Cardiovascular CT in the emergency department

Asim Rizvi, James K. Min

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Acute-onset chest pain is one of the most common presentations in the emergency department (ED) and despite a thorough, time intensive, and costly ED evaluation utilizing the standard strategy, there is a non-negligible clinical risk of missed acute coronary syndrome (ACS) with 2-5 % of these patients being discharged inappropriately. The resultant consequences are, increased risk of short and long term mortality. This chapter discusses the current role of cardiac computed tomography in the evaluation of patients with acute chest pain in the ED and evaluates the current evidence supporting accuracy and safety of cardiac computed tomography, as well as it’s ability to reduce ED cost.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCardiac CT Imaging
Subtitle of host publicationDiagnosis of Cardiovascular Disease
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319282190
ISBN (Print)9783319282176
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Cardiac
  • Chest pain
  • Coronary computed tomography angiography
  • Emergency department

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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