Cardiac computed tomography (cardiac CT) allows doctors to get a closer view of your heart and blood vessels. Our cardiologists work with you to ensure that a cardiac CT, as well as any other diagnostic process, is put to best use to discover any potential conditions or disorders.
Our experts always use the latest cardiac CT technology. Among the newest advances is the 64-slice cardiac CT, a revolutionary heart scan for diagnosing conditions of the heart and vascular system. This method is an innovative alternative to invasive tests such as cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography. A cardiac CT is less invasive and more comfortable for you, and is faster than traditional cardiac CT scans — helping reduce X-ray exposure.
We use CT scans to diagnose a number of heart conditions, including:
- Aortic dissection (a tear in the wall of the aorta) and blood clots in the lungs
- Artery blockage or patency (openings that interfere with proper blood flow)
- Adult congenital heart disease
- Coronary artery disease that is significant enough to affect circulation
- Physical defects of the heart, including masses
- Presence and levels of calcium in coronary arteries
How a Cardiac CT Is Performed
The advanced cardiac CT scanner rotates around your body and quickly takes cross-section images (slices) of your heart, each covering slightly more than a half-millimeter in width. These digital images are then compiled to form a detailed 3D picture of your heart, arteries, veins and aorta. Our cardiologists use the detailed results of a multislice cardiac CT scan to detect and diagnose many different conditions, particularly in patients who have had other tests with inconclusive results.