The following articles are recommended reading for your rotation. These are technique based articles designed to help you understand why we are doing what we do. I attempted to choose well written, high yield articles what are mostly pictures. Disease specific articles will be added to this list in the future. You can left click on a title to open the .pdf file or right click and Save Target As to download the article to your desktop. I recommend you read these articles before you start your rotation and come with questions.
Excellent introduction to Cardiac CTA indications, technique, and interpretation. Best first read for cardiac CTA.
Fast read by Stephan Achenbach, who is a leader in the field.
Very nice discussion of common image artifacts you need to be aware of when interpreting cardiac CTA.
Very nice discussion of Triple Rule Out Indications and Techniques.
Introduction to delayed myocardial enhancement imaging, or "scar" imaging with emphasis on ischemic disease
Introduction to delayed myocardial enhancement imaging, or "scar" imaging with emphasis on NON - ischemic disease
Very nice review of pericardial disease and how to image it with CT and MR.
Nice pictures and differential diagnosis based on location and appearance. The article is NOT up to date or accurate in opinion as to which sequences are best for imaging. The basic premise of imaging is correct: find two planes where you can see the mass and get T1, T2, and pre/post contrast images.
Useful article because it explains what we are grumbling about when we are at the scanner. Recognizing artifacts on images is important for correct interpretation. This article discusses all of the common and many of the uncommon artifacts and how to recognize and minimize them.
The majority of our cases are post Tetralogy of Fallot repair patients. This article explains what we are looking for on these studies.
Article documenting the appearance of common post operative appearances of the aorta
More recent article documenting the appearance of common post operative appearances of the aorta.
Recent article documenting the appearance of common post operative complications.