Feature | August 27, 2014

SCCT Guidelines Outline Use of Coronary CTA for Acute Chest Pain in the ED

August 27, 2014 — The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) has published the “SCCT Guidelines on the Use of Coronary Computed Tomographic Angiography for Patients Presenting with Acute Chest Pain to the Emergency Department” document, printed in the July/August issue of the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.

Diagnosis and triage of emergency department (ED) patients with suspected acute coronary syndromes (ACS) consumes a large and increasing amount of healthcare resources. This guideline document develops recommendations for acquiring, interpreting and reporting of cardiovascular CT to ensure adequate, safe and efficient use of this modality. These recommendations were produced as an educational tool for practitioners to improve the diagnostic care of patients presenting with acute chest pain to the ED, in the interest of developing systematic standards of practice for coronary CTA based on the best available data or broad expert consensus. Due to the highly variable nature of medical care, and individual and unique patient presentations and circumstances, approaches to patient selection, preparation, protocol selection, interpretation or reporting that differs from these guidelines may represent an appropriate variation based on a legitimate assessment of an individual patient's needs.

"Coronary CTA is safe and highly effective for diagnosis of acute chest pain, but systematic standards for its clinical application have not been available," said Gilbert Raff, M.D., Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich., and chair of the document's writing group. "These guidelines provide an authoritative resource for physicians, allied health practitioners, radiology staff, healthcare systems and third-party payers for development, implementation and quality assurance of computed tomography programs for acute chest pain diagnosis."

Jonathon Leipsic, M.D., FSCCT, co-chair of the SCCT Guidelines committee, added, "Extensive recently published randomized trial data have confirmed the important role of coronary CTA for the diagnosis of acute chest pain. These guidelines serve as a comprehensive guide for imagers and clinicians alike to help with the appropriate integration of coronary CTA into an acute chest pain algorithm."

The SCCT Writing Group for the document, comprised of nine cardiologists and radiologists, has been developing it since 2013. The guidelines abstract is available online here. The full manuscript is available on the SCCT website.

For more information: www.scct.org

Related Content

CT Shows Enlarged Aortas in Former Pro Football Players

3-D rendering from a cardiac CT dataset demonstrating mild dilation of the ascending aorta. Image courtesy of Christopher Maroules, M.D.

News | Computed Tomography (CT) | January 12, 2018
Former National Football League (NFL) players are more likely to have enlarged aortas, a condition that may put them at...
Siemens Healthineers Strengthens CT Portfolio With Four New Systems at RSNA 2017

The Somatom Force with the new FAST 3D Camera

Technology | Computed Tomography (CT) | December 14, 2017
December 14, 2017 — Siemens Healthineers introduced four new...
Toshiba Medical Introduces Aquilion Prime SP CT System at RSNA 2017
Technology | Computed Tomography (CT) | December 13, 2017
December 13, 2017 — Toshiba Medical, a Canon Group company, introduced its new Aquilion Prime SP...
Philips Debuts IQon Elite Spectral CT Scanner at RSNA 2017
Technology | Computed Tomography (CT) | December 11, 2017
At the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, Philips unveiled the IQon Elite Spectral CT,...
Toshiba Highlights Ultra-High Resolution CT at RSNA 2017
News | Computed Tomography (CT) | December 06, 2017
Toshiba Medical, a Canon Group company, showcased the Aquilion Precision, what it calls the world’s first ultra-high...
Samsung Unveils Mobile CT OmniTom at RSNA 2017
Technology | Computed Tomography (CT) | November 26, 2017
Samsung Electronics debuted its OmniTom mobile 16-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner at the Radiological Society of...
Siemens Healthineers Announces First U.S. Installs of Somatom go.Up CT System
News | Computed Tomography (CT) | November 15, 2017
November 15, 2017 — Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI), one of the nation’s largest providers of diagnostic imaging
Medis Releases QAngio CT v3.1
Technology | Computed Tomography (CT) | October 09, 2017
Medis has released a new version of its QAngio CT (computed tomography), which can now be launched from the Medis Suite...
Hitachi Supria True64 CT Receives FDA Clearance
Technology | Computed Tomography (CT) | September 15, 2017
Hitachi Healthcare Americas Inc. announced it has attained U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to...
Orange County, Calif. Hospital Adopts Siemens Somatom Force CT for Cardiac Imaging
News | Computed Tomography (CT) | September 12, 2017
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian recently became the first hospital in Orange County, Calif., to install the Siemens...
Overlay Init