Medical Precinct, Level 1, 300 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo NSW 2000
level 11/501 george st, sydney nsw 2000
02 8379 0355appointments


What is a CTCA?

A CT Coronary Angiography, also known as ‘CTCA’, is a non-invasive imaging study used for evaluating the coronary arteries and determining risk for future coronary events. Not only can it determine the severity of any blockages, but it can also directly visualise and identify early stages of soft plaque formation on vessel walls. It also visualises calcified plaque, which occurs in most chronic coronary artery disease.
CTCA uses computed tomography (CT) scanning to take pictures or images (angiograms) of the coronary arteries of the beating heart. These arteries supply blood to the heart muscle, and disease of these vessels (atherosclerosis) is responsible for most heart attacks.

Why might my doctor refer me for a CTCA?

A CTCA (often in conjunction with exercise stress testing) is a very good test for the evaluation of chest pain. The study can identify the presence or absence of blockages in the coronary arteries which can cause cardiac chest pain (angina), and guide further treatment. It has the highest negative predictive value of any non-invasive cardiac test for chest pain, meaning a completely normal test confidently excludes heart disease.

A CTCA, in conjunction with coronary calcium scoring, is also a very robust test for determining the risk of future cardiovascular events in asymptomatic individuals. The early identification of high risk individuals allows aggressive medical and lifestyle intervention to alter the natural history of heart disease, and reduce the risk of future events.

What is involved in a CTCA?

Your doctor typically will supply some beta blocker medication as a pre-procedure treatment to temporarily slow the heart rate. This helps with the accuracy of the study. An intravenous cannula is inserted to allow the administration of intravenous contrast to opacify the coronary vessels under X ray.

The CT scan itself is only very short in most cases, but some time needs to be factored in for preparation and post-scan observation. The vast majority of the time, the entire process takes under 2 hours.

Our Locations

We are proud to consult at two convenient Sydney CBD locations:

Medical Precinct,
Lvl 1, 300 Barangaroo Av,
Barangaroo 2000

T: 02 8379 0355
F: 02 8379 0350

Our consulting rooms are located within the Barangaroo medical precinct, Tower 3.

Entry is via Barangaroo Av under the medical symbol.

Enter via sliding doors and proceed to 1st floor via stairs or elevator, then turn right.

Lvl 11/501 George St,
Sydney 2000

T: 02 8379 0355
F: 02 8379 0350

Our consulting rooms are located adjacent to MediCentral in Regent Place.

Entry is via George St under the yellow Regent Place sign.

Take the elevators up to the first level and turn left.