C scans are able to accurately detect buildup in the coronary arteries of the heart.
What is Cardiac CT Angiography?
Cardiac CT Angiography (C Scan), also known as Coronary/Cardiac CT and Virtual/CT Angiography/Angiogram, is a noninvasive, diagnostic test intended to detect calcium deposits in the coronary arteries. The amount of coronary calcium in the arteries has been recognized as a powerful predictor of future cardiac events and can be used as a guide for lifestyle modifications and preventive medical therapies to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Why have a C scan?
A C scan is commonly used to determine whether symptoms of chest pain may be caused by a coronary blockage, particularly in individuals with a family history of cardiac events, diabetes, high blood pressure, smokers, or those with elevated cholesterol.
Preparing for a Coronary / Cardiac CT
Specific details of your upcoming examination will be explained fully by one of our CT technologist or by your patient care coordinator.
What to expect with a Coronary / Cardiac CT
One of our expert technologists will escort you into the CT scanning room, containing a table and a large, circular device called a gantry. Your technologist will have you lie on the padded table and make sure that you’re comfortable.
You may feel the table move while images are being taken at certain locations of your body. You will be required to lie as still as possible and hold your breath for a short time during the scan in order to produce a clear image. Your technologist will monitor you during the entire exam and will be able to communicate with you through an intercom.
After your Coronary / Cardiac CT
Our fellowship trained sub-specialty radiologists will carefully analyze your CT images and provide a report to your physician. Once they have received the report your physician will then discuss the results with you.
Your CT technologist will also provide you with a CD, DVD or USB containing the images from your scan when you leave.
Get a C scan with Centric Health
Many men and women from across Canada and all over the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for C scans. In addition to our world-class technology, our physicians, technologists and radiologists have years of experience and a commitment to excellence. Our modern facility and patient-centred philosophy will ensure you have a positive experience at every turn. Let us help you achieve optimal health and wellness in a professional, clinical setting.
Next steps: Book your C scan
If you are ready to discuss your C scan needs, contact us to learn more and request a consultation today.