ARE YOU A HEART SCAN
Frequently Asked Questions
1.What is an EBCT Heart Scan?
The Scan – what does it involve?
There is no prior preparation needed for the scan, and patients won’t be
required to stop any of their regular medications prior to the scan. The
patient will lay on a bed, similar to that of a
CT scan machine, and will be
asked to hold their breath in two intervals in order for the scanner to take
the cross section images. This whole process takes less then 5 minutes.
There are no needles or hospital gowns. It is quick, accurate and painless.
3. How long does the whole process take?
An EBCT heart scan takes minutes to complete and patients know
the result within a matter of minutes. If they need to, they can begin
treatment immediately, since there is no delay in getting the results.
4. How do I know if I need a scan?
If you think you may be at risk of heart disease or have had previous
cardiac problems then we would recommend a heart scan.
Risk factors include family history of disease, smoking,
high blood pressure,
high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and stress.
5. Do I need to be referred by GP?
6. Is the scan covered by insurance companies?
7. How much does a scan cost?
What other scans are performed in the centre?
Myocardial Perfusion Imaging and Dual-Source CT Coronary Angiogram are also carried
out in the department.
Myocardial Perfusion Imaging is used to monitor and
assess the blood flow around the heart. This is a lengthy procedure, and a
small dosage of radiation is used to monitor the blood flow in the coronary
arteries. Unlike the Heart-Scan (EBCT), Myocardial Perfusion Imaging can detect any
narrowing in the coronary arteries.
Dual-Source CT Coronary Angiogram, is similar
but is far less invasive than the traditional angiogram. It is estimated
that up to 30% of coronary angiograms performed in the U.K turn out to be
entirely normal studies. By excluding coronary disease in such low risk
patients the Dual-Source CT Coronary Angiogram can avoid invasive coronary angiography. It is not an ideal
method to identify narrowing inside coronary stents since it is not possible
to visualize the interior of stents accurately by CT.
9. I may be interested in having a scan Where can I get more information?