Preventing Sudden Death: EBCT Scans Trump Angiography at Detecting Killer Heart Defect

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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.

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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

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