How is a Cardiac CT performed?

During the test, a powerful X-ray machine captures multi slice images of the heart and its blood vessels.

This examination involves an injection of IV contrast dye via a cannula placed in an arm vein to highlight the arteries during the scan.

How long will it take?

Usually less than 60 mins

Is there any preparation required?

On the day before and the day of your cardiac CT scan, you’ll need to follow instructions provided about what and when you can eat and drink, and if you should withhold certain medications.

Cardiac CT services provided

  • CT Coronary Angiogram (CTCA)
    A CT coronary angiogram is primarily used to diagnose coronary artery disease by examining the coronary arteries for any narrowing or blockages.
    It can also assess other heart conditions.
  • CT TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation) or TAVI planning CT scan
    A CT TAVI imaging examination is always done before a TAVI procedure.
    The CT allows for the assessment and measurement of the aortic root and valve annulus in order to select an appropriate valve size and location specific to the patient.
  • CT Calcium Score
    The CT scan shows how much calcium is in the walls of the heart’s blood vessels. The amount of calcium is reported on a number scale. A score of zero indicates there is no calcified plaque.

When will I know the results?

A report will be forwarded to your referring doctor.

Please bring the following to your appointment

  • Medicare card
  • Any concession or health insurance cards
  • A current referral from your GP or specialist (if not already provided)

Fees apply and full payment is expected on the day of the test.