Diagnostic Performance and Comparative Cost-Effectiveness of Non-invasive Imaging Tests in Patients Presenting with Chronic Stable Chest Pain with Suspected Coronary Artery Disease: A Systematic Overview

Claudia Waardhuizen, Marianne Langhout, F Ly, Loes Braun, Tessa Genders, SE Petersen, KE Fleischmann, Koen Nieman, Myriam Hunink

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Several non-invasive imaging techniques are currently in use for the diagnostic workup of adult patients with stable chest pain suspected of having coronary artery disease (CAD). In this paper, we present a systematic overview of the evidence on diagnostic performance and comparative cost-effectiveness of new modalities in comparison to established technologies. A literature search for English language studies from 2009 to 2013 was performed, and two investigators independently extracted data on patient and study characteristics. The reviewed published evidence on diagnostic performance and cost-effectiveness support a strategy of CTCA as a rule out (gatekeeper) test of CAD in low- to intermediaterisk patients since it has excellent diagnostic performance and as initial imaging test is cost-effective under different willingness-to-pay thresholds. More cost-effectiveness research is needed in order to define the role and choice of cardiac stress imaging tests.
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JournalCurrent Cardiology Reports
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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  • EMC COEUR-09
  • EMC NIHES-01-64-03
  • EMC NIHES-03-30-01
  • EMC NIHES-03-30-02

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