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ANCHOR LEAD:   SOME CARDIOLOGISTS ARGUE THAT CT ISN’T READY FOR GENERAL DIAGNOSTIC USE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

MILLER:  I think that this test is an excellent, non-invasive diagnostic test.  When you compare to other non-invasive tests to detect coronary artery disease such as exercise stress testing, with or without imaging, our diagnostic accuracy results are excellent when compared with those.  Based on our results, it looks like CT is much less likely to generate a falsely positive test that may send patients who do not need to go to the cath lab to the lab.                        :31

A powerful CT machine that takes 64 images per revolution is capable of assessing the presence of coronary artery disease very accurately, a Johns Hopkins study has found, but critics of the procedure say it’s still not ready for prime time.  Julie Miller, the study’s lead author, disagrees.So if you’re being assessed for coronary artery disease, you may want to ask about the availability of 64 slice CT.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting

 


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