chapter  22
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Extracardiac Findings on Cardiac Computed Tomographic Imaging

ByKaren M Horton, Elliot K Fishman

Cardiac CT scans (both non contrast calcium scoring

exams and coronary CTA exams) involve irradiating the

entire mid-thorax. Therefore, other structures (lungs, heart,

aorta, bones, chest wall, etc.) are visible on the scan, depend-

ing on the field of view. This chapter will discuss the preva-

lence and clinical significance of non-cardiac findings on

cardiac CT scans. The controversy surrounding the respon-

sibility of the interpreting physician to report these abnor-

malities will be discussed.