Computerized Tomographic Angiography–also called CT Angiography or CTA–uses sophisticated X-ray technology to obtain detailed images of blood vessels. It is a low-risk procedure that combines the high-tech imaging capabilities of CT with the use of an iodine-based contrast dye–as in traditional angiography–to make the veins and arteries more visible.
CT Angiography can assess:
State of the art technology
On our Bremerton campus, we offer a 32-slice CT scanner for high resolution imaging that enables physicians to clearly and quickly visualize vascular disease. All of our technologists have advanced training and certification through our professional affiliation with American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® to ensure the highest quality patient care.
Our care partner, Advanced Medical Imaging (AMI), offers the most advanced CT scanner on the Kitsap Peninsula. This scanner–installed in the Harlow Medical Building at Harrison Silverdale–can acquire 64 cross-sectional images, or “slices”, in less than half a second and convert them into three-dimensional color images.
In addition, AMI’s expanded office in Port Orchard offers 16-slice CT, which can simultaneously image internal organs, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels.
Both Harrison and AMI offer spiral, or helical, scans, which allow better visualization of the blood vessels. All of these scanners have received accreditation from the American College of Radiology.
Compared to traditional angiography, CTA:
Risks and limitations
Certain conditions may preclude use of CT angiography. These include:
What to expect