A Coronary CT (Computerized Tomography) is an imaging test that is used by Dr. Diego to evaluate the arteries that supply the heart with blood.
This diagnostic tool uses an x-ray machine to reveal images of the blood vessels. With this technology, Dr. Diego can see if some of the arteries are narrowed or blocked, a condition that could be causing chest pain and is a risk factor for heart attack.
In a regular coronary angiogram, a catheter is inserted into an artery in the groin, and then the catheter is threaded through the blood vessels to the heart. A special dye is injected through the catheter and x-ray images are taken of the heart. This reveals blockages in the arteries, and allows the doctor to perform an angioplasty to open the blocked blood vessels.
In a coronary CT angiogram, an iodine-based contrast dye is injected into a vein, which then shows up on the x-ray.