Albemarle Hospital is performs a state-of-the-art cardiac imaging procedure that provides physicians with a clearer image of the heart – a Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA) that will aid physicians in detecting and diagnosing heart disease.
While a traditional computed tomography (CT) scan is a procedure that combines X-ray images with a computer program to generate cross-sectional views of the body, a CCTA uses advanced CT technology along with intravenous contrast to visualize cardiac anatomy, coronary circulation, and major vessels around the heart. Albemarle Hospital’s 64 slice CT scanner produces high-definition, three-dimensional images of the beating heart.
A CCTA examination allows physicians to evaluate the heart muscle, coronary arteries, pulmonary veins, thoracic and abdominal aorta, and the pericardium to search for narrowed or clogged arteries that may cause a patient to suffer a heart attack or stroke. CCTA may also detect signs of atherosclerosis that might not be visible on a stress test. This new procedure can be an alternative to traditional angiography. For some patients suffering from chest pain, CCTA may help rule out the need for cardiac catheterization.