Diagnostic imaging can help uncover CAD

14 August 2015

The use of non-invasive diagnostic imaging has shown potential to rule out coronary artery disease (CAD) in female patients suffering from unusual chest pain.

Researchers found that Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA) used in conjunction with calcium scoring was an effective way of determining whether an individual was suffering from CAD or another condition, while keeping the level of radioactive exposure to a minimum.

This is particularly important in women, as exposing breast tissue to radiation can have highly negative effects.

The study followed women over 18 months, using the technology to establish the presence of calcified plaques in the arteries. In about 50 per cent of cases, they were able to rule out the possibility of CAD, avoiding unnecessary treatment and making it easier to care for patients effectively.

Lead author Susan Kornstein said: "This study suggests that CCTA combined with calcium scoring is a useful diagnostic tool for excluding coronary artery disease in women with atypical chest pain, with minimal concerns about radiation exposure."

Posted by Philip Briggs

 

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