What is the role of electron-beam CT (EBCT) in the detection of coronary artery calcification?

Updated: Jul 24, 2019
  • Author: J Bayne Selby, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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The initial investigation of coronary artery calcification with CT was made possible with the development of the electron-beam CT (EBCT) scanner in the late 1980s. The speed of this machine was vastly superior to that of existing CT scanners. With this speed, it had the ability to "stop" heart motion enough to allow measurement of the amount of calcium in a coronary artery. Another revolution in CT has was the development of ultrafast spiral CT. [10, 11]

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