The Right Sided Great Vessels by Cardiac Multidetector Computed Tomography. Normative Reference Values among Healthy Adults Free of Cardiopulmonary Disease, Hypertension, and Obesity
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Vena Cava, Superior
This study establishes ECG-gated MDCT reference values for right-sided great vessel dimensions derived from a healthy population of individuals free of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and obesity. The traditional axial PA-to-Ao discriminant value of 1 for pulmonary hypertension is a poor diagnostic tool because it encompasses normal patients and is negatively affected by age. Thoracic great vessels should be measured by CT in ECG-gated double-oblique short-axis for accurate quantitation. These data may serve as a reference to identify right-sided great vessel pathology in individuals being referred for ECG-gated MDCT imaging.