Reporting incidental coronary, aortic valve and cardiac calcification on non-gated thoracic computed tomography, a consensus statement from the BSCI/BSCCT and BSTI
This consensus document, made in collaboration with the British Society of Thoracic Imaging (BSTI) has recently been published in the British Journal of Radiology.
Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in the western world, with coronary artery disease accounting for >10% of all deaths in the UK in 2017. Early detection of coronary artery disease can significantly reduce future coronary events and lead to a reduction in morbidity and mortality.
The aim of this joint guideline from the British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging/British Society of Cardiac Computed Tomography (BSCI/BSCCT) and British Society of Thoracic Imaging (BSTI) is to provide guidance for radiologists for reporting incidental coronary and cardiac calcification on routine thoracic CT performed for non-cardiac indications without electrocardiogram gating.
The article recommends the reporting of coronary artery calcification (CAC) when visualised on all CT scans, provides guidance on how to classify the severity of CAC on a per patient basis, and aims to increase the awareness of the prognostic implications of CAC.Reporting incidental coronary, aortic valve and cardiac calcification on non-gated thoracic computed tomography, a consensus statement from the BSCI/BSCCT and BSTI
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