Role of Computed Tomography in Assessment of the Thoracic Aorta

Nandini M. Meyersohn, Khristine Ghemigian, Michael Shapiro, Shah Shimoli, Brian B. Ghoshhajra, Maros Ferencik

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    Thoracic aortic disease is increasing in prevalence and can result in serious morbidity and mortality. Computed tomography (CT) angiography is an important imaging modality for assessment of thoracic aortic pathology due to wide availability, rapid acquisition, reproducibility, superior spatial and temporal resolution, and capability for 3D image post-processing. CT is the preferred imaging modality in the acute setting to rapidly identify patients with acute aortic syndromes including dissection, intramural hematoma, and penetrating aortic ulcer. CT also plays an important role in post-procedural surveillance of the thoracic aorta for early and late complications from open or endovascular repair. Incidentally detected thoracic aortic aneurysms and congenital aortic anomalies such as coarctation can be thoroughly characterized and followed over time for potential elective intervention. Drawbacks of CT include exposure to radiation and iodinated contrast media; however, recent strategies for dose reduction and contrast optimization have significantly decreased these risks. Electrocardiogram (ECG)-gated CT angiography provides additional information about the aortic root, coronary arteries, and other cardiac structures without motion artifacts.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number35
    JournalCurrent Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
    Volume17
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Aug 23 2015

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    Thoracic Aorta
    Tomography
    Thoracic Diseases
    Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
    Aortic Diseases
    Hematoma
    Artifacts
    Contrast Media
    Ulcer
    Dissection
    Coronary Vessels
    Electrocardiography
    Thorax
    Pathology
    Morbidity
    Mortality
    Computed Tomography Angiography

    Keywords

    • Aortic anatomy
    • Computed tomography
    • Computed tomography angiography
    • Electrocardiogram-gated CT
    • Thoracic aorta
    • Thoracic aortic aneurysm

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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    Role of Computed Tomography in Assessment of the Thoracic Aorta. / Meyersohn, Nandini M.; Ghemigian, Khristine; Shapiro, Michael; Shimoli, Shah; Ghoshhajra, Brian B.; Ferencik, Maros.

    In: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine, Vol. 17, No. 8, 35, 23.08.2015.

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