CCTA results in more follow-up procedures compared with MPS

11/15/2011 | (free registration)

An evaluation of more than 300,000 Medicare patients being assessed for heart disease found that those who underwent coronary CT angiography were more likely to also undergo invasive cardiac procedures, including catheterization, percutaneous coronary intervention and coronary artery bypass graft, compared with those who underwent myocardial perfusion scintigraphy, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The findings differ from those of earlier reports, raising questions as to what could have caused the differences. Clinicians and policymakers "should critically evaluate the use of CCTA in clinical practice, based on studies of subsequent outcomes," according to the researchers.

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