[Clinical application of flat-panel CT in the angio suite]

Rofo. 2011 Dec;183(12):1116-22. doi: 10.1055/s-0031-1281821. Epub 2011 Nov 8.
[Article in German]


The introduction of flat-panel detectors in modern angiographic C-arm systems makes it possible to acquire CT-like images in the angiographic suite (flat-panel CT; FD-CT). In this review, after a short technical introduction of FD-CT including the discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of this new imaging modality, the most commonly and best evaluated indications for FD-CT will be described. FD-CT has become an important adjunctive imaging modality in neurointerventional procedures and embolizations, especially during liver embolization. Another attractive indication for FD-CT is musculoskeletal interventions. FD-CT may provide important additional information in complicated peripheral vascular interventions and stent-graft procedures. FD-CT has a broad spectrum of possible applications, which finally depends on the experience and innovative thinking of the operator. However, it has to be kept in mind that FD-CT causes additional radiation exposure. Roughly, it can be assumed that currently one FD-CT sequence causes at least the same radiation exposure as one spiral CT sequence of the corresponding body region.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aneurysm, Ruptured / diagnostic imaging
  • Aneurysm, Ruptured / therapy
  • Angiography / instrumentation*
  • Animals
  • Cerebral Infarction / diagnostic imaging
  • Cerebral Infarction / therapy
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Embolization, Therapeutic / instrumentation
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / instrumentation*
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / diagnostic imaging
  • Intracranial Aneurysm / therapy
  • Liver Neoplasms / blood supply
  • Liver Neoplasms / therapy
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Radiographic Image Enhancement / instrumentation*
  • Radiology, Interventional / instrumentation*
  • Stents
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / diagnostic imaging
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / therapy
  • Technology, Radiologic
  • Tomography, Spiral Computed / instrumentation
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / instrumentation*