Also known as computed tomography; computed axial tomography scan (CAT scan).
A cardiac CT scan is a painless imaging test that uses X-rays to take many detailed pictures of your heart and its blood vessels. Computers can combine these pictures to create a three-dimensional model of the whole heart. This imaging test can help doctors detect or evaluate coronary heart disease, calcium buildup in the coronary arteries, problems with the aorta, problems with heart function and valves, and pericardial disease. This test also may be used to monitor the results of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) or to follow up on abnormal findings from earlier chest X-rays.
Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Cardiac and vascular imaging specialists on the medical staff of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano use advanced technologies to diagnose and manage a wide range of cardiac and vascular disorders. Preventive screening and heart tests allow us to track how you're doing and make a diagnosis. With the advent of more precise imaging, quicker scan times, and more controlled radiation doses, today's imaging is faster, more comfortable, and safer.
Revolution™ CT Scanner
The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano is the first hospital in Texas to install the advanced Revolution™ CT scanner. The wide coverage of Revolution CT allows the ability to scan the entire heart in a single 0.28 sec rotation, reducing breath hold times.
With the convergence of whole organ coverage, image quality and speed found in Revolution CT, physicians can diagnose more patients with erratic or high heart beats.
How Does Revolution CT Benefit Patients?
Revolution CT helps deliver a better patient experience during the procedure. Patient anxiety may be reduced with 50% quieter scanning, soft ambient lighting, personalized gantry displays, and a relaxing visual pattern inside the bore. The bore is 80 cm wide, comfortably accommodating larger patients.
Revolution CT comes equipped with ASiR-V™, GE's next generation of low dose iterative reconstruction technology that routinely reduces dose up to 82% with the same image quality.
Because of Revolution CT's fast imaging speed, patients with high heart rates or an irregular heart rhythm may not be required to take special medication to slow their heart.
The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano's outpatient center - the Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Care (CACC) - is the facility offering this advanced CT diagnostic service. The CACC is located in Pavilion 2, Suite 300 on the Baylor Plano Health Care Campus.
Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System's subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano or Baylor Health Care System.