JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
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AbstractCoronary venous anatomy can be divided into the greater cardiac venous system and the lesser cardiac venous system. With protocol optimization, including appropriate contrast bolus timing, coronary veins can be depicted with excellent detail on CT. Knowledge of variant coronary venous anatomy can sometimes play a role in pre-procedural planning. Analysis of the coronary venous anatomy on CT can detect coronary venous anomalies that cause right to left shunts with risk of stroke, left to right shunts, and arrhythmias.
SponsorsThis work was supported by the Intramural Research Program of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute , National Institutes of Health, USA .
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