The scans, which cost patients between $ 100 and $ 400 and can expose patients to some radiation, are not considered to be a good screen for widespread use in the population. However, they should be used more widely to identify patients who have already been at cardiovascular risk and may need more intensive treatment to lower their cholesterol levels. They would probably prove to be the most valuable to rescue patients who appear to be at high risk, but who have been found to have no calcium deposits in their coronary arteries, the expense and the effort of taking medication.

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