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Chest x-rays aim a beam of energy at your child's heart or other body part that the doctor needs to study. A plate behind the body part captures the beam after it passes through skin, bone, muscle, and other tissue.
While doctors can obtain a large amount of data from an x-ray, it doesn't provide precise details about internal organs and other structures.
CT (computed tomography) scans move the x-ray beam in a circle around the body to get an image of your child's heart. A computer interprets the x-ray data and displays a two-dimensional image of your child's heart on a monitor.
This gives doctors many different, more detailed views of the heart.
At the Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, we perform CT scans with or without contrast.
"Contrast" refers to a special dye that your child takes by mouth or through an IV line that allows doctors to see the heart or other organs more clearly.
Depending on the results of the CT scan, your child may need other tests or procedures to help diagnose his or her heart problem.
To make an appointment or learn more about CT scans, contact the Heart Institute at UPMC Children's Hospital at 412-692-5540.
View our CT scan patient procedure sheet.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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