Case Report

Substantive incidental cardiac findings revealed by non-cardiac CT examination of the thorax

Miranda Durand, N. Paul, A. Crean
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 17, No 1 | a210 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v17i1.210 | © 2013 Miranda Durand, N. Paul, A. Crean | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 February 2013 | Published: 05 March 2013

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Miranda Durand,
N. Paul, Joint Division of Medical Imaging, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Canada
A. Crean, Joint Division of Medical Imaging and Division of Cardiology, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Canada


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Abstract

Limitations inherent in CT imaging of the thorax left the heart as an ill-defined and largely ignored area. The advent of multi-detector CT scanning and shortened imaging times has allowed clear identification of cardiac structures and pathology. Motion-free cardiac images require synchronisation of image acquisition with the cardiac cycle (cardiac ‘gating’ or ‘triggering’). However, significant information can be obtained from careful scrutiny of ungated chest CT images, which may then direct further imaging or investigation. We review 5 cases demonstrating interesting cardiac findings identified on non-cardiac scans.

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cardiac imaging, CT scan, incidentatal cardiac pathology

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