Use of cardiac CT and calcium scoring for detecting coronary plaque: Implications on prognosis and patient management

S. Divakaran, M. K. Cheezum, E. A. Hulten, M. S. Bittencourt, M. G. Silverman, K. Nasir, R. Blankstein

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Abstract

Clinicians often use risk factor-based calculators to estimate an individual's risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Non-invasive cardiovascular imaging, particularly coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring and coronary CT angiography (CTA), allows for direct visualization of coronary atherosclerosis. Among patients without prior coronary artery disease, studies examining CAC and coronary CTA have consistently shown that the presence, extent and severity of coronary atherosclerosis provide additional prognostic information for patients beyond risk factor-based scores alone. This review will highlight the basics of CAC scoring and coronary CTA and discuss their role in impacting patient prognosis and management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number20140594
JournalBritish Journal of Radiology
Volume88
Issue number1046
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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