Indications: coronary artery disease

Chapter 2.1 Coronary artery calcium imaging

Martin J. Willemink

Coronary artery calcium has shown to be a strong predictor of the long-term risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in asymptomatic individuals. Coronary artery calcium can be quantified with a non-contrast CT scan. Coronary artery calcium can be used to reclassify asymptomatic individuals at intermediate cardiovascular risk. The absence of coronary artery calcium on a CT scan is a strong marker for identification of individuals at very low 10-year risk. Elevated coronary artery calcium scores indicate that the individual is likely to benefit from treatment.

Acquisition protocol

Patient preparation

Image acquisition

See also Chapter 1.5.

Calcium quantification

Agatston score

Volume and mass scores

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Aug 22, 2023 | Posted by in CARDIOLOGY | Comments Off on Indications: coronary artery disease

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