What are the benefits of CT scanning for 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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An advantage of CT scanning over other imaging modalities includes its capacity to detect pericardial calcifications. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can miss significant calcium deposits. The presence of any calcification is important in patients suspected of having constrictive pericarditis. CT scanning is also less operator dependent than ultrasonography.


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