With the latest generations of multidetector row computed tomography (CT) scanners, CT of the heart is about to fulfill its promise to become the premier noninvasive imaging modality for the cardiac assessment. The performance of this modality has been continuously improved to a point where CT, beyond mere feasibility studies, is firmly establishing its role in the diagnostic work-up of patients with suspected cardiac disease. This has been enabled by ongoing technical refinements, which are the topic of this contribution. This review traces the evolution of CT for cardiac applications, describes the current status of scanner technology with special emphasis on dual-source CT, and provides insights into potential future developments for further refinement of this technique.
*Siemens Medical Solutions, Forchheim
†Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany
‡Departments of Radiology and Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Reprints: Thomas G. Flohr, PhD, Siemens Medical Solutions, Computed Tomography, Siemensstr.1, 91301 Forchheim, Germany (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thomas G. Flohr and Bernd M. Ohnesorge are employees of Siemens Medical Solutions. U. Joseph Schoepf receives research support from and is a consultant to Siemens Medical Solutions.