Cardiac Imaging, Part II: Editorial
Part two of this cardiac symposium includes a mini-symposium on coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease was carved out of the general symposium because of its high level of interest and because of its importance to radiologists imaging heart disease. The mini-symposium begins with an overview of coronary artery imaging with emphasis on the CT imaging of coronary artery calcification by one of the pioneers in the field, Dr. Warren Janowitz. Dr. Janowitz discusses CT imaging of coronary artery calcium as an indicator of atherosclerotic disease. This is followed by two papers delineating the technical details and the available information on coronary calcium imaging. In the first of these papers, Drs. Thompson and Stanford provide us with information on electron beam CT imaging of coronary calcium. This is followed by a paper by Dr. Jeff Carr on helical CT scanning of coronary calcium. Lastly, Dr. Andre Duerinckx provides us with an important update on the status of MR imaging of coronary artery disease.
No discussion of cardiac disease would be complete without addressing pericardial disease and the aorta. We are fortunate to have Dr. Jerry Breen discussing CT and MR imaging of the pericardium, and Dr. George Hartnell providing us with a discussion of aortic aneurysms and dissections and their evaluation by CT and MR.
For me it has been a pleasure editing this symposium and working with my colleagues in attempting to provide the reader with an up-to-date succinct overview of cardiac imaging.
Finally, I would be remiss in not again emphasizing the important role that radiologists should and must provide in imaging the heart and great vessels. For individuals knowledgeable in cardiac imaging this symposium serves as an update. For those less familiar it serves as an incentive to increase familiarity and understanding of cardiac imaging.
I thank all my colleague contributors and commend this symposium to you.
Editor: Jeffrey S. Klein
Associate Editors: Ann Leung, MD
David Lynch, MD, Jung-Gi Im, MD
Michio Kono, MD, Charles White, MD
Guest Editor: William Stanford, M.D.