A computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of parts of your body and the structures inside your body. A CT of the heart looks at the structures and blood vessels of the heart.
During the test, you lie on a table that passes through a doughnut-shaped opening in the scanner. A special dye (contrast material) may be put in a vein (IV) in your arm or hand to make the blood vessels easier to see on the scan.
A CT of the heart is done to look at the structures and blood vessels of the heart. These may include:
Talk to your doctor about all of your health conditions before the test. For example, tell your doctor if:
You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for several hours before the test. Your doctor will let you know if there are certain foods or liquids you should avoid.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: October 14, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Rakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Howard B. Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
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