Sentara Albemarle Medical Center 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. Sentara Albemarle Medical Center’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.