Coronary CT Angiogram (CCTA) is a noninvasive procedure to evaluate the walls of the coronary arteries (arteries that supply blood to the heart) for calcified or soft plaque which cause narrowing and restricted blood flow to the heart. An iodinated contrast (x-ray dye) injection coincides with a CT scan of the heart during a very short breath hold.
Charter Radiology utilizes a state-of-the-art 128 slice Low Dose CT scanner that generates high resolution images of the heart and coronary arteries with the ability to reduce the radiation dose to the patient. These images are then processed to provide very detailed 3-D images of the heart and coronary arteries.
Common uses for CCTA
- Coronary Artery Disease-can help manage this disease
- Atypical chest pain/Shortness of breath
- Heart failure w/ reduced heart function
- Coronary artery bypass grafts
- Inconclusive results from a stress test
- Congenital anomalies of the coronary arteries