What is the role of CT scanning in the diagnosis of acute pericarditis?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Computed tomography (CT) scanning provides anatomic details of the entire pericardium due to its capacity in providing a wide field of view. The normal thickness of the pericardium as measured by CT scanning is less than 2 mm; pericardial thickening is suggestive of acute pericarditis. [37]


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