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Cardiac CT

Cardiac computed tomography, or cardiac CT, is a painless test that uses an X-ray machine and computers to take clear, detailed pictures of the heart. This test is used to look for problems in the heart.

Sentara Heart offers a fast and accurate 256-slice cardiac CT scanner. It takes only five seconds—or five heartbeats—for this CT scanner to create complete images of the heart and surrounding arteries.

During a cardiac CT scan, an X-ray machine moves around your body in a circle. The machine takes pictures of each part of the heart. A computer assembles the pictures into a 3D image. Contrast material is used to help highlight the area being studied.

 

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