Types of imaging techniques

CT angiogramCT angiogram

The image on the right, supplied by BHF Clinical Lecturer Dr Marc Dweck, shows a CT coronary angiogram of the heart. The coronary arteries are shown in red wrapping around the surface of the heart (white for the left side of the heart, grey for the right side).

Read more about CT scans of the heart.


AngiogramAn angiogram (also called a coronary angiogram or cardiac catheterisation) is a test that looks inside your coronary arteries and helps to diagnose coronary heart disease.

It can show where any narrowings are in your coronary arteries and how severe they are, which can help your doctor decide what treatment you need.

Virtual histology intravascular ultrasoundVirtual histology intravascular ultrasound

This shows a high-risk coronary atherosclerotic plaque. The green is fibrous tissue, red is necrotic tissue and white is calcification.

Find out more about atherosclerosis.


Imaging OpticalOptical projection tomography

Professor Gillian Gray took the image (right), titled ‘The Broken Heart’, which reveals the remarkable 3D structure of an adult mouse heart, which won our annual Reflections of Research science image competition in 2013. The image shown, based on optical projection tomography, allows us to look in more detail at structural changes caused by heart attack.

View previous winners of our Reflections of Research competition.

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