Cardiac Diagnostic Services
Coronary Computed Tomography Angiogram (coronary CTA) is available at South Pointe. This noninvasive heart-imaging test helps determine whether deposits have built up in the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart muscle. If left untreated, these areas of buildup called plaques, can lead to shortness of breath, chest pain and/or heart attack.
A coronary CTA takes rapid x-ray images of the heart. The information creates 3-D images of the heart on a computer screen. The whole procedure only takes about 10 minutes.
This procedure is less invasive than the traditional method for this heart test, cardiac catheterization.
Coronary CTA is indicated for patients who have:
- High risk factors for heart disease, but do not have typical symptoms (especially chest pain, shortness of breath or fatigue)
- Unusual symptoms of heart disease, but low risk factors
- Unclear or inconclusive stress-test results
South Pointe Hospital offers a digital echocardiogram, also known as an echo, to diagnose many types of heart diseases. An echo is an ultrasound of the heart. It is noninvasive and provides color pictures of the heart to study its structure and function.
Traditionally, an echo is recorded on videotape for interpretation by a cardiologist. South Pointe offers a digital echo, which offers many benefits for cardiologists:
- It is easy to find, save and retrieve studies
- It is easy to edit the study for key findings
- It is easy to compare studies side by side on the computer
- Studies can be sent electronically to physicians at another location or put on a disk
- Several physicians can view the same study simultaneously
- It eliminates videotape and its associated problems, such as storage and loss