DOI: 10.3390/tomography10010001 ISSN: 2379-139X

Advantages of Photon-Counting Detector CT in Aortic Imaging

Chiara Zanon, Filippo Cademartiri, Alessandro Toniolo, Costanza Bini, Alberto Clemente, Elda Chiara Colacchio, Giulio Cabrelle, Florinda Mastro, Michele Antonello, Emilio Quaia, Alessia Pepe
  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and imaging

Photon-counting Computed Tomography (PCCT) is a promising imaging technique. Using detectors that count the number and energy of photons in multiple bins, PCCT offers several advantages over conventional CT, including a higher image quality, reduced contrast agent volume, radiation doses, and artifacts. Although PCCT is well established for cardiac imaging in assessing coronary artery disease, its application in aortic imaging remains limited. This review summarizes the available literature and provides an overview of the current use of PCCT for the diagnosis of aortic imaging, focusing mainly on endoleaks detection and characterization after endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), contrast dose volume, and radiation exposure reduction, particularly in patients with chronic kidney disease and in those requiring follow-up CT.

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