CT coronary angiography

CT coronary angiography is a non-invasive method of imaging the coronary arteries without having to be admitted to hospital. It can be used to assess whether chest pain is due to blocked arteries or for the early detection of coronary disease before symptoms develop. It is also used in a number of other specialised heart conditions.

It is performed on a CT (computerised tomography) scanner which is a doughnut-shaped machine that uses advanced x-ray technology to take pictures of cross-sections of your body.

The CT coronary angiogram is undertaken at the Medical Imaging Department of St. Vincent’s General Hospital. The current cost of the test is $800, which is payable at the time of consultation. Please note that a cardiac CT scan is not Medicare rebateable and cannot be claimed on your health fund.

Dr Sammel has completed Level 3 accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and reports on CT coronary angiography for St. Vincent's.