Cardiac computed tomography examination of the heart makes it possible to take clear detailed pictures of the coronary vessels without carrying out a cardiac catheterisation. Two examination procedures are offered:
- Measuring calcium content of coronary vessels. Administering a contrast agent is not necessary in this case. The amount of calcium is scored to evaluate the risk (calcium scoring). This information clarifies a statistical risk to suffer a heart attack in the next 10 years (Agatston Score).
- Getting a clear detailed picture of coronary arteries. In this case it is necessary to administer a contrast agent. Narrow spots in the coronary arteries can be diagnosed and evaluated, soft plaques are depicted as well. In addition, the openness of the bypasses can be assessed without a problem.
Explanatory note: The openness of a stent cannot be evaluated by these methods, since the metal frame of a stent causes disturbances, which do not permit to evaluate the vessels extended by a stent precisely. Development of the new self-releasing stents that will not have this problem is underway.
The examinations are carried out using a 64 cells computer tomography device. It is possible due to cooperation with the Martha-Maria-Hospital.