64-Slice CT

CT services are available by appointment at the Paul D.Cordes Outpatient Pavilion, Mandeville Diagnostic Center and the St. Tammany Parish Hospital main campus. To schedule an exam, please call the scheduling department at 985-871-5665. St. Tammany Parish Hospital is accredited by the American College of Radiology.

CT Overview
Imaging procedures performed on a state of the art ACR accredited multi-slice CT scanner by ARRT registered technologist. CT utilizes x-rays in order to get axial images of various body parts. Depending on the anatomical structure being visualized, oral contrast, IV contrast, or both may be needed for better visualization. It is a relatively safe and painless procedure that can usually be completed in 10 to 30 minutes.

CT Cardiac Calcium Scoring
Is a non-invasive imaging technique that utilizes our state of the art ACR accredited multi-slice CT scanner to visualize calcium plaque in the cardiac vessels. This procedure is performed with no IV or oral contrast and should be completed in a minimal amount of time.

Computed tomography angiography (CTA) is a specialized x-ray that examines blood flow in arteries when they are filled with a contrast material (a substance that makes the blood vessels show on an x-ray). Computed tomography (CT) uses a sophisticated machine to take x-rays from many different views, producing detailed two-dimensional images that can be combined by a computer to form three-dimensional images of virtually any body part including the heart, abdomen and brain. These procedures take the place of much more invasive techniques. The entire procedure is relatively quick taking between 10 to 30 minutes.

CTA Cardiac
An imaging technique used to visualize the arteries of the heart. This procedure takes the place of much more invasive procedures used in the recent past. The procedure involves having a heart monitor placed on the chest while on the CT table. IV contrast is administered, and detailed two-dimensional images of the heart and all of the vessels of the heart are produced. After the two-dimensional images are produced 3-D are then rendered allowing the doctors to see even the small coronary arteries. Prior to Cardiac CT studies, one would have to undergo invasive procedures called cardiac catheterization.

For Referring Physicians
Please use this helpful tip sheet when writing CT orders for your patients:
CT Protocols for Physician Orders