OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this article is to discuss whether and how the risks of exposure to ionizing radiation should affect clinical decision making in patients with known or suspected cardiovascular disease. CONCLUSION. Although the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and frequency of diagnostic testing has risen dramatically, cardiovascular mortality has declined. Earlier and more accurate detection of cardiovascular disease may play an important role. Concerns regarding excessive radiation exposure from cardiovascular imaging have been raised. Efforts to reduce exposure have included selection of appropriate patients for cardiovascular testing, technologic advances, educational resources, and a directed patient-centered approach to testing.
- Cardiovascular imaging
- Coronary CT angiography
- Coronary artery disease
- Radiation exposure
- Single-photon emission CT myocardial perfusion imaging
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging