Doctors debate where CT scans fit in after nuclear stress tests

06/30/2008 | NYTimes.com

Debate surrounds using CT scans because of the radiation and the expense. This article describes how different doctors made different recommendations for a patient who had a nuclear stress test showing no heart problems. Because of the nuclear stress test results, one physician said a follow-up CT angiogram was unnecessary. "The biggest problem we have with radiation is that the doses are cumulative and additive," he said. But another doctor said the CT scan, and another follow-up scan the next year, were appropriate because of other risk factors the patient had.

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