attention to the cardiac effect of pulmonary vascular disease, the cardiovascular comorbidities of COPD and the cardiovascular causes and effects of their acute exacerbation, the cardiorespiratory tropism of sarcoidosis or scleroderma, as well as the management of equivocal symptoms which can be of either cardiac or respiratory origin. The reader may ? nd overlaps between chapters. These are certainly red- dant if they express converging opinions while, in contrast, interesting if they express con? icting opinions resulting from the author's own experience and demonstrate that the use of imaging at the boundary between heart and lungs has not yet found its balance. The reader may also encounter chapters lacking suf? cient detail, such as the study of the cardio-pericardiac extent of neighbouring diseases (med- stinal, bronchopulmonary, pleural or even sub-diaphragmatic), or of therap- tic interactions between heart and lungs, a review of which alone would have merited a book of this size. We would like to express our profound gratitude to all the authors who c- tributed to this book, which represents a collective work of pioneers who have just opened the door to a new specialty.
Part I : Technological Approach to C.T.I.: From 16 Slices to Nowadays.- Cardiac Gating.- Cardiac Post-Processing.- Contrast Medium Utilization.- Dose Reduction.- Acquisition Protocols.- Part II: Anatomical and Physiological Approach to C.T.I.: Cardiac and Coronary Artery Anatomy and Physiology.- Part III: Heart-Lung Interactions: Physiological Interactions.- Therapeutic Interactions.- Part IV: Medical Applications of Integrated Cardiothoracic Imaging: Cardiac Complications of Thoracic Disorders: Diseases of the Pulmonary Circulation.- COPD: Lung and Heart Comorbidity.-Immunologic Lung Diseases.- Sleep Apnea Syndromes.- Thoracic Consequences of Cardiac Diseases: Consequences of Cardiac Diseases on the Lung, Bronchi, Pleura and Lymph Nodes.- MDCT Management of Ambiguous Symptoms: Evaluation of Chest Pain, Hemoptysis and Dyspnea.- Evaluation of Asymptomatic Cardiac Diseases: Lesions of Proximal Coronary Arteries.- Myocardial Infarction.- Aortic Bicuspidia, Silent Ductus Arterious.- Cardiac Calcifications.- Left Superior Vena Cava - Vertical Vein.- Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return.- Pulmonary Valvular Stenosis.- Right-to-Left Shunts.- Diseases of the Pericardium: MDCT Evaluation of Congenital and Acquired Diseases of the Pericardium.- Lung Perfusion: MDCT Evaluation of Lung Perfusion: Clinical Perspectives.- Miscellaneous: PE from Cardiac Origin .- Pectus Excavatum and the Heart.- Diseases Developing Coronaro-Bronchial Anastomoses.- Thoracic Surgery and Asymptomatic Coronary Artery Disease.- Subject Index.- List of Contributors.
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