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Cross-sectional Cardiac Imaging: Prevalence and Significance of Extracardiac Findings

Mirsadraee, Saeed MD, PhD; van Beek, Edwin J.R. MD, PhD, MEd, FRCR, FRCPE

doi: 10.1097/RTI.0000000000000075
Symposium Review Articles

Cardiovascular computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging are being increasingly performed, and both cardiologists and radiologists may take part in reporting. There is debate over the need for dual reporting or the assessment of noncardiac findings. This review highlights the prevalence and significance of noncardiac findings in such investigations and should serve as a warning to include assessment of the entire visualized chest.

Clinical Research Imaging Centre, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Reprints: Edwin J.R. van Beek, MD, PhD, MEd, FRCR, FRCPE, SINAPSE Chair of Clinical Radiology, Clinical Research Imaging Centre, QMRI, 47 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 4TJ, UK (e-mail:

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