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Cardiac CT Scan offers detailed imaging of the heart and its blood vessels.

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Cardiac CT Scan (Heart CT)

Overview

Understanding Cardiac CT Scan (Heart CT)

A Cardiac CT Scan, also known as a Heart CT, is a diagnostic tool that uses a special X-ray machine to take detailed pictures of the heart and its surrounding structures. This non-invasive procedure provides high-resolution, crystal-clear, stop-action images of the heart, allowing physicians to examine the tiny blood vessels of the heart.

Purpose and Benefits of Cardiac CT Scan (Heart CT)

The primary purpose of a Cardiac CT Scan is to diagnose a variety of cardiac conditions. This powerful diagnostic tool can provide lifesaving information about the heart and coronary circulation in less than 15 minutes with a simple intravenous injection. It can help detect and diagnose disease when other tests are inconclusive.

Conditions Detected by Cardiac CT Scan (Heart CT)

The Cardiac CT Scan is useful for detecting conditions such as coronary artery disease, and it can assess the severity of the disease. It can also rule out coronary disease in patients who have unusual symptoms. The scan can identify people with atherosclerotic disease and can quantify the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries, which is a marker of atherosclerotic disease.

Key Takeaways

  • A Cardiac CT Scan is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that provides detailed images of the heart and its surrounding structures.
  • The scan is useful for detecting conditions such as coronary artery disease and can assess the severity of the disease.
  • A referral is required for a Cardiac CT Scan, which can be obtained from a healthcare provider or one of our partners at Odycy.
  • The cost of a Cardiac CT Scan can vary and may be covered by private health insurance plans.
  • The scan procedure involves the injection of contrast through an intravenous (IV) tube, followed by the CT scanner taking thousands of images of different parts of your heart.
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Typical Costs & Insurance

The cost of a Cardiac CT (Heart CT) can vary depending on the Private Provider that you choose. Enter your postcode and click search to compare the cost of Cardiac CT (Heart CT) directly on Odycy to find the best Cardiac CT (Heart CT) prices near you.

The cost of Cardiac CT (Heart CT) may be covered by private health insurance plans, depending on the specifics of the policy. Check with your insurance provider to understand what is covered.

For those without insurance or if insurance doesn't cover the cost of Cardiac CT (Heart CT), self-pay options are available.

If you need to pay out of pocket to cover the cost of Cardiac CT (Heart CT) then finding an affordable option is easier with Odycy - enter your postcode and search for the service you need. You'll be able to directly compare Private Provider prices from the best Private Provider's near you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Cardiac CT Scan?

A Cardiac CT Scan, also known as a Heart CT, is a diagnostic tool that uses a special X-ray machine to take detailed pictures of the heart and its surrounding structures.

What conditions can a Cardiac CT Scan detect?

A Cardiac CT Scan can detect conditions such as coronary artery disease and can assess the severity of the disease. It can also rule out coronary disease in patients who have unusual symptoms.

How much does a Cardiac CT Scan cost in the UK?

The cost of a Cardiac CT Scan in the UK can vary depending on the provider and the specifics of the procedure. It's important to check with your insurance provider to understand what is covered and what you may need to pay out-of-pocket.

Do I need a referral for a Cardiac CT Scan?

Yes, a referral is required for a Cardiac CT Scan. If you have not been directly referred to Odycy, you can obtain a referral from one of our partners or upload a referral from your doctor.

Further Information

Scan Procedure

The Cardiac CT Scan procedure involves the injection of contrast (X-ray dye) through an intravenous (IV) tube placed in an arm vein. The contrast makes it easier for the radiologist to see your heart tissues in the scan images. The CT scanner will then take thousands of images of different parts of your heart.

Preparation for the Scan

Before the scan, a nurse will prepare you for your scan. You will be given medicine through your IV that will slow your heart rate slightly. You will then be taken to the CT room, connected to a heart monitor, and lie on the CT table.

What to Expect on the Day

On the day of the scan, the contrast will be injected through your IV. Soon after this injection, the scan will start. The CT table will move you in and out of the scanner as the scan is done. A CT image of the heart and coronary arteries will be taken.

After the Scan

After the scan, your technologist will monitor your heartbeat and will be able to tell when the contrast reaches your heart. The results of the scan will be communicated to you by your healthcare provider.

Alternative Imaging Options

Other imaging options include MRI and ultrasound, and their suitability is based on symptoms and the consultant's decision.

Additional Resources

For more information on Cardiac CT Scans or to refer a patient, please call 1-855-332-8474 (1-855-33-CVRI).

References

  1. "Cardiac CT Screening Form - OHSU." https://www.ohsu.edu/sites/default/files/2020-05/Cardiac%20CT%20Screening%20Form_updated.pdf
  2. "Billing and Coding: Cardiac Computed Tomography & Angiography (CCTA)." https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/view/article.aspx?articleId=56691
  3. "Radiology Preps CT-Coronary Angiogram-Scan." https://www.uwmedicine.org/sites/default/files/2018-10/181019_Radiology_Preps_CT-Coronary-Angiogram-Scan.pdf
  4. "Cardiac CT: Heart CT Scan | Houston Methodist." https://www.houstonmethodist.org/heart-vascular/conditions-treatments/cardiac-ct/
  5. "Cardiac CT Scan." https://www.lifespan.org/centers-services/cardiovascular-testing-and-diagnostics/cardiac-ct-scan

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