Incidental Extracardiac Findings on Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography: A Pictorial Review of Imaging Findings
Keat Ying Goh, Yang Faridah Abdul Aziz, Nur Adura Yaakup, Zhonghua Sun and Kwan-Hoong Ng
Affiliation: Associate Professor Zhonghua Sun, Discipline of Medical Imaging, Department of Imaging and Applied Physics, Curtin University, GPO Box, U1987, Perth, Western Australia 6845, Australia.
Keywords: Coronary CT angiography, coronary artery disease, extracardiac findings, imaging, incidental findings, clinical
Coronary CT angiography has revolutionized the management approaches in patients with atypical chest pain
and nonspecific symptoms that may not be related to the cardiac disease. Presence of extracardiac findings on coronary
CT angiography is very common, and some of these findings have clinical significance which requires additional workup
to improve patient outcome. The aim of this study is to prospectively assess the prevalence and spectrum of extracardiac
findings in 300 patients suspected of cardiac disease, based on coronary CT angiography. CT imaging appearances of
extracardiac findings with potential clinical significance are presented.
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