Cardiac Computed Tomography
Advances in imaging technology have sparked fundamental changes in the approach to cardiac care. At Mount Sinai Heart, our insight into the progression of heart disease enables us to identify it at an earlier stage and with greater accuracy.
Cardiac computed tomography (CT) scans combine several X-ray images to create a 3-dimensional cross-sectional view of the body. Our new state-of-the-art, 256-slice system acquires images much faster than previous models, providing unmatched diagnostic detail while decreasing patient exposure to radiation.
Our Cardiovascular Imaging Center also offers coronary calcium scoring. Cardiac CT scans for calcium scoring are highly effective in detecting calcium deposits in atherosclerotic plaque, which causes arteries to narrow. Doctors use the test results to evaluate a patient's risk for suffering cardiac events. The Cardiovascular Imaging Center offers both procedures on an outpatient basis. The scans take 10 to 20 minutes to perform, and results are available immediately.