Launch of New Educational Website: StreetSmartMD.com April 2, 2008
CVCTA's LOW DOSE Initiative March 27, 2008
Articles & Publications
“Building a Successful CTA Practice,” Dr. Tony DeFrance, Feb 2007
“Cardiac CT angiography training picks up steam” in Diagnostic Imaging, Dr. Tony DeFrance, Oct 2006
“Turf talk obscures CTA's potential as team builder” in Diagnostic Imaging, Dr. Tony DeFrance, Oct 2006
General Reference on CTA
Guidelines for CTA
ACCF/AHA Clinical Competency Statement on Cardiac Imaging with Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance:
American College of Cardiology (ACC)
web site: www.acc.org
phone (301) 897-5400
American College of Radiology (ACR)
web site: www.acr.org
American Society of Cardiology (ASNC)
web site: www.asnc.org
Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT)
web site: www.scct.org
North American Society of Cardiac Imaging (NASCI)
web site: www.nasci.org
Society of Atherosclerosis Imaging (SAI)
web site: www.sai.org
CT and Workstation Vendors
General Electric Healthcare
web site: www.gehealthcare.com
Philips Medical Systems
web site: www.medical.philips.com
Toshiba Medical Systems
web site: www.medical.toshiba.com
web site: www.terarecon.com
Vital Images, Inc.
web site: www.vitalimages.com
Books on CTA
MDCT Physics: The Basics
by Mahadevappa Mahesh
Written by the chief physicist at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, this easy-to-read short textbook explains the physics behind multi-detector CT technology, particularly newer, more complex technology. The focus is on principles of physics, effects of scan parameters on image quality, and optimum radiation dosage. The book includes numerous key points summaries and questions to assist in exam preparation.
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 1 edition (May 1, 2009)
Cardiac CT Imaging: Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disease
by Matthew J. Budoff (Editor), Jerold S. Shinbane (Editor)
CT is an accurate technique for assessing cardiac structure and function, but advances in computing power and scanning technology have resulted in increased popularity. It is useful in evaluating the myocardium, coronary arteries, pulmonary veins, thoracic aorta, pericardium, and cardiac masses; because of this and the speed at which scans can be performed, CT is even more attractive as a cost-effective and integral part of patient evaluation. This book collates all the current knowledge of cardiac CT and presents it in a clinically relevant and practical format appropriate for both cardiologists and radiologists. The images have been supplied by an experienced set of contributing authors and represent the full spectrum of cardiac CT imaging. As increasing numbers have access to cardiac CT scanners, this book provides all the relevant information on this modality. A CD-ROM is included containing a large number of cardiac CT images and videos, providing the reader with a dynamic primer in cardiac CT diagnosis.
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Springer; 1 edition (January 27, 2006)
CT of the Heart: Principles and Applications
by U. Joseph Schoepf
Leading clinicians and researchers from around the world review the full scope of current developments, research, and scientific controversy regarding the principles and applications of cardiac CT. Richly illustrated with numerous black-and-white and color images, the book discusses the interpretation of CT images of the heart in a variety of clinical, physiological, and pathological applications. The authors emphasize current state-of-the-art uses of CT, but also examine developments at the horizon. They also review the technical basis of CT image acquisition, as well as tools for image visualization and analysis.
Hardcover: 428 pages
Publisher: Humana Press (November, 2004)
Cardiac CT Made Easy: An Introduction to Cardiovascular Multi-Detector Computed Tomography
by Paul Schoenhagen
Based on advances in scanner and software technology, cardiovascular imaging with multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) is developing into an important clinical diagnostic tool for cardiac disease. Combining the in-depth coverage of a text with the diagnostic utility of a manual, this superb guide provides a simple introduction to the principles of MDCT for cardiovascular applications from the perspective of the CT technologist as well as the clinician.
Hardcover: 152 pages
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (January 5, 2006)
Protocols for Multislice CT (Hardcover)
by R. Brüning (Editor), A. Küttner (Editor), T. Flohr (Editor)
This book provides structured up-to-date information on all routine protocols used for multislice (multidetector row) CT. The volume contains a detailed technical section and covers the prevailing investigations of the brain, neck, lungs and chest, abdomen with parenchymal organs and gastrointestinal tract, the musculoskeletal system and CTA as well as dedicated protocols for the heart. Separate chapters address the how-to of CT-guided interventions such as punctures, drainages, and therapeutic approaches. Each protocol is displayed en bloc, enabling rapid appreciation of indications and the necessary scanner settings. The second edition includes contributions by renowned experts in the field, who not only provide their clinical experience on each topic, but also give guidelines for indications, workflow, postprocessing and reconstruction algorithms. Praise for the 1st edition: "In summary, this is an excellent monograph to introduce the basic protocols regarding multi-section CT … Anyone who is working in this area would benefit from this text." (Radiology, 2004) "If you want to perform high quality CT studies, this is the book for you." (RAD Magazine, 2003)
Hardcover: 293 pages
Publisher: Springer; 2 edition (December, 2005)
Computed Tomography: Fundamentals, System Technology, Image Quality, Applications
By Willi A. Kalender
This book provides a comprehensive and user-friendly description of the theoretical and technical essentials of computed tomography (CT) for a wide readership. It treats in detail all characteristic parameters relevant for image quality and all performance features significant for clinical applications. Readers will thus be informed how to optimally use a CT system depending on their different diagnostic requirements. This includes a detailed discussion about the dose required and about dose measurement as well as how to reduce dose in CT.
This book is intended for all those who work daily, regularly or even only occasionally with CT: doctors, technologists, engineers, service technicians and physicists.
A glossary describes all the important technical terms in alphabetical order.
Hardcover: 220 pages
Publisher: Wiley-VCH (November, 2000)