64-slice CT technology allows imaging of the coronary arteries.
Special scanning techniques allow imaging of the heart during the split second that the heart is not beating to eliminate motion artefact
Iodinated contrast material is used.
This investigation is non-invasive and used to detect coronary artery disease in those with abnormal clinical or ECG changes.
This technique does not allow for intervention such as stenting/balloon dilatation which will require formal angiography.
No caffeine 24 hours prior to study
No stimulant drinks such as Red Bull
Only rooibos tea permitted
Avoid peas and bananas
No Viagra 24 hours before
Continue with usual medication but avoid Metformin if diabetic.