Diagnosis for heart attack risk done at the speed of light|
RENO, Nev. (April 2, 2008) – With the introduction of a new imaging service for patients who need immediate diagnosis for heart attack risk and other cardiac disease, Renown Health and Reno Radiological Associates are pleased to announce that one of its doctors successfully detected coronary artery disease in two separate pediatric patients, who would normally have been transported to Las Vegas for evaluation.
Computed tomography (CT) angiography is the most recent advancement in coronary assessments. It is emerging as a precise anatomic imaging modality for assessment of individuals with suspected coronary artery disease, in addition to detecting other cardiac and coronary abnormalities.
The detection of these types of cases relies on the expertise of Peter Verhey, MD, MS, a diagnostic cardiothoracic radiologist with Reno Radiological Associates, whose work is supported by the technology of northern Nevada’s most advanced 64-slice CT scanner, which is housed at Renown Regional Medical Center. Dr. Verhey is a national leader in the application of CT and MRI techniques to the diagnosis and management of patients with heart disease.
Using the 64-slice CT scanner, Dr. Verhey is able to non-invasively capture images of the heart and coronaries in fewer than five heartbeats, something no other CT system in the region previously has offered.
"Renown's new CT technology enables me to capture high-quality images of the heart and coronary arteries more quickly, more accurately, and at a much lower radiation dose than other CT scanners,” said Dr. Verhey. “With this decreased radiation dose, coronary CT should be considered a first-line test for coronary artery disease."
A CT System, also known as a “CAT Scan,” is a medical diagnostic tool that allows the visualization of internal structures within the human body. This aids physicians in diagnosing disease, viewing internal abnormalities and assessing the extent of trauma damage.
In a single rotation, the system creates 64 credit card-thin images, totaling 40 millimeters of anatomical coverage. These images are combined to form a three-dimensional view of the patient’s anatomy for the physician to analyze.
The unprecedented coverage and speed of this system allows radiologists like Dr. Verhey to capture a high-resolution image of the heart in five beats or less, resulting in significantly less radiation and improved image quality relative to other cardiac CT scans. The scanner can also acquire images from head-to-toe in less than 10 seconds. The pain-free procedure offers exceptional image quality, which can mean better physician diagnosis, faster recovery time and increased patient comfort and convenience.
“The arrival of this procedure signals to the people of our community that they no longer have to look outside our local region for exclusive health care needs,” said Jim Miller, Renown Health president and chief executive officer. “People in Nevada have access to quality care here at home.”
Since the 64-slice CT scan is an elective procedure, individuals can schedule an appointment. For further information please first consult your physician or call Renown Health X-Ray and Imaging at 775-982-8100.
About Renown Health X-Ray and Imaging:
Renown Health’s X-Ray and Imaging is the region's leading provider of diagnostic imaging services offering multiple locations, customer-oriented service and some of the most advanced diagnostic and treatment imaging technology in the area, which provides for better treatment decisions and improved patient outcomes.
Renown has the region’s only dedicated PET/CT scanning system that allows physicians to find cancer earlier, pinpoint the location and determine the extent of the disease more easily. Imaging Services also offers High-field Open MRI, a more comfortable alternative for children and claustrophobic or large patients. Renown Health also has exclusive biplane angiography technology, which allows the highly skilled radiologists with Reno Radiological Associates to see three-dimensional images of the brain and treat stroke victims with minimally invasive techniques.