Computed Tomography Scan of the Heart
Heart CT Scan Services
A computed tomography (CT) scan of the heart is a diagnostic test that records detailed images of the blood vessels and heart without the need for catheterization. The diagnostic test demonstrates narrowed or blocked arteries surrounding the heart, as well as other abnormalities of the heart.
Prior to the test, you will be given medication to slow your heart rate. Once your heart rate is in the acceptable range, the CT scan can be performed.
You will lie on your back on the CT table with your arms over your head, resting on a pillow. You will be asked to hold your breath. This is very important because a breathing motion will compromise the study results. The longest you will be asked to hold your breath is fifteen (15) seconds.
A contrast material is administered through an IV while you are holding your breath. The dye is used to highlight the cardiac veins and arteries for taking pictures. You may feel a warm sensation from the contrast, which should subside quickly after the exam has been completed.
Wooster Community Hospital uses state-of-the-art technology with our 64-slice CT scanner. In addition to the high speed and quality images produced by the scanner, new cardiac studies, vessel analysis, and 3D reconstructions can also be performed.
For more information about a heart CT scan, contact The Cardiovascular Institute at Wooster Community Hospital at (330) 263-8282.