The effect of heart rhythm on patient radiation dose with dual-source cardiac computed tomography.
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Compared to patients with NSR, patients with atrial fibrillation/flutter had the highest radiation exposure, followed by those with PAC/PVC. Even after adjustment for factors associated with radiation exposure, a significant difference in radiation dose persisted. These findings can be used to identify patients who are more likely to receive higher radiation dose when undergoing cardiac CT and to develop future more-efficient scanner algorithms for use in patients with arrhythmias.