Assessment of aortic pathology and peripheral arterial disease using multidetector computed tomographic angiography

Peter H. Lin, Carlos F. Bechara, Panagiotis Kougias, Tam T. Huynh, Scott A. LeMaire, Joseph S. Coselli

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The development of multidetector computed tomography represents a remarkable diagnostic advancement because this imaging modality has been widely used in the evaluation of the cardiovascular system. With scanner-adjusted image acquisition and contrast medium administration, multidetector computed tomographic angiography provides a cost-effective and accurate imaging assessment in patients with aortic pathologies or peripheral arterial occlusive disease. Multidetector computed tomographic angiography is associated with several advantages, including high image spatial resolution and rapid imaging acquisition speed. This diagnostic methodology allows accurate detection of a variety of intravascular lesions in the carotid artery, thoracic and abdominal aorta, renal arteries, and peripheral arterial systems. This article provides an overview of multidetector computed tomographic angiography in the assessment of arterial disease and reviews current literature about this diagnostic technology in the evaluation of aortic and peripheral arterial pathologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-598
Number of pages16
JournalVascular and Endovascular Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • Computed tomography
  • Dynamic imaging
  • Multidetector CT angiography
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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