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Chest x-rays aim a beam of energy at your child's heart. A plate behind the body captures the variations of the energy beam after it passes through skin, bone, muscle, and other tissues.
While doctors can obtain a great deal of data from an x-ray, it doesn't provide detailed images of the heart and other internal organs.
In a CT scan, the x-ray beam moves in a circle around your child's body. A computer interprets the x-ray beam and displays a detailed, two-dimensional image of your child's heart on a screen.
At the Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, we offer a newer technology — called ultrafast CT (also known as electron-beam tomography, or EBT) — to diagnose heart disease in some cases.
A 3D version of ultrafast CT can assess the pulmonary arteries and veins in the lungs, or check certain heart defects after birth.
Depending on the results of the ultrafast CT scan, your child may need other tests to help the doctor diagnose his or her heart problem.
To make an appointment or learn more about ultrafast CT, contact the Heart Institute at UPMC Children's Hospital at 412-692-5540.
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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