With the increasing diffusion of 4-row,16-row and 64-row multislice computed tomography scanners, widespread coronary calcium scoring has become possible in Europe. This relatively easy-to-perform test has a high sensitivity and low specificity for the detection of significant coronary artery stenosis, and may have an important role in the risk stratification for future coronary artery events in selected groups of patients, such as those immediately at risk. This study reviews the techniques available for coronary calcium scoring (electron beam tomography and multislice computed tomography) with their respective protocols, as well as their advantages and disadvantages. The methods for interpreting the results, the potential indications and the clinical applications of the techniques are also described.
|Translated title of the contribution||Non-invasive evaluation of coronary calcium|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging