Specific Anatomic RegionEsophagus
ApplicationStage Esophageal Cancer
AuthorHorton HM, Fishman EK
Reference SourceSpiral CT of the Esophagus and Stomach (in: Spiral CT: Principles, Techniques and Clinical Applications. Fishman, Jeffrey, eds. 1998)
Scanner UsedSiemens Somatom Plus-4
Injection Rate2-3 cc/sec
Contrast Volume and Type120 cc of Omnipaque-350
Area ScannedFrom supraclavicular zone thru liver
Scan Delay 40 seconds
Length of Spiral (time)35-40 sec
Slice Thickness5mm
Table Speed/Pitch8mm/sec or 1.6 pitch
Reconstruction Interval5mm
3D Technique UsedNone needed
1. EsophaCat is useful for opacification of the esophagus.
2. Key areas of difficulty are the EG jxn and the celiac axis.