CT Coronary Angiography (CTCA)
At a glance..
A non-invasive X-ray test that is generally more sensitive and safer for people to have than an invasive angiogram. To see a live example of how this detects disease 'on line' see the blog article.
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CTCA referrals are checked by our Cardiologist and then scheduled at one of our advanced CCT centres. It combines a coronary calcium score with contrast angiography producing a 3D reconstruction of the coronary arteries that can be viewed on any computer screen. Capable of detecting problems many years before symptoms develop CCTA is our most sensitive method for diagnosing narrowed arteries as well as the beginnings of 'furring up' due to cholesterol.
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease causing angina and heart attacks remains a major cause of mortality and a common cause of chest symptoms. Until recently invasive coronary angiography was required to diagnose this potentially lethal heart disease. Using the latest technology combined with our Cardiology/Radiology MDT approach termed "The Guildford protocol" many of our patients avoid invasive angiography by having a Cardiac CT angiogram instead. Where necessary additional functional tests such as CT-FFR, Stress ECG, CMRI and DSE provide our referring Cardiologists with all the information they need to decide whether to schedule an invasive Coronary angiogram and/or coronary intervention. If tested positive in our Virtual Catheter lab we can then arrange an invasive angiogram and coronary intervention at one of our centres of excellence.
Invasive angiography requires hospital admission, use of an Interventional catheter laboratory, arterial puncture and involves small risks of serious complications thus should ideally be used to confirm non invasive findings and the diagnosis before treatment of any serious narrowing by fitting a stent- a small tubular lining or scaffold used to hold a blocked coronary artery open (an example is shown above).
Because both coronary angiography and functional assessment can now be acquired by non-intrusive CT imaging, with results presented to the Cardiologist using our 'Virtual catheter lab', it is possible to identify more accurately which patients require admission to hospital for coronary revascularisation.
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Because of radiation involved and the fact CTCA is not a suitable investigation for upto a third of patients, SCVC does not currently offer CTCA on a self referral basis, although it may be something that can be done in certain circumstances such as an upgrade option in some patients undergoing Health screening.
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GP and Physician referrals..
GPs can refer their patient's for specialist consultation or to our chest pain clinic with a standard referral letter posted to us at 5 Huxley Road Guildford GU2 7RE or Faxed to us at +44 1483 467120 or using our encrypted digital medical referral form. Cardiologists can refer patients for CTCA using our request form.
CTCA cannot be accessed direct by GPs or patients however it may be offered if appropriate in some case undergoing health screening.
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