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What is cardiovascular computed tomography (CVCT)

Cardiovascular computed tomography, or a chest CT, combines a series of X-ray views taken from many different angles to produce “cross-sectional” images of the heart and vessels. Our clinicians aim to obtain the best quality images with the lowest radiation dose.

Additionally, we were the first in the Houston area to offer HeartFlow FFR-CT Analysis—the only non-invasive, 3D technology to accurately test for coronary artery disease (CAD). Thanks to this leading-edge innovation, we can provide a more accurate and detailed analysis of your arteries to determine if you have CAD.

Our imaging technologists are specially trained in cardiovascular imaging, registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), and licensed with the Texas Department of Health.

What tests are chest CT scans used for?

  • Coronary calcium scoring
  • Coronary CT angiography
  • Pre-operative planning for pulmonary vein ablation for atrial fibrillation
  • Comprehensive thoracoabdominal aorta imaging
  • Comprehensive pre- and post-procedure evaluation of endostent graft placement
  • Assessment of complex congenital heart disease in patients who could not undergo cardiac MRI
  • Evaluation of peripheral, renal, and mesenteric arteries

Chest CT scan risks and benefits

When it comes to getting a CT scan, the benefits far outweigh the risks. This scan can provide a detailed image of the area to allow a physician to diagnose, plan treatment for, and evaluate many conditions in adults and children. A concern about CT scans includes exposure to ionizing radiation and possible reactions to the intravenous contrast agent, or dye, which may be used to improve visualization.

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