CT Coronary Angiogram

Day before your examination

No food or water for at least 4 hours prior to exam. Taking you regular medications with sips of water is allowed

Our nursing staff will contact you before the examination. Pre-examination preparation will be given to you on the phone

If you are a patient with diabetes, do not take any diabetes medications (e.g. Glucophage, Glucovance or any other medication containing Metformin) 24-48 hours before and 48 hours after the CT examination

If you are 65 years of age and older, having renal insufficiency and will be receiving IV contrast, please have your doctor order lab work that measure your BUN/Creatinine/ Renal Function Test. These lab works cannot be older than 30 days

Please notify our staff 48 hours prior to your scheduled appointment if you are suffering from asthma, kidney diseases, diabetes or any allergies. Pre-medication may be required before your examination

If oral steroid pre-medication is required, it should be prescribed by your doctor the day before your scheduled examination

The day before the examination, you should AVOID
  1. Caffeinated soft drinks, coffee, tea or even de-caffeinated tea or coffee
  2. Cigarettes and alcohol
  3. Flu medications or pain-killer containing caffeine
  4. Viagra or Levitra

Please notify our staff if you are pregnant or if you may be pregnant

Please bring films or CD and reports of previous examinations

Upon Arrival at the center

Upon arrival at the center, your heart rate will be monitored before the examination. In order to obtain quality images for radiology reporting, slow heart beat (<65 beats per minute) is required. If your heart beat is >65 beats per minute, medication will be given to you by mouth. This medication requires 30 minutes to an hour to take effect

The length of the whole procedure (including all preparations and the actual scan) depends on your heart rate. Please plan on staying at our center for 1-2 hours

If you have any questions about your examination or instructions for your preparation, please call us

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