Cardiac CT Imaging

If you have heart disease, your doctor may order a Computed Tomography (CT) scan of your heart. If so, consider Augusta University Cardiovascular Center in Augusta, GA. We use special 64-slice CT scans are to generate a very clear, three-dimensional image of the heart and great vessels. This enables an expert to look at the various structures of the heart and see if there are any abnormalities. CT imaging is often reserved to diagnose a small range of specific conditions (especially disease of the coronary arteries). Your physician will help you to make the best choice for your particular condition.


Uses of Cardiac CT

There are a variety of reasons that your physician may request a CT of your heart. These include::

  • Assessment of coronary artery anatomy
  • Determining Calcium score (how much Ca2+ is in the arteries)
  • Assessment of thoracic aorta, pulmonary veins
  • Pericardial effusion (Fluid around the heart) and pericardium for thickening of membrane around your heart.
  • Masses (Tumor)

Is Cardiac CT Right for Me?

If you have chest pain or symptoms that suggest cardiac disease, talk to your physician to determine if this test is right for you.

It is not safe for some individuals to undergo CT imaging:

  • Patients with kidney dysfunction (the contrast can be harmful to the kidneys)
  • Patients with an allergy to iodine should inform their physician
  • Pregnant women
  • Patients over 60 years of age or with history of kidney disease should be evaluated before test, to avoid any kidney damage from the contrast.

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