Specific Anatomic RegionChest
AuthorFishman EK
Reference SourcePersonal communication
Scanner UsedSiemens Somatom Plus 4
Injection RateN/A
Contrast Volume and TypeUsually none needed
Area ScannedFrom aortic arch through the base of the heart
Scan Delay None
Length of Spiral (time)20-25sec
Slice Thickness5mm
Table Speed/Pitch5mm/sec or a pitch of 1
Reconstruction Interval3mm
3D Technique UsedNot needed
Comment: The key finding is pericardial calcification, thickening and/or fluid which can be seen well on noncontrast studies. Subsecond scanning is ideal in these cases.