A systematic review of the use of Coronary Computed Tomographic Angiography for patients with suspected coronary artery disease found that the technology has high diagnostic accuracy but was unable to determine its effectiveness in supporting clinical decision-making or improving patient outcomes.
ICER Publishes Systematic Review of Coronary Computed Tomographic Angiography
Article details evidence on CCTA's accuracy and effectiveness for evaluating patients with coronary artery disease
The Journal of General Internal Medicine has published a comprehensive systematic review of the literature on the use of Coronary Computed Tomographic Angiography (CCTA) for patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). The systematic review by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), a leader in comparative effectiveness research based at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute for Technology Assessment, found that the evidence suggests that CCTA has high diagnostic accuracy, as compared to invasive coronary angiography (the standard of care). However, there is limited evidence to determine its effectiveness in supporting clinical decision-making or improving patient outcomes in the out-patient setting, while there is some evidence that CCTA is comparable to other non-invasive diagnostic techniques in ruling out CAD as the cause of chest pain when used in the emergency department.
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