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St. Charles Hospital Offers Cardiac Imaging

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St. Charles Hospital Offers Cardiac Imaging

February is American Heart Month. It is an opportunity to think about how lifestyle changes can make a positive impact on our heart health and may even help us avoid the most common type of heart disease, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).  CAD is a condition characterized by a buildup of plaque in the arteries.  While CAD is considered preventable, it is also the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. Unfortunately, for some, the first sign of CAD is heart attack.

St. Charles Hospital offers Cardiac computerized tomographic angiography (CCTA), a non-invasive diagnostic test capable of detecting the earliest stages of CAD. During a CCTA, state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) scanners capture images of the heart at an ultra fast speed to build a complete, three dimensional (3D) picture of the organ. The images are then processed by a physician to obtain valuable information about the coronary arteries, heart chambers and valves, surrounding anatomical structures and thoracic aorta.

St. Charles performs CCTA utilizing the Phillips 256-slice CT scanner, which is designed to improve the overall patient experience and diagnostic accuracy. The speed of this system’s scanner means patients enjoy shorter scan times and reduced radiation exposure—up to 80% less. In addition, a wider internal opening provides greater comfort to larger patients.

While the 256-slice CT scan delivers key clinical insights for a wide range of applications in radiology and cardiology settings, the enhanced visualizations are most valuable for physicians who diagnose and treating issues within the heart. The scanner is so powerful it captures an image of the entire heart in just two beats.

The Radiology Department at St. Charles Hospital offers CCTA Monday-Friday. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (631) 474-6797.