CT scan gives calcium score, indicates risk - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

CT scan gives calcium score, indicates risk

Our Philips MX8000 IDT CT scanner is the region’s only 16-detector CT dedicated to cardiac studies. Our Philips MX8000 IDT CT scanner is the region’s only 16-detector CT dedicated to cardiac studies.

Detailed images of heart in seconds
HeartCare’s CT scanner is a non-invasive diagnostic tool for detecting coronary artery calcification, a major marker for heart disease. The Philips MX8000 IDT is the only 16-detector CT in the region dedicated to cardiac studies. Philips’ advanced multi-detector CT technology produces submillimeter, subsecond images of the moving heart, providing thin-slice, whole-heart coverage in seconds. The digital images record evidence of calcified plaque, creating a calcium score—a valuable risk indicator for the patient. By providing early detection, HeartCare’s 16-detector CT may decrease the need for future surgery or other intervention. Cardiac data is obtained in approximately 15 seconds with a single breath hold. Calcium scoring alone does not detect soft plaque. However, if contrast dye is used during the scan, it is possible to detect soft plaque.

“HeartCare is a pioneering facility in a great location. We have all the cardiac diagnostic modalities under one roof. The staff of HeartCare is committed to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of adult heart problems—with an emphasis on high-quality, compassionate patient care.”
- Maria Santos, RN, Clinical Director

CT scan gives calcium score, indicates risk. A quick, painless test can change your heart!

HeartCare’s 16-detector CT scanner marks a new level of sensitivity and accuracy in the detection of coronary artery calcification, a major marker of coronary heart disease.

Why should I get a HeartCare CT scan?
Cholesterol particles build up on the walls of coronary arteries, forming plaque that becomes calcified in a process called atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. Plaque can obstruct blood flow and possibly cause a heart attack.
A HeartCare 16-detector cardiac CT (computed tomography) can detect calcified plaque before symptoms develop, when there is still time to make lifestyle changes or begin treatment. HeartCare’s multi-detector CT one of the most sensitive and accurate tools for determining a patient’s calcium score.

Calcium scoring alone does not detect soft or non-calcified plaque.

Who should get a CT scan?
A HeartCare 16-detector cardiac CT scan may be appropriate for men and women 40 or older with any one of the following risk factors:
· Family history of heart disease
· High blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes
· History of tobacco use
· Overweight or obese
· Inactive lifestyle
· Significant emotional or job-related stress
· Anxiety about possible heart disease

What is a calcium score?
HeartCare’s 16-detector CT takes axial images of the heart and surrounding vessels, detecting calcified plaque and assessing the patient’s calcium score (the lower the better). Because calcified plaque is a major marker of atherosclerosis, the calcium score is a risk indicator for the patient. Depending on the score, a physician might suggest a diet regimen, medication or further testing.

How long does it take? How do I prepare?
The scan itself takes about 30 seconds, the entire process about two minutes. No preparation. No pain. Street clothes.

How much does it cost?
Introductory price - $400. Group packages are available for businesses or other organizations interested in heart health. The value of early detection is beyond estimate. In 2003, coronary heart disease in the U.S. will cost $130 billion in direct and indirect costs, according to the American Heart Association. 

Will insurance pay?
Not at present, but check with your insurer. We are working to make the CT scan a reimbursable cardiac screening procedure.

How do I schedule a scan?
HeartCare’s 16-detector CT scan is available through self-referral. Call 901-522-6600 to set up an appointment.

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