St. Mary's Heart Center's Coronary CT Scanner provides ultra clear
visualizations of the heart and coronary arteries. Our CT offers different
and unique information from angiography. It not only determines the severity
of blockages, but it also directly visualizes the atherosclerotic plaque
deposited in the vessel wall. It can identify the early stages of soft
(fatty and fibrous) plaque formation even before it can be detected on
x-ray angiography images. It also visualizes calcified plaque, which occurs
frequently in chronic coronary artery disease.
An added advantage is that patients who have already undergone revascularization
procedures including stenting and bypass can now be imaged non-invasively.