Cardiac CTA reveals significant incidental disease beyond the heart

A study by University of Maryland researchers has found that CT angiography exams performed after coronary artery bypass surgery can help physicians identify unsuspected, clinically relevant cardiac and noncardiac conditions.

Imagers learned years ago that many patients undergoing electron beam CT of the heart also showed incidental cardiac and noncardiac disease warranting management. Tests like coronary artery calcium scoring without contrast media, for instance, now popular for use with multislice CT scanners, can show such findings.

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