Computed Tomography (CT)

Cardiac computed tomography CT systems use a series of X-ray images to create an image volume dataset that can be sliced or manipulated on any plane using advanced visualization software. This channel includes content on CT scanners, CT contrast agents, CT angiography (CTA and CCTA), CT perfusion, spectral CT (also called dual souce or dual energy CT), and interative image reconstruction software that can reduce dose and make lower-quality CT images diagnostic.

During the SCCT 2020 virtual meeting, SCCT President Ron Blackstein, M.D., Brigham and Women's, presents the SCCT Gold Award to John Lesser, M.D., MSCCT, director of advanced imaging and cardiac CT, Minneapolis Heart Institute, Abbott Northwestern Hospital. 

During the SCCT 2020 virtual meeting, SCCT President Ron Blankstein, M.D., Brigham and Women's, presented the SCCT Gold Award to John Lesser, M.D., MSCCT, director of advanced imaging and cardiac CT, Minneapolis Heart Institute, Abbott Northwestern Hospital. 

News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 14, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) gave its 2020 Gold Metal Award to computed tomography (CT)...
Videos | Cardiac Imaging | August 12, 2020
Advanced visualization company Medis recently purchased Advanced Medical Imaging Development S.r.l. (AMID), which...
Videos | Artificial Intelligence | August 12, 2020
Todd Villines, M.D., FACC, FAHA, MSCCT, explains how artificial intelligence (AI) might be used in the near future to...
Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | August 11, 2020
Todd Villines, M.D., FACC, FAHA, MSCCT, said photon counting CT detectors were a key new technology discussed at the...
Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 11, 2020
Todd Villines, M.D., FACC, FAHA, MSCCT, explains some of most influential cardiac CT clinical papers from the past year...
Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 11, 2020
Todd Villines, M.D., FACC, FAHA, MSCCT, explains how coronary plaque assessment will become a new risk assessment tool...
Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 11, 2020
Todd Villines, M.D., FACC, FAHA, MSCCT, explains some of the discussion on CT used for COVID-19 patients at the Society...
An example of perivascular fat attenuation index (FAI) imaging inside the coronary vascular wall to show areas of inflammation. #SCCT2020

An example of perivascular fat attenuation index (FAI) imaging inside the coronary vascular wall to show areas of inflammation. The technology was created by Oxford University and several experts in cardiac CT imaging say this might be a game changer to improving risk assessments.

Feature | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 30, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
There is a promising recent development in cardiovascular computed tomography angiography (CCTA) to analyze plaque to...
Left, a 3-D rendering of a heart from a cardiac CT exam. Right, a lung-CT exam showing the heart and ground glass lesions in the lungs of a COVID-19 patient. CT has become a front-line imaging modality in the COVID era because it offers both cardiac and lung information to help determine a patients disposition with chest pain, COVID-19 and COVID-caused myocarditis and pulmonary embolism.

Left, a 3-D rendering of a heart from a cardiac CT exam. Right, a lung-CT exam showing the heart and ground glass lesions in the lungs of a COVID-19 patient. CT has become a front-line imaging modality in the COVID era because it offers both cardiac and lung information to help determine a patients disposition with chest pain, COVID-19 and COVID-caused myocarditis and pulmonary embolism.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 28, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
July 28, 2020 — The use of cardiovascular computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is one of the areas that has seen a...
A cardiac CT of a patient with pacemaker leads, which can be challenging to get good images due to metal artifact. This image was rendered from using Canon's AiCE AI-assisted interactive reconstruction with Global Illumination 3-D rendering from a scan on an Aquilion One Genesis SP system.

A cardiac CT of a patient with pacemaker leads, which can be challenging to get good images due to metal artifact. This image was rendered from using Canon's AiCE AI-assisted interactive reconstruction with Global Illumination 3-D rendering from a scan on an Aquilion One Genesis SP system.

Feature | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 27, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
There has been tremendous growth in the field of cardiovascular computed tomography (CT) in the past two decades, with...
The new Aquilion One Genesis SP cardiac CT system uses artificial intelligence to help reconstruct low dose cardiac CT images. #SCCT2020

The new Aquilion One Genesis SP cardiac CT system uses artificial intelligence to help reconstruct low dose cardiac CT images.

News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 20, 2020
July 20, 2020 – To meet the growing cardiovascular imaging needs of healthcare systems, Canon Medical Systems USA is...
The Mindways Solid phantom with volume of interest in the quality assurance phantom (red circles, left side). A participant's noncontrast-enhanced axial CT (right side) with volume of interest (yellow circles) in the trabecular bone compartment of three vertebrae for bone mineral density measurements. Image courtesy of Radiological Society of North America

The Mindways Solid phantom with volume of interest in the quality assurance phantom (red circles, left side). A participant's noncontrast-enhanced axial CT (right side) with volume of interest (yellow circles) in the trabecular bone compartment of three vertebrae for bone mineral density measurements. Image courtesy of Radiological Society of North America

News | Cardiac Imaging | July 15, 2020
July 15, 2020 — Cardiac CT exams performed to assess heart health also provide an effective way to screen for...
The Medis QFR technology allows non-invasive functional FFR assessment of coronary flow based on standard X-ray angiographic images in the cath lab without the use of a pressure wire.

The Medis QFR technology allows non-invasive functional FFR assessment of coronary flow based on standard X-ray angiographic images in the cath lab without the use of a pressure wire.

Feature | FFR Technologies | July 07, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Fractional flow reserve (FFR) pressure wires have been used now in interventional cardiology procedures for more than a...
Canon displays new CT technologies in its virtual SCCT 2020 booth.
News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 06, 2020
Canon Medical Systems USA has created a virtual trade-show experience for its cardiovascular computed tomography (CT)...
Two examples of CT myocardial perfusion (CTP) imaging assessment software. Canon is on the left and GE Healthcare is on the right. Both of these technologies have been around for a few years, but there have been an increasing amount of clinical data from studies showing the accuracy of the technology compared to nuclear imaging, the current stand of care for myocardial perfusion imaging, and cardiac MRI.

Two examples of CT myocardial perfusion (CTP) imaging assessment software. Canon is on the left and GE Healthcare is on the right. Both of these technologies have been around for a few years, but there has been an increasing amount of clinical data from studies showing the accuracy of the technology compared to nuclear imaging, the current standard of care for myocardial perfusion imaging, and cardiac MRI.

Feature | CT Angiography (CTA) | June 08, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Here is an overview of a few of the biggest technology advances in cardiovascular computed tomography (CT). These are...