Computed tomography of the heart and cardiovascular system continues to show an impressive and tremendously successful development. Technical improvements translate into new applications and enhanced diagnostic accuracy and the new diagnostic opportunities may potentially be beneficial for many individuals with known or suspected cardiovascular disease. In order to assure that the potential of cardiovascular CT will optimally be used for patient care, a continued, strong joint effort concerning education and training, further research, and advocacy will be necessary. The combined knowledge, experience, and input of all clinicians and researchers in the field will best serve that purpose. Cardiovascular Computed Tomography is the first textbook to cover the heart, cardiovascular and peripheral vascular systems and will provide the reader with the necessary background information to perform cardiac CT on symptomatic patients and asymptomatic individuals for the accurate assessment of underlying disease.
Section I: Introduction 1. History of Computed Tomography 2. Physics of and Approaches to Cardiovascular Computed Tomography 3. Radiation Dose in Computed Tomography Section II: Clinical Cardiovascular Computed Tomography 4. Cardiovascular Computed Tomography: A Clinical Perspective 5. Computed Tomographic Anatomy of the Heart 6. Pathology of Coronary Artery Atherosclerosis: Aspects Relevant to Cardiac Imaging 7. Complementary Roles of Computed Tomography and Myocardial Perfusion Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) Section III: Coronary Artery Calcium Scanning 8. Measurement of Coronary Artery Calcium by Computed Tomography 9. Coronary Calcium Scanning for the Prediction of Coronary Stenoses in Symptomatic Patients 10. Coronary Artery Calcification and Prediction of Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events 11. Progression of Coronary Artery Calcium and its Pharmacologic Modification Section IV: Computed Tomographic Coronary Angiography 12. How To Perform and Interpret Computed Tomographic Coronary Angiography 13. Computed Tomographic Angiography for the Detection of Coronary Artery Stenoses 14. Computed Tomographic Coronary Angiography of Coronary Artery Anomalies 15. Non-invasive Evaluation of Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts with Multislice Computed Tomography 16. Assessment of Coronary Artery Stents by Coronary Computed Tomographic Angiography Section V: Other Applications of Cardiac and Coronary Computed Tomography 17. Computed Tomography of the Myocardium, Pericardium and Cardiac Chambers 18. Assessment of Global and Regional Left Ventricular Function by Computed Tomography 19. Assessment of Heart Valve Disease by Computed Tomography 20. Multislice Computed Tomography Evaluation of Congenital Cardiovascular Disease 21. Computed Tomographic Imaging of the Coronary and Pulmonary Veins: Role of Electrophysiology 22. Extracardiac Findings on Cardiac Computed Tomographic Imaging Section VI: Peripheral Computed Tomographic Angiography 23. Computed Tomographic Angiography: Technical Considerations 24. Computed Tomographic Arteriography of the Thoracic Aorta 25. Computed Tomography for Pulmonary Embolism 26. Computed Tomographic Arteriography of the Abdominal Aorta and Iliac Arteries 27. Mesenteric and Renal Computed Tomographic Angiography 28. Computed Tomographic Arteriography of the Upper and Lower Extremities 29. Computed Tomographic Arteriography of the Cervical Neurovasculature Section VII: Investigational and Future Uses of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography 30. Cardiovascular Computed Tomography: A Research Perspective 31. Computed Tomographic Coronary Angiography for Subclinical Coronary Artery Disease, Coronary Artery Remodeling and Plaque Imaging 32. Imaging of Myocardial Viability and Infarction 33. Computed Tomography for the Assessment of Myocardial and Solid Organ Perfusion 34. Dual-Energy Computed Tomography 35. Hybrid Imaging Combining Cardiovascular Computed Tomography with Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) 36. Full-field Cardiac Imaging Using Ultra-high Rsolution Flat-panel Volume Computed Tomography 37. Micro-Computed Tomography 38. Imaging of Plaques and Vasa Vasorum with Micro-Computed Tomography: Towards an Understanding of Unstable Plaque