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Efficacy of noninvasive cardiac imaging tests in diagnosis and management of stable coronary artery disease

Authors Mordi IR, Badar AA, Irving RJ, Weir-McCall JR, Houston JG, Lang CC

Received 5 July 2017

Accepted for publication 7 October 2017

Published 21 November 2017 Volume 2017:13 Pages 427—437

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/VHRM.S106838

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Lucy Goodman

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Naga Venkata Amarnath Kommuri


Ify R Mordi,1,2 Athar A Badar,2 R John Irving,2 Jonathan R Weir-McCall,1 J Graeme Houston,1 Chim C Lang1,2

1Division of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK; 2Department of Cardiology, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, UK


Abstract: The aim of this review was to discuss the current literature regarding the utility of noninvasive imaging in diagnosis and management of stable coronary artery disease (CAD) including recent data from large randomized trials assessing diagnosis and prognosis. Current guidelines recommend revascularization in patients with refractory angina and in those with potential prognostic benefit. Appropriate risk stratification through noninvasive assessment is important in ensuring patients are not exposed to unnecessary invasive coronary angiograms. The past 20 years have seen an unprecedented expansion in noninvasive imaging modalities for the assessment of stable CAD, with cardiovascular magnetic resonance and computed tomography complementing established techniques such as myocardial perfusion imaging, echocardiography and exercise electrocardiogram. In this review, we examine the current state-of-the-art in noninvasive imaging to provide an up-to-date analysis of current investigation and management options.

Keywords: angina, noninvasive imaging, SPECT, stress echo, cardiovascular magnetic resonance, CT coronary angiography

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