Preventing Sudden Death: EBCT Scans Trump Angiography at Detecting Killer Heart Defect
Heart and Sudden Death
Electron-beam computed tomography (EBCT) is more accurate than conventional catheter angiography for detecting a dangerous congenital heart abnormality that could cause sudden death, according to research by a Saint Louis University radiologist published last month in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions: Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.
Esat Memisoglu, M.D., assistant professor of radiology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and his team, which included another radiologist and several cardiologists, studied 28 adults at a heart hospital and imaging center in Istanbul, Turkey, who had undergone conventional X-ray angiography for chest pain or shortness of breath and then later underwent an EBCT.
In half of the patients, angiography showed a congenital abnormality