What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of Wellens syndrome?

Updated: Jan 25, 2018
  • Author: Benjamin B Mattingly, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Chest radiography should be performed to look for side effects of ischemia, such as pulmonary edema. In addition, this test should be performed to help exclude other possible causes of chest pain, such as thoracic aneurysm or dissection, pneumonia, and rib fracture.

Computed tomography (CT) of the chest is performed only as indicated to help rule out other causes of chest pain, such as aortic dissection or pulmonary embolus. The value of CT angiography of the chest in the evaluation of chest pain, CAD, and ACS is currently being investigated.


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