[Contrast medium administration in spiral computed tomography: the results of a consensus conference. Institute for Radiodiagnosis, Regensburg]

Rofo. 1996 Feb;164(2):158-65. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-1015630.
[Article in German]


The rapidity of spiral (helical-) computed tomography requires new protocols for i.v. contrast media administration. Flow rate, volume and delay are discussed controversially in the literature. Hence, a consensus meeting was initiated. In this meeting, problem related questions were designed, discussed and answered using a digital vote system. Spiral-CT-technology was found to be the ideal examination technique for thorax, liver, pancreas, kidney and the retroperitoneal space with an overall agreement between 89 and 97%. The exclusive use of nonionic contrast media and power injectors was recommended by 100% of the participants. More than 90% of the contributors did not accept native scans only for examinations of the neck, thorax, liver, pancreas, kidney and the retroperitoneal space. Regarding volume, flow rate, delay and physical CT-parameters the agreement laid between 50 and 100%. The meeting concluded that randomised controlled studies should be performed to evaluate detailed contrast media protocols for helical CT.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • English Abstract
  • Guideline
  • Practice Guideline
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Berlin
  • Contrast Media / administration & dosage*
  • Contrast Media / standards
  • Humans
  • Quality Control
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / standards


  • Contrast Media