Study calls heart imaging into question for mild chest pain

A big federal study finds that people who see a doctor for chest pain have no less risk of suffering a heart attack, dying or being hospitalized later if they are checked with a fancy newer type of CT scan rather than a simple treadmill test or other older exam.
    
CT scans, a type of X-ray that gives a very detailed look at heart arteries, have been used for about a decade without evidence they are better or worse than older tests.
    
The study found them equally effective but also raised concern about how much medical radiation patients are getting. Few doctors in the study chose tests that did not require radiation.
    
The study was discussed Saturday at an American College of Cardiology conference in San Diego.

Related Articles

Thanksgiving tradition a reason to dance for Marsolie McCarty We all have our Thanksgiving traditions, but one woman in Herrin is known for hers.
Paducah man arrested after police chase through 2 counties A Paducah man was arrested Thursday after state police say he led troopers on a chase through two counties. A passenger in the car was also arrested. ...