CT angiography, nuclear stress test may be equally reliable with stable chest pain: study

March 17, 2015

Treatment options used to diagnose the five million patients annually who suffer chest pain should be reconsidered, according to study results presented by the Duke Clinical Research Institute at the 64th American College of Cardiology’s Scientific Session currently underway in San Diego.

Lead author Dr. Pamela Douglas, a researcher and physician at Duke, internationally known for her scientific work in noninvasive imaging, exercise physiology and disease in women, led a federally funded study of 10,003 patients to compare the effectiveness of conventional stress tests to a technique called CT angiography (CTA), which enables noninvasive visualization of the arteries leading to the heart. 

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