to nominal levels, potentially expanding the applications of cardiac CT by removing one of the biggest barriers.

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