Cardiac CT

Cardiac CT (computed tomography) angiography is a relatively new non-invasive imaging technique that involves injecting a dye into the patient's bloodstream to provide a high-contrast picture of blood flow within the heart. Because cardiac CT angiograms can definitively exclude coronary artery disease, they may be used as a follow-up to unclear or inconclusive stress tests.

At UNC, close collaboration between specialists in radiology and cardiology gives each patient the advantage of having multiple specialists working on his or her case. Because each specialist brings his or her own unique training and perspective to the table, as a team, they're better able to determine the optimum treatment and create the best outcome for each individual.

Cardiac CT angiography at UNC is performed on our state-of-the-art dual source CT scanner, and can usually be completed in less than 15 minutes.

CT scans are also used at UNC to provide coronary artery calcium scores. This 15-minute test detects calcium in the arteries, a good indication of dangerous plaque in the arterial wall. The quantitative score obtained by the scan predicts the likelihood of a future coronary event such as a heart attack, so it can be a good determinant of how aggressively a physician should prescribe preventive measures such as cholesterol medicines.


Larry Klein, MD
Brian Hyslop, MD

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Call the Heart & Vascular Center referral line at 866-862-4327 to find specialists, make an appointment or learn more about preventing heart disease.

Open Access is a new physician referral service, created by the UNC Center for Heart & Vascular Care, which coordinates all admissions and transfers through a single phone call and guarantees immediate acceptance for patients. Please contact us to learn more or call 866-862-4327.

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