Is FFR-CT the new one-stop shop for CAD management?

By Abraham Kim, staff writer

November 2, 2017 --

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Fractional flow reserve CT (FFR-CT) matches the accuracy of invasive coronary angiography in identifying coronary artery disease (CAD) and may help determine its management, according to a study to be presented on Sunday.

Prior research has shown the effectiveness of FFR-CT as an alternative to invasive angiography. But is it capable of taking the next step of facilitating therapeutic decision-making?

Researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina believed so. They used a machine-learning algorithm to retrospectively compute the FFR-CT values of 74 patients with at least one coronary stenosis who previously underwent invasive coronary angiography.

FFR-CT had an excellent ability to identify patients in need of revascularization and also direct physicians toward the appropriate revascularization procedure, Dr. Philipp von Knebel Doeberitz told

"We believe that FFR-CT in clinical workup for patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease will be beneficial," he said. "As a noninvasive 'one-stop shop,' it has the potential and the ability to change diagnostic workflows and could directly inform about therapeutic decision-making in patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease."


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