What is a Coronary CT Angiography?

The 30-second test that is revolutionizing the diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease 

What is a Coronary CT Angiogram?

A coronary CT angiogram (or CCTA) is a noninvasive test that uses state-of-the-art technology to visualize the heart arteries. Using intravenous iodinated contrast, the CCTA study evaluates the heart arteries for the presence of plaque buildup. Plaque formation in the heart blood vessels can be influenced by factors such as cholesterol, family history, and smoking. Over time, plaque build-up can lead to narrowing or even complete blockage of the heart arteries, resulting in a poor supply of oxygen and nutrients to the heart muscle.

CCTA is well indicated for patients with:

  • Chest pain and at low-intermediate risk of coronary artery disease
  • Suspected abnormal coronary artery anatomy
  • Non-acute chest pain
  • Unclear or inconclusive results of prior stress tests
  • New-onset heart failure with reduced ejection fraction and low-intermediate risk for coronary disease
  • Coronary artery bypass grafts
  • Intermediate risk of coronary artery disease before non-coronary cardiac surgery
  • New or worsening symptoms with a previous normal stress test result

Benefits of CCTA:

  • Noninvasive
  • No recovery time needed
  • Low radiation
  • State-of-the-art scanner
  • Precision interpretation by cardiologists

Interested in getting a CCTA scan? Talk to your primary care provider to see if it’s right for you.