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Noninvasive Technologies for Diagnosing Coronary Artery Disease in Women

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Noninvasive Technologies for Diagnosing Coronary Artery Disease in Women

This slide set is based on a comparative effectiveness review (CER) titled Noninvasive Technologies for Diagnosis of CAD in Women, Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 58, which was developed by Duke Evidence-based Practice Center, Durham, NC, for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) under Contract No. 290-2007-10061-I and is available online at www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/diagnosecad.cfm.

CERs are comprehensive systematic reviews of the literature that usually compare two or more types of interventions with usual care for the same disease. For this CER, the existing body of evidence on the relative accuracy and safety of the noninvasive technologies currently available for diagnosing coronary artery disease in women was reviewed. The literature included in this review was identified in searches for studies in the MEDLINE®, PubMed®, and EMBASE® bibliographic databases and in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews using relevant search terms. Studies published in English with sex-specific outcomes comparing one noninvasive diagnostic technology to another or to coronary angiography were included. Searches were conducted for studies published through September 2011.