Noninvasive cardiac imaging in suspected acute coronary syndrome

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Abstract |

Noninvasive cardiac imaging has an important role in the assessment of patients with acute-onset chest pain. In patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS), cardiac imaging offers incremental value over routine clinical assessment, the electrocardiogram, and blood biomarkers of myocardial injury, to confirm or refute the diagnosis of coronary artery disease and to assess future cardiovascular risk. This Review covers the current guidelines and clinical use of the common noninvasive imaging techniques, including echocardiography and stress echocardiography, computed tomography coronary angiography, myocardial perfusion scintigraphy, positron emission tomography, and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging, in patients with suspected ACS, and provides an update on the developments in noninvasive imaging techniques in the past 5 years.

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