CT Coronary Angiogram
Non invasive investigation of the coronary (heart) arteries
What is a CT Coronary Angiogram?
This is a non-invasive 3D x ray test. You are connected to a drip and electrodes to monitor your heart rhythm. Most patients will then be given medication to slow their heart rate which gives us better quality pictures. Then, as you lie on the table you are passed through a donut like CT scanner. The test is usually quite quick – 20-30 minutes.
Why would you need CT Coronary Angiogram?
You may be experiencing chest pains and a CT coronary angiogram is often the first line investigation to rule out coronary (heart) artery disease as the cause. Alternatively, Dr Shand may be concerned about your background risk of developing a myocardial infarction (heart attack) or stroke and may suggest a CT coronary angiogram in those patients at low or intermediate risk of coronary artery disease in order to better direct risk modifying therapy.