Cardiac CT (computed tomography), a painless imaging procedure, uses high-resolution X-ray technology to create detailed pictures of the heart and surrounding blood vessels.
Evaluating Heart Conditions with CT
Your Cone Health Medical Group doctor may recommend a cardiac CT scan to help detect or evaluate a variety of cardiovascular conditions, such as:
- Aneurysm – A bulge in an artery or blood vessel
- Blocked or narrowed arteries or blood vessels
- Build-up of plaque (fatty deposits) in blood vessels
What to Expect
During a cardiac CT scan, you’ll lie on a table that passes through a large, doughnut-shaped opening in the scanning machine. Before the procedure, you may have been asked to drink a solution that helps blood vessels show up clearly on the scan, or you may receive the contrast solution intravenously.
If your doctor wants to look at your heart and the blood vessels connected to it, you’ll be scheduled for a CT angiogram, also known as a coronary CT angiography or CTA. You may receive medications called beta-blockers to slow your heart rate while the scan takes place.