FFR-CT HeartFlow Coronary Artery Test|Loyola Medicine

FFR-CT HeartFlow® Coronary Artery Test

Noninvasive Technology for Coronary Artery Disease

Fractional Flow Reserve – Computed Tomography (FFR-CT) is a noninvasive technology developed by HeartFlow Inc. to test for coronary artery disease.

HeartFlow® technology uses computed tomography (CT) scans to calculate how much blood is flowing through the coronary arteries. This test helps to identify whether patients have coronary artery disease before undergoing invasive and possibly unnecessary catheter-based testing.

FFR-CT helps guide treatment strategies and determines if blood flow is being restricted when flowing through an artery. FFR-CT is very low risk and provides accurate information about conditions of the arteries. It can determine whether a specific plaque in a coronary artery is restricting blood flow, thereby helping determine whether a patient would benefit from stents or bypass surgery.

FFR-CT can benefit patients who have experienced symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath, but have not been diagnosed with heart disease.

Why Choose Loyola for FFR-CT?

Loyola University Medical Center is the first and only hospital in Illinois to offer HeartFlow technology. Until now, the standard test for measuring blood flow (FFR) involved an invasive angiogram. With FFR-CT, a single comprehensive, non-invasive diagnostic test provides a complete assessment of coronary artery anatomy, function and helps to determine whether a patient has heart disease.

Loyola’s expert cardiologists will decide the right test for you.

Loyola offers state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic techniques to provide a timely and accurate diagnosis. Our expert cardiologists are recognized nationally and internationally for clinical excellence, innovative diagnostic and therapeutic methods and skilled use of the latest technology. Our experienced technologists provide a caring and compassionate environment where you will feel comfortable asking questions about your test or procedure.

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What to Expect with HeartFlow

Using the FFR-CT technique, a computed tomography (CT) scan creates a digital 3D model of the arteries leading to the heart. Computer models then simulate blood flow within those arteries to assess whether the flow has been restricted by any narrowings or plaque buildup.

HeartFlow technology creates a personalized color-coded 3D map of your heart arteries to help physicians determine, vessel by vessel, if sufficient blood is flowing to the heart.

A CT scan combines a series of cross-sectional X-rays that allows your doctor to visualize your internal organs, blood vessels, bones and soft tissue. CT scans enable doctors to diagnose disease or injury and create an effective treatment plan. Learn more about what to expect during a CT scan