Coronary CT Angiography of the Heart

What is a coronary CT angiography (CCTA) of the heart?

A computed tomography (CT) scan is a noninvasive exam. A coronary CT angiography (CCTA) is a scan that produces 3-D images of your coronary veins and arteries. Learn more about CCTA.

Where is the Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Center located?

We are located on the north side of the Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto campus.

Where should I park?

Park in the main lot in front of the hospital. View a map of the campus.

What entrance should I use?

Enter through the main hospital entrance. View a map of the campus. The Admissions department is located in the main lobby, to your left.

What do I need to bring?

Bring a photo ID, your insurance card, and your co-pay (if required).

How should I prepare?

  • Because of radiation exposure, it is vital that you tell us if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are a nursing mother.
  • If you are allergic to the iodinated contrast media, please contact your physician for a prescription for our pre-medication preparation.
  • For at least 12 hours before the exam, do not have any food or drink containing caffeine.
  • For XX hours before the exam, do not take any cold medicine.
  • For XX hours before the exam, if possible, do not use any inhaler(s).
  • Do not eat any solid food for four hours before your exam. There is no restriction on your water intake.

What should I expect at my CCTA appointment?

  • Please allow at least 2-3 hours for admissions and testing.
  • After you have been admitted, you will go to Outpatient Services, where you will be assigned a room.
  • We will run lab tests to verify that your kidneys are functioning properly. Once those results are available, a nurse will start an IV in your arm for the IV contrast injection.
  • Optimal heart rate is 55-60 beats per minute (bpm). If your heart rate is more than 60 bpm, a beta-blocker will be necessary to establish and maintain a rate of 60 bpm or less. The beta-blocker may be administered orally before the test or by IV during the test.
  • You will be taken into the CT suite, where you will placed on the CT table. ECG leads will be attached to your chest.
  • During the scan, you will be asked to hold your breath for 10-20 seconds at a time to help produce sharp, clear images.
  • The CCTA procedure should take approximately 20 minutes.

What happens after the exam?

  • After the test, you will be taken back to Outpatient Services.
  • The nurse will remove your IV.
  • If you received a beta-blocker, you may feel tired.

How will I get my results?

A radiologist will interpret the images, write a report, and deliver the results to your doctor via our internal computer system.

Where do I call if I need more information?

If you need any other information, call us at 662-772-3128 between the hours of 8 a.m – 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Contact Us

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto

7601 Southcrest Parkway
Southaven, MS 38671



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