Applied Imagistics of Ischaemic Heart a Survey. From the Epidemiology of Stable Angina In Order to Better Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death

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Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) allows coronary artery visualization and the detection of coronary stenoses. In addition; it has been suggested as a novel, noninvasive modality for coronary atherosclerotic plaque detection, characterization, and quantification. Accurate identification of coronary plaques is challenging, especially for the noncalcified plaques, due to many factors such as the small size of coronary arteries, reconstruction artifacts caused by irregular heartbeats, beam hardening, and partial volume averaging. The development of 16, 32, 64 and the latest 320 row multidetector CT not only increases the spatial and the temporal resolution significantly, but also increases the number of images to be interpreted by radiologists substantially. Radiologists have to visually examine each coronary artery for suspicious stenosis using visualization tools such as multiplanar reformatting (MPR) and curved planar reformatting (CPR) provided by the review workstation in clinical practice

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