Non Invasive CT Angiogram of the Heart

Coronary angiography is a vital, yet invasive, part of cardiology and the workup of heart patients. Over one million angiograms are now being done each year in the United States alone. Angiography is necessary prior to angioplasty or cardiac surgery. However up to 30% of all angiograms reveal no obstructive disease. It is in this ‘lower risk' group that non-invasive angiography might be used prudently If normal coronaries, or insignificant disease, was confirmed non-invasively, then a small portion of traditional angiography could be withheld. Of course, this relies on a test that is at least 90% accurate to define obstructive disease.

Mahameru International Medical Centre is the pioneer in heart scanning in this region and has over 20 years of experience in performing this non-invasive CT angiogram. It has performed over 20,000 cases of CT Angiogram without any mortality or morbidity. The procedure is fast and painless. No hospital admission is required and the risk is minimal. 

CT angiogram performed by 128-slices CT scanner with a speed of 0.35 sec rotational speed is considered as  low radiation scanning as it is well below the permitted level.  The procedure is completed within 30 mins. A water-soluble dye (contrast- media) is injected through a vein in your arm just before the scan.   The dye is easily flushed out from your body by a drinking water after the scan. 

(The CT Angiogram is ideal not only for imaging the heart arteries but also the blood vessels in the neck and brain, and is also useful for evaluating the risk of stroke). 

Indications

This test is contraindicated in patients with renal dysfunction or severe dye allergy.