Coronary CT Angiography (CCTA)
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is the most common heart disease in the US. Caused by plaque buildup in the wall of the arteries that supply blood to the heart, CAD can be life-threatening – particularly because it can go undetected if no symptoms are present. CT imaging can be used to evaluate the plaque buildup in the arteries. Charlotte Radiology offers two exams to study coronary arteries: Calcium Scoring and Coronary CT Angiography (CCTA). Calcium scoring is primarily used to determine risk of heart attack for asymptomatic patients, while CCTA is used for patients with acute or chronic chest pain. Recommended as a frontline testing strategy by both the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, CCTA generates three-dimensional (3D) images of the coronary arteries and enables doctors to visualize blood flow, plaque and blockages. CCTA is a valuable tool as it can provide important information about the presence of plaque in the coronary arteries, as well as detect other possible causes of cardiovascular symptoms.
Doctor Referral Required