In this large systematic review of the use of CTA for diagnosing CAD, the pooled mean sensitivity was 98% and specificity was 85%. However, outcome studies were limited primarily to the ED setting (in ruling out low risk patients for significant CAD). CTA is being more commonly used in the ED setting for ruling out significant CAD, where it has a relatively high sensitivity and specificity (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.