Cardiac CT MR

Physicians at Weill Cornell are using state-of-the-art CT technology to directly image coronary arteries and identify arterial blockages that would otherwise only be diagnosed using invasive testing. In addition, cardiac CT imaging is being used to assess patients' future risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Cardiac CT scans use x-rays and a computer to create high quality images of the heart, its vessels, and other structures in the chest. This safe, painless test is useful for examining the anatomy of the coronary arteries, cardiac chambers, and blood vessels in the chest. The images produced by the CT scan can be used to detect blockages in the coronary arteries, blood clots in the heart's chambers, aortic aneurysms, and cardiac tumors.

Cardiac CT scans can also be used to examine the heart and its vessels for calcium deposits, called calcium scoring. Because calcium deposits occur at sites of atherosclerosis, their presence and their size are indicative of the risk of cardiovascular disease: the more extensive the deposit, the greater the risk.