CT Scanner Allows Earlier Diagnosis
Cardiac computed tomography, or Cardiac CT uses a 64-slice CT scanner and computer to create sophisticated cross-sectional images of the body with more detail and speed than traditional CT scanners.
One of the unique features of this scanner is its ability to give physicians a non-invasive means of identifying and diagnosing coronary artery disease, the nation's leading cause of death. Images from a Cardiac CT scan, are used to evaluate cardiac and coronary artery function by looking at soft and hard plaque buildup, wall thickening, blood flow and blood volume.
What does this technology mean to you?
The clarity of images from this scanner helps the physician diagnose blood clots, infections, and coronary and vascular diseases at an earlier stage. Early detection allows a wider range of treatment options, including non-surgical possibilities.
During a cardiac CT scan, an x-ray machine moves around the body in a circle. The machine will take a picture of each part of the heart. A computer will put the pictures together to make a three-dimensional (3D) picture of the whole heart.
Metroplex Hospital offers several types of Cardiac CT imaging studies, based on the needs of the patient as identified by the referring physician:
Cardiac Computed Tomography Angiography – a fast, non-invasive and reliable heat-imaging test used to identify narrowing of the coronary arteries, abnormalities, pericardial diseases and surrounding non-cardiac diseases.
Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring – non-invasive screening used to identify coronary artery disease. The scan helps visualize and measure the severity of coronary arterial calcification (hardening).
CT Scan for Left Ventricular Ejection Fracture (LVEF) – LVEF is a measurement of how much blood is being pumped out of the left ventricle of the heart with each contraction or beat. LVEF can be determined by using a non-invasive CT scan.
Contact your physician for more information or call the scheduling department at (254) 519-8500.