Despite the expected decline in the mid-1970s in the use of computed tomography (CT) following the excitement of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), CT has confounded its detractors and remains the imaging modality of choice, particularly for the chest and abdomen. Spiral/helical CT with the development of 64-multislice variant has revolutionized diagnostic imaging: image acquistion of large body volumes are obtained in short times during a single-breath hold. Scanning protocols without contrast enhancement are not a challenge; however, with intravenous contrast agents, critical choices are made and bad choices inevitably produce bad scans.
This handy guide provides the reader with a simple introduction to the essential ideas involved and a practical guide to the implementation of rational scanning protocols for multislice spiral instruments.
Written by Peter Dawson, a well-respected figure in computed tomography and radiology, and a world expert on contrast agents, Scanning Protocols for Multislice Helical Computed Tomography is an essential guide for all those working with CT, as well as those in training.
Introduction 1. Basic Principles: Helical/Spiral CT; Types of Image Acquistion; Contrast Enhancement; Image Reconstruction; Image Viewing/Reporting/Hard Copy; Patient Preparation and Drugs; SomeGeneralComments 2. The Protocols: Head and Neck; Thorax; Abdomen and Pelvis; CT Angiography