Skip to Content

Cardiac Computerized Axial Tomography


A cardiac computerized axial tomography (cardiac CT) is a test that uses x-rays and a computer to take pictures of your heart. The CT machine is shaped like a large ring and has a table that goes through it.


Follow up with your primary healthcare provider (PHP) as directed:

You may need to return to go over your test results. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your PHP if:

  • Your medical device does not work as it did before your CT scan.
  • You have nausea or are vomiting.
  • You have new stomach pain.
  • You feel dizzy.
  • You are not urinating as often as before your CT scan.
  • You see a new rash on your body.
  • You have a fever.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

You have any of the following signs of a heart attack:

  • Squeezing, pressure, fullness, or pain in your chest that lasts longer than a few minutes or returns
  • Discomfort or pain in your back, neck, jaw, stomach, or arm
  • Shortness of breath or breathing problems
  • A sudden cold sweat, lightheadedness, dizziness, or nausea, especially with chest pain or trouble breathing

© 2017 Truven Health Analytics Inc. Information is for End User's use only and may not be sold, redistributed or otherwise used for commercial purposes. All illustrations and images included in CareNotes® are the copyrighted property of A.D.A.M., Inc. or Truven Health Analytics.

The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.