What is the role of fluoroscopy in the imaging workup for cardiac calcifications?

Updated: Sep 10, 2019
  • Author: Sohail G Contractor, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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Fluoroscopy was the most frequently used modality in detecting coronary artery calcification before the advent of CT. The ability of fluoroscopy to detect small, calcified plaques is poor. In one study, only 52% of calcific deposits observed on EBCT were identified fluoroscopically. In addition, fluoroscopy is operator dependent, and certain patient characteristics (eg, body habitus, overlying anatomic structures, calcification in overlying anatomic regions) can compromise fluoroscopic examination. [39, 40]


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