Thoracic application of multi-detector CT: A pictorial essay
Havva Kalkan 1 * , Kemal Odev 1, Necdet Poyraz 1, Niyazi Görmüş 2
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1 Department of Radiology, Necmettin Erbakan University Meram School of Medicine, Konya, Turkey
2 Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Necmettin Erbakan University Meram School of Medicine, Konya, Turkey.
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Multi-detector CT (MDCT) has considerable advantage over single-detector helical CT in the form of the shorter acquisition time, greater coverage and superior image resolution. It can be used to systematically evaluate the cardiovascular anatomy, morphologic features of thoracic vessels such as aorta, systemic veins and pulmonary vessels and relationship between the upper lobe bronchi and pulmonary arteries, coronary artery, valves, systemic veins. In diffuse lung diseases, this technique can increase nodule detection and help differentiate between small nodules and vessels. MDCT with three-dimensional (3D) volume rendering provides a unique perspective on thoracic anatomy and disease. MDCT allows shorter acquisition times, greater coverage and superior image resolution. In vascular imaging, this technique provides image quality that equals or surpasses that of conventional angiography. Its use has expanded to aid in diagnosis and surgical planning. In this article we present a pictorial review of the current applications of MDCT in diseases of the thorax.


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Article Type: Review Article

EUR J GEN MED, 2017 - Volume 14 Issue 4, pp. 103-107

Publication date: 12 Dec 2017

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