AuntMinnieTV: Study compares 16-slice CT to ultrasound in coronary arteries

Dear AuntMinnie Member,

Could multislice CT some day replace intravascular ultrasound as a method for determining which types of coronary plaque place a patient at risk for a future cardiac event like myocardial infarction? Researchers from the Netherlands think it might, and their study is the subject of this week's new AuntMinnieTV segment, our first report from the 2005 European Congress of Radiology that took place earlier this month in Vienna, Austria.

In an ECR presentation, a group led by Dr. Filippo Cademartiri of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam presented its research comparing 16-slice CT to intravascular ultrasound in the coronary arteries. The team sought to determine whether multislice CT was able to differentiate stable plaque from unstable plaque -- the type at risk of rupturing and causing a myocardial infarction.

The study could have important implications for future research into cardiac applications with CT, especially with new 64-slice CT scanners increasingly being used in clinical practice. Learn all about the study by clicking here.

We're pleased to bring you this first AuntMinnieTV segment from the ECR conference. You can look forward to more video segments on clinical and business news from the ECR in the weeks to come.

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