What is a 64-Slice CT study?
CT scans use 3-dimensional images from different angles around the body to make a diagnosis of disorders in many parts of the body. A few years back, the gold standard was a 16-Slice CT, which required the patient to hold breath for 25-40 seconds to perform a scan. Today, the 64-Slice CT can perform the same task in just a few seconds and the images are much better.
How can I benefit from this?
A 64-Slice CT scanner can gather a high-resolution image of a heart, brain or both lungs in less than five seconds and a full-body scan in about 30 seconds. In today’s world, a 64-Slice CT scanner can save your life by preempting many ailments that you may have a family history of or you may develop with time due to your lifestyle or
some other cause and you would like to know what if you develop this disease in the future because you have a family history of certain diseases or your body symptoms indicate it.
Do I really need this?
You might be thinking, “I am healthy, I eat right and I exercise, but do I still need a CT done?” The answer is “Yes.”
You may need one if:
- If you have congenital heart disease;
- If you have an abnormal stress test and have a low risk of heart
- If you have atypical chest pain with abnormal stress test;
- If you have a disease in the carotid arteries;
- If you have a history of stroke;
- If you have a suspicion of a blood clot in the lung (pulmonary emboli);
- If you have cancer; or
- If you have a suspicion of an aneurysm and Peripheral Arterial Disease.
Summary of benefits
To summarize its benefits, a 64-Slice CT scan is not recommended as a screening test. However, there are numerous benefits of a 64-Slice CT scan. This pain-free procedure offers exceptional image quality, which can mean better physician diagnosis, faster recovery time and increased patient comfort and convenience.
With a 64-Slice CT scan, patients have now the choice of doing a heart CT instead of a heart catheterization to detect the presence of coronary artery disease. Heart catheterization is an invasive procedure that requires dye, large needle in the groin, bed rest for six-eight hours and an overnight stay in the hospital. While the 64-Slice CT scanner can do the same test in a few seconds with the use of X-rays and the patient can leave the clinic within an hour.
In addition to this, Calcium Score is a test offered at Paris Cardiology Center to detect calcification of arteries at a very early stage in patients. Calcified plaque happens when there is a buildup of plaque and other substances under the inner layer of the arteries. This material can calcify with time causing Coronary Artery Disease. People with this disease have an increased risk of a heart attack. The 64-Slice CT scanner does the Calcium Score study in less than five minutes. Thus, predicting the presence of coronary artery disease in patients, much earlier than other symptoms like high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels will do. Identifying the presence of coronary calcium (or early stage CAD) is valuable as it accurately depicts CAD development and allows Khalid Shafiq M.D. to tailor treatment approaches to slow or stop the progression of this deadly disease.
A calcium score test can save your life as it can predict your chance of having a heart attack in the next two-five years. Similarly, pulmonary embolism in the lungs, stoke in the brain, certain types of cancers, aneurysm and Peripheral Arterial Disease can be detected early with a 64-slice CT study.
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