Cardiologists generally perform two types of procedure using the CT scanner. The first is a coronary calcium score, which is a screening test, which can give the physician some idea of how much plaque has been deposited in the patient's coronary arteries. When plaque is present for many years, the body tends to calcify it. This calcium can be easily seen with a CT scan and this procedure takes very little time. The other type of procedure that has recently been developed is a coronary CT angiogram. Besides looking at the calcium in the coronary arteries, fatty deposits can also be visualized and a fairly good estimation of the severity of these blockages can be made. The CT scan also evaluates the heart muscle, sac surrounding the heart (pericardium), and the pulmonary arteries, as well as the thoracic (chest) and abdominal aorta.
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