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Heart-Scan Step by Step

So you know what to expect, our Heart-ScanTM team has put together an illustrated step-by-step guide to Heart Scanning.

EBCT Heart Scanning

1. The Consultation

  • If you have been referred by General Practitioners or a Consultant, you do not need a consultation and will receive the Heart-Scan immediately.

  • If you have not been referred by General Practitioners or a Consultant, you will receive a consultation with our trained staff, who will discuss your individual circumstances. They will then advise a Heart-Scan if appropriate. If a Heart-Scan is felt to be inappropriate, they will advise accordingly and suggest alternatives.

 

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Cardiac Scanning

2. The preparation

  • Stanley Muscat, our radiographer, will then prepare you for a heart scanning.

  • He will take you into the heart scanning room, which is large and open, and explain that you have to lie on your back on the scanning table.

  • He will also explain that you will be scanned twice -the first scan is a ‘scout’ view that enables us to plan the second, more detailed, scan. You will need to hold your breath during each scan (typically around 30 seconds), and you will practice doing this with Stanley Muscat.

EBT Scanning

3. The Scan

  • Once you feel ready and comfortable, we’ll start the heart scanning.

  • It typically takes only a few minutes.

  • Remember, no needles or injections are involved; you simply lie on our scanning table while we acquire pictures of your heart. It really is that simple.

Coronary Scanning

4. The Report

  • Once the scan is finished, we’ll begin processing the scans.

  • If you have been referred for heart scanning by your General Practitioner or a consultant, they generally prefer us to pass your results directly to them.

  • If you have not been referred for heart scanning by your General Practitioner or a consultant, we will discuss your results with you once the scan has been analyzed (up to half an hour later). You will be provided with a typed report which includes our specific recommendations, and the scan result on a CD.

  • Our trained staff will discuss the implications of the result, and address any questions you may have.

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