The computed tomography (CT) program at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas was awarded Gold Seal Accreditation for imaging services’ quality and patient safety by the American College of Radiology. With the advanced CT technology of a dual detector dual-source 384-slice scanner, imaging physicians on the medical staff can obtain images of the body that freeze motion without asking patients to hold their breath—saving time and expediting treatment decisions.
Plaque buildup in the heart can cause an artery to narrow and become blocked. A CT angiography can be used to determine the location of the blockage, but in some cases, more information is needed.
Fractional Flow Reserve - CT
Fractional flow reserve-computed tomography (FFRCT) is an advanced, non-invasive imaging test that determines how blockages affect blood flow to the heart. This test does not require another appointment, and there is no additional risk. A computerized 3D model of your coronary arteries is analyzed by a trained specialist to determine how limited the blood flow is to the heart. The information then helps the patient and their physician determine a treatment plan.
Talk to your doctor to learn more about FFRCT.