Cardiac CT and Calcium Scoring
The RCI radiologists at Boone Hospital are able to examine a person’s arteries and veins by performing a non-invasive test called a CT Angiogram. The study consists of a CT with intravenous contrast of a person’s body and specialized computer processing to produce a 3-D image of the vessel. We process the images, often with the help of the CT technologist, using a system called Vitoria Enterprise by Vital Images. These CTA images allow the radiologist and treating physician to examine the vessel from multiple angles, which can help make the correct diagnosis and aid in any surgical or interventional planning. Because it is a non-invasive study, the risks are low so it is a safer way to look at the vessels than a conventional angiogram.
Arteries of the heart, neck and legs can be examined to look for areas narrowing and blockages due to atherosclerotic plaque. The arteries in the brain and in the abdomen can be examined for aneurysms.