Current Cardiovascular Imaging Reports
Coronary computed tomography (CT) allows for the acquisition of thin slices of the heart and coronary arteries, which can be used to detect and quantify coronary artery calcium (CAC), a marker of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Despite the proven clinical value in cardiac risk prognostication, there remain concerns regarding radiation exposure from CAC CT scans. There have been several recent technical advancements that allow for significant radiation dose reduction in CAC scoring. This paper reviews the clinical utility and recent literature in low radiation dose CAC scoring.
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Baron, K. B., Choi, A. D., & Chen, M. Y. (2016). Low radiation dose calcium scoring: evidence and techniques. Current Cardiovascular Imaging Reports, 9 (). http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12410-016-9373-1