Services - Cardiac CT
Star Imaging & Path Lab proudly introduces Optima 660 from GE. Only 500 slice CT Scanner in the world. Optima CT 660 provides extended coverage for dynamic imaging with the innovative Volume Shuttle application with less as a result of having the result of having the X-ray turned off during the table movement.
Star Imaging & Path Lab earned the rare distinction of being the front-runner of deploying the latest technology and has several firsts to its credits. Our 32 slice per second CT Scanner from GE capable of doing all kinds of CT Scans and also the much-sought-after NON INVASIVE CORONARY ANGIOGRAPHY for early detection of any CAD or blockages in the arteries with 100% accuracy and convenience.
It is the PREFFERED & FIRST CHOICE for all the Doctors and Consultants (not only West and North Delhi) but also from far off geographies as our QUALITY &ACCURACY & SERVICE STANDARDS is PAR EXCELLENCE and is visible in all our systems and procedures. We have standard operating procedures in all our departments and branches which are already endorsed by the coveted NABL, NABH, Quality Austria certifications for several years now. In fact Star Imaging & Path Lab was amongst the first few labs to have obtained the prestigious NABL accreditation from Government of Indian granted to us for several years now.
Q. What is CORONARY ANGIOGRAM?
Coronary angiogram is an invasive procedure, where a tube will be inserted inside your body through a puncture in your leg artery or arm artery. Serial X-ray pictures are taken after injecting iodine containing medicine into your heart vessels. This procedure is painful and requires admission.
Q. Is there any alternative to diagnose CAD without pain and hospitalization?
Yes, CT Coronary Angiogram is the New gold standard method for Coronary Artery Disease to diagnose without pain and hospitalization.
Q. Does CT Coronary Angiogram give the same results as that of catheter coronary angiogram?
Surely, Yes, CAD Coronary Angiogram has 99% negative predictive value. Also, it has a very high specificity about the type of atherosclerotic plaques (deposits) and can differentiate them into calcified, soft and mixed types, which is not possible with catheter angiogram.
Q. Who should get their CT Coronary Angiogram test done?
If you have any of these under mentioned risk factors, you need a CT Coronary Angiogram:-
- High blood pressure more than 130/90 mm Hg.
- High Cholesterol.
- Family history of heart disease.
- Sedentary life style.
- If you are obese or your body weight is more than 20% of recommended weight.
- High Stress jobs.
- Men above 40 years and women above 45 years.
Q. There are other conditions such as,
- To assess the patency of grafts.
- To assess the function of stents.
- Post Exertional chest pain or breathlessness, you may need this test.
Q. How CT Coronary Angio is done?
As explained earlier CT Coronary Angio is a totally non-invasive (painless) procedure. You will be taken to the CT scan room, after routine ECG and blood tests to exclude kidney problems. You may lie flat on the CT table and an intravenous line will be inserted in to one of your arms veins. If you chest is hairy we need to shave over a little area of the chest, to fix the ECG leads. You will be given a tablet to control your heart rate, which will be prescribed by our cardiologist after taking your ECG or Echocardiography. You will be instructed to hold breathe during scan. Your scan is done by CT equipment along with ECG gating. During the scan non-ionic contrast medicine will be injected through the arm vein, which may give you a slight warm sensation.
Q. How long does it take for CT Coronary Angiogram?
The actual scan takes less than 5 seconds. But, you need to be prepared for the scan which takes 30 minutes to 1 hour. So, your stay in Star Imaging & Path Lab can range from 1-2 hours.
Q. Is there any risk in undergoing this investigation?
Like conventional angiogram CT Coronary angiogram also uses X-ray radiation. But, the levels of radiation used are minimal below any harmful levels. Further, the latest Optima 500 Slice Scanner at Star Imaging & Path Lab has unique prospective cardiac scan module which reduces the radiation exposure to less than 50% to 80% in comparison to other equipments.
Q. What all the other scans we can combine with CT Coronary Angiogram in addition?
CT Coronary Angiogram with CT Chest.
CT Coronary Angiogram with CT Abdomen.
CT Coronary Angiogram with Renal Angiogram.
CT Lower Limb Angiogram.
CT Coronary Angiogram with Neck Vessels.
CT Coronary Angiogram with Whole Body Angiogram.
Your doctor will tell you how to prepare for the cardiac CT scan. People usually are asked to avoid drinks that contain caffeine before the test. Normally, you're allowed to drink water, but you're asked not to eat for 4 hours before the scan.
If you take medicine for diabetes, talk with your doctor about whether you'll need to change how you take it on the day of your cardiac CT scan.
Tell your doctor whether you:
- Are pregnant or may be pregnant. Even though cardiac CT uses a low radiation dose, you shouldn't have the scan if you're pregnant. The x rays may harm the fetus.
- Have asthma or kidney problems or are allergic to any medicines, iodine, and/or shellfish. These problems may increase your chance of having an allergic reaction to the contrast dye that's sometimes used during cardiac CT.
A technician will ask you to remove your clothes above the waist and wear a hospital gown. You also will be asked to remove any jewelry from around your neck or chest.
Taking pictures of the heart can be hard because the heart is always beating (in motion). A slower heart rate will help produce better quality pictures.
If you don't have asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), or heart failure, your doctor may give you a medicine called a beta blocker to help slow your heart rate. The medicine will be given by mouth or injected into a vein.