Study finds cardiac MR on par with stress echo for intermediate chest pain

03/25/2014 | Diagnostic Imaging

In a study of 60 patients with chest pain but no previous history of coronary artery disease, Duke University researchers found that stress cardiac MR imaging was safe and effective when compared with stress echocardiography for assessment of patients with intermediate-level pain. In the study, the procedures were performed within 12 hours of emergency room presentation. Both procedures had similar specificity, accuracy and predictive values. The study appeared in the journal Radiology.

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