Cardiac CT (computed tomography) uses digital technology to create 3D pictures of the heart and blood vessels. With this highly detailed view of the heart, cardiac imaging specialists can detect or evaluate the extent of coronary artery disease.

How Cardiac CT is Used

  • For primary prevention, a coronary calcium score for screening coronary artery disease is routinely performed in select individuals. 
  • An integrated program for aorta assessment uses CT for planning procedures such as percutaneous aortic valve replacement. 
  • In certain individuals with renal insufficiency, spectral CT with reduced contrast dye is performed for thoracic aorta imaging.