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Title: Coronary computed tomography angiography: a new wave of cardiac imaging
Epworth Authors: Soon, Kean
Wong, Chris
Keywords: CTA
Computed Tomography Angiography
Noninvasive Imaging
Coronary Arteries
Coronary Artery Disease
Negative Predictive Value
Chest Pain
Issue Date: Oct-2012
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: Intern Med J. 2012 Oct;42 Suppl 5:22-9
Abstract: Coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) is becoming a popular non-invasive imaging modality for coronary arteries. It has high sensitivity and specificity in the evaluation of coronary artery disease (CAD). Due to its high negative predictive value, the main clinical role of coronary CTA is in the exclusion of significant CAD in the low to intermediate pretest probability patients. In the emergency department, coronary CTA helps to fast-track the triage of acute chest pain patients. One of the major coronary CTA's limitations is its false positive findings in the presence of heavily calcified lesions. With the advance of CT technology, the radiation dose of coronary CTA has been reduced significantly. At present, coronary CTA is still not indicated for screening asymptomatic patients.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2012.02901.x
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ISSN: 1445-5994
Journal Title: Internal Medicine Journal
Type: Journal Article
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Review
Appears in Collections:Cardiac Sciences
Diagnostic Services

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