Multislice Computed Tomography (CT)
Representing the latest technology in CT scanning, this revolutionary system
is emerging as a highly effective screening tool in the early detection
of heart disease and other serious medical conditions — even years
before major symptoms occur.
Monmouth is among a handful of hospitals in New Jersey to acquire the LightSpeed
QX/i system by GE Medical Systems, which creates higher-quality images
by producing a 3-D cross-section view of a body area. This series of “slice
by slice” X-rays are completely reconstructed, displayed and recorded
in a matter of seconds, rather than minutes.
Because the system takes four images simultaneously at multiple angles,
data is acquired more quickly, allowing for larger areas of the body to
be scanned in a much shorter period of time. As a result, the advanced
scan takes about 20 seconds to complete, compared to the standard three-minute
CT body scan. Because these high-resolution images dramatically aid in
the visualization of specific areas of the body, it helps to improve the
detection of such abnormalities as coronary artery disease, lung cancer,
spinal disorders and stroke.
In terms of detecting heart disease, the calcified plaque in the coronary
arteries can be measured and a coronary score then is calculated using
sophisticated computer software. Even if the slightest indication of a
problem is detected, patients can begin making heart-healthy lifestyle
changes before the condition becomes serious.
Radiology chairman Richard Ruchman, M.D., has undergone specialized training
in the detection of heart disease utilizing the new technology —
an expertise held by a select group of physicians in the state.
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