What Is CT Angiography?
Computed tomography angiography (CTA) is an imaging technique where a CT scan is optimized to provide precise images of the blood vessels that travel through the brain, neck, heart, lungs, and other parts of the human body. A CT angiogram can reveal if there are abnormalities affecting blood vessels and artery walls. plaque buildup, blockages, tears, and aneurysms are some of the medical conditions that may be detected during a CT angiogram study.
What Are The Benefits of CT Angiography?
A CT angiogram provides extremely detailed pictures of the blood vessels flowing throughout your body. Not only can a CT angiogram be used as a diagnostic study, but it can be conducted during more invasive procedures. Sometimes, a CT angiography will be conducted during surgical repair of blood vessels to assess their strength. A CT Angiogram is a quick, accurate, and minimally invasive study that can provide important insights about your health.
How Do I Prepare For A CT Angiogram?
The preparation for a CT angiogram is similar to a traditional CT scan. A CT angiogram takes approximately 15 – 20 minutes to complete. During the study, contrast material will be administered intravenously through an IV by a certified staff member. The contrast material helps produce the clearest images possible so accurate decisions can be made from the results. After the study, the images will be analyzed by one of our subspecialized radiologists, then sent to your physician.