Diagnosis – CT

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  • Computed tomography (CT) is used in cardiac patients whose conditions span the gamut from healthy to critically ill.

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    Computed tomography (CT) is used in cardiac patients whose conditions span the gamut from healthy to critically ill.

    Cardiac CT is increasingly used in the evaluation of cardiomyopathies, particularly in patients who are not able to undergo other non-invasive imaging tests, such as MRI, due to the presence of MRI-incompatible pacemakers/defibrillators or other contraindications or due to extensive artefacts from indwelling metallic devices.

    In patients with cardiac arrest or imminent cardiac failure who receive contrast-enhanced CT, imaging findings will include inferior vena cava and hepatic parenchymal contrast reflux, pooling, and layering in a dependent fashion.

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