What is a Coronary CTA?


Coronary CTA, conducted at our Olivedale and Unitas branches uses a 64-Slice CT to create 3D images of the heart. The non-invasive test is used to determine whether fatty deposits or calcium deposits have built up in the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart muscle. If left untreated, these areas of build-up, called plaques, can cause heart muscle disease. Heart muscle disease, in turn, can lead to fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain and even a heart attack

Coronary CTA vs. Cardiac Catherization (Angiogram)

Cardiac/Coronary CTA Indications

Intermediate to high-risk profiles of Coronary Artery Disease, but who do not have typical symptoms (chest pain, shortness of breath)
Chest symptoms in low to intermediate risk patients
Unclear/inconclusive stress-test results

Quick and non-invasive exam time 5-10 minutes
Gives accurate and unique information of the coronary arteries including narrowing type and degree of plaque
Coronary CTA can non-invasively exclude Coronary Artery Disease– no complications
Images the rest of the chest (ie: lungs, pulmonary arteries) which may identify the etiology of a patient’s chest pain


What are the advantages of having a Coronary CTA?

All exams are read by an on-site Board Certified Radiologist
Surrounding tissues automatically included in the exam (lungs, Aorta, Mediastinum)
Coronary Calcium Screening is included in the exam