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Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring

Current Status and Review of Literature

Malguria, Nagina MD; Zimmerman, Stefan MD; Fishman, Elliot K. MD, FACR

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: November/December 2018 - Volume 42 - Issue 6 - p 887–897
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0000000000000825
Cardiovascular Applications of Dual Energy CT

Coronary artery calcium is a marker of overall atherosclerotic plaque burden, corresponding to approximately 20% overall atherosclerotic plaque burden. Coronary artery calcium screening, most commonly performed using the Agatston score, has been shown to be a predictor of future cardiovascular risk independent of conventional risk scores such as the Framingham risk score. Coronary artery calcium screening is also recommended on routine nongated, noncontrast chest computed tomography scans using several ordinal and visual scoring systems.

From the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.

Received for publication July 10, 2018; accepted September 20, 2018.

Correspondence to: Nagina Malguria, MD, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 601 N Caroline St, Baltimore, MD 21205 (e-mail:

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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