By Patricia M. Carrascosa, Ricardo C. Cury, Mario J. García, Jonathon A. Leipsic
This is the 1st textbook in DECT focussing specifically at the cardiovascular box. DECT used to be built a long time in the past yet has lately unfold its scientific software. Many new purposes were built during the last years and the cardiovascular method has benefited from those advances. New protocols could be utilized in the close to destiny with a view to support to optimize effects got before with unmarried power CT, comparable to a extra distinctive quantification of coronary artery stenosis utilizing both varied monochromatic degrees or fabric decomposition, aid of beam hardening artifacts in perfusion experiences and optimizing endovenous distinction, between others.
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11. 2 Technical Aspects of Dual Energy CT with Dual Source CT Systems 23 Fig. 25 s. Left: combined low-kV/high-kV axial image and curved MPR of the LAD, corresponding to a standard 120 kV acquisition. Right: Mono+ images at 45 keV (same window setting). Note the significantly increased iodine CNR (Courtesy of University Hospital Mannheim, Germany) Fig. 25 s. Pseudo mono-energetic images of the RCA using Mono+ at 50 keV, 70 keV, 90 keV and 110 keV (from left to right, same window setting). Note the visually perceived reduction of Ca blooming at higher keV, when the window level is left unchanged (Courtesy of University Hospital Mannheim, Germany) Automated Removal of Bone and Calcifications in CT Angiographic Studies The polychromatic low-kV and high-kV images can be used for a binary distinction between two materials.
In combined DE images (weighted addition of the low-kV and high-kV images) for coronary CT angiography evaluation, however, a temporal resolution of a quarter of the gantry rotation time (83 ms for first generation DSCT, 75 ms for second generation DSCT, 66 ms for third generation DSCT) can be restored by means of a hybrid image reconstruction technique. This way, obtaining information on the myocardial blood supply by DE evaluation does not come at the cost of reduced diagnostic performance of coronary CT angiography for stenosis detection.