What is the role of ECG-gated CT scanning for the diagnosis of cor pulmonale?

Updated: Dec 15, 2017
  • Author: Derek Leong, MD; Chief Editor: Henry H Ooi, MD, MRCPI  more...
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Ultrafast, electrocardiographically (ECG)-gated computed tomography (CT) scanning has been evaluated to study right ventricular (RV) function. In addition to estimating RV ejection fraction (RVEF), this imaging modality can estimate RV wall mass. Although the use of ultrafast, ECG-gated CT scanning is still experimental, with further improvement, it may be used to evaluate the progression of cor pulmonale in the near future.


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