Journal article

Incidental Pulmonary Nodules Are Common on CT Coronary Angiogram and Have a Significant Cost Impact

James Robertson, Sandra Nicholls, Philip Bardin, Ronnie Ptasznik, Daniel Steinfort, Alistair Miller

HEART LUNG AND CIRCULATION | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Computed tomography (CT) coronary angiogram (CTCA) is commonly used for diagnostic evaluation of low-moderate risk patients due to its excellent performance and cost-effectiveness. However, previous cost analyses have not factored in the burden of management of pulmonary nodules, which are a common occurrence. We sought to describe the frequency and characteristics of lung nodules on CTCA in an Australian tertiary hospital, and to assess cost impacts. METHODS: Consecutive CTCAs performed in the calendar year 2012 were retrospectively identified from the imaging department database. Subjects were excluded if they were under the age of 35, had known malignancy or findings identifie..

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