Practical tips and tricks in cardiovascular computed tomography: Patient preparation for optimization of cardiovascular CT data acquisition

Sandra Simon Halliburton, Suhny Abbara

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Abstract

The acquisition of diagnostic cardiovascular computed tomography (CT) images requires careful preparation of the patient before scanning. Guidelines for patient preparation are largely dictated by scanner capabilities and the technical limits they impose on patient-specific characteristics. The objective of this paper is to highlight procedures for patient screening, premedication, instruction, positioning, and electrocardiographic (ECG) lead placement. Awareness of scanner limitations and adherence to patient preparation guidelines can significantly improve CT image quality and diagnostic yield.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-65
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of cardiovascular computed tomography
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007

Keywords

  • Angiography
  • Body mass index
  • Breathhold
  • Calcium scoring
  • Cardiac motion
  • Computed tomography
  • Contrast agent
  • Coronary artery disease
  • ECG, electrocardiogram
  • Heart rate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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