The technological evolution of computed tomography (CT) in the last decade has placed CT coronary angiography (CTCA) in the spotlight of imaging modalities available to evaluate patients with coronary artery disease. Widespread utilisation of CTCA has generated concern from the medical community regarding potential health issues related to the significant radiation exposure associated with this method, and several modifications of the CTCA technique have been proposed to reduce the radiation exposure without affecting the diagnostic image quality. This review will discuss a practical approach to performing CTCA to ensure that the radiation dose is minimized while maintaining diagnostic image quality.
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