CT (computed tomography), also known as a CAT scan, is a specialized imaging test to visualize different body tissues and organs in detail. CT imaging is particularly useful because it can show several types of tissue — lung, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels — with great clarity. Using specialized equipment and expertise to create and interpret CT scans, radiologists can more easily diagnose problems such as cancers, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.
Diagnostic Centers of America was one of the first diagnostic imaging centers in the United States to offer this state-of-the-art technology to perform coronary CT angiography (CTA) and coronary calcium scores. Coronary CTA, or CT angiography, is a relatively new, noninvasive imaging test that combines X-rays and computer technology to detect heart disease and other vascular conditions. Coronary CT angiography is an excellent diagnostic tool.
How Should You Prepare for CT or CTA?
You may be asked to change into a gown. If your exam requires contrast, a skilled healthcare provider will start a temporary IV as well as attach cardiac monitoring leads to your chest.
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