11/19/2009

CT scans offer a faster and less expensive way to diagnose heart attacks in patients who go to the emergency room with chest pains but without clear-cut symptoms, according to researchers who studied data from 16 major medical centers in the U.S. Emergency physicians miss a heart attack diagnosis in up to 13% of these patients, researchers said, but the benefits of detection must be weighed against the risks of increased radiation exposure with CT scans.

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