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Coronary CT angiography

Advanced cardiac imaging

CT Scanner

When it comes to your heart, you want the kind of advanced care that you would receive at a world-class facility. That's what you'll find at Community Hospital. 

A leader in technology

Here on the Peninsula, you have access to the Siemens SOMATOM Definition dual-source scanner. When the scanner was installed at Community Imaging Center at Ryan Ranch in 2007, it was only the third of its kind on the West Coast. We later added an identical scanner at Community Hospital, giving emergency and inpatients access to the best technology when minutes count the most.

The scanner produces 200 images per second, providing stunning 3D pictures of the heart. The images are so clear, it may even eliminate the need for patients to undergo invasive procedures to diagnose their heart disease. Read more about our state-of-the-art scanner.

Expert reading Heart

To make our great technology even better, both a cardiologist and a radiologist review the scans and provide results. This gives you the expertise of two medical specialists, for complete and well-rounded recommendations.

When is cardiac CT angiography recommended?

Cardiac CT angiography and cardiac calcium scoring are used to determine if fatty deposits or calcium deposits have narrowed a patient's coronary arteries, and if the patient is at risk for coronary artery disease. The exam is an especially helpful tool for diagnosing patients who:

  • are at high risk for coronary artery disease but do not have typical symptoms such as chest pain, shortness or breath, fatigue, etc.
  • have unusual symptoms for coronary artery disease but are at low or moderate risk
  • have unclear or inconclusive stress test results

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