Intravenous coronary angiography using electron beam computed tomography

Prog Cardiovasc Dis. Sep-Oct 1999;42(2):139-48. doi: 10.1016/s0033-0620(99)70013-7.


Intravenous coronary angiography with electron beam computed tomography (EBCT) allows for the noninvasive visualisation of coronary arteries. With dedicated computer hardware and software, three-dimensional renderings of the coronary arteries, veins, and other cardiac structures can be constructed from the individual transaxial tomograms. Interest in this technique is growing, and recently a number of clinical studies have been published comparing EBCT coronary angiography with conventional cine-coronary angiography. In this article, image acquisition, postprocessing techniques, and the results of recently published clinical studies are discussed. EBCT coronary angiography is a promising imaging technique of coronary arteries. Currently, it is a reasonably robust technique for the visualization and assessment of the left main and left anterior descending coronary artery. However, at the moment a relatively high proportion of the right and circumflex coronary angiograms are noninterpretable. Improvements in image acquisition and postprocessing techniques are expected to improve visualization and diagnostic accuracy of the technique.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Beta Particles
  • Coronary Angiography / methods*
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed* / methods