Coronary Computed Tomography Angiogram

Cardiac computed tomography angiogram (CCTA) uses advanced CT technology, along with intravenous contrast material (dye), to obtain high-resolution, 3D pictures of the moving heart and great vessels.

Through a CCTA a physician can see blockages and areas of narrowing in a patient's heart arteries on the images. Physicians can use the test to help detect or evaluate:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Calcium buildup in the walls of the coronary arteries
  • Problems with the aorta including aneurysms and dissection
  • A pulmonary embolism
  • Problems in the pulmonary veins
  • Problems with heart function and heart valves
  • Periocardial disease
  • Results of coronary artery bypass grafting

Watch the video below to learn more about what a CT can detect and how it is done.