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Yes — the best non-invasive test for arterial plaque is a 320-slice or 256-slice CT scanner. In some ways, this is even better than a traditional invasive angiogram, as it provides a three-dimensional view of the plaque throughout the arterial wall, not just the part that impinges into the interior of the artery.

What Makes a CT Scan Better?

It’s the difference between seeing the whole iceberg vs. just the tip of the iceberg. There is some radiation exposure, but the newer scanners have much less, and if you have heart disease, the benefits may outweigh the risks.


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Dean Ornish, MD.
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