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Cardiac CT

Cardiac CT

Cardiac computed tomography (CT) uses x-rays and computer reconstruction to generate high resolution 3-dimensional images of the coronary arteries and heart.

East River Medical Imaging employs the latest CT technology. Our machines employ advanced algorithms to reduce radiation dose and metallic artifact producing the most diagnostic images with the least amount of x-rays.

Please use the menu below to see the preparation for your cardiac CT examination.

Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring

This is a specialized x-ray test performed on a CT scanner which detects and measures calcified plaque in your coronary arteries.  Plaque can cause restricted blood flow and decreased oxygen delivery to your heart muscle which can cause chest pain (angina). Plaque also has the potential to rupture and cause a heart attack (myocardial infarction).
The information obtained from this test can help your doctor determine your risk level and decide on a treatment plan including lifestyle changes and/or medication.

CT Coronary Angiogram

 

A CT Coronary angiogram is a noninvasive way of imaging the coronary arteries which provide blood supply to the heart muscle.  It might be used to diagnose the cause of chest pain or other symptoms.  After injecting iodinated contrast dye into an arm vein, a CT scan of the heart is performed.  The images generated can be reformatted to create 3D images which can be evaluated by a radiologist to detect plaque buildup and to determine if there is any significant narrowing or blockage of these arteries.  No recovery time is necessary after CT Coronary angiography.

A traditional coronary angiogram requires threading a catheter from an artery in the groin or arm into your heart. Your doctor might opt for this method if you have known coronary artery disease and treatment may be necessary during this procedure.  Recovery time is required after this method.

Heartflow

The HeartFlow Analysis is an advanced test that assesses coronary artery disease. It shows how each blockage impacts blood flow to your heart which in turn helps your physician determine the best treatment for you.

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