CT Coronaries

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.
 
Special precautions
  • 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.

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