BLOCKED HEART ARTERIES
ANCHOR LEAD: CT CAN DISCERN BLOCKED HEART ARTERIES VERY WELL, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Improvements in CT technology and methods have led to the use of CT to assess blockages in the coronary arteries, those that supply the heart with blood. Advantages of CT over other techniques abound, and Julie Miller, lead author of a Johns Hopkins study assessing the technique, says it’s good to have objective evidence.
MILLER: The importance of CORE 64 is that really for the first time we’ve shown that CT angiography is nearly as accurate as conventional angiography for the detection of patients who may have significant blockage or not and nearly as accurate to determine those patients who need to go on to a revascularization procedure, or have an artery fixed.
One criticism of conventional angiography is that it may have led to more procedures to open blocked arteries than were really needed. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.