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Coronary CT Angiography (CCTA) is a new exam that creates detailed 3-D images of the heart and arteries in a matter of just seconds. This exam gives physicians an easy, fast, and non-invasive look inside your heart. The images created help diagnose the causes of certain symptoms as well as detect any blockages early, before it's too late.
Coronary CTA may be appropriate for patients with atypical symptoms and an intermediate risk for CAD, those with inconclusive stress test results, or those who are considering cardiac catheterization. You should talk with your doctor to see if this test is right for you.
The actual exam will only take 10-15 minutes. You will need to arrive at the hospital one hour prior to your scheduled appointment time.
Yes, this exam does require certain preparations including drinking water, avoiding caffeine and exercise prior to your exam, and taking a Beta blocker to decrease your heart rate. You will receive a list of specific instructions prior to your exam.
Some insurance companies, including Medicare, will cover this exam for certain symptomatic patients. Please call your specific insurance company for information.
$900.00 for self-pay patients. Includes exam, radiologist interpretation, and radiologist consultation.
Martha Jefferson Hospital (Main Campus)
At your request, the radiologist will be available to review your images with you. A report will also be generated and sent to your Primary Care Physician.
A physician referral is required, so it is important that you discuss this exam with your Primary Care Physician or Cardiologist. Your physician's office will call Martha Jefferson's Scheduling Department at (434) 654-8369 to schedule your appointment.