Optimal image quality in CT imaging is essential to establish correct diagnosis. Many hospitals use “one size fits all” protocols, but modern CT scanners allow for much more individualization of CT imaging protocols. Contrast media should be tailored to these protocols especially in lower kVp settings. Furthermore, contrast media protocols can be tailored to the individual patient, as patient differ in size and weight which results in differences of blood volume. Therefore, less heavy patients need less contrast media, while heavier patients might need more contrast media.
Learning objectives: 1. To become familiar with the most important characteristics and parameters of contrast media and how they are affecting image quality. 2. To gain knowledge about the combination of reduced radiation dose in combination with optimized contrast media application for optimal image quality.
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Dr Marco Das
Dr Marco Das is a Cardiothoracic and Interventional Radiologist and currently working as the Head of the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at Helios Kliniken Duisburg in Germany. He worked at Maastricht University Medical Center in Netherlands from 2009 to 2016. Prior to that he worked at Aachen University Hospital in Germany. Dr Das studies at Harvard Medical School in 2001 and graduated from University of Düsseldorf in 2002. He received his degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Economy and Management (FOM) at Düsseldorf in 2015. Dr Das has published more than 100 peer reviewed articles and 15 book chapters. He is an active member of many professional organisations including CIRSE, ESR, ESTI, ESCR, RSNA, DRG (DEGIR), NVVR (NGIR). He is also the reviewer for CVIR, ER, IR, Roefo, Clinical Radiology.