The New York Heart Center uses a state of the art, Philips CT scanner. The Philips Brilliance 64 CT scanner is one of the most advanced, powerful and versatile systems on the market today. The CT Department’s primary specialty is in performing CT Angiography of the heart. This test takes the place of having to go to the hospital for a conventional Cardiac Catheterization. Cardiac computed tomography or cardiac CT is a painless test that uses an x-ray machine to take clear, detailed pictures of the heart. This common test is used to look for problems in the heart. Contrast dye is used during cardiac CT to help highlight the coronary arteries on the x-ray pictures. This can show whether the coronary arteries are narrowed or blocked (which may cause chest pain or a heart attack).
A normal study on a Cardiac CT is as accurate as a normal study in the cardiac catheterization lab in a hospital.
The New York Heart Center also utilizes this CT scanner to perform preventative testing called Calcium Scoring. Calcium Scoring or a Coronary Calcium scan is a valuable screening test for heart disease. A Coronary Calcium Scan does not require the injection of any contrast media (or dye), takes about 10 minutes and includes a CT scan of the chest. This test is used for the evaluation of any calcified plaque in the coronary vessels.