PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How does a computed tomography (CT) scan diagnose heart diseases?

ANSWER

Computed tomography, commonly known as a CT scan, combines multiple X-ray images with the aid of a computer to make cross-sectional views of the body. Cardiac CT is a heart-imaging test that uses CT technology. Sometimes for this test a technician puts a dye into your body with an IV. The test is used to make images of your heart, coronary circulation, and vessels such as the aorta, pulmonary veins, and arteries.

SOURCES: American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Cleveland Clinic Medicine Outcomes Book (published 4/06). Radiological Society of North America, Inc. WebMD Feature: "Heart Disease Detection Goes High Tech." WebMD Feature: "Imaging the Heart: The New Frontier."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 02, 2018

SOURCES: American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Cleveland Clinic Medicine Outcomes Book (published 4/06). Radiological Society of North America, Inc. WebMD Feature: "Heart Disease Detection Goes High Tech." WebMD Feature: "Imaging the Heart: The New Frontier."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 02, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

What are the types of computed tomography (CT) scans used in the diagnosis of heart disease?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.