Computed Tomography (CT) plays an active role in early detection.
CTCA uses advanced CT technology to capture fine slice images of the heart. The CT machine tracks the heart rate, acquiring scans whilst the heart is beating.
Note: Contrast dye enhancing the coronary arteries on a CTCA scan
Note: 3D Volume Rendered image of the heart developed after the CTCA scan
During the procedure, an iodinated contrast dye is injected into a vein in the arm and travels through the bloodstream. This enhances the coronary arteries which supply blood to the heart muscle. Any blockage of these arteries prevents blood flow to the heart, which can eventually lead to a heart attack.
If your doctor refers you to have a CTCA scan, you can find further information at: https://synrad.com.au/services/coronary-ct-angiography/