IMR Press / RCM / Volume 11 / Issue S2 / DOI: 10.3909/ricm11S2S0003
Open Access Review
Cardiac Computed Tomography in the Rapid Evaluation of Acute Cardiac Emergencies
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1 Department of Emergency Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
2 Department of Emergency Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland OH
Rev. Cardiovasc. Med. 2010 , 11(S2), 35–44; https://doi.org/10.3909/ricm11S2S0003
Published: 20 February 2010
Abstract
Approximately 6 million patients are evaluated annually in US emergency departments for acute chest pain. The delineation of the presence or absence of acute coronary syndromes in these patients must be accurate and efficient in order to prevent missed diagnoses. Coronary computed tomography angiography has great promise as a tool to expedite the triage of patients with acute chest pain to early discharge or further inpatient diagnosis and treatment.
Keywords
Coronary CT angiography
Acute coronary syndromes
Triple rule-out protocol
Calcium scoring
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