Safety of coronary CT angiography and functional testing for stable chest pain in the PROMISE trial: A randomized comparison of test complications, incidental findings, and radiation dose.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

BACKGROUND: Coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) and functional testing strategies for stable chest pain yield similar outcomes; one aspect that may guide test choice is safety. METHODS: We compared test safety (test complications, incidental findings, and effective radiation dose) between CTA and functional testing as-tested in PROMISE (PROspective Multicenter Imaging Study for Evaluation of Chest Pain). In the subgroup whose physicians intended nuclear stress over other functional tests if randomized to the functional arm, we compared radiation dose of CTA versus nuclear stress and identified characteristics associated with dose. RESULTS: Of 9470 patients, none had major and <1% had minor complications (CTA: 0.8% [37/4633] vs. functional: 0.6% [27/4837]). CTA identified more incidental findings (11.6% [539/4633] vs. 0.7% [34/4837], p < 0.001), most commonly pulmonary nodules (9.4%, 437/4633). CTA had similar 90-day cumulative radiation dose to functional testing. However, in the subgroup whose physicians intended nuclear stress (CTA 3147; nuclear 3203), CTA had lower median index test (8.8 vs. 12.6 mSv, p < 0.001) and 90-day cumulative (11.6 vs. 13.1 mSv, p < 0.001) dose, independent of patient characteristics. The lowest nuclear doses employed 1-day Tc-99m protocols (12.2 mSv). The lowest CTA doses were at sites performing ≥500 CTAs/year (6.9 mSv) and with advanced (latest available) CT scanners (5.5 mSv). CONCLUSION: Complications were negligibly rare for both CTA and functional testing. CTA detects more incidental findings. Compared to nuclear stress testing, CTA's lower radiation dose, independent of patient characteristics, makes it an attractive test choice. Radiation dose varies with imaging protocol, indicating opportunities to further reduce dose. ( number, NCT01174550).

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Cited Authors

  • Lu, MT; Douglas, PS; Udelson, JE; Adami, E; Ghoshhajra, BB; Picard, MH; Roberts, R; Lee, KL; Einstein, AJ; Mark, DB; Velazquez, EJ; Carter, W; Ridner, M; Al-Khalidi, HR; Hoffmann, U

Published Date

  • 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 373 - 382

PubMed ID

  • 28838846

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6201309

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1876-861X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jcct.2017.08.005


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States