Cardio CT, Cardiac MRI, Examination

How is the cardiac CT performed?

After an extensive preliminary discussion covering undiagnosed symptoms, pain, family history or pre-existing conditions, our doctors determine in each individual case whether the cardio-CT is needed.

Quick and easy diagnosis - without invasive procedure

Cardiac CT (heart computed tomography) is the study of the coronary arteries using a modern, ultra-fast, multi-slice (multi-layer)-computed scanner. This device records tomograms of the heart in just a few seconds, which can then later be edited on the computer.
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With the help of a cardiac CT, coronary heart disease can be diagnosed in the very early stages. The investigation is a straightforward method to detect vascular calcification and narrowing, without invasive procedures such as in cardiac catheterisation.

First step: search for calcifications

A cardiac CT scan for coronary calcium is generally performed first to measure the extent of calcified plaque (calcium score) in the coronary arteries. Calcifications already occur in the early stages of coronary artery disease, long before severe narrowing in the coronary arteries lead to complaints.

The measurement of coronary calcium deposits enables the assessment of personal risk for coronary heart disease, and thus also the risk of heart attacks. With severe calcification there is high probability of coronary heart disease.

Second step: find changes in the coronary arteries

If calcifications are found during the scan for coronary calcium deposits, or if undiagnosed thoracic (mid-or upper-back) discomfort exists, a so-called CT coronary angiography will also be performed so that the arteries supplying the heart muscle with blood are visible.

During the CT coronary angiography we look for changes in the arteries that impede the flow of blood, and we determine their severity. The examination may provide more clarity about the possible existence of a coronary heart disease with narrowing of the coronary arteries requiring treatment. For the examination you only need to have a contrast agent injected into a vein in your arm.

Completing the calcium score test takes about 5 minutes. The CT coronary angiography lasts about 10 to 15 minutes and strains the patient only minimally. You can go home immediately after the examination.

The examination is offered here

The check-up of the cardiovascular system is offered at the following locations of radiologicum munich: