NEW ORLEANS — Roughly half of patients with cancer who had coronary artery calcification detected in CT scans were clinically reported in electronic medical records, according to data presented at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session.
“Evaluating cancer CT scans for CAC is essentially free information and poses no further risk to the patient,” Matthew C. Hooks, MD, a resident physician at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, told Cardiology Today. “There are guidelines on reporting of CAC on such CT scans, and then treatment algorithms based on presence and extent of CAC. We as physicians taking care of cancer patients need to do a better job at reporting CAC and then acting on it.”
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