Calcium Scoring and Cardiac Computed Tomography in 2014.

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Calcium Scoring and Cardiac Computed Tomography in 2014.

Cardiol Clin. 2014 Aug;32(3):419-427

Authors: Parikh S, Budoff MJ

Although recent advances in noninvasive imaging technologies have potentially improved diagnostic efficiency and clinical outcomes of patients with acute chest pain, controversy remains regarding much of the accumulated evidence. This article reviews the role of coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography in the assessment of coronary risk, and its usefulness in the emergency department in facilitating appropriate disposition decisions. Also discussed is coronary artery calcification incidentally found on CT scans when done for indications such as evaluation of pulmonary embolism or lung cancer. The evidence base and clinical applications for both techniques are described, together with cost-effectiveness and radiation exposure considerations.

PMID: 25091967 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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