CCTA detects coronary plaques that could cause ischemia, study says

06/13/2010 | TheHeart.org (Montreal) (free registration)

A study involving coronary disease patients whose stenotic plaque are blocking between 70% and 89% of the lumen found that coronary computed-tomography angiography can pinpoint the plaques that are most likely to result in ischemia without the need for myocardial perfusion imaging. The findings, if validated in larger trials, could mean that patients with plaques that CCTA identified as most likely to cause ischemia could be referred for treatment without undergoing further tests, such as SPECT or PET, a researcher said.

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