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Also known as Cardiac CT, this quick, painless test uses an x-ray machine to determine whether a patient has heart disease. During this test, an x-ray machine moves around the body to take a picture of the heart which is shown as a three-dimensional image. Sometimes contrast dye is injected into a vein to enhance the images on x-ray.
Cardiac CT is used to diagnose or evaluate the following:
CT Angiogram Appointments: Patients will need to get a Cardiac Computed Tomography Angiogram (CTA) Order Form from their physician. CT Angiogram order forms can be faxed to 610-738-2696. The Radiology Nurse will follow-up with you to schedule an appointment.
Coronary Calcium Score
This non-invasive 10 minute test detects small specks of calcium in the coronary arteries. These calcifications are an early sign of coronary heart disease and can detect if a patient is at an increased risk for a heart attack before any signs or symptoms may appear.
Calcium Score Appointments: The Calcium Score test is currently not covered by most insurance companies and is therefore a self pay test. The cost is $129. The test can be ordered by any physician using the CTA Order Form or the Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Department Order Sheet. For an appointment, please call 610-431-5131.
Last Updated: 9/2/2011