CT Coronary Angiography of the Heart
CT Coronary Angiography of the Heart (CCTA) is used as a non-invasive imaging tool to examine the Coronary blood vessels. This is helpful in evaluating the plaque deposition (both calcified and soft plaque) in the walls of the vessels.
What preparation is required?
- Do not consume caffeine 12 hours prior to the scan.
- Refrain from taking any cold medicine and inhalers
- No consumption of solid food 4 hours prior to the scan
- No restriction on water intake
- A beta blocker will be required if your heart rate is over 60 BPM. (55-60 BPM is optimal)
What should I expect during the scan?
- Any metal infringements in the scanning area need to be removed
- After conducting a sensitivity test, a technologist will administer the iodinated contrast via an IV injection
- You will be asked to place your hands above your head and ECG leads will be attached to your chest
- You will be required to hold your breath for 10-20 seconds while the images are captured
- The test usually lasts 10 minutes
- Following the exam, your cannula will be removed
- The report gets despatched within 12-24 hours
Is there anything else I should know?
You are requested to bring a copy of the medical history of the patient, including recent lab work reports and any previous imaging scans that may have been prescribed by your doctor.