CT was highly recommended in the 2021 chest pain evaluation guidelines, released in November of 2021. CT was elevated to a 1A recommended front-line imaging modality. Cardiac CT was already seeing wider usage prior to the guidelines, but now many hospitals are looking at using a CT-first approach to cardiac assessments. CT plaque imaging will likely be another next step in CTA advancements to be adopted for general cardiac assessments in the next few years.
Related Chest Pain Guidelines Content:
VIDEO: Cardiac CT now recommended as a front-line chest pain assessment tool — Interview with Leslie Shaw, PhD
VIDEO: The new role of cardiac CT under the 2021 chest pain evaluation guidelines — Interview with Eric Williamson, MD