CT Angiogram

A CT Angiogram is a test that uses powerful x-ray technology to view your heart and surrounding arteries. This test detects any calcified plaque that is building up and assigns a calcium score. The presence of building plaque can be a sign of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) which puts you at an increased risk of having a heart attack.

The test is non-invasive, and unlike a traditional angiogram it does not require catheter insertion through the groin.

Your doctor may order this test if:

  • there are suspected blockages in your arteries
  • you are at an increased risk of CAD or have other heart problems
  • you have certain heart conditions that make a traditional angiogram too risky

How To Prepare:

  • Your doctor will give you specific instructions prior to the test.
  • You may be asked to fast for several hours before your appointment.
  • Don’t drink any caffeine before the test.

What To Expect

  • You will need to remove clothing from the waist up and any jewelry.
  • A hospital gown will be provided.
  • You might be given a beta-blocker to slow your heart rate.
  • Contrast dye will be injected through an IV in your hand.
  • Electrodes will be placed on your chest.
  • You will be in the CT scanner for only a few minutes.
  • Remain very still for the best results.

After the Procedure

  • You will be able to resume all normal activity.
  • Your doctor will review the results and discuss them with you.
  • Further treatment options will be presented, if necessary.