Emergency Radiology

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 109–112 | Cite as

Comprehensive assessment of takotsubo cardiomyopathy by cardiac computed tomography

  • Daisuke Sueta
  • Seitaro OdaEmail author
  • Yasuhiro Izumiya
  • Koichi Kaikita
  • Masafumi Kidoh
  • Daisuke Utsunomiya
  • Yasuyuki Yamashita
  • Kenichi Tsujita
Case Report


Cardiac computed tomography (CT) now plays an important role in emergency settings because of its accessibility and fast acquisition time, which cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) cannot match. Although cardiac CT was originally conceived for the assessment of the coronary artery tree, it has evolved to embrace several non-coronary applications. These include myocardial assessment, resulting in myocardial characterization comparable with that of CMR and cardiac CT for late enhancement imaging. In this report, we describe a patient with takotsubo cardiomyopathy who underwent a comprehensive assessment using cardiac CT. This technique enabled to identify the condition of the coronary arteries and to evaluate the four-dimensional left ventricular function and myocardial late iodine enhancement immediately. The information obtained was similar to that provided by CMR; however, cardiac CT is more practical than CMR in emergency settings. Comprehensive assessment by cardiac CT can be beneficial for a noninvasive evaluation of patients with suspected takotsubo cardiomyopathy.


Takotsubo cardiomyopathy Cardiac computed tomography Late gadolinium enhancement Late iodine enhancement 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Supplementary material

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Movie I Four-dimensional left ventricular myocardial function analysis provided a more accurate representation of the myocardial dynamic motion, and showed apical hypokinesis and a hypercontractile base during systole. (AVI 594 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Faculty of Life SciencesKumamoto UniversityKumamotoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Faculty of Life SciencesKumamoto UniversityKumamotoJapan

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