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The CT (Computed Tomography or CAT) scan uses X-rays to obtain detailed, cross-sectional views of internal organs, blood vessels, soft tissues and bone. It can diagnose disorders of the lungs, digestive system, heart and vascular system, as well as infectious disease and much more. Beyond its diagnostic value, CT can be used to guide biopsies and administer radiation treatment.
The CT scanner is a square unit with a large hole in the middle, though which the patient table slides and can be raised or lowered. The gantry moves around the patient.
CT scanning can identify healthy and diseased tissue, making it useful to not only diagnose, but also treat, illness. It is less expensive than MRI and some other diagnostic procedures. The radiation delivered is equal to the amount of "background" radiation a person would receive in about three years. Results are usually available from your physician's office within a few days.
Health Central Hospital, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). CT scanning - sometimes called CAT scanning - is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
Heart Screening / CT Calcium Score Now Available
A Heart Screening, sometimes called a Calcium Score or Heart Scan, is a low dose, non-invasive (without needles) procedure that affords you the opportunity to determine the presence and extent of coronary calcium. The scan is useful for early detection of heart disease and allows for appropriate intervention to take place before the clinical manifestations of coronary artery disease develop.
The fee for a Heart Screening / CT Calcium Score is $100, which is due at the time of service and is NOT covered by insurance. Cash, credit or check will be accepted. The fee includes a CT scan and the review by a Radiologist.
The process takes less than 30 minutes and requires no special preparation. No needles, IV's or contrast is required for this test. It is recommended that you refrain from stimulants 6 hours prior to the test such as (caffeine, smoking, and stimulant medications). This helps ensure a steady, slower heart rate for your scan and improves the overall quality. You may eat and drink prior to your test and will be able to return to normal activities immediately following your test.
Heart Screening Exam Information Exam Results
Your Heart Screening / CT Scan will be read by a Board Certified Cardiac Radiologist. Results are usually available within 24 hours. Once the results are transcribed and released by the Cardiac Radiologist, they will be sent to your doctor.
A Physician's order is requiredAsk your physician if this screening is right for you and then call 407.296.1190 to schedule your Heart Screening / CT Calcium Score TODAY!