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Cardiol Clin. 2012 Nov;30(4):523-32. doi: 10.1016/j.ccl.2012.07.009. Epub 2012 Sep 26.

Is it prime time for "rapid comprehensive cardiopulmonary imaging" in the emergency department?

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Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Ground Floor, Ravdin Building, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283, USA.


Reducing hospital admissions through improved risk stratification of patients with potential acute coronary syndrome represents a critical focus for reducing health care expenditure. Coronary computed tomographic angiography (CTA) has been used with increasing frequency as part of the evaluation of chest pain in the Emergency Department. In the appropriate group of patients at low to intermediate risk CTA appears to be an excellent evaluation strategy, safely and efficiently allowing for the rapid discharge of patients home.

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