The vastly improved scanning speed and z-axis resolution afforded by multi-detector technology has allowed CT to refine its traditional roles and to explore many new applications in imaging. We present a case report of a patient with renal failure and an ischaemic leg, which illustrates a useful new CT vascular imaging application. By carrying out 16-channel multi-detector row CT angiography through a sheath introduced into the common femoral artery, we obtained a high-quality angiographic image of the affected leg, using only 30 mL of iodinated contrast material. The examination definitively showed the number, distribution and patency of the tibial run-off arteries, with significant influence on the patient's subsequent clinical management. This simple and relatively minimally invasive technique is useful in peripheral vascular imaging, when conventional CT angiography using a large volume of i.v. contrast and MR angiography are unsuitable or unavailable.
- Computed tomography angiography
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Vascular imaging
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging