Low-attenuation Coronary Plaque Burden May Become Next Big Cardiac Risk Assessment

There is a promising recent development in cardiovascular computed tomography angiography (CCTA) to analyze plaque to more accurately assess the risk of myocardial infarction (MI), determining which patients to put on aspirin and statins and to have the ability to monitor reversal of coronary inflammation using various drugs. This new plaque assessment technology, the fat attenuation index (FAI), was a big topic of discussion and one of the main take aways from the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) 2020 virtual meting in July.


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