β-blockers for cardiac CT: A primer for the radiologist

Harpreet K. Pannu, William Alvarez, Elliot K. Fishman

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE. The objective of this article is to describe a protocol for the administration of β-blockers for cardiac CT. A low and regular heart rate is necessary for optimal visualization of the coronary arteries on CT and can be achieved by the administration of medications. CONCLUSION. Beta-blockers can be safely given, orally or IV, to most patients to lower the heart rate for cardiac CT. A protocol can be implemented and patients can be screened for certain contraindications to allow successful administration of these medications by radiologists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S341-S345
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Volume186
Issue number6 SUPPL. A
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

Keywords

  • CT arteriography
  • Cardiac imaging
  • Coronary arteries
  • MDCT
  • β-blocker

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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