As heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States, seeking medical attention early for any possible heart-related symptoms is critical. A computed tomography (CT) scan is often used to detect underlying problems that cause symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, indigestion or heart palpitations. Find out how the CardioGraphe CT scan, used at our Cardiac Evaluation Center, is a game changer in diagnosing various heart conditions.
CardioGrapheTM CT Scan
CT scans are designed to diagnose many diseases and injuries to various parts of the body, including the heart. A CT scan shed light on the heart’s health, providing a clear picture of the coronary arteries, heart muscle, pericardium, pulmonary veins and thoracic and abdominal aorta. This information is essential in helping medical providers make thorough diagnoses and create personalized treatment plans.
CardioGraphe is a CT scan that was designed specifically for cardiovascular diagnoses. This scan is faster at producing 3D results compared to traditional CTs and uses lower dose radiation. Traditional CT scans typically combine a series of x‑rays to produce a 3D image whereas the CardioGraphe takes a complete photo in a single 0.24 second rotation. Since those who usually need a heart scan typically have irregular heart rates, the CardioGraphe scan is designed to capture a photo of a singular heartbeat, while still collecting the full 3D image. This allows medical providers to see a clear, more accurate visual of the heart’s functionality, as well as diagnose and treat patients at a faster rate.