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Could good quality images of a cta chest detect also detect lung nodules and coronary problems present in the thorax? they detected a liver angioma on mine for example, incidentally ...

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Act angiogram?: Lung modules yes, only problems in the vessels studied no other heart problems would be found.
Dr. Lance Berger
Cardiology 32 years experience
We often see calcification of the coronary arteries on chest CTA performed for other reasons (pulmonary embolus, aortic dissection). Calcification is a marker for plaque, but additional testing will be required to evaluate the coronary arteries.
Jun 26, 2014
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Yes: While CT angiogram of the chest won't provide a numeric score for coronary calcium, the radiologist can say whether there is coronary calcification, whether there is more than expected. Lung nodules will definitely be seen on a CT angiogram of the chest.

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