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Imaging of Coronary Calcium: A Case for Electron Beam Computed Tomography

Thompson, Brad H. M.D; Stanford, William M.D

Cardiac Imaging, Part II: Original Articles

Coronary arterial calcification has unequivocally been shown to be a marker of atherosclerosis. To date, much research interest has been generated regarding the quantification of coronary calcification by electron beam computed tomography, and how best to use such measurements to identify and predict those at greatest risk for an adverse cardiac event. This article represents an attempt to provide an objective review of the literature regarding the potential role electron beam computed tomography (EBCT) has as an accurate and cost effective screening modality for coronary arterial disease, as well as a predictor for coronary heart disease.

From the Department of Radiology, College of Medicine, The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Brad H. Thompson, Department of Radiology, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242.

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