What is the role of CT scans in the workup of cholesterol embolism syndrome?

Updated: Oct 25, 2019
  • Author: Lisa Kirkland, MD, FACP, FCCM, MSHA; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Thin sections viewed on nonenhanced dual helical (spiral) computed tomography (CT) may be useful for rapid and noninvasive detection of protruding aortic atheroma. [11] This test can help visualize areas that are poorly imaged on TEE, such as the distal ascending aorta and arch. One study suggests 87% sensitivity, 82% specificity, and 84% overall accuracy.


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