CT Coronary Angiogram (CTCA)

A coronary CT scan is a specialised medical test that offers a deeper look into the heart’s condition. Using advanced technology, this scan captures numerous images from various angles as you comfortably lie on a sliding table that moves through a large, ring-shaped machine (CT scanner). Multiple snapshots are then compiled by a computer to produce a comprehensive 3D view of your heart, giving unparalleled clarity and detail.

Why might you be directed to have one? Doctors often use this test to examine the coronary arteries more closely. While these arteries are vital for supplying the heart with essential oxygen and nutrients, they can sometimes become narrowed or blocked by plaque. A coronary CT scan identifies the presence and location of these blockages, especially those containing calcium, which appear bright on the images.

Why You Might Need a CTCA:

A CT coronary angiogram (CTCA) is often recommended by doctors to take a closer look at your coronary arteries. These arteries are crucial, as they supply your heart with the oxygen and nutrients it needs to function properly. However, they can become narrowed or blocked due to the buildup of plaque.

What Happens During a CTCA?

During a CTCA, you will lie on a sliding table that smoothly passes through a large, donut-shaped CT scanner. As the scanner takes numerous pictures from different angles, a computer compiles these images to create a detailed 3D model of your heart. This process provides exceptional clarity and detail, allowing for an accurate assessment of your coronary arteries.

What Happens After a CTCA?

After the scan, you can generally resume your normal activities. Some people may require medicine to reduce the heart rate to be the best possible pictures. For this reason we ask that you have someone drive you home. Your doctor will review the images and discuss the findings with you, explaining any detected blockages and suggesting appropriate treatment options if necessary.

Preparation and patient safety for CTCA

Before your CTCA, you will be asked to avoid caffeine and certain medications (Viagra). You’ll also receive specific instructions regarding eating and drinking. The scan involves minimal radiation exposure and is considered safe; however, it’s important to inform your healthcare provider if you’re pregnant or have any allergies to contrast dye.

Why Choose GXU Radiology Specialists for Your CTCA?

Dedicated Expertise: Our team are passionate about cardiac imaging and are committed to providing high-quality imaging for precise and accurate reports.

Advanced Technology: Our latest Siemens CT scanner, installed in December 2023, offers superior image quality with the lowest radiation dose.

Expert Team: An onsite cardiac radiologist and registered nurse supervise your scan, ensuring safety and accuracy.

Subspecialty Reporting: Scans are reported by radiologists and cardiologists with subspecialty training.

Innovative Contrast Technology: We use the latest contrast injector technology for low doses and excellent image quality.

Affordable Care: We offer bulk billing for specialist referrals, making advanced cardiac care accessible.

At GXU Radiology Specialists, we prioritise your health and safety while providing state-of-the-art diagnostic services. Contact us today to schedule your CTCA and take the next step towards heart health.

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