64-Slice CT Scanning with Dr. Joe Kleinman

The best defense against any serious illness is early diagnosis. With advances in medical technology, it is now even easier to identify problems early on.

Boca Raton Community Hospital has become the first medical facility in Florida to install a SOMATOM Sensation® 64-slice CT (www.64slice.com) from Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. in their radiology department.

The CT scanner obtains 64 slices per rotation with previously unknown sharpness, diagnostic detail, clarity, and speed. It can completely scan a patient from head to toe in just seconds, allowing for a more comfortable patient experience.

"The 64-slice CT scanner will provide our physicians with the finest image quality of the coronary arteries available with current technology," said Jonathan Wiener, M.D., Director of Research. "Not only will this unit revolutionize non-invasive cardiac imaging, but it also has numerous applications for various medical specialties."

The traditional standard of identifying coronary artery disease is cardiac catheterization. More than 3 million diagnostic cardiac catheterizations are performed per year in the United States. Catheterization is an invasive procedure in which a doctor inserts a long, thin plastic tube, called a catheter, into an artery in the thigh or arm. The catheter is advanced into the coronary arteries for direct injection of iodinated contrast. Now, with the 64-slice CT scan, doctors can visualize the arteries that bring blood to the heart without potential complications associated with invasive examinations.

"Gaining access to advanced technology enables us to provide high quality healthcare to our community--an ongoing goal of our hospital," said Richard Greenwald, M.D., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Boca Raton Community Hospital. "Cardiovascular imaging with 64 slice CT will add to the non invasive diagnostic armentarium available to our physicians and patients."

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