Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) enables imaging of the entire arterial tree non-invasively. Optimal technical considerations for performing MDCT angiography (MDCTA) are essential for accurate diagnosis and atherosclerotic disease stratification. This review article focuses on the various technical aspects necessary for peripheral computed tomographic angiography (CTA) acquisition. Common clinical indications for peripheral MDCTA and the latest scan protocols are described. The essential issue of radiation dose reduction is discussed, along with methods of optimal contrast bolus detection and delivery. Post-processing techniques are also presented. Previously, digital subtraction angiography was the only established reliable imaging technique to quantify atherosclerotic disease load; however, MDCTA may now challenge this old gold standard, along with other non-invasive techniques such as magnetic resonance angiography (MRA).
- CT angiography
- multidetector computed tomography
- peripheral artery disease
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine