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Electron-Beam Computed Tomography

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(EBCT; Ultrafast CT)

 

Definition

The amount of calcium build-up in the arteries will give your doctor an idea of whether a condition known as atherosclerosis has developed. This condition can lead to narrowing of the arteries, heart attack, stroke, and other serious conditions.
Varying Degrees of Atherosclerosis in Coronary Arteries
Stereostatic Biopsy
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Reasons for Test

EBCT may be used to screen people for coronary heart disease (CHD). It can be used before or after symptoms actually appear. This test may be most useful for people at moderate risk for heart attacks. This is important because, for many people, the first sign of CHD is a heart attack.
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
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RESOURCES

American College of Cardiology
http://www.acc.org

American College of Radiology
http://www.acr.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Cardiovascular Society
http://www.ccs.ca

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
http://www.heartandstroke.ca

 

References


Cardiac CT for calcium scoring. Radiological Society of North America Radiology Info website. Available at: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=ct%5Fcalscoring. Updated April 19, 2013. Accessed May 20, 2013.


O’Rourke R, Brundage B, et al. American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association expert consensus document on electron-beam computed tomography for the diagnosis and prognosis of coronary artery disease. Circulation. 2000;102:126.


Tomography, electron beam computed. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://my.americanheart.org/professional/StatementsGuidelines/ByTopic/TopicsQ-Z/Tomography-Electron-Beam-Computed%5FUCM%5F321680%5FArticle.jsp. March 28, 2011. Accessed May 20, 2013.


Ultrafast/electron beam CT scan. University of Rochester Medical Center website. Available at: http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/Encyclopedia/Content.aspx?ContentTypeID=90&ContentID=P01828. Accessed May 20, 2013.


What is coronary calcium scan? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/cscan/. Updated March 30, 2012. Accessed May 20, 2013

 

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