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Electron beam CT (computed tomography) "cheaper" than exercise test:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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In certain patients electron beam CT could offer cost benefits over exercise treadmill testing as an initial test for coronary artery disease, US researchers have concluded. Reporting in the February 1 edition of the American Journal of Cardiology, Dr Paolo Raggi and colleagues said that in 207 patients with a low to intermediate probability of coronary artery disease, EBCT provided savings of 45% to 65%. The researchers said the lower sensitivity of EBCT compared with nuclear imaging for obstructive disease and higher sensitivity for subclinical atherosclerotic disease meant that unnecessary follow-up angiography could be avoided more often.

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