, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp 390-395
Date: 02 Oct 2010

Economic Considerations for Coronary CT Angiography

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Abstract

In recent years, coronary CT angiography (CCTA) has emerged has a noninvasive anatomic imaging modality that demonstrates high diagnostic performance to detect and exclude high-grade coronary artery stenosis. Proponents of CCTA have advocated its use as an effective alternative to functional stress imaging, while critics have maintained that the benefits of CCTA use remain unproven and may promote unnecessary “layering” of imaging studies on top of conventional stress testing. In this review, we consider the clinical and economic data related to CCTA to date, and suggest future studies that may clarify the role of CCTA in daily clinical evaluation of patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease.