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Medical News and Perspectives
January 28, 2004

Standards Set for CT Calcium Screening but Its Clinical Value Remains Unclear

JAMA. 2004;291(4):408-411. doi:10.1001/jama.291.4.408

Chicago—As the debate continues over the value of using computed tomography (CT) to screen for coronary artery disease, reality marches on.

Researchers still do not know definitively whether detection of coronary calcium with CT prompts lifestyle changes that reduce long-term cardiac risk or, more importantly, improves outcomes. In the meantime, the public, spurred in part by savvy marketing by facilities with CTs, clamors for the procedure.

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