A cardiac CT scan is a painless imaging test that uses x-rays to take pictures of your heart and blood vessels. It's used to assess whether calcium deposits are present as these deposits are the most effective way to identify atherosclerosis (the hardening and narrowing of arteries) before symptoms develop.

Our LightSpeed VCT (Volume Computed Tomography) scanner offers incredible speed and image quality. It can capture images of the heart in just five heartbeats and other organs in only a second. This advanced technology turns the images into 3-D views that physicians can use to diagnose and decide the best course of treatment.

This scanner is used for a variety of procedures, including cancer care, stroke workup, and kidney and liver exams, but it is most beneficial for cardiac imaging. In addition to the new diagnostic power in cardiac cases, the LightSpeed VCT offers the speed and resolution needed for immediate imaging of blood vessels after a stroke.

To learn more about the Heart and Vascular Institute and cardiac CT scans, please call 443-643-3729.