Multi-energy computed tomography (MECT) refers to acquisition of CT data at multiple energy levels (typically two levels) using different technologies such as dual-source, dual-layer and rapid tube voltage switching. In addition to conventional/routine diagnostic images, MECT provides additional image sets including iodine maps, virtual non-contrast images, and virtual monoenergetic images. These image sets provide tissue/material characterization beyond what is possible with conventional CT. MECT provides invaluable additional information in the evaluation of pulmonary vasculature, primarily by the assessment of pulmonary perfusion. This functional information provided by the MECT is complementary to the morphological information from a conventional CT angiography. In this article, we review the technique and applications of MECT in the evaluation of pulmonary vasculature.
- CT perfusion
- Dual-energy CT
- Multienergy CT
- Pulmonary embolism
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine