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With the advent of multidetector-row technology, excitement has returned to computed tomography. Not only can we now image faster and with better resolution than ever before. More importantly, the development of sophisticated image acquisition techniques has enabled us to venture into areas previously considered to be beyond the scope of CT imaging. The knowledge, experience, and vision of a host of renowned international experts in cutting-edge thoracic applications of multidetector-row CT are condensed within this book. The result is a critical, comprehensive review of the novel opportunities, but also the new challenges, brought about by the development of ever-faster CT acquisition techniques. It presents the latest developments in CT imaging of the thorax. It comprehensively reviews the literature. It offers useful practical guidelines. It addresses both opportunities and challenges. It is written by leading international experts.
MDCT - Technical Background.- Technical Bases of Multi-Slice CT.- Radiation Exposure in Thoracic CT.- Strategies for Dose Reduction and Improved Image Quality in MSCT.- Contrast Medium Injection Technique.- Airways / Diffuse Lung Disease.- Multi-Detector-Row CT of the Airways.- MDCT in Diffuse Lung Disease.- Pulmonary Infections: Imaging with MDCT.- Multidetector CT Evaluation of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.- Focal Lung Disease / Lung Cancer.- CT Screening for Lung Cancer.- MDCT Screening for Lung Cancer: Current Controversies.- MDCT Imaging of Focal Lung Disease.- MDCT Strategies for the Non-Invasive Work-Up of the Indeterminate Pulmonary Nodule.- Transthoracic Needle Biopsy of Lung Nodules.- Staging of Lung Cancer with MDCT.- MDCT in Mediastinal Imaging.- PET/CT of the Thorax.- Pulmonary Embolism / Thoracic Vessels.- Multidetector-Row CT Angiography of the Pulmonary Circulation.- Thromboembolic Disease: Perfusion-Weighted Imaging of the Lung.- Multiple-Detector CT Venography.- CT Angiography of the Thoracic Aorta.- MDCT of the Heart.- Detection and Quantification of Coronary Calcium with MDCT.- MDCT Angiography of the Coronary Arteries.- Data Management.- Workflow Design for MDCT of the Thorax.- 2D and 3D Visualization of Thoracic MDCT Data.- Computer-Aided Diagnosis.- Miscellaneous.- Pediatric Multislice Computed Tomography of the Chest.- Diaphragm, Chest Wall, Pleura.- MDCT of Chest Trauma.- CT-Guided Thoracic Interventions.- Medical Legal Aspects of Multidetector CT.- Future Technical Developments for CT of the Thorax.