2016 SCCT/STR guidelines for coronary artery calcium scoring of noncontrast noncardiac chest CT scans: A report of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and Society of Thoracic Radiology

J Cardiovasc Comput Tomogr. 2017 Jan-Feb;11(1):74-84. doi: 10.1016/j.jcct.2016.11.003. Epub 2016 Nov 10.


The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) and the Society of Thoracic Radiology (STR) have jointly produced this document. Experts in this subject have been selected from both organizations to examine subject-specific data and write this guideline in partnership. A formal literature review, weighing the strength of evidence has been performed. When available, information from studies on cost was considered. Computed tomography (CT) acquisition, CAC scoring methodologies and clinical outcomes are the primary basis for the recommendations in this guideline. This guideline is intended to assist healthcare providers in clinical decision making. The recommendations reflect a consensus after a thorough review of the best available current scientific evidence and practice patterns of experts in the field and are intended to improve patient care while acknowledging that situations arise where additional information may be needed to better inform patient care.

Keywords: Computed tomography; Coronary artery calcium; Coronary artery disease.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Consensus
  • Coronary Artery Disease / diagnostic imaging*
  • Coronary Artery Disease / etiology
  • Humans
  • Incidental Findings*
  • Middle Aged
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Prognosis
  • Radiography, Thoracic / methods*
  • Radiography, Thoracic / standards
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed* / standards
  • Vascular Calcification / diagnostic imaging*
  • Vascular Calcification / etiology