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Electron-beam CT scanning for detection of coronary calcification and prediction of coronary heart disease

, : Electron-beam CT scanning for detection of coronary calcification and prediction of coronary heart disease. Qjm 89(8): 565-570

Electron-beam or ultrafast computerized tomographic (CT) scanning provides a convenient and sensitive means of detecting coronary calcification, which is an early index of atherosclerosis. The procedure has strong negative predictive power for the presence of coronary artery disease, but a limited ability to predict disease severity. However, preliminary indications are that it is as good or better than conventional risk factors in this respect. Although further validation is needed before electron-beam CT can be regarded as an established method of detecting presymptomatic coronary atherosclerosis, the procedure has potential in this context.


PMID: 8935477

DOI: 10.1093/qjmed/89.8.565

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