Multiplanar and Three-dimensional Multi-Detector Row CT of Thoracic Vessels and Airways in the Pediatric Population

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Abstract

Multi-detector row computed tomography (CT) has changed the approach to imaging of thoracic anatomy and disease in the pediatric population. At the author's institution, multi-detector row CT with multiplanar and three-dimensional reconstruction has become an important examination in the evaluation of systemic and pulmonary vasculature and the tracheobronchial tree. In some clinical situations, multi-detector row CT with reformatted images is obviating conventional angiography, which is associated with higher radiation doses and longer sedation times. Although multi-detector row CT with multiplanar and three-dimensional reconstruction is expanding the applications of CT of the thorax, its role as a diagnostic tool still needs to be better defined. The purposes of this article are to describe how to perform multi-detector row CT with multiplanar and three-dimensional reconstruction in young patients, to discuss various reconstruction techniques available, and to discuss applications in the evaluation of vascular and airways diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-650
Number of pages10
JournalRadiology
Volume229
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003

Keywords

  • Aorta, CT
  • Bronchi, CT
  • Computed tomography (CT), in infants and children
  • Computed tomography (CT), multi-detector row
  • Radiology and radiologists, How I Do It Trachea

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