Methods of plaque quantification and characterization by cardiac computed tomography

Pal Maurovich-Horvat, Maros Ferencik, Fabian Bamberg, Udo Hoffmann

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    Abstract

    The pathologic evolution of coronary artery atherosclerosis occurs slowly over decades, which may provide an opportunity for diagnostic imaging to identify patients before clinical events evolve. Cardiac computed tomography (CT) is an emerging noninvasive imaging tool, which can visualize the entire coronary tree with submillimeter resolution. We reviewed the current status of cardiac CT to qualitatively and quantitatively determine coronary plaque dimensions and composition, and its potential to improve our understanding of the natural history of coronary artery disease as well as prevention of cardiovascular events.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)S91-S98
    JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
    Volume3
    Issue numberSUPPL.2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Nov 1 2009

    Keywords

    • Cardiac imaging
    • Coronary artery atherosclerosis
    • Multidetector-row computed tomography
    • Plaque characterization
    • Plaque quantification

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
    • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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