64 Slice CT Scanner
The newest in computed tomography (CT) imaging technology is saving lives by allowing doctors to see the signs of disease earlier than ever before—without the need for surgery. The 64 slice CT is one of the most advanced tools for detecting heart disease, cancer and other complex diseases. This state-of-the-art imaging technology is now available at Lakeland Community Hospital, Niles as well as the Center for Outpatieint Services in St. Joseph.
Accuracy at Light Speed
The 64 slice CT scanner has the ability to produce highly detailed, accurate images of any organ in the body in mere seconds. Using a series of X-ray beams, the CT scanner creates a series of cross-sectional images known as- “slices.” Seconds later, the system’s computer constructs the slices into a three-dimensional image of the anatomy. “This advance in CT technology will allow radiologists the unprecedented ability to use CT imaging much like the way MRI has been used in the past,” comments Lakeland radiologist Nathan Jordan, MD. “We’ll now have the ability to investigate the smallest parts of the body’s anatomy and create clear visual 3-D displays that can help our surgeons, interventional radiologists and clinicians better define appropriate patient treatment.” Traditional single-slice CT scanners can take several minutes to produce an image. This requires patients to hold their breath for extended periods of time. This new technology has the ability to produce 16 pinpoint accurate images of the body in one second. This is a non-invasive producedure and in many cases can be an alternative to cardiac catherization to determine if a patient is at risk for a heart attack.
Every 29 seconds an American suffers a heart attack.
The earlier you know your risk for developing heart disease, the closer you are to preventing it. The 64-slice CT gives physicians access to an important diagnostic tool that is currently the most advanced method in imaging available to detect heart disease in the early stages. Coronary artery calcium scoring (CACS) can detect the buildup of calcium inside the heart’s arteries. The test produces a score that identifies the level of deposit and that can be combined with additional factors such as age, family history and cholesterol level to help your doctor determine your potential for developing heart disease.
Should you take this test?
Go to lakelandhealth.org/heartsafe to take our online heartrisk assessment. If the results state that you are....medium/average to high risk of heart disease and you are a man age 35 and older or a woman age 45 and older, you could benefit from having a heart scan.
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