chapter  5
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Computed Tomographic Anatomy of the Heart

ByAmgad N Makaryus, Lawrence M Boxt

Computed tomography (CT) of the heart provides signifi-

cant morphologic and functional information needed for

the diagnosis and management of patients with acquired

and congenital heart disease. The clinical utility of cardiac

CT is derived from its convenience, safety, and diagnostic

accuracy. CT examinations are acquired in high contrast

and spatial resolution, producing robust data sets from

which detailed maps of x-ray attenuation may be produced.

Contemporary workstations apply fast software for the pro-

duction of 2-, 3-, and 4-dimensional imagery. Students of