Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

Ed Nicol; James Stirrup; Andrew D. Kelion; Simon P. G. Padley
Pub date
Aug 2011
Oxford Specialist Handbooks in Cardiology
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Cardiovascular computed tomography (CT) has rapidly become an important imaging tool in cardiology, and is now a compulsory component of the core curriculum for cardiology in UK and Europe. It is a complex imaging modality, however, with many aspects to master: CT theory, image acquisition and analysis, interpretation and reporting. This practical handbook is therefore essential reading for both training and reference for all cardiovascular CT users, including cardiologists, radiologists and radiographers, providing practical guidance on performing, analysing and interpreting cardiovascular CT scans in an accessible format.


1. Development of cardiovascular CT
2. Scanner components
3. Technical principles of cardiovascular CT
4. Beyond 64-slice CT
5. Radiation physics, biology and protection
6. Practical aspects
7. Intravenous contrast media
8. Scan protocols
9. Difficult scenarios
10. Image reconstructing and processing
11. Sources of artefact
12. Cross-sectional anatomy of the thorax
13. The coronary arteries and cardiac veins
14. Imaging atherosclerotic plaque
15. Coronary stent imaging
16. Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) imaging
17. Evaluation of ventricular and atrial function
18. Ventricular pathology
19. Evaluation of myocardial scarring and perfusion
20. Evaluation of the left atrium and pulmonary veins
21. Valve imaging
22. Pericardial disease
23. Congenital heart disease
24. Non-cardiac findings on CCT
25. Thoracic aortic imaging
26. Pulmonary artery imaging
27. Combined multi-vessel angiography
28. Peripheral arterial imaging
29. Systemic veins
30. Guidelines, accreditation and certification
31. Comparison of multimodality imaging

About the author: 

Ed Nicol is a Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital, and National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London. He has wide experience in cardiovascular imaging including cardiovascular CT, MRI, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. He was involved in establishing the clinical cardiovascular CT service at both the Royal Brompton and the Royal Berkshire Hospitals.; James Stirrup is a Clinical Research Fellow in Cardiac Imaging at the Royal Brompton Hospital and National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London. He has experience in nuclear cardiology and cardiovascular computed tomography, holding both CBNC and CBCCT certification in addition to Level 3 accreditation from the Society for Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.; Andrew Kelion is Consultant Cardiologist and Director of Imaging at Harefield Hospital, Harefield, UK. He qualified from the University of Oxford, and trained in cardiology in London, Reading and Oxford. He is an experienced nuclear and echo cardiologist. He is a former President of the British Nuclear Cardiology Society and co-author of the Oxford Handbook of Nuclear Cardiology.; Simon Padley is a Consultant Radiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. He qualified from Westminster Medical School, University of London, and trained in Radiology in London, Cambridge and Vancouver. He is an experienced cardiothoracic imager and interventionalist.

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