Are there any risks or complications associated with cardiac CT (CT angiogram)?
Consultant Cardiologist Joban Sehmi discusses any risks or complications of cardiac CT
Cardiac CT is very safe and the risks associated with cardiac CT are negligible. Cardiac CT involves ionizing radiation, so there is a theoretical risk of cancer, but this is very small. It is best that those who are pregnant avoid a CT because it may have a deleterious effect on your unborn child. The main risks associated with cardiac CT are related to the dye and a very small proportion of patients may experience allergic reaction. But the clinical team who are looking after you during the scan are trained to deal with and abort any abnormal reactions to the dye.
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