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What happens during a computed tomography (CT) scan to check for heart disease?

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During the CT Scan:

  • You will change into a hospital gown and lie down on a special scanning table.
  • A nurse may put an IV into a vein in your arm, depending on the type of test that is being done.
  • During the scan, you will feel the table move inside a doughnut-shaped scanner. The high-speed CT scan captures multiple images, synchronized with your heartbeat.
  • A sophisticated computer program, guided by the cardiovascular radiologist, analyzes the images.

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

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