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Cardiac Imaging

St. Charles Hospital has offers cardiac imaging procedures to help detect coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is the most common type of heart disease and increases the risk of heart attack.

St. Charles performs cardiac imaging procedures utilizing our 256-slice CT scanner, which is designed to improve the overall patient experience and diagnostic accuracy. The speed of this system’s scanner means patients enjoy shorter scan times. In addition, a wider internal opening provides greater comfort to larger patients.

CARDIAC IMAGING

Cardiac CT Angiography (CCTA)

Cardiac CT Angiography (CCTA) is a cardiac imaging procedure used to evaluate those who are already experiencing symptoms of coronary artey disease (CAD). The most well-know symptoms of CAD are chest pain or pain in the left arm. St. Charles Hospital's cardiac imaging specialists examine CT scans of the heart to check for calcium deposits in the arteries that supply nutrients and oxygen to the heart. Prior to the CT Scan, patients recieve a contrast dye to help illuminate sections of the heart during the scan.

Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring (CACS)

Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring (CACS) is a cardiac imaging procedure used to evalute those who have no symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD). St. Charles Hospital's cardiac imaging specialists examine CT scans of the heart to check for calcium deposits in the arteries that supply nutrients and oxygen to the heart. Calcium scoring procedures do not require contrast dye. A high calcium score may indicate CAD.

For more information about cardiac imaging procedures at St. Charles Hospital, please call (631) 474-6797.