Clinical situations in which coronary CT angiography confers superior diagnostic information compared with coronary angiography

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Kantarci M., Doganay S., Karçaaltıncaba M., Karabulut N., EROL M. K. , Yalcin A., ...More

DIAGNOSTIC AND INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY, vol.18, no.3, pp.261-269, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.4261/1305-3825.dir.5064-11.1
  • Page Numbers: pp.261-269


In this review, we aimed to outline the clinical and pathological conditions for which multidetector computed tomography coronary angiography (MDCT-CA) should be the preferred method because of its advantages over conventional coronary angiography (CCA). A consistent body of literature suggests that MDCT-CA is more than just complementary to CCA and that it provides more valuable diagnostic information in certain clinical situations, such as complex coronary artery variations, aorto-ostial lesions, follow-up of bypass grafts, myocardial bridging, coronary artery fistulas, aortic and coronary artery dissections, and cases in which the coronary ostia cannot be cannulated by a catheter because of massive atherosclerosis or extremely tortuous vascular structures.