Dr. Poon is constantly participating in cutting-edge research. Here are a few of his current research projects:
- 64-slice CT Angiography Verses Regular Coronary Angiography Trial (64-CARAT)
This is a blinded study that investigates the sensitivity, specificity, and diagnostic accuracy of multi-slice computed tomography angiography (CTA) in diagnosing coronary artery disease. A comparison will be made among the results of nuclear stress test images, CTA scans, and x-ray contrast coronary angiography. We will further examine prospective outcomes of patients with equivocal results on CTA 30 days, 3 months, 6 months, and one year after the exam.
- Investigating the Importance of Cardiac CTA in Early Detection of Cardiovascular Disease in Asymptomatic African Americans and Hispanics
The primary objective of this study is to investigate the role of Cardiac CTA in the early detection of coronary artery disease in 100 asymptomatic African Americans and 100 asymptomatic Hispanics with low risks of CAD based on the Framingham Risk Score. We hypothesize that advanced cardiovascular imaging using Cardiac CTA may help in the early detection of coronary atherosclerosis in asymptomatic African Americans and Hispanics with low CAD risk.
- Coronary Computer Tomography for Systematic Triage of Acute Chest Pain Patients to Treatment (CT STAT)
This is a multicenter trial comparing MSCT (Multi-Slice Computed Tomography) to Standard of Care (SOC) diagnostic treatment in the triage of the Emergency Department (ED) low- to intermediate-risk chest pain patients. Our hypothesis is that compared to standard of care treatment, MSCT is equally safe and diagnostically effective as well as more time- and cost-efficient.