Those with coronary artery disease often have few notable symptoms, but this illness remains the number-one killer of both men and women in America. With our 64-slice CT technology, New Hartford Scanner Associates performs cardiac CTA, also known as coronary CTA, and works to reduce fatalities of coronary artery disease by identifying the early signs of heart attack risks. We utilize our technology to scan the moving heart and heart vessels to detect blockages caused by plaque or calcium deposits within the artery walls. The scanner enables a more accurate diagnosis of arterial blockages, aortic dissections and pulmonary embolisms with unprecedented speed and resolution. The total scan time for a cardiac CTA exam may take less than one minute to complete. If you have risk factors for coronary artery disease, ask your doctor about scheduling a cardiac CTA exam at New Hartford Scanner Associates.

Who should consider a cardiac CTA?

Talk to your doctor if you think cardiac CTA might be right for you and your condition. Commonly, these assessments allow us to discover the cause of chest pain or shortness of breath, to evaluate high-risk patients who cannot undergo cardiac catheterization, to further examine heart health following a stress test — especially in those with abnormal symptoms or test results — to determine the extent of congenital heart defects and to check bypass grafts and stents that may be blocked.

Preparing for cardiac CTA

You should not eat for four hours, nor should you consume (eat or drink) any caffeine for 12 hours prior to your appointment. You also should avoid exercising the day of your exam. Talk to your doctor about your current prescriptions or over-the-counter medications, and be sure to mention if there is a possibility you could be pregnant.

During cardiac CTA

During your cardiac CTA, one of our skilled technologists intravenously injects you with a contrast agent to highlight your heart and blood vessels on the CT image. This allows the CT to create hundreds of image slices that we may then combine digitally to form a 3-D TeraRecon composite of the arteries and heart functions. We do all of this using the least amount of contrast possible and the lowest doses of ionizing radiation we can safely use with each patient to mitigate side effects.

After cardiac CTA

Typically you may resume your usual activities, medications and diet immediately after your exam. One of our skilled radiologists will examine your scans and send a report to your physician to aid in diagnosing and treating your condition. You and your physician will discuss your results at a follow-up appointment or even with a simple phone call if no follow-up treatment is necessary.