CT demonstration of cardiac structures

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1979 Jul;133(1):75-81. doi: 10.2214/ajr.133.1.75.


Cross-sectional cardiac anatomy was studied by computed tomography (CT) in normal patients and in patients with well documented cardiac pathology. Specific cardiac chambers, aortic and pulmonary artery enlargement, ventricular aneurysms, coronary artery, and intracardiac calcifications were demonstrated using a 3 sec scan time with and without intravenous iodinated contrast media. Although CT imaging of the heart is in its infancy, the clarity with which cardiac chambers and other structures were visualized is encouraging and suggests the potential value of CT scanning for detecting significant intracardiac pathology on routine thoracic CT scans.

MeSH terms

  • Aortography
  • Coronary Angiography
  • Heart / diagnostic imaging*
  • Heart Atria / diagnostic imaging
  • Heart Septum / diagnostic imaging
  • Heart Ventricles / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Mitral Valve / diagnostic imaging
  • Pulmonary Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*
  • Vena Cava, Superior / diagnostic imaging