Virtual Non-contrast Imaging in The Abdomen and The Pelvis: An Overview
Mayur K Virarkar, Sai Swarupa R Vulasala, Anjali Verma Gupta, DheerajReddy Gopireddy, Sindhu Kumar, Mauricio Hernandez, Chandana Lall, Priya Bhosale
Virtual non-contrast (VNC) imaging is a post-processing technique generated from contrast-enhanced scans using dual-energy computed tomography (DECT). It is generated by removing iodine from imaging acquired at multiple energies. Myriad clinical studies have shown its ability to diagnose the various abdominal and pelvic pathologies discussed in the article. VNC is also a problem-solving tool for characterizing incidentally detected lesions (“incidentalomas”), often decreasing the need for additional follow-up imaging. It also obviates the multiphase image acquisitions to evaluate hematuria, hepatic steatosis, aortic endoleaks, and gastrointestinal bleeding by generating image datasets from different tissue attenuation values. The scope of this article is to provide an overview of various applications of VNC imaging obtained by DECT in the abdomen and pelvis.
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