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The Prognostic Significance of Coronary CT Angiography.
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PMID:  22052234     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) is an increasingly utilized, highly accurate noninvasive test for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease. Accumulating data have convincingly demonstrated that the presence, extent, and location of both obstructive and nonobstructive coronary atherosclerosis visualized on coronary CTA conveys powerful prognostic information, incremental to that provided by clinical variables and coronary calcium scoring. Proposed markers of future plaque instability and coronary risk, such as the degree of vessel remodeling and low-attenuation plaque volume, as well as measures of CT myocardial perfusion, may further improve the prognostic value of CTA. Ultimately, studies are needed to assess whether the prognostic information provided by coronary CTA testing results in sustained changes in patient and provider behaviors that cost effectively improve patient outcomes.
Authors:
Kevin M Woods; Collin Fischer; Michael K Cheezum; Edward A Hulten; Binh Nguyen; Todd C Villines
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-11-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current cardiology reports     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1534-3170     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100888969     Medline TA:  Curr Cardiol Rep     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Cardiology Service, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, USA, kevin.woods2@med.navy.mil.
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