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World J Radiol. Sep 28, 2014; 6(9): 669-676
Published online Sep 28, 2014. doi: 10.4329/wjr.v6.i9.669
Role of cardiac CTA in estimating left ventricular volumes and ejection fraction
Robin Man Singh, Balkrishna Man Singh, Jawahar Lal Mehta
Robin Man Singh, Department of Medicine, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40202, United States
Balkrishna Man Singh, Baptist Health Heart Institute, 9501 Baptist Health Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205, United States
Jawahar Lal Mehta, Division of Cardiology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR 72205, United States
Author contributions: Singh RM performed a thorough review of the subject with initial writing and review; Singh BM helped to review and edit the article; Mehta JL helped to guide the review and make constructive revision in the article.
Correspondence to: Balkrishna Man Singh, MD, FACC, Baptist Health Heart Institute, 9501 Baptist Health Drive, Suite 600, Little Rock, AR 72205, United States.
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Received: January 20, 2014
Revised: July 7, 2014
Accepted: July 17, 2014
Published online: September 28, 2014
Core Tip

Core tip: Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is an important predictor of cardiac morbidity and mortality. Different noninvasive and invasive techniques are now available to measure LVEF. Multi-detector row CT (MDCT) has seen a very rapid improvement in the technology for identifying coronary artery stenosis. Using the same data set without additional contrast or radiation exposure, MDCT provides a unique opportunity to measure LV volumes and LVEF with great reliability and adds incremental value. This article will address the feasibility, the accuracy and the limitations of MDCT in measuring LVEF.