CT coronary angiogram is an effective imaging test used to identify the plaque depositions in the arteries associated with the heart. This imaging test does not use any type of catheter insertion to the heart. Instead, the CT coronary angiogram uses the powerful X-ray equipment to produce pictures of the blood vessels and the heart. This technique is very safe and noninvasive, and hence, it does not require any recovery time. CT coronary angiogram is a very effective way to identify various heart problems at an early stage. This technique is useful, especially, to diagnose atherosclerosis, even before any symptoms are observed.
The coronary angiogram and CT coronary angiogram, both expose the patient to some radiations. However, if a patient has a coronary artery disorder, then coronary angiogram is the better technique to go with. If needed, the doctor may also perform an angioplasty during the coronary angiogram test to avoid an additional procedure.