Kavitha Chinnaiyan, M.D., FACC, FSCCT, associate professor, Oakland University, William Beaumont School of Medicine, Royal Oak, Mich. She presented at the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2018 meeting.
She explains how noninvasive fractional flow reserve computed tomography (FFR-CT) is being used at Beaumont to assess patients presenting with chest pain. FFR-CT has been used to triage these patients faster than doing a series of troponin tests, keeping patients overnight for a nuclear scan or sending them for a diagnostic angiogram. Most patients can be discharge is a fraction of the time compared to these other standards of care. Chinnaiyan also showed examples of FFR-CT, CT angiograms and cath lab invasive angiograms of the same lesions to show the correlation between the different modalities. Some examples show what appears to be a severe lesion, but FFR-CT shows acceptable blood flow past lesions so no revascularization was required.
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