PURPOSE:To investigate the prevalence of clinically significant noncardiac findings diagnosed by computer tomography (CT) requiring follow-up.
METHODS:Eight hundred and ninety-four procedures were performed in 875 consecutive patients referred for CT procedures in an academic outpatient cardiac CT facility. The 894 procedures included CT coronary angiography in 731 patients, CT angiography of the chest in 114 patients, and CT coronary artery calcium scoring alone in 49 patients. The patients included 518 men and 357 women, mean age 64± 12 years.
RESULTS:Clinically significant noncardiac findings were found in 163 of 875 patients (19%). Incidental pulmonary findings were found in 133 of 875 patients (15%) and noncardiac nonpulmonary findings in 44 of 875 patients (5%).
CONCLUSION:A significant number of clinically significant noncardiac findings requiring follow-up can be identified by cardiac CT.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:A significant number of clinically significant noncardiac findings requiring follow-up can be identified by cardiac CT. Incidental pulmonary findings requiring follow-up were found in 133 of 875 patients (15%) and noncardiac nonpulmonary findings requiring follow-up in 44 of 875 patients (5%).
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