|Multislice Computed Tomography|
Multislice Computed Tomography (MSCT) coronary angiography has rapidly emerged as a reliable non invasive diagnostic modality to visualise the coronary arteries allowing to evaluate coronary lumen obstructions and presence and composition of coronary plaques. A detailed assessment of the amount of calcium can be made which is reported as an overall coronary calcium score.
It is well established that coronary calcium score is an independent risk factor for coronary artery disease. Coronary lesions can be detected and quantified using MSCT and quantification of coronary obstructions and plaques is now a fully validated analysis in the Cardialysis Core Laboratory. Evaluation of the composition of coronary plaques is currently considered work-in-progress, but will soon be implemented in Cardialysis Core Laboratory analysis as part of quantification and characterisation of the overall coronary plaque burden.