Imaging Coronary Arteries
In non fatal cases, cardiovascular diseases, are associated with a decreased quality of life as well as a
substantial economic burden to society. Most sudden cardiac events are related
to the complications of a non-stenosing marginal plaque. For this reason, the
ability to properly identify the atherosclerotic plaque with rapid, non-invasive
techniques is of utmost clinical interest in therapeutic planning. CT produces
high-quality images of the coronary arteries, in addition to defining their
location and the extent of the atherosclerotic involvement.
This new edition is enriched with dedicated chapters on intravascular ultrasound
(IVUS), catheter angiography, and nuclear imaging, with limited discussions of
theoretical techniques such as optical coherence tomography (OCT) and
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Brief chapters will also be included that
discuss percutaneous coronary artery procedures and coronary artery bypass
surgery. Indications of when to use CCTA will be discussed, with comparison of
these imaging techniques to each other.
This volume provides general practitioners and cardiologists with a basic
understanding of the imaging techniques. For radiologists with no direct
experience in cardiac imaging, the book serves as an important source of
information on coronary pathophysiology and anatomy.
New dedicated chapters on intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), catheter angiography, and nuclear imaging, with some discussions on theoretical techniques such as optical coherence tomography (OCT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)More than 70 new clinical cases