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PURPOSE Percutaneous image-guided interventions, such as radiofrequency ablation or biopsy, are using needle-shaped instruments which have to be inserted into a target area without penetrating any vital structure. The established planning workflow is based on viewing 2D slices of a pre-interventional CT or MR scan. However, access paths not parallel to the(More)
PURPOSE To assess the value of different image reconstruction algorithms for assessment of the left ventricular function using retrospectively ECG-gated multislice spiral computed tomography (MSCT) of the heart. MATERIAL AND METHODS MSCT and cine magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the heart were performed in 15 patients. For MSCT, standard and(More)
PURPOSE To quantify left ventricular function derived from retrospectively ECG-gated multislice spiral CT (MSCT) data sets in comparison to MRI. MATERIALS AND METHODS In 16 patients (14 males, 2 females, mean age 56.8 +/- 11.5 years), retrospectively ECG-gated MSCT angiography of the coronary arteries and breath-hold steady state free precession cine MRI(More)
Computed tomography (CT) has become an increasingly accepted technique and is the method of choice for direct visualization of pulmonary emboli (PE). The quantitative assessment of tissue perfusion may yield more important information for patient management than the direct visualization of emboli by CT alone. Several attempts have been made to measure(More)
In computed tomography (CT), selection of a convolution kernel determines the tradeoff between image sharpness and pixel noise. For certain clinical applications it is desirable to have two or more sets of images with different settings. So far, this typically requires reconstruction of several sets of images. We present an alternative approach using(More)
The accuracy of coronary calcium scoring using 16-row MSCT comparing 1- and 3-mm slices was assessed. A thorax phantom with calcium cylinder inserts was scanned applying a non-enhanced retrospectively ECG-gated examination protocol: collimation 12 x 0.75 mm; 120 kV; 133 mAs(eff). Thirty-eight patients were examined using the same scan protocol. Image(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to assess the agreement of coronary artery calcium score in nonenhanced and contrast-enhanced multislice-spiral computed tomography. MATERIALS AND METHODS Vessel phantoms and 36 patients underwent nonenhanced and contrast-enhanced cardiac multislice-spiral computed tomography (Sensation 16; Siemens, Germany).(More)
BACKGROUND The advent of multidetector CT (MDCT) constitutes a quantum leap creating a wealth of new opportunities in medical imaging. However, while the basic principles of spiral CT still apply, we are now challenged to rethink our strategies in planning a CT study to take full advantage of the increased capabilities of MDCT. MATERIALS AND METHODS We(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of our preliminary study was to evaluate the feasibility of a new technique for the perfusion weighted color display of the density of lung parenchyma derived from multi-slice CT (MSCT) data sets of clinical routine examinations for visualization of pulmonary embolism (PE). MATERIALS AND METHODS Imaging of patients with suspected PE(More)