What is Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA)?
CCTA combines the use of X-Rays with computerized analysis of the images. EKG electrodes are positioned on the patient’s chest in order to synchronize the scanner precisely to the heart rate. This makes it possible to construct a three dimensional picture of the area being studied. Compared to diagnostic catheter angiography, CCTA is a more patient friendly, non-invasive procedure, and only takes a few minutes.
Preparing for a Coronary CT Angiogram
You will be asked to avoid any food or drink 4 hours before your study. You may take your prescribed medications with a small amount of water. Avoid smoking and caffeine for 24 hours before your procedure. The caffeine and nicotine can interfere with the results of your test. You should wear loose fitting comfortable clothes.
What will the patient experience during the CCTA procedure?
Patients undergoing a CCTA receive an iodine-containing contrast dye as an IV solution to ensure the best images possible. The same IV in the arm may be used to give a medication to slow or stabilize the patient’s heart rate for better imaging. CCTA takes a few minutes for the actual examination. Overall, you can expect to be in the department for 30 to 90 minutes.
How will the patient get results of the CCTA?
A cardiologist will read the images and forward the results to the physician who ordered the test. Your physician or nurse will give the results to you by phone or by mail.
How do I schedule A CCTA?
To schedule your appointment, call (806) 472-3800. A physician’s order is needed.
8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday
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