Computed tomography angiography (CTA) is an imaging test used to visualize blood flow in major blood vessels throughout the body in areas such as the brain, chest, abdomen, pelvis, arms and legs. The minimally invasive procedure involves injecting contrast material into a small peripheral vein with a tiny needle.
A CTA is used to visualize blockages or injuries of arteries. It is often helpful in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of arterial diseases, such as peripheral vascular disease (PVD), a narrowing of blood vessels that supply blood to the legs.
Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) uses CTA and targets the technology to the hear in order to determine whether fatty deposits or calcium deposits have built up in the patient’s coronary arteries, the arteries that supply blood flow to the heart. The equipment and professional expertise available at San Diego Imaging provides patients with the latest scanning technology of the heart and coronary arteries available.