Monoenergetic Dual-energy Computed Tomographic Imaging: Cardiothoracic Applications

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Monoenergetic imaging is an increasingly used reconstruction technique in postprocessing of dual-energy computed tomography (DECT). The main advantage of this technique is the ability to substantially increase image contrast of structures with uptake of iodinated contrast material. Although monoenergetic imaging was mainly used in oncological DECT applications, recent research has further demonstrated its role in vascular imaging. Using this dedicated postprocessing algorithm, image contrast of vascular structures in the thorax can be increased, a drastic reduction of contrast material is feasible, and even beam-hardening artifacts can be reduced. The aim of this review article is to explain the technical background of this technique, showcase its relevance in cardiothoracic DECT, and provide an outlook on the clinical impact of this technique beyond solely improvements in image quality.

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