1. While lying down, the patient is injected with a contrast agent that helps highlight the heart's blood vessels
2. A table slides the patient into the scanner as the X-ray tube circles the body for 5 to 8 sec.
3. The detector array records the X rays. Each complete loop creates a spiral slice of the heart composed of 64 thin slices, offering exceptional resolution
Sources: GE Healthcare; Siemens TIME Graphic by Lon Tweeten and Kristina Dell