Lenox Hill Hospital has taken the lead in cardiovascular computed Tomographic (CT) imaging with the acquisition of the first 256 Slice CT Scanner in the Northeastern United States and only the third in the entire country. This highly advanced system by Philips Medical Systems, will produce superior noninvasive coronary angiograms with less radiation.
“This new scanner is almost twice as fast and can cover twice the area as the 64 Slice CT scanners currently used in other imaging centers” states Harvey Hecht, MD, Director of Cardiovascular CT at the Lenox Hill Heart & Vascular Institute. “The difference in scan quality is dramatic, allowing us to see anatomy and vessels much more clearly so that we can detect danger areas and disease both faster and earlier in the disease process.”
The technology has progressed to the point that computed tomographic angiography (CTA) is considered by many experts to be the best test for evaluating patients for coronary artery disease, displacing stress testing as the first test for the detection of the biggest killer in the United States.
The images show the coronary arteries with the same clarity as those obtained by invasive coronary angiography, but free of the risk of inserting catheters directly into the vessels. CTA often provides much more information, including detailed pictures of the vessel wall and the plaque that narrows the arteries. Another benefit of the 256 slice scanner is a dramatic reduction in radiation dose, making CTA a better alternative for younger patients, particularly women.
“The 256 slice scanner, located next to the cardiac catheterization laboratory, will play a major role in directing patients for stent placement if the CTA demonstrates a severe narrowing. This may be the beginning of a new era in cardiology,” said Gary Roubin, MD, PhD, Chairman of Interventional Cardiology at Lenox Hill Hospital.
The new scanner will also provide state of the art imaging for the detection of structural heart disease, peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation to the legs), and carotid artery disease (the leading cause of stroke).