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Study evaluates PET/CT calcium scans in predicting cardiac risk

Intermountain Medical Center researchers who used PET/CT found that patients with suspected heart disease symptoms who had coronary artery calcium were more likely to undergo coronary angiographies and revascularizations within 60 days and had increased odds for a major adverse cardiac event and death after two years, compared with those without CAC. The findings, presented at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting, suggest that PET/CT may improve identification of patients with cardiac health risks and also reduce health care costs, researchers said.

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