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Scott Med J. 2013 May;58(2):113-8. doi: 10.1177/0036933013482644.

Early experience of a CT coronary angiography service in a Scottish regional centre.

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  • 1Radiology Specialist Trainee, Department of Radiology, Raigmore Hospital, Old Perth Road, Inverness, UK.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

CT coronary angiography (CTCA) is an emerging diagnostic tool in the assessment of patients with suspected coronary artery disease. It has several advantages over conventional coronary angiography (CCA); however, its use is not yet widespread in large teaching centres.

AIMS:

To determine what proportion of patients who have CTCA, do not require subsequent CCA.

METHODS:

A prospective analysis of all patients referred for CTCA from the start of the service in January 2008 to April 2010.

RESULTS:

CTCA provided definitive diagnostic images in 85% of patients. Overall only 12% (nā€‰=ā€‰33) of patients had subsequent CCA. The proportion of patients who subsequently had CCA reduced with time reflecting increasing confidence with the clinical service.

CONCLUSIONS:

A CTCA service can be successfully established out with a large teaching centre hospital. Close working between cardiologists and radiologists leads to increased confidence in the service and obviates the need for CCA in a large proportion of patients.

KEYWORDS:

CT coronary angiography; Catheter coronary angiography

PMID:
23728758
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