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Heart-Scan

What is a Heart-ScanTM?

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A Heart-ScanTM or Electron Beam Computed Tomography (EBCT) scan of the heart allows the rapid detection of heart disease in its earliest stages.  A specialised CT scanner is used to detect levels of coronary calcium accumulating in the arteries.  Levels of coronary calcium are an indication of the presence of heart disease.

How do I know if I need the test?

You will be advised by our doctors at the consultation if you require a Heart-ScanTM but if you have any of the major risk factors of heart disease you may benefit from a Heart-ScanTM.

How do I prepare for the test?

No preparation is needed for the scan.  No fasting, gowns or needles.

 What will happen during the test?

You will be taken into the scanning room and asked to lie down on the scanning bed.  Our radiographer will tell you when the scan is about to commence.  You will be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds and then you simply lie on our scanning table while we acquire pictures of your heart.

What will the test result tell me?

You will be presented with a report and a calcium score which will tell you the presence or progress of heart disease.

What happens next?

Depending on the presence of mild, moderate or high levels of coronary calcium you will receive recommendation on whether further tests are needed and how to manage existing disease.  You should have a repeat scan every 2 years to monitor the progress of calcium accumulation and detect heart disease at its earliest stages.

 

 

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